15 years ago
We are not perfect. To err is human----
Even the apostles made errors in judgement and Jesus had to correct them. They argued over who would be the greatest in heaven. So, we too have made errors. The Bible promised that as the end draws near, that spiritual matters would be made clearer and the light of Biblical truths brought to light. This has certainly been the case. The more we read God's Word and study it, the clearer God's purpose becomes for the earth and all of us. We do believe in hell and it is not a place of torture. That would go against Gods nature and God is love. In fact, God promises us that soon there will be no hell. It will be destroyed. (Revelation 20:13-14)
15 years ago
Jehovah's Witnesses have never pretended to be followers of Charles Russell any more than they pretended to be followers of Paul or Apollos or Cephas or of ANYONE but Christ Jesus. When seven million Jehovah's Witnesses preach from door to door each month, they work to preach the "good news about the Christ".
(1 Corinthians 1:12-17) What I mean is this, that each one of you says: “I belong to Paul,” “But I to Apollos,” “But I to Cephas,” ...Paul was not impaled for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? ...Christ dispatched me, not to go baptizing, but to go declaring the good news
(Philippians 1:26,27) That your exultation may overflow in Christ Jesus... Only behave in a manner worthy of the good news about the Christ
Jehovah's Witnesses are students of the bible. They well know that some of their early brothers made mistakes, just as Noah and Moses and David and Peter and Paul made mistakes. Yet the totality of what each Witness has learned from the bible makes him feel as Peter did:
(John 6:67,68) Jesus said to the twelve: “You do not want to go also, do you?” Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life
Thus, Jehovah's Witnesses are able to appreciate their spiritual heritage while recognizing that their spiritual forebears were imperfect. Charles Taze Russell wrote many intelligent analyses of bible topics, but he also was imperfect. Slandering a man dead nearly a century seems dishonest and picayune.
(Philippians 3:12) Not that I have already received it or am already made perfect, but I am pursuing to see if I may also lay hold on that
15 years ago
Hey, you are just getting started! MANY other deviations from authentic scripture are part of that cults 'bible'. Most interesting is that the WatchTower Society will not tell us WHO and When and HOW their version of the Bible was developed... that says it all to me!