We've all heard the old saying:
Any job worth doing is worth doing right the first time.
But, this would not seem to apply in the only organization on earth claiming to be solely guided by Jehovah!
Let's take a look at this.
In the Watchtower Society, the Governing Body gathers in a board room and prays, discusses and votes.
Presumably the prayer invokes holy spirit of Jehovah. Jesus promised "wherever two or more are gathered, there am I also."
So, the Governing Body has the benefit of Jehovah, Jesus and holy spirit in getting the Truth correctly worked out BEFORE it is:
1.Sent to the writing committee
2.Written, proofread, approved
4.Taken door to door
5.Preached, explained, believed and defended.
Oh--we left out a step!
Yes, neither the Governing Body nor Jehovah, Jesus, holy spirit get it right the first time!!
Amazing, isn't it?
What are the possible rational and logical reasons for this error which needs correcting?
Can publishing, teaching and defending doctrinal errors really be okay in "the only TRUE religion"?
Sure it can--as long as those errors are.....eventually....corrected!!
Pause and reflect on the unintended consequences of such a divine policy of "eventual purity"...
1.Error is taught, believed and defended as TRUTH and used to refute false religion's own errors! ?!?
2. Error used to refute error destroys the credibility of the organization getting it wrong and then claiming to finally get it right.
3. God is not the author of confusion and yet what could be more confusing than being "in the Truth" and being wrong?
4.Stumbling the "little ones" carries a heavy responsibility and what could be more stumbling than wrong Truth?
Obviously, something is wrong with such an explanation for Jehovah's organization having a history of changed doctrines.
IF IS TRUE--WHY CHANGE IT?
IF IT IS WRONG--WHY CALL IT THE TRUTH?
Perhaps, JW's should accept the fact the best they can claim at any point is that they possess the "EVENTUAL TRUTH"?
By viewing all other religions as "false" Jehovah's Witnesses are in a real pickle semantically.
For centuries "False religion" taught the meaning of Romans 13:1 "Superior Authorities" were human fleshly rulers of nations.
The "True relgion" of Jehovah's Witnesses refuted this teaching by claiming "Superior Authorities" were Jehovah God and Jesus Christ.
A stand of NEUTRALITY by JW's led many to suffer persecution, imprisonment and even death all becaue of this "pure" doctrinal explanation.
Only one problem! This "pure" interpretation had to be CHANGED!
Changed? To what?
To "false religion's" centuries long understanding! False relgion was RIGHT and true religion was WRONG!
Jehovah (apparently) corrected them.
How did this happen?
1.Jehovah apparently allowed His only "true" religion to make a fool of Him and themselves
2.Jehovah allowed faithful believers to teach wrong understanding as though it were true
3.Jehovah decided it was time (eventually) to jump out and yell "Surprise--Christendom got it right and you are wrong"!
4.The brothers and sisters who suffered persecution were, um, uh..."tested" and garnered publicity for the Watchtower Society.
EVENTUAL TRUTH may look to the untrained eye a lot like human stupidity and hubris, fumbling ineptitude, confusion and disorganized thinking.
it is Jehovah's way of guiding His people, alas.....