I have read some very interesting posts from Norm, Focus, Farkel, Jan, and Alan F regarding the silliness of the WT. (If I left someone out I apologize forthwith. I have decided to enter my analysis of Joseph Franklin Rutherford to the mix.
During Rutherford's administration, he was referred to as "the world's foremost Bible scholar. (1) This remarkable, if true, since he had no formal education on the subject.
Some of Rutherford's Biblical interpretations cast serious doubt on the assertion made in the quotation above. For example, he made an interesting prediction about the future of the United States and Britian. Two years before the outbreak of World War II, he wrote, "The question is, will Great Britain and America becom Fascist unter the dominating control of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy? The scriptures and the facts appear to fully support that conclusion." (2) Sounds pretty strange today, doesn't it?
For some of his conclusions, a Biblical scholar is not needned to help the reader decide if Rutherford is correct. In some cases, an average layman can easily draw a conclusion. For example, Rutherford cites Job:38:35 to support a conclusion. Before I tell you his conclusion, let me describe the thirty-eighth chapter, then quote the thirty-forth and thirth-fifth verses. In this chapter in the book of Job, God is telling Job in no uncertain terms, of God's power and majesty, and asked Job if he can do the things than God can. In the two verses in question, God says, "Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of water may cover thee? Canst thou send lightning, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?" I think this is a very poetic way for God to ask Job if he can make it rain and if he can produce lightning. What do you think?
Here's Rutherford's interpretation of the sentence about lightning, "It is since 1918 that the Lord has brought into action the radio which he foretold more than three thousand years ago. (3) I find this interpretation to be preposterous.
To be continued: I am typing this in from something I wrote awhile back and I have to take a break.