Redvip2000: "Any reasonable person would be hard pressed to believe that any spirit directed organization would be teaching something incorrect for decades, while God just sits by and lets it happen."
THAT says it all and is part of what's always bugged me, even when I was young. (Should have listened more to that gut instinct.) God's not very efficient at communicating doctrine, is he? (Or so the GB would have us believe.) OR: He tests us by allowing this to happen, and making a correction, and then sees who goes along obediently. What a messy way to run any organization.
But, I have always been troubled by the very concept of prophecy. Why not just say what you mean? Why leave people groping about for centuries trying to understand what you are saying? I don't understand this human tendency to want to look for signs and portents, and then spend years (decades, centuries) trying to figure out what it means.
My grandfather used to say "the Bible is like a fiddle, you can play any song on it". He wasn't a nice man (or religious) but I tend to agree with him on this point. I understand and respect that many here are believers in the Bible, but I just can't square the creation of doctrinal dilemmas for people to try to sort out with the management style of a great leader or teacher.