I was checking up on the references regarding the Great Pyramid of Giza as found on jwfacts.com. It's not that I doubt people who mention that issue, but I needed to see it with my own eyes, what with the whole not trusting anyone on spiritual matters thing.
1922, 1925: Pyramid is God's witness. Studies in the Scriptures Volume III spells out that the Pyramid is not considered as on par with the Bible, but is merely an extra witness to God's plan. (Ironically, the introduction to this same volume actually praises "independent thinking". Truly, the organizational apple has fallen FAR from the tree!)
1928: Pyramid is from Satan, Satan's Bible, that sort of thing. Huge article in the Watchtower about it. I can't imagine suffering through articles like that one during an actual meeting. Wow.
Anyway, my issue here--and jwfacts.com has the specific page numbers and details (archive.org, search "Watchtower pubs" to find .pdfs of the WTs involved so you can read it in context)--is just that...well...
HOW CAN GOD'S ORGANIZATION BE TEACHING SATANIC DOCTRINE? EVEN FOR A SECOND, MUCH LESS FOR YEARS AFTER BEING APPOINTED AS 'THE FAITHFUL SLAVE'?
This is no light matter, and Jesus Christ would not have looked upon it lightly. I would expect that such a doctrine, along with The Finished Mystery and other vastly unscriptural stuff being taught then, would surely result in Jesus merely ignoring such men, rejecting them as a useful channel of communication.
It's not particularly relevant that it's no longer taught or talked about by Jehovah's Witnesses. Why? Because the belief that God is using the Governing Body to communicate his truth has to be established by tracing that Body to its origin. Its origin is Charles Taze Russell. If God would never have used him, based on teachings like this, then he would never have used Rutherford either, who not only continued publicizing such admittedly satanic falsehoods worldwide as Present Truth, but demanded that people accept Russell's chronological mess or end up repudiating God and Jesus!
Ray Franz addressed a similar point, of course--I was also checking his references, too--and I appreciated that he did so. I just wanted to add my own eyewitness testimony. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it in black and white. Speaking of weird, how about those Masonic, Knights Templar logos on the Watchtower back in the 20s? Weird. Hard to imagine anyone wanting to read it. I'd be expecting to read about knights and kings and swords and stuff.
Well, enough out of me. Take care.