And the biggest WTBS oxymoron is
I've always liked "army intelligence..."
For the watchtower I'm gonna say... "God is love, except when he kills the 6 billion people who refused to buy our magazines..."
How about INFORMATION BOARD - when it really should have been BULLetin board all along...
I always thought it weird that we told never to lie but then lying to protect a brother or sister from the worldly authorities was ok in Jehovah's eyes. I remember discussing that at a Thursday meeting and thinking lying is lying isn't it? Lying by ommission is lying. Lying can't be ok sometimes can it? The society said yes
Of course, being truthful does not mean that we are obligated to divulge all information to anyone who asks it of us. "Do not give what is holy to dogs, neither throw your pearls before swine, that they may never . . . turn around and rip you open," warned Jesus, at Matthew 7:6. For example, individuals with wicked intent may have no right to know certain things. Christians understand that they are living in a hostile world. Thus, Jesus advised his disciples to be "cautious as serpents" while remaining "innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16; John 15:19) Jesus did not always disclose the full truth, especially when revealing all the facts could have brought unnecessary harm to himself or his disciples. Still, even at such times, he did not lie. Instead, he chose either to say nothing or to divert the conversation in another direction.—Matthew 15:1-6; 21:23-27; John 7:3-10.
Faithful men and women mentioned in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Rahab, and David, were likewise shrewd and cautious when dealing with potential enemies. (Genesis 20:11-13; 26:9; Joshua 2:1-6; 1 Samuel 21:10-14) The Bible classifies such men and women as faithful worshipers whose lives were characterized by obedience. That makes them worthy of imitation.—Romans 15:4; Hebrews 11:8-10, 20, 31, 32-39.
There may be times when lying seemingly provides an easy way out. But Christians today do well to imitate Jesus’ course and follow their Bible-trained conscience when facing particularly difficult situations.—Hebrews 5:14.
The Bible encourages us to be truthful and honest. Lying is wrong, and we should follow the Bible counsel: "Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor." (Ephesians 4:25) By doing so, we will keep a clean conscience, promote peace and love in the congregation, and continue to honor "the God of truth."—Psalm 31:5; Hebrews 13:18.
*** w01 9/1 p. 13 "Seek Peace and Pursue It" ***
Loving elders strive to see the good in others.
***km 8/86 p. 4 Continued Increase Calls for Simplification of Procedures ***
pioneers frequently include comments about how grateful they are for having a loving body of elders who have taken an active interest in them
"Love your neighbor as yourself"
But don't associate with them even if they are kind, loving, decent human beings, because they are bad association.
The concept that they are a "God's non-inspired channel of communication".
What the heck is that?
How about these ones:
"The Watchtower is a magazine without equal on earth because God is the author."(W.T. April 15, 1943 pg.127)
- The Watchtower Organization is God's organization on earth.
- "It should be expected that the Lord would have a means of communication to his people on the earth, and he has clearly shown that the magazine called The Watchtower is used for that purpose." (1939 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, p. 85.)
- Make haste to identify the visible theocratic organization of God that represents his king, Jesus Christ. It is essential for life. Doing so, be complete in accepting its every aspect." The Watchtower, October 1, 1967, p. 591.
- "We cannot claim to love God, yet deny his word and channel of communication." The Watchtower, October 1, 1967, p. 591.
- No matter where we may live on earth, God's Word continues to serve as a light to our path and a lamp to our roadway as to our conduct and beliefs. (Ps. 119:105) But Jehovah God has also provided his visible organization, his "faithful and discreet slave," made up of spirit anointed ones, to help Christians in all nations to understand and apply properly the Bible in their lives. Unless we are in touch with this channel of communication that God is using, we will not progress along the road to life, no matter how much Bible reading we do. The Watchtower; 12/1/1981, p. 27.
Gerard, that quote from the 1943 watchtower is incorrect, as far as I can tell. Where did you get that quote? I have a scan of the original and it reads:
The Watchtower is a magazine without equal on the earth, and is conceded this rank by all that have been faithful readers thereof during its more than sixty years of publication. The Watchtower has increased in importance with the progress of the years, and never has it been more valuable than today, at this world crisis, when the destiny of each intelligent human creature is becoming decided. The getting of correct information and instruction, just such as is reqmred for the times, to decide your course wisely to a happy destriny, was never more vital than now, for "where there's no wisdom, the people perish". Informed persons well acquainted with the consistent contents of The Watchtower agree that those who want to gain life in peace and happiness without end should read and study it together with the Bible and in company with other readers. This is not giving any credit to the magazine’s publishers, but due to the great Author of the Bible with its truths and prophecies, and who now interprets its prophecies. He it is that makes possible the material that is pubished in the columns of this magazine and who gives promise that it shall continue to publish the advancing truths as long as it continues to exist for the service of the interests of his Theocratic Government.