Whom shall we follow for Bible-based truths?

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  • Doug Mason
    Doug Mason


    There is a range of Bible Canons and variant texts (Roman Catholic, Ethiopian, Orthodox, Protestant, Old Greek, Theodisius, Masoretic, Siniaticus, various LXX, etc.) emanating from arguments dating from the 2nd century within Judaism and with Marcion and it has continued ever since (especially 4th to 7th centuries CE; Trent, Luther, etc.).

    The material has experienced constant change, and the WTS simply follows that well-trodden path when it adjusts the texts to suit its doctrinal positions. This has been happening ever since the first pen was applied to the earliest scrolls.

    The WTS adapts the 19th century material by the Trinitarians Westcott and Hort.

    No Bible or Canon existed when any of the above cited texts (2 Tim 3:16, etc.) was written, and they are simply propaganda opinions. To assume the (anonymous) writer of 2 Tim was telling the Truth, one would have to assume he had information that came directly from God. In other words, is 2 Tim 3:16 inspired? A circular argument indeed.

    To be technically correct, the Greek word at 2 Tim 3:16 rendered as "inspired", simply means "god-breathed". Unfortunately for those wishing to impress their presumptions, it is a unique word with little to help determine exactly what the writer intended -- which at the time would have referred to any of the earlier Jewish and Hebrew writings -- including 1 Enoch, which is so heavily referenced in the "NT" documents.

    At that time, there was any number of documents accepted by the followers of Jesus, including several Gospels which were later excluded on dubious grounds. Codex Siniaticus includes Barnabas and references the Shepherd of Hermas.


  • Acluetofindtheuser

    Out of all Christendom, the Catholic Church appears to be the original congregation formed by Jesus. All the other sects and denominations are her daughters who thought their mother was not worthy of the bride groom. If Jesus really comes back to inspect his house it would start with Vatican City.

    The JW new/flip-flop light is just as bad as the no new light coming out of the Catholic Church. Apparently no denomination of Christendom can decode the day of the lord's return. Rapture this, everyone's going to Hell that, new heavens and pearly gates this, earth burned up that, Everyone's so confused. It sounds like the Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan) song, All Along the Watchtower.

    There must be some kind of way outta here
    Said the joker to the thief
    There's too much confusion
    I can't get no relief
    Business men, they drink my wine
    Plowman dig my earth
    None were level on the mind
    Nobody up at his word
    Hey, hey
    No reason to get excited
    The thief he kindly spoke
    There are many here among us
    Who feel that life is but a joke
    But, uh, but you and I, we've been through that
    And this is not our fate
    So let us stop talkin' falsely now
    The hour's getting late, hey
    All along the watchtower
    Princes kept the view
    While all the women came and went
    Barefoot servants, too
    Outside in the cold distance
    A wildcat did growl
    Two riders were approaching
    And the wind began to howl
  • Doug Mason
    Doug Mason

    Actually, the dominant Christians were in Egypt, at Alexandria as well as in Carthage, North Africa, not in Rome.

    While deliberations were going in the early centuries regarding matters such as the Biblical Canon, the Church of Rome was a minor bystander. Other major players came from the Eastern Mediterranean.

    When the vicious internal Christian wars of the 4th and 5th centuries decimated the North African Christianity, it moved northwards, becoming a European religion. One should compare the nature of the African religion as is still practised in Ethiopia - along with its Canon.

    Doctrinal decisions, such as on the nature of God, the Trinity, and so on, were not made by the Church of Rome. These determinations were forced upon the communities by the edicts of Roman Emperors, with Theodosius in particular.

    The European style of Christianity, in which the Pope and his henchmen ruled with an iron fist, shed its Jewish origins, to the point where images of Jesus are of a pale skinned European. A clear example of its anti Semitic position.

    Religions speak of "Jesus coming back" to create tension, expectation and to hold the sheep within its grasp.


  • smiddy3

    Jehovah`s Witnesses apparently follow the Roman Catholics as it is the 13th Century Spanish Monk Justin Martinus who first coined the name Jehovah as the name for the God of the Tetragrammaton YHWH or JHVH

  • smiddy3

    Everybody holding a bible, Jackson holding maybe Kingdom Interlinear version to make sure all is right,

    If he is then he should look more closely at the forward which states that Yahweh not Jehovah is more likely the correct pronunciation of the Divine name.

    So the GB of JW`s are knowingly promoting a false name of God in their Worldwide Ministry .

    The book "Aid To Bible Understanding" virtually said the same thing that Yahweh was the more correct pronunciation, however they stuck with the false name for God because it was the most popular name in Christendom.

    Here is where Jehovah`s Witnesses speak out of both sides of their mouth .

    They have always claimed that Christendom has tried to hide the name of God from their parishioner`s.

    Why is the name Jehovah engraved in stone on so many Christian Churches throughout the world going back Centuries ? if they were trying to hide that name ?

  • Finkelstein

    Certainly not the lying corrupt leaders of the WTS./Jworg.

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