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Can Jehovah's Witnesses openly question, express doubts, or disagree with the Governing Body's decisions without facing consequences?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Governing Body is guided by Jehovah, and its decisions are considered to be divinely inspired, making dissent or open disagreement unthinkable.

Any member who persists in questioning or doubting the teachings and practices of the organization may be expelled and shunned by the community.

The Governing Body has been making doctrinal decisions for Jehovah's Witnesses since 1976, with no room for debate or discussion.

Jehovah's Witnesses meetings are designed to reinforce the organization's teachings, with questions and answers that encourage reiteration of the Governing Body's decisions.

Former Jehovah's Witnesses and critics have accused the Governing Body of mishandling child sexual abuse cases and having an overly controlling and restrictive approach to education and other issues.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is a lesser god, created by Jehovah as the archangel Michael, and that salvation requires faith in Christ, association with God's organization, and obedience to its rules.

The Governing Body is composed of a small group of mature Christians who provide direction for Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide, overseeing the preparation of Bible-based instruction and supervising the worldwide work of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Despite the criticisms, the Governing Body has maintained its authority and influence over Jehovah's Witnesses, with decisions made by a small group of elders at the denomination's headquarters.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe in two peoples of God: the Anointed Class (144,000) who will live in heaven and rule with Christ, and the "other sheep" (all other believers) who will live forever on a paradise earth.

The Governing Body has been accused of having a lack of transparency and accountability, with some critics arguing that its decision-making process is opaque and unaccountable.

Despite the emphasis on obedience to the Governing Body, Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to "pray for wisdom" and "seek guidance from Jehovah" in their personal decisions, blurring the lines between individual autonomy and organizational authority.

The Governing Body's decisions have been known to impact the daily lives of Jehovah's Witnesses, influencing their education, career choices, and even their relationships and family life.

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