New Light

by Lost in the fog 18 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Drearyweather

    Lost in the fog, Can you point out or source some references from the WT publications where they have used the term "New Light" while changing or adjusting their doctrines?

  • notsurewheretogo

    But the light is not getting brighter if you follow the JW idea behind it...CT RUssell said that new light would come but would not extinguish old would not replace it...hence adding two candles to a dark room makes it brighter than one as new light enhances the old light.

    But what we have in JW land is new light replacing old candle is blown out and another lit...the room does not get brighter if you do this.

    Overlapping generations REPLACES the literal generation idea...the literal generation is "blown out" replaced by an overlapping one.

    Therefore, CT Russels idea of "new light" is wildly different to what JW's proclaim as new light today and that new idea fails to explain how things are getting "brighter".

  • jwleaks

    New ligh...

  • stillin

    If the old light was only a dim candle and the new one a brighter burn, then OK. But "new light " is recieved with the same sleepy "ho-hum" attitude as the rest of the regurgitated "light." It doesn't actually mean or change anything. It doesn't brighten the room.

  • punkofnice

    It's another example of how the WBT$ takes scriptures way out of context. Next, they'll be claiming the parable of the 'faithful steward' links to their leaders somehow....................oh, wait.................

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    Brilliant analogy, this one's a keeper 👍

  • bennyk

    All truth is in harmony, whether old or new. What was true at any time in the past must be true yet.... and if it is not true now, instead of being advanced light then it was terrible darkness. [...] We have sometimes been accused by unbelievers for teaching that the true way to advance was to displace the truth we learned yesterday by new truth learned today; but we utterly repudiate the absurd charge. To grow in knowledge is to retain the truth we have and add to our stock.

    (Zion’s Watch Tower July 1880 WTR p. 119)

    If we were following a man undoubtedly it would be different with us; undoubtedly one human idea would contradict another and that which was light one or two or six years ago would be regarded as darkness now: But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, and so it is with truth; any knowledge or light coming from God must be like its author. A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light," but adds to it. If you were lighting up a building containing seven gas jets you would not extinguish one every time you lighted another, but would add one light to another and they would be in harmony and thus give increase of light: So is it with the light of truth; the true increase is by adding to, not by substituting one for another.

    (Zion's Watch Tower February 1881 WTR p. 188)

  • Searching

    If there is one thing that never ceases to frustrate me about the WTS it is the way they love to twist scripture to suite their needs. The "Light getting brighter has always been one such verse that made me wrinkle my nose and shake my head.

    When reading the verse in-context, it's obvious that the intend of the scripture has absolutely nothing to do with revealing or refining truths as the end draws near.

    The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

    But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Prov. 4:18-19) (NIV)

    I firmly believe that if more people read through their cherry picked scriptures in their entirety, there would be more seeds of doubt planted in the minds of those still in.

  • smiddy3

    The WT/GB today change a doctrine based on scripture and call it New Light contradicting C.T.Russell`s use of "New Light"

    Thanks for posting those WT quotes bennyK

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