Consistency plays a crucial role in determining the inherent truthfulness of statements and sources.
Reliability of Information: If a source consistently provides accurate information, it builds trust and is considered reliable. Inconsistent information, on the other hand, can lead to doubts about the source’s credibility.
Verification of Facts: Consistent information across multiple independent sources can help verify the truthfulness of a statement. If there are inconsistencies, further investigation may be needed.
Logical Consistency: Statements that are logically consistent (i.e., they do not contradict each other) are more likely to be truthful. Logical inconsistencies often indicate errors or falsehoods.
Temporal Consistency: If a source’s statements remain consistent over time, this can indicate a commitment to truthfulness. Sources that frequently change their statements may be seen as less reliable.
It’s also crucial to be aware of the potential for consistent misinformation, where false statements are repeated consistently to give the illusion of truth. Critical thinking and fact-checking are always necessary when evaluating the truthfulness of statements and sources.
Here are some of the doctrinal changes in the Jehovah’s Witness interpretations from 2017 to 2023:
- New Light Doctrine: The Governing Body (GB) discusses questions and if unanimous, they announce it as new light1.
- Imperfection of the GB: The GB are imperfect and sometimes make mistakes. They are not to apologize or even admit they were wrong1.
- Resurrection Doctrine: It used to be that if you were disfellowshipped and died before Armageddon you would be resurrected unless you were really bad. Now, they are saying pretty much everyone will make it through and then during the 1000 year reign everyone can decide if they want to live in paradise1.
- Reporting Ministry: No more reporting ministry only that you participated in some form1.
Please note that these changes are based on the information available and there might be more changes not listed here. For a more comprehensive list, you might want to check out resources dedicated to tracking changes in Jehovah’s Witness doctrine23.
(Note: last updated back in 2017)