I just wanted to ask a question concerning the expression," new light," whenever the brothers and sisters are talking and when we suddenly see a new point in the watchtower or a new teaching from the society as far as our beliefs such as the change in doctrine like the GENERATION teaching.
Is it really accurate to say new light or just plain and simple error ?
You see I grew up as a catholic and before I became a witness we considered our church and the pope as God's representative. You couldn't get closer to God if someone in your family decided to become a priest and a priest was considered sacred. It was the same while my mom was growing up, she use to tell me how she use to go to confession and while in the private booth with the priest, had sexual advances made towards her and when she tried telling her parents they were furious at her for even saying such a thing about the local priest. You just didn't say things like that, as it seemed in those days that it was impossible for priests to be wrong. But of course we know better today.
Also as you have noticed in recent months in the news, the catholic church has apoligized for their past sins. For anybody who has looked in its past history, we know how tainted it is.
We also know that the catholic church has abandoned and does not practice such things anymore such as the inquisitions to hunt down heretics and anybody who even had a slight inclination to critize the church , selling indulgences, very seldom excommunicate people...
Even to this day the catholic church claims to be used by God. What if they took the position, we have received "NEW LIGHT" concerning the former practices that's why we have progressed in God's
truth. Would you believe them?
Again I'm not trying to cast doubt on the organization but simply tryin to correct a wrong reasoning when it comes to new light, if a doctrine is wrong and erroneous then that's what it should be called nothing else!
Also please don't take my post to mean that I simpathize for the catholic church because I don't. It is bloodguilty. I was merely trying to use this example to show that our reasoning could be way off at times without us ever realizing it.