Folly of claiming “only we have the truth”

by venus 13 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • venus

    One’s mindset and its conditioning pursue what one believes to be the “truth” which it says ‘I can perceive with my senses. This makes possible for the Life to be perceived in many different ways. Imagine all were born blind. Certainly, we could have built a normal society made for blind people. Other senses rather than vision could have taken precedence.
    Speaking about light, colors… etc. in that world of blindness would only be labeled as “crazy.”

    Interestingly, even if all had vision, that still doesn’t guarantee true vision of the reality. For example, identically sized lines can appear to be different lengths when placed between converging parallel lines. (for more examples If mind can be tricked by what physical eyes see, how much more it would be tricked when it ventures into the realm of the invisible such as what is before and after this life … what was before Big Bang … God and His purpose etc. Hence we have conflicted religions and scriptures with God doing nothing to correct it as though He wants everyone to make his thrilling search.

    Greater ability to perceive means an expanded vision of reality, yet that perception is far from what could be labeled as “real.” When we place our energy in understanding our own perceptions, rather than in using the convenient labels of “right, wrong, true, false, bad and good,” then any sort of judgment is out. Certainly we may need to act as our society dictates.
    If someone harms another, there are laws. There are consequences, but judgment is a human invention which humans wrongly applied to God, hence we have the scriptures that speak of a Last Judgment which in turn gave rise to preachers. [Bible itself shows Jesus is the invention of some imaginative minds. For example, Jesus did not say what is reportedly said in John 3:13 where it says he ascended into heaven at the very start of his ministry [which brings the question: then who did all the works attributed to Jesus?]; and it follows, if John 3:13 is based on imagination then following verses such as John 3:16 on which the main purpose of Jesus' coming on to earth is also imaginary!]

    Compassion arrives when we understand that there is only one relationship (fraternity) and there are many ways to perceive/experience Life. That openness will free us with further understanding which will reflect in a peaceful disposition. A religion that does not recognize this fact has only a tunnel vision.

  • UnshackleTheChains
    Folly of claiming “only we have the truth”

    I think your title alone speaks volumes. Out of the thousands of Christian groups. Jehovahs witnesses with all their history of false prophesies,, erroneous teachings and controversial policies are the only ones who have the truth . So say the Governing Body (apart from Geoffrey Jackson of course - as that would be presumptuous!)

  • LoveUniHateExams

    Does 'truth' even exist?

    (I mean in the real world, outside the minds of believers.)

  • venus


    Is water life saving?

    Yes, when you drink in moderation

    No, when you drink excessively, when you are drown ... etc

  • zeb
  • Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho
    Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho

    @zeb While at first it does seem like a giant goof for Jackson to have said that, I feel like there may be something a little bit clever about his wording since he never actually answered the question... He just said the idea was presumptuous. Did anyone else pick up on that? Or am I giving this Muppet too much credit.

  • stuckinarut2

    I think you are spot on @wake

    It was a cleverly deceptive reply Jackson gave.

  • LoveUniHateExams


    Well, that answers whether water is life-saving or not.

    But, objectively speaking, does 'truth' even exist?

  • ttdtt

    The BEST most REAL scripture in the whole bible is...

    "What is truth?" retorted Pilate.

  • Phizzy

    Dear LUHE, lots of great philosophers have debated the existence and, if it does exist, the nature of truth.

    I think we would be best to have another thread on this.

    As per this Thread, in line with its Title, yes indeed it is folly to claim that JW's alone " have the truth", but that idea is drummed in to them at least once a day, even in conversation amongst themselves they refer to their Org as " the truth".

    Oh the irony ! it is the Untruth ! Founded on lies, and maintained by lies.

    The JW mind, used to cognitive dissonance, accepts the opposing views that it is both the truth, and that much of it may be wrong.

    Very silly, what a silly cult !

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