Try some of these
One of the
reasons is that people are disturbed by what is happening in their churches.
Yes, millions of persons have been shocked to learn that things they were
taught as being vital for salvation are now considered by their church to be
wrong. Have you, too, felt discouragement, or even despair, because of what is
happening in your church? A businessman in Medellin, Colombia,
expressed the effect the changes have had on many. “Tell me,” he asked, “how
can I have confidence in anything? How can I believe in the Bible, in God, or
have faith? Just ten years ago we Catholics had the absolute truth, we put all
our faith in this. Now the pope and our priests are telling us this is not the
way to believe any more, but we are to believe ‘new things.’ How do I know the
‘new things’ will be the truth in five years?”
(Awake! April 22, 1970, page 8)
summer of 1946, I was baptized at the international convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Although I was only six years of age, I was determined to fulfill my dedication
to Jehovah. (Watchtower, March 1, 1992, page 27)
SEVEN. Paola, who lives in western Mexico, is being raised by her
grandparents. Yearbook 2011, page 58).
eight years old, was baptized at a circuit assembly in Bonaire.
(Yearbook 2002, page 110)
years old, Persis is baptized and is serving as an auxiliary pioneer while in
school. (Yearbook 2011, page 54).
admitting we made a mistake is the right, honest and decent thing to do. But it
is more than that. It is also the course of wisdom. For one thing, admitting to
having made a mistake is a lesson in humility. This, on the one hand, protects
us from the snare of pride, which is ever ready to entrap us. And, on the other
hand, the humbling experience of admitting we made a mistake may well serve to
make us more careful so that we will be less likely to make that same mistake
again. Wisely we are warned: "He that is covering over his transgressions
will not succeed [with God], but he that is confessing and leaving them will be
shown mercy"—by God and by God’s servants. Yes, the very confessing of our
errors will aid us to leave them.—Prov. 28:13. (Awake! February 8, a973, page
“… if we
want to be fair-minded, we must be willing to subject our own opinions to
continual testing as we take in new information. We must realize that they are,
after all, opinions. Their
trustworthiness depends on the validity of our facts, on the quality of our
reasoning, and on the standards or values that we choose to apply.” (June 22, 2000, page 10)
wisely decide against putting your trust in imperfect men and their fallible
predictions and promises.” (Watchtower,
March 15, 1966, page 168).
Catholic Church occupies a very significant position in the world and claims to
be the way of salvation for hundreds of millions of people. Any organization that assumes that position
should be willing to submit to scrutiny and criticism.” (Awake! August 22,
1984, page 28).