No, I mean that in his absence Christians drifted off. But with his return the Witness work began anew again, and within 100 years it is near completion. And I don't mean by those warring Christians either.
I've always wondered. Why is it that, with all the texts and teachings being available for almost 2,000 years, that the perfect word of god didn't get properly stated until Charles Russell and the Watchtower people and finally, until JW's became a group in 1931? What sources of information did your forebearers in the religion have that no others ever had for the nearly 2,000 years prior? What biblical studies did you conduct that told you that the JW way is the right way, beyond any shadow of a doubt?
A bible full of verses that have many thousands of different interpretational combinations (hence thousands of different versions of christianity) does not impress those of us with standards rather than poorly constructed ideals. A bible that cannot create and inspire the right version of christianity even though it is the word of this perfect god of yours. At least not until your guys showed up, read it with their head tilted just right, and whammo, correctomundo christianity hit the front porch of every neighborhood in America. Right?
What makes the cherry picking of your religious group any better than the cherry picking of any other religious group. Some play with serpents, you play with that 144,000 number. Do you know yours is right because you've studied every variation on the theme throughout your life and JW's seem to align most closely with the ideals of your god, or did you choose the JW's and then make sure your ideals aligned with theirs?
In any case, that's not how I do things. My mind doesn't allow itself to be emptied of all but those precious few allowable thoughts. It does not allow me to be dictated to by old people (I'm old, I can say that) who claim to know it all while confining all of their thoughts to the two or three allowed by their chosen religion. I will not listen to scary stories that have to be repeated decade after decades because decade after decade they don't come true. And if I ever decide I want to be the laughing stock of my community, I'll do it on my own terms, not on those who command me to knock on doors and hand out tracts that are, at best, a piss poor reason to have to recycle.
I would ask the same of you if you were a seventh day adventist, a lutheran, a quaker, a mormon. Because I just don't get it. How can millions see one story in so many different ways as each one wildly guesses that they have it right? Or, in the case of the meek, assumes the other guy has it right so that they can follow blindly.
The stories are identical to every other myth out there. Just less lightening and fewer snake haired women. But you've got your talking snakes, miraculous floods, salt lady, kid-killing bears, parting waters, lost tribes and other standard fair. Oh yea, and the kid. But others have had virgin born, sacrificed kids too. Long before you're showed up and ostensibly healed the sick. A few times.
You are too easily impressed, too gullible, and way too wrong. I know that you truly believe this stuff, but if you'll give yourself, instead of your religion, a few seconds, you'll figure out that you've done it wrong, and that it is time to access your real life, not the one that you've been ordered to live by leaders who chose which parts of christianity are true or right or whatever based on their own prejudices and their own selfish motives.
Beliefs that make your world smaller and you more special than the others have nothing to offer but false hopes. About things for which there is no hope to falsify. We all die, that's the end, and to pretend or hope or fearfully yearn for it to be different belittles the real life that you do have.
You're doing it wrong. Change it. Life is so much nicer when you aren't living in fear of armageddon. And if the world should actually end, you'll be less surprised when it doesn't happen according to your script.
This is your fault. Once you claim to know everything, someone has to set you straight.