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Read The Bible Not The Watchtower

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To someone who is an active Jehovah’s Witness this may seem like a strange title. After all you spend a lot of your time on a weekly if not daily basis asking people if they would like to go through a “Bible Study” with you. A common fact you will often share with people is that people just don’t read the Bible as much these days as they used too. When Charles Russell first formed a movement he even called it “The Bible Students Association”.

However, if you truly honestly ask yourself the question. “What is my authority for Belief, the Bible or the Watchtower Bible and tract society?” what is your answer?

Can you? And indeed do you take your beliefs, theology and world view from the pages of scripture?

The Watchtower Magazine once said. 

“Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.”The Watchtower, October 1, 1967, p. 587

This gets me thinking about a teaching session by Paul in the Bible. Now Paul as you will know was an Apostle with the authority to write scripture, much of the New Testament was written by Him, however lets see what happens here.

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Acts 17:10-12 (New World Translation)

10  Immediately by night the brothers sent both Paul and Silas to Be·roe′a. On arriving, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.11  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thes·sa·lo·ni′ca, for they accepted the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12  Therefore, many of them became believers, and so did quite a few of the reputable Greek women as well as some of the men.

 

When you receive teaching from your organization, do you search the scriptures to see if what they are saying is so? What do you think would happen if you did……and found a contradiction?

Another Watchtower article said.

“We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.”The Watchtower, February 15, 1981, p. 19

So how does this work? If the Bereans in Acts 17 tested what Paul was saying with the scriptures how can they be called Noble Minded? Surely they were arrogant for daring to question the teaching of someone with such authority.

I look at some of the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and tract society such as:

  • Jesus being Michael the Archangel in Human Form.
  • The majority of Christians having no need to be born again.
  • Jesus being a created being.

The reason being is that none of these things are actually said in the Bible. Do you realise that? Yes there are pages of material on Jw.org explaining these things, but the reason it takes so many pages is because these things are not clearly said. It takes a lot of explaining to justify these teachings.

So you may be reading this and thinking “You have totally missed the point, I read the Bible alone all the time, it alone is my highest authority.”

Really? You could be in trouble!

“They say that it is sufficient to read the bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such ‘Bible reading,’ they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom’s clergy were teaching 100 years ago…”The Watchtower, August 15, 1981, pp. 28-29

According to Watchtower teachings……..you guessed it, you can’t read the Bible alone. If you dare to actually use the Bible alone as your authority for belief you are in good company with the Noble Minded Bereans, and many Christians all around the world, but you could be in trouble with your organization.

 

Its your Choice, read the Bible, or the Watchtower.

“Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible by itself, but we see, also, that if anyone lays the SCRIPTURE STUDIES aside, even after he has used them, after he has become familiar with them, after he has read them for ten years—if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.” The Watch Tower, September 15, 1910, p. 298, Watchtower Reprints, p. 4685

Really? Reading the Bible leads to darkness?

John-8.31-32

 

Are you abiding in His word? Are you Free? Think about it, when does the Bible ever say that abiding in the word of God leads to darkness?

Who are you trusting in for your eternity? It’s a long time to be wrong.

Jesus said.

Jesus said to him: “I am the way+ and the truth+ and the life.+ No one comes to the Father except through me

The Watchtower said. 

“Come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation” – Watchtower 1981 Nov 15 p.212

 

So I will ask you one more time, will you read the Bible, or the Watchtower?

Ask yourself this question “have I ever studied the Bible without looking at the watchtower library CD ROM to try and find out what it means?”. If you think that it is impossible to understand the Bible without the Watchtower explaining it…well have you ever considered why God would give us the scriptures only to make hard for us understand, until about 1900 hundred years after it was written!

Websites like this do not exist to try and mock your beliefs, they are here to try and encourage you to test what you believe against the authority which is of course God’s word the Bible. I hope and pray you will do this.

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  1. You forgot one thing or you might not. The watchtower do read the bible and provide bible to us. So, it is not like no bible in article. There are bible scripture that you see, different one that means they do read the bible. So, you are wrong when you say bible or watchtower. Do you really means bible or watchtower-bible??

    • Hi there thanks for the comment, but forgive me, I really do not understand what you are trying to say. Also I am not convinced you have really read this article, as I deal with what I think your comment is addressing there, hence the comments on Acts 17 as compared with the watchtower quotes.

      • So, basically, you think they don’t follow the bible, because they are against to the comments on Acts 17. As watchtower quotes which it is opposite like ‘ “We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.” ‘. It is not opposite, after all, you say that people in bible were more noble mind, because they look at scripture, before looking at Paul’s answer, unlike JW, they look at WT answer before they look at the bible. Like I say in the first comment, they do use the bible and explain to us. If they use the bible, we can trust them. It is either you don’t trust WT to use the bible the right way, or they don’t use the bible, but they do, or it should be each person with bible only, with no connect to anyone. Bible first, then people second. That what Watchtower do, they do bible first, then people second. If they talk to us, without us using the bible first, they they do first, and we accept them because we trust them to use the bible, without me and other people to look at bible first, then them. It is same as friends and other people that you trust, but they don’t look at bible to see if your talking is right or not, but they trust you because what you say match the bible without you seeing the bible. Like trust, love, kind, not hurt, and other stuff. So, you think the WT want to hurt us so you are not connect with them?? If they hurt you, after all we are not perfect, so we forgive them and move on. Including the article that WT provide that will hurt you as you see it is wrong and not make sense to you, so trust the WT to make you understand and WT will not hurt you thru the articles.

  2. Hi there, are you in the process of studying with the witnesses? I get the impression you are not a baptised member, though I could be wrong. You said this:

    That what Watchtower do, they do bible first, then people second.

    I think this is where you are showing your lack of awareness or a little dishonesty, here is further watchtower material on this.

    “Only this organization functions for Jehovah’s purpose and to his praise. To it alone God’s Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book,” (Watchtower, July 1, 1973, p. 402).

    “All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the “greatly diversified wisdom of God” can become known only through Jehovah’s channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave,” (Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1994, p. 8).

    and

    Let us face the fact that no matter how much Bible reading we have done, we would never have learned the truth on our own. We would not have discovered the truth regarding Jehovah, his purposes and attributes, the meaning and importance of his name, the Kingdom, Jesus’ ransom, the difference between God’s organization and Satan’s, nor why God has permitted wickedness,” (Watchtower, Dec. 1, 1990, p. 19).

    “Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible,” (Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1967, p. 587).

    This is a very far cry from being a noble minded Berean searching the scriptures to verify the reliability of a teacher, instead here we see without the Watchtower we could never understand the Bible. You do not seem to be grasping this, but it seems very clear.

    The watchtower has repeatedly over the years shown itself to be a false teacher and a false Prophet, if you have not already I would encourage you to look up issues such as 1914, 1925 and 1975, there is ample proof of this here.

    The Watchtower Organization knows too well that searching the scriptures alone, would never lead someone to conclude what they teach, hence this golden quote.

    “From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah’s people those, who, like the original Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude . . . They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such ï’Bible reading,’ they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom’s clergy were teaching 100 years ago . . . ” (Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1981).

    Yep, if you read the Bible alone you will believe what so called Apostate Christendom believes, DON’T DO THAT!

    Proves my point for me really.

  3. Ok, let try something simple, so do you really means the bible alone is enough without an organization?? Just bible and you??

    It seems you missed other words I mention above, which base what you say that it seems it does, except you pick one. ‘Bible first, people second from watchtower’. But I also include the example why you can trust them.

    Example and explain:

    Like I say in the first comment, they do use the bible and explain to us. If they use the bible, we can trust them. It is either you don’t trust WT to use the bible the right way, or they don’t use the bible, but they do, or it should be each person with bible only, with no connect to anyone. Bible first, then people second. That what Watchtower do, they do bible first, then people second. If they talk to us, without us using the bible first, they they do first, and we accept them because we trust them to use the bible, without me and other people to look at bible first, then them. It is same as friends and other people that you trust, but they don’t look at bible to see if your talking is right or not, but they trust you because what you say match the bible without you seeing the bible. Like trust, love, kind, not hurt, and other stuff. *So, you think the WT want to hurt us so you are not connect with them?? If they hurt you, after all we are not perfect, so we forgive them and move on. Including the article that WT provide that will hurt you as you see it is wrong and not make sense to you, so trust the WT to make you understand and WT will not hurt you thru the articles.*

    Key sentence: *See above*

    It is imply you don’t trust WT because they tell you to trust them, not the bible, or you will go to darkness. So, meaning WT don’t trust you, but you trust WT which cause problem?? And it will be opposite of what WT are saying because they use the bible, but you can’t.

    Why do the WT say that to individual to not read the bible alone or with group, but WT can read the bible to you in thru article? So, because of what they say that, you think they are controlling you by implying you are not smart enough to read the bible, except they do, but it is really to mean if you read the bible, you won’t be under WT control? Under control in full sense, not half way. I tell you, and you go because you trust them, so they half control you. Or in full sense, I tell you, you go because you trust them, but when you get hurt often (confuse or not make sense) and constantly, actually or emotionally, you response to let them know to make you feel better on your part for your result, but they ignore you and keep what they do, regardless of your part. Just WT part. Like a action figure can’t move without a person cause it to move. I will assume you know about mind control because it is popular theme for WT, but do what I say match mindcontrol?

    • Hi there, Ill be honest I am really struggling to follow your flow of thought here,

      Yes ultimately I am saying the Watchtower is completely unreliable, it’s teachings are not found in the Bible and thus when people read the Bible and not the watchtower they will not come to the same conclusions, because the Watchtowers teachings are not in the Bible.

      So to your first line my answer is yes.

      • Ok, so you believe that only each person to read the bible, but they might believe different, but simple from bible in same way, but in complex in different way. Depend how people read and their process to their belief. So, it doesn’t matter if they follow you in same way that you believe the bible. What matters is that they believe the bible when they read the bible, not follow anyone. What matters is bible, not same point of view from people that read the bible, except in simple scripture, they will read easily and understand. But other that is hard and not to be understood. The WT make it simple for us from complex to simple that we follow. So, WT help us. You don’t mind that people think same as other people that read the bible, but just read the bible and it will be right.

        What you say will match the WT predict that you will go to darkness. The reason is because there is no help for the bible to show the bible is right in complex and simple way. Person that understand the bible in only simple, and another person understand the bible in simple and complex way, that person that understand complex will help the person that understand only simple to understand the complex. So, both are in agreement, because the person that see simple will see the complex. It is same with math, that is simple to add, and lead to complex to multiply. It is all about process. Simple can be one scripture alone that is easily understood. Complex can be one scripture that is hard to understand so can use combine other scripture to understand the whole thing. So, it becomes simple as a group (Individual and another individual to combine).

        Simple can be one scripture that match another scripture. Complex can be one scripture that don’t match another scripture. In your eye, you see it as simple, but not understand the connect, so it is complex, so have to make it simple by figure it out. So, it becomes smooth. Smooth as it is logic that the pattern is the same.

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