May’s ‘study WT’ admits having taught “far-fetched” ideas
"....we ought to be reluctant to assign an antitypical application to a certain person or account if there is no specific Scriptural basis for doing so."
Wow. This interesting admission by the Society could also be applied to any number of highly disputable and downright dubious teachings/policies of the Society where there is absolutely no "specific scriptural basis" for asserting a dogmatic viewpoint. Eg, birthdays, smoking, higher education, etc.
Does that include the powerfully simple parable of the faithful and discreet slave? Of course not! To see this as the simple parable it so obviously is would leave the Governing Body bereft of a Scriptural basis for their leadership and claims to be the only true channel for God. Oops.
Some types and their dubious antitypes must remain in place - otherwise the Watchtower house of cards collapses.
That's not the best example Steve2. Matt 24:45-47 is not just a 'simple parable' only. There are prophetic elements to Matt 24:45-47. Jesus identified a future subset group (basically, teachers substituting for him) that would be "feeding" a larger group (broader body of disciples) before the master's return. It's only the Watchtower Society's egocentric and eisegesistic application that is so obviously wrong.
People, People. If you’re going to make an argument, first understand the argument. Dunce hats all around.
Reference: Typology (theology)
It comes down to distinction, and perception.
If such interpretations seem far-fetched, you
Can understand the dilemma. Humans cannot
know which Bible accounts are shadows of
things to come and which are not.
If you’re going to copy/paste an article, have the decency to be honest with your public by understanding the interpretation.
What is amazing is how types and antitypes led to serious doctrinal changes and exclusivism. A true Christian will see Christ in Cyrus and in all Gentiles who hunger and thirst after righteousness, thus negating the need to judge the religions of others. It is sad to see it work a closing of minds.
Maybe this phrase types/ antitypes is commen in english.
In my language it is not and 99 % of people have not heard of it and have no idea what it means.
They should have said they will not try to give complicate significance to any parable or metaphor of the bible. And that all the parables or metaphor they gave special significance to is not valid anymore - like the faithful and descreet slave, the little flock and other sheep, not keeping birthdays, not voting etc!
Russell said that Nebuchadnezzar was the Type of the Gentile nations and that his mad state typified their wild state, which would come to an end after 2520 years, in 1914. This meant that at that time peace would come to the earth, and Jerusalem would be released from Gentile domination, Hence he promoted the return of the Jews to Palestine.
Called my mother today not intending to talk about anything of a religious nature. I try to keep the peace by not getting into TTATT with her. All that went out the window when she started gushing about how wonderful the May Watchtower study articles were. She said she is so appreciative of how the GB are now simplifying scriptural teachings so that everyone can easily understand. She went on to say that one of the brighter sisters in her hall made a comment at the meeting saying " we simply dug too deep and tried to put too much meaning to scriptures to the point where no one could understand the application of the numerous types and ant-types. Now lovingly, the GB are doing away with that."
It's unbelievable how the GB can take a multitude of wrong application of scriptures and spin it so the sheep just lap it right up and glorify the GB even more. Isn't it wonderful how wrong we were? isn't it wonderful how they are simplifying scriptural understandings so that we can understand? Sigh.
I think the very heart of the problem is they dug too deep to try and fit scripture into their doctrines. Its too bad they don't realize that they dug too deep, hit a sewer line and are being blinded by all the isht that is hitting them in the face.