This week's lesson for the book study covers chapter 4, paragraphs 18-24 of the "Come Be My Follower" book.
In paragraph 24 we find this snippet:
"...Many have stood firm in the face of ridicule, persecution, arrest, imprisonment, torture, and even death. Where do imperfect humans get such courage? It does not simply arise from within. As Jesus received help from above, so do his followers..."
Wait a minute.
Jehovah's Witnesses hold no monopoly on facing "ridicule, persecution, arrest, imprisonment, torture, and even death" for their beliefs. Throughout milleniums and milleniums, millions and millions and millions of non-worshippers of Jehovah have done so, with courage equal to or greater than JWs.
"Where do imperfect humans get such courage? It does not simply arise from within."
Hmmm, does that mean that the Jews who survived the holocaust "received help from above"? Did Catholics who were persecuted yet survived in 16th century England "receive help from above"? Do the Bahai's in Iran "receive help from above"?
They must, because it says right there, in the "spirit-directed" publication from the Governing Body itself, that "such courage does not simply arise from within."
But of course, that point will just go whooshing right over the heads of everyone in attendance.