March 2018 Study Watchtower; WTBTS reinterprets scriptures - yet again!
Page 5, par. 7 During the course of Jesus’ earthly ministry, his disciples also performed baptisms. Like those performed by John, these baptisms symbolized the individuals’ repentance over sins.......However, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, baptism would take on a much different meaning for his followers.
(not according to Acts 2:28 - “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, (as well as Matt. 26:28 & Eph. 1:7)
8 In 33 C.E., the resurrected Jesus appeared to a crowd of more than 500 men, women, and possibly even children. It may have been on that occasion that he said: “Go, therefore, and make disciples..........” (Matt. 28:19, 20; 1 Cor. 15:6) Yes, it seems that hundreds of his followers were present when Jesus gave the commission to make disciples.
(11 disciples at Matthew 28 can suddenly turn into 500 in 1 Corinthians – years later?)
It's noteworthy that JW's are quick to point out to members of Christendom that the terms "immortal soul," "trinity," and "hell-fire" do not appear anywhere in the scriptures, but ignore the fact that these terms , "governing body," "organization" and "dedicated/dedication" (re-baptism ) don't exist in the Bible either.
Wt prides itself on being the only true religion based on their "true", unique Bible interpretation doctrines. Exposures like the above demolish those claims. There can not be enough of them, even if only few are interested to read, and to be swayed by them. Proof has been published, ignoring it the becomes the non-readers problem.
The Elephant in the room is of course the talking snake, walking on water story collection in the first place.
500 assembled to have Jesus present ? in jws mind, that is a special assembly, can not be without new light, special announcement, Like "advertise, advertise the King [of 1914]--"
11 disciples at Matthew 28 can suddenly turn into 500 in 1 Corinthians – years later?
Yet just a few days later, those "500 disciples" had shrunk to 120 (Acts 1:15).
Fickle bunch, eh? 11 to 500 to 120 in the span of 40 days.
Well, that's what you get when you have morons with little intelligence and absolutely no formal training trying to force widely disparate books written at different times for different audiences into a cohesive whole.
Sir, there were 489 non - partakers in that first special assembly, an early taste of the OS/AS (Anointed Sheep) divide to come in the 1930s.
point being :there were always non-144kers on Earth. and even the 11 had partook with a confirmed Earthly Israel hope'
@ The Fall Guy
Thanks for this post.
8 In 33 C.E., the resurrected Jesus appeared to a crowd of more then 500 men, women, and possibly even children.
Unbelievable claim. Possibly even children. Why this? To get the kids into field service and baptism?
fJ: good observation, yeah, subtle, he second fulfillment of Nehemiah 8: 3-8.
babes, kids are already part of a dedicated nation (organisation).