This is from the back cover of the WT.1June 2001
Is It For You?
“ NOT to be read without the presence of a priest.” This warning appears at the beginning of some Bibles owned by Catholics. ‘As Catholics we haven’t always been exposed to the Bible,” says Kay Murdy of the Catholic Bible Institute in Los Angeles, “but that’s changing.” Once Catholics become aware of how the Holy Scriptures can affect their life, she notes, “they develop their own hunger and thirst for the Bible.”
Regarding this change, the magazine US. Catholic quotes a religious education coordinator who said that Catholics who joined Bible study classes felt that “they got shortchanged as Catholics, and that there is a lot of richness in the Bible. They want to capture some of that richness they felt they missed.”
Be that as it may, what “richness” is there for a student of the Bible to discover? Consider: Would you like to know how to cope with the anxieties of everyday life? How can you maintain peace in the family circle? Why is there so much rude and antisocial behavior? What is the cause of violence among today’s youth? Reliable answers to these and other perplexing questions can be found in God’s Word, the Bible, and they would be “richness, indeed, not only for Catholics or Protestants but also for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Shintoists, even atheists and agnostics. As the psalmist put it, ‘God’s word was a lamp to his foot, and a light to his roadway.’ It can be the same to you.—Psalm 119:105.
WOULD YOU WELCOME A VISIT?
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Well that was an unfortunate comparison with those catholic translations because although the WTS will allow reading the Bible……STUDY is another matter! Study of the Bible without strict adherence to WTS publications is impossible. So BIBLE STUDY is really WTS PUBLICATION STUDY. So the WTS is better? It allows reading of the Bible but not STUDY!Hardly. The truth is the Bible has been relegated in favour of the WTS human wisdom and ideologies that the R+F cannot argue without risk of judicial action. JWs spend more time reading all the WTS publications than reading the Bible. However the JWs that do actually study the bible will soon see that they
have been ‘shortchanged’ also.
‘Your word [the Bible] is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.’ Psalm 119:105.
For JWs it is 'Your word [The WTS publications] is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.’ —Psalm 119:105. Now that does explain a great deal, don't you think!