What is the definition of "new light"?

by MsDucky 22 Replies latest jw friends

  • cheerios

    "new light" is what the bethel proctologists find when conducting their examinations of the GB ... "oooo lookie .. found something in there .. must be new light!"

  • coffee_black

    This is the scripture they use to promote the concept of new light....and they take this scripture completely out of context:

    "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Proverbs 4:18

    If you read the entire chapter, you will see that it has nothing to do with changing teachings. It has to do with a father teaching his son the best way to live his life. Live a righteous life and you live an enlightened life. Live a wicked life and you live in darkness.

    There is nothing in scripture to promote such a concept. God does not change. Quite simply, the wt has to change because reality catches up with them from time to time. Rather than admit they were wrong... they just change their teachings and call it new light.


  • blondie

    "A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light" but adds to it." Charles Russell in Zion's Watchtower, Feb. 1881, p.3

    Since then, we see that these words of the Spirit, were given especially to us who are living "In the days of the Son of Man"--"the evil day"--we should give them the more earnest heed. As in every other case in which we are instructed concerning the evil

    ::R188 : page 3::

    day, there is the intimation that it will be a time of special trial, and admonitions to hold fast, &c., are given as in this `38th verse`. During the last six or seven years, the Lord has been leading us, his people, in a very remarkable manner: As we look backward we can see that our pathway has been as "a shining light...shining more and more." It has been progressive, bringing us strength with "meat in due season." It has caused us to grow both in grace and knowledge and this growth, taken in connection with the fact that we are not obliged to look back and now call darkness what was then called by some of the brethren, "a great flood of light," is the very strongest grounds for confidence that the same Lord who then supplied us light from the word, is still providing of the same kind. We say then, "cast not away your confidence" in our Leader, "the great shepherd of the sheep."

    If we were following a man undoubtedly it would be different with us; undoubtedly one human idea would contradict another and that which was light one or two or six years ago would be regarded as darkness now: But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, and so it is with truth; any knowledge or light coming from God must be like its author. A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light," but adds to it. If you were lighting up a building containing seven gas jets you would not extinguish one every time you lighted another, but would add one light to another and they would be in harmony and thus give increase of light: So is it with the light of truth; the true increase is by adding to, not by substituting one for another.



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