I'm sure that many time we have used evidence to
prove or to corroborate a fact, in order top help the
other part to understand better .
This kind of practice is well known by the WTBS
Inc., which uses it all time and bring to the attentions
of the R&F, all sorts of " evidence in proof "-
To highlight better this point let me refer to a "tipical"
exemple of this, where the WTBS Inc., actually gives
a definition of " evidence".
The quotes are taken from the book " The Harp of God",
by J.F. Rutherford , published by the I.B.S.A.,
the "Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, N.Y. U.S.A."
and the Peoples Pulpit Association, Brooklyn ,N.Y. "
( 1928 edition).
Let's begin with page 245 , paragraph 420 :
" Evidence is that which is submitted to ascertain and establish the truth upon a question at issue or for determi-nation. Positive evidence is that which is given by witnesses who testify to things which they have seen and
know to be true. Circumstantial evidence is a combination
of harmonious circumstances which naturally lead to a certain result, as effect from cause."
- Are you still there? It continues:
"Where things transpire in accordance with God's fixed laws, and such facts we know to be true, these may be said to be physical facts. If God has caused his holy prophets
to testify that certain things would come to pass at some unknown time, and then such events do transpire which
we see and known to be true, such facts are properly cal-led physical facts, and such proof is properly called circum-stantial evidence."
- Hello,no headache yet? Well, let's carry on still on
page 245, paragraph 421 :
" The reliability of positive evidence depends much upon
circumstances which are known to be true. If therefore we
find that certain events have come to pass in our day and that these events are known to us and known to be true, and that such events and facts are exactly in harmony with
divine prophecy, then we may say, These are physical facts which we may confidently rely upon as competent proof to
establish the question for determination. The question now at issue and for determination is, When did the Lord come to his temple, and what is the proof thereof?"
- Hello everything still going fine?? Remember that the
- author of this material, was part of "God's channel" , "anointed heir of Jesus Christ" , "member of the
Governing Body" , appointed by Jesus Christ .
The same - author - who wrote, on page 251 and
paragraph 430 :
" It would be reasonable to expect him to be present some time before he would take unto himself his great power to reign.
His presence beginning in 1874, he has carried on his harvest work from 1878 forward, but has not interrupted
The Gentile dominion until that dominion should end. The end of the Gentile rule, therefore, would mark necessarily
The end of the world. We should expect, then, to find 1914 as the beginning of the end of the old world or Satan's
organization. And that this would take place during the pre-
sence of the Lord he definitely stated."
I do hope that you've have found this exemple of
" Evidence in Proof! quite interesting.
"Historia est testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae,
magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis".
(Cicerone , De Oratore, II)