w14 12/15-E Study Edition
More revisionism in the Insight book. This WT has the article about grasping the meaning and discusses the mustard grain in Matt 13:31,32. It describes the birds. If you look back through the publications, the birds went through a change in meaning from 'enemies of the Kingdom', 'the wicked one' to 'righthearted ones'.
Man's Salvation, 1975 says: "Whom did he explain those “birds” to be like? “The wicked one,” “the Devil.” That is to say, the earthly agents of the wicked Devil."
This remained until 2008, (w08 7/15 p. 18 par. 8): "These birds do not represent enemies of the Kingdom who try to eat up the good seeds, as was true of the birds in the illustration of the man who scattered seed on different kinds of soil. (Mark 4:4) Rather, in this illustration the birds represent righthearted ones who seek protection within the confines of the Christian congregation. Even now, these ones are protected from the spiritually defiling habits and unclean practices of this wicked world."
Interestingly, the Insight book under "Illustrations" on page 1179, says:
The mustard grain was tiny and so it could be used to designate anything extremely small. (Lu 17:6) When fully developed, some mustard plants actually attain a height of 3 to 4.5 m (10 to 15 ft) and have sturdy branches, thus virtually becoming “a tree,” as Jesus said. We are helped to identify the “tree” if we take note of the fact that the series of illustrations in which this one is included was introduced at Matthew 13:13-15 by a statement regarding a negative factor. It should also be noted that in the context “birds” are referred to in a negative sense; they are shown to represent “the wicked one.”—Mt 13:4, 19; Lu 8:12. (WT Library CD 2013 Edition, Insight book, Illustrations, p. 1179)
The Insight book on wol.jw.org changes this:
The mustard grain was tiny and so it could be used to designate anything extremely small. (Lu 17:6) When fully developed, some mustard plants actually attain a height of 3 to 4.5 m (10 to 15 ft) and have sturdy branches, thus virtually becoming “a tree,” as Jesus said. In a comparable way, the Christian congregation started in a very small way on Pentecost 33 C.E. But in the first century, it grew rapidly, and in modern times, the branches of the mustard “tree” have expanded to beyond expectations.—Isa. 60:22. (Watchtower Online, Insight book, Illustrations)
Just thought you'd like to be aware of this. Apparently, they are editing multiple subjects in the Insight book. If you have your hard copies, keep them.
"Facing the End of This Old World Together"
Isn't this the most fear-mongering title since "Is it Later thank You Think?"?
Wow! So they are erasing their history as we speak! Amazing! I thought they never flip-flop, only tack on the wind?!?
What are they erasing datadog?
Perhaps "history" was a bit dramatic. Then again, maybe not. As Leaving Quietly brought out, they are changing their writings online. How will the youth who the WTBTS desperately need, ever know what was really taught as "truth"??
The ORG is rebranding, we know that. Still it blows my mind! They are actually getting away with it!! How many JWs right now actually know what we know? In 5 years, will anyone know what was actually taught? They can erase decades of false teachings under the guise of "new light" with a few keystrokes that probaby come from the hands of a young JW who hasn't even read the bible!!
It's truly mind boggling!
Their noolite on the parables now matches those we can all find in Christendoms encyclopaedias and commentaries. (All of which are "basically worthless" according to one Witchtower study)
seems like the churches got this noolite centuries ago.
Ifind more real Christianity in the Catholic Encyclopedia, Barnes New Testament Commentaries, and others than in all the Mad Freddie crap they published.
PLEASE stop posting entire articles on this board. It gives the Borg leverage to legally shut it down.
Why has the posted rag not been erased by a moderator?
Cadellin: Oh, wait--sounds like a high control religion.
Let's review: It's a cult!
I didn't think scantily clad women were a problem for jw - ever since I went on a boat ride with an elder's family and he stared at the passing boats with bikini gals, waving and hollering to them.
also the "results" article seems to indicate that wt is banned in Cuba? But that changed a few years ago.
and what a crock, that you can give "conditional" donations that will be given back when needed!
Prologos, Is the quote form the bible, old light? Isn't this wording changed in the NewNWT? 1 tim 2: 3,4 "accurate knowladge" is now changed to something else as I understand it. Am I correct? I know it was changed somewhere in the silver sword edition, just not sure if it was changed everywhere or if this was the place.
and what is so funny that these people found in that book, on page 22?
Plus it is rather telling that they all except one are holding WT material. The Bible is relegated to second place ( at best) here.