The image on the left is from an issue of The Watchtower, the official magazine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I found it on Pharyngula, P.Z Myers’ web site. Like him, my favorite point is the second: “A well-intentioned teacher urges you to pursue higher education at a university.”
According to them, the “temptation” to pursue higher education is right up there with smoking and taking drugs. It has to do, of course, with exposure to “worldly” things, and the propensity of the young to pursue pleasures of the flesh that could have the effect of eliminating them from the resurrection that will follow Armageddon. Of course, it might also just have a little to do with keeping the young witnesses from being exposed to a healthy dose of reality, which, as many Christians have discovered to their chagrin, has a nasty habit of dispelling the hold of myth and superstition.
I went to the official Jehovah’s Witnesses web site to have a look around and see what their attitude towards education really was. Turns out, they have a couple of problems with higher education, one is the “temptations” mentioned in the article, the other is their attitude that only a strict “biblical” education prepares one for this, and the future, life. This from their web site:
As a result of education based on the Bible, thousands of people have learned to live better lives. By being honest and industrious, they are appreciated by their employers. They have become good neighbors and friends, taking an interest in the well-being of their fellow man. They are determined to avoid vices and fleshly tendencies, so they take better care of their own health physically, mentally, and emotionally. Instead of wasting their resources on vices, they use them for their own good and for the good of their family. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Colossians 3:18-23) Without a doubt, the results of putting into practice what Jehovah sets forth in the Bible demonstrate that living by true Christianity is the best course in life, providing the best education available. With respect to a person who lives in harmony with God’s laws, the Bible states: “Everything he does will succeed.”—Psalm 1:3.
It is encouraging to know that Almighty God, Jehovah, is willing to educate us. He says of himself: “I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit yourself, the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk.” (Isaiah 48:17) Yes, Jehovah has shown the way through the example and teachings of his Son, Jesus Christ. His teachings made a difference in the life of many who knew him when he was on earth, and the same is true of many others who live by his teachings today. Why not take the time to learn more about these teachings? Jehovah’s Witnesses in your neighborhood will be happy to help you to receive such valuable education.