If you think they use it for their own purposes then why do you donate? That is not logical.
It depends on what you define as own purposes, private purposes, public purposes, necessities, etc.
I think you really should be more thankful to be associated with the organization and what it does for us.
My donations are always by check, and written thereon is "for local needs".
It's like paying taxes, some of which are used to make hydrogen bombs, and ICBMs.
Not my problem.
Jesus and the Apostles needed NONE of those things you mentioned, Arauna.
If you are NOT inspired of God, as the GB admits they are not ( February 2017 Watchtower), you do need all of those things you mentioned.
They are actually essential, as I would freely admit.
.... and HEY!, I am just guessing about all of this ... as is everyone else.
And Arauna .... did you get NOTHING out of the "Follow Jesus" Assemblies?
Jesus set the example .
We are either following that example, or .....
WE ARE NOT.
The fact of the matter is that the GB DOES use the billions for their own purposes.
but, I am, as you stated, "no one to criticize" ... as I do not follow Jesus' example either.
If I had that kind of money, I would buy a Chinook double rotor helicopter, instead of Rolex watches, and cartoons of Caleb and Sophia, etc.
uh ... for Witnessing on beautiful Pacific Islands, of course ....
Just one question for you: when you go to meeting or field service you get to use many videos that were made to be easily accessible for all ages and peoples. Do you have any clue what equipment costs? Many poor congregations in Africa receive projectors from the organization because they cannot afford it.
They do still print bibles and watchtowers etc.
Do you think they must remain in the Jurassic age when it comes to using technology or will it be ok by you if they venture to use the newest tech to support the brothers?
You have a budget to fulfill your responsibilities at home.....dont you? Why not broaden out and see that they also need money to provide services in almost 1000 languages?
I think we need a little more gratitude and less criticism... ALL you see is "billions" which you try to imply are used for their own purposes....
They are always in need of funds to make it stretch further..... because we do get all our spiritual needs fulfilled without cost. You need not give any donation if you feel they waste it. You can use all amenities without giving a dime!
I strongly suspect that Jehovah's Holy Spirit is given in direct proportion to the amount of Spirit you actually need.... considering that Jesus Christ and the Apostles had NO Real Estate whatsoever, as part of their Organization, and only enough money for the days food, and to the best of my knowledge, just the clothes on their backs, they needed a lot ... and they received a lot of Holy Spirit.
The Governing Body has billions of dollars in Real Estate, all over the world, and controls billions of dollars worth of money, to spend as they alone see fit.
... and dat's de fact, Jack.
SOOooooo... they are on their own.
..... as are the great majority of us.
I have SEEN Jehovah's Spirit build up and sustain several of the Anointed ones, who had no strength of resources of their own, and I suspect when it is needed ... actually NEEDED .. the rest of us "ground pounders" get it as well.
That is just my guess of how it works ... no more.
...and I suspect it is INVERSELY proportional to how much you have naturally, WITHOUT Jehovah's intervention.
the formula for that is 1/x.
There is probably a button on your pocket calculator for that.
Hatred borne of jealousy ...
.... because the people covering the Earth, outside of Adam and Eves' family, were NOT directly created beings of Jehovah, and did NOT have an opportunity to live forever ...
...and they KNEW that to be the case.
That is why Cain was afraid that wherever he went in his enforced exile to wander the Earth, those evolved humans would kill him.
I do not "have Polaroids", but that idea solves a LOT of problems, including millions of tons of hard fossil evidence, all over the Earth, that only the willfully stupid would say means nothing ... and it solves the problem of who Cain married.