EXPOSING the CORE PREMISE of JW FALSE TEACHINGS
Poison is at work in any argument with Jehovah's Witnesses. This poison has little to do with the beauty of WatchTower logic or the tasty morsels of JW reasoning.
The poison is odorless and tasteless and it has absorbed into their core premise: Scripture Interpretation directed by Jehovah.
If you BUY into the core premise (somebody possesses a divinely granted access to an infallible source of truth) you are already dead in the water.
That is THE deal breaker. False premises lead always to false conclusions.
Stop right here.
The core misrepresentation of Christianity solely rests in accepting the Bible as the inerrant Word of Almighty God.
What logically follows from swallowing that poison is what leads to cults and denominations’ next step: offering personal interpretation as the only true interpretation.
A leads to B. Buy one and get one free!
This false premise is planted in your head practically from birth. It is inescapable. You find it everywhere like Santa Claus at Christmas.
THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD and INERRANT?
Is it worth asking the right question about this????
What is the right question?
WHY DIDN'T GOD PRESERVE the original documents?
(i.e.Moses,David,Paul, etc-sat-down-and-wrote-these-words-on-this-animal skin or papyrus.)
IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY ORIGINALS AT ALL, what DO you have? Obviously, all you have is somebody's assurance 1. There was an original 2. It was copied accurately. (Without number 1. All you’re left with is an I.O.U. for 2.)
Sleight-of-hand! Your having to trust the assurance rather than the word of God itself. One is cold cash while the other is a promise of cash.
Neat trick, eh?
If GOD did not see fit to preserve the ORIGINAL (Spoiler Alert!) and He didn't…
Why trust the assurances of those who stand to gain by interpreting it for us?
You cannot get past this PREMISE, this fatal flaw, the foundation of Christianity and of Jehovah’s Witnesses. There is no original manuscript preserved to be used to prove anything at all.
The original Bible "books" do not exist anywhere on Earth. We are forced to accept neither the apostles nor the church 1. Thought enough of them to preserve them 2. Had any in the first place.
Jesus never wrote a word of scripture. His teaching was oral.
We are told (by others) those who heard his teachings wrote down what they knew.
Well---DID THEY REALLY?
How do you KNOW?
IF THIS PREMISE IS FALSE......then what??
1.The Catholic Church would have had to develop its religious doctrines based on the authority of men.
2.The authority of church officials would be considered equal to that of God.
3.The activities of the church would indicate how "divine" they were.
4.All the early Christian believers would simply be groups of OPINION MAKERS who interpreted opinions of leaders they found worth listening to.
5.Nobody could prove the superiority of one opinion over and above another's without source authority to point to for refutation.
6.The Church would have to try and settle all the fights, arguments, disagreements and clashing orthodoxies with an OFFICIAL canon and pronouncement of right belief. (All because there was no original manuscript to settle those matters.)
7.The Church would have to use its self-created official status to destroy all opposition by declaring heresy punishable by death. Counter opinion would have to be eliminated by burning documents and destroying naysayers in the harshest possible manner.
Well--isn't this EXACTLY what history shows happened?
The 73 books approved and canonized by the official Christian Church did not prevent that same organization from committing foul deeds throughout the millennia. The fruits of their core premise were dastardly.
When Martin Luther challenged Church authority and inadvertently split Christianity yet again---the Bible was the first thing to be challenged as to authenticity!!
Where are those 73 canonized books purported to be the true word of God?
7 of those books were simply tossed out because they did not match Luther's ideas! So much for the inerrant message from the True God passed on by the authority of The Catholic Church.
For a millennia the church would kill anybody who asserted against their magisterium or anyone who tried to place Scripture ahead of official pronouncement.
Martin Luther, in effect, put his thumb in the eye of Mother Church by asserting a NEW PREMISE.
What was his PREMISE?
1. God doesn't rule men through an Organization.
2.Each Christian is authorized by God to his own bible to discover God’s message of salvation, hope, and truth. In Luther’s words: Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone).
Since the 16th Century, the BIBLE alone was the new PREMISE replacing (go ahead, say it) Organized religion.
You and I--if we grew up in a non-Catholic household of Christian faith--were served this PREMISE on our plate. We grew up with it.
Here’s a scary question.
WHAT IF THIS PREMISE IS AN ERROR as well??
1.Does there exist a True God who communicates with humanity through a book without any original manuscript to back up such claim?
2.If not--how does Christianity get away with opinions pretending to be Divinely authorized?
3.Why should any of us be bound by opinions, claims, counterfeits?
4. Why waste time arguing scriptural interpretation when no scripture of any kind is demonstrably DIVINE?
Clearly, such “religion” is only a man-made tool for controlling the behavior and loyalty of people gullible enough to swallow the poison.
The Watchtower Society embraces BOTH false premises:
1.WatchTower is a provably ever-changing organization of men pretending to authority to interpret Truth and enforcement of orthodoxy
2. WatchTower’s divine communication between God and man with them as the channel of interpretation is a lie.
The WORST of both lies is embodied in one false premise.
WatchTower's organization is what the Catholic Church was no matter how you slice it. Men pretending to be able to tell you how to live while saying it isn't really them saying it. At the same time, they point to the Bible as a source authority redundantly. The Bible they've gone out of their way to rejigger over and over again (proving how malleable a non-sourced prop it really is.)
Food for thought.
We live in a real world and our life is finite in length. Do we need to waste our time arguing scripture, interpretations of scripture, when the only strategy worth asserting is aimed at Jehovah’s Witnesses Achilles heel; their false premise?
How can you believe you have The Truth based on interpretation of the Bible when the Bible itself has no valid foundational documents preserved?
Stick with that and you’ll expose the house of cards on which WatchTower teaching rests.