Re: Psychopannychism & Thnetopsychism and the JWs
Apr 03, 2007 08:33 PM
Hi Daniel & Konstantin,
Thank-you Daniel for your interesting links and postings on life
The idea of "soul sleep" is indeed similar to the JW's except that to
the Jehovah's Witnesses there is no soul to sleep therefore no soul
However this is where things can get pedantic as what the JW's would
argue is that while you are completely annihilated at death Jehovah
keeps you in his memory so will be able to resurrect you in the
future if you have fulfilled his wishes sufficiently.
Here is their scriptural reasoning for not believing in a soul that su
rvives death from their book "Reasoning from the Scriptures"
And here is a critical article on their teaching:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "danielhcaldwell"
> Thanks Perry and Konstantin for your
> comments about the Jehovah's Witnesses.
> I agree that the JWs are very literal
> in their interpretations. But these literal
> interpretations sometimes bring certain underlying
> issues to the forefront. More about this later.
> For now, I call your attention to an article
> in Wikepedia titled "Soul sleep". See:
> Concerning the terms "Psychopannychism" & "Thnetopsychism",
> could you apply either of these terms (or the basic concepts behind
> the terms) to any of the following teachings??
> (a) the teachings of Spiritualism concerning
> life after death;
> (b) the teachings of Blavatsky and the Mahatmas as found
> in Blavatsky's writings and the Mahatma Letters;
> (c) the teachings of Leadbeater concerning life after death.
> I bring all of this up as I think some of this material
> helps to highlight (thru comparing and contrasting) certain
> of Theosophy
> More later.
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