I have here before me the:
June 1, 2001 Watchtower.
Whose Standards CAN YOU TRUST?
On the cover page it features a preacher holding a Bible in his left hand and a chain with a Cross pendant around his neck, a woman campaiging for an election, and a woman in the supermarket examining produce.
The words can you trust as you can see are in red for emphasis.
A Lesson From the Law
Just as Jehovah's promises are reliable and unchangable, so are his standards of right and wrong. Would you trust a merchant who uses two sets of weights, only one of which is accurate? Certainly not. Likewise, "a cheating pair of scales is something detestable to Jehovah, but a complete stone-weight is a pleasure to him." (Proverbs 11:1; 20:10)
In recent light of many discussions on this board about the necessicity to apply equal sets of criteria for determing the vadility of any party who claims to speak for God Alimighty, in other words... if it applies to one group of people then it should apply to all, I thought it fit that I mention this quote.
Do we hold up all religions/people who claim to represent God Alimighty to the same standards? Well according to the above quotation we should.
Also how do we determine the criteria? Well if we are Christian then the method that we should use would obviously have to be our most Holy Book, The Bible.
So since it was the Watchtowers idea that we hold everyone up to the the same light of examination, wouldent it be reasonable to see if they themselves are in accordance with Gods revealed Word? And hence any variation from the scripture should be brought to attention, past or present? Ofcourse that is if there was repentance.
1) I have before me a Watchtower quote that says that you should not trust [ANY]one who "uses two sets of weights." Is the Watchtower such a one?
2) The quote says that Jehovah God promises are "reilable and unchangeable." Do the promises of Gods supposedly appointed channel match this description?
3) We want to see if the Watchtower can stand up to its own criteria? How do they hold up to their own light?
4) We want to see if the Watchtower can stand up to criteria of truth set by Gods word. That is if the criteria it sets for determing the truth is compatible with Gods Word.
You the posters of this board care to comment?
p.s. I'm saving this one for 'You Know' and Friends.
Edited to add summary.
The Bible is a two edged sword wield it for evil and it you may get hurt.