Why have there been changes over the years in the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

by mankkeli 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • mankkeli

    The Bible shows that Jehovah enables his servants to understand his purpose in a progressive manner. (Prov. 4:18; John 16:12) Thus, the prophets who were divinely inspired to write portions of the Bible did not understand the meaning of everything that they wrote. (Dan. 12:8, 9; 1 Pet. 1:10-12) The apostles of Jesus Christ realized that there was much they did not understand in their time. (Acts 1:6, 7; 1 Cor. 13:9-12) The Bible shows that there would be a great increase in knowledge of the truth during “the time of the end.” (Dan. 12:4) Increased knowledge often requires adjustments in one’s thinking. Jehovah’s Witnesses are willing humbly to make such adjustments.

    Is the explanation sound?
  • minimus

    Because the truth always changes???

  • mankkeli

    The truth doesnt change but it gets brighter by the day - JW alibi

  • Room 215
    Room 215

    better to ask: have they ever been right?

  • minimus

    ahhhhhhhh but it does. The Russellites called it "present truth" which the JWs abandoned.

  • mankkeli

    They have been right, they prophesied that those who abandoned the JW theology would be bitter and regret, Most of us became bitter for a while after throwing their garbage to the thrash, unfortunately,some carry on bitterness even for decades. On the other hand, none of us regreted the decision.

    That was the only prophecy with an ongoing fullfilment.

  • johny5

    My 2 cents.

    - JW used to celebrate x-mas, b-days, smoke. Not anymore. That could be consider progressive. The light get's brighter.

    - JW teaches that the foot in Daniel's prophecy is USA/GB, what happens if in 20 years is China?

    Is it progressive (the light gets brighter) to say now is China ? Not really, you got no choice to come up with some new lapping foot.

    What hurts it's that these things are coming from God. So once the information is established. It can not change. Only added better understading.

    Is saying now that China is the foot an addition to the understanding ? So where did the foot being USA/GB came from ?

  • kurtbethel

    It may be that understanding gets clearer and more precise. Is there any scriptural support for truth going back and forth, with light switching on and off in the manner the Watchtower has done?

  • QuestioningEverything

    Why would God show his servants the truth in a 'progressive' manner? If the truth is from God, then it would be right the first time. God wouldn't change his mind.

  • factfinder

    Doesn't truth remain truth? Why would it change? Why is something true, then not, then true again? Will it ever stay true?

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