Jehovah`s Witness/Charles Taze Russell

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shureman wrote at 2007-11-10 14:54:13
Thank you very much for the courage to attempt to answer this rather abrasive question.  Another " expert " refused to answer at all. However, I am sorry you blindly accept the teachings of a man who you have not independently and objectively investigated.  But then, that's not permitted if you are a JW, is it...


shureman wrote at 2007-11-10 15:08:04
I must add that, you are most correct.  Many so-called Christian churches today are, indeed, a huge embarrassment to Christ.   But then, they are not all centrally controlled and propagandized to like some other autocratic and hierarchical ones (such as JW, Catholic, Mormons).  None of them have it completely right.  But any independent individual, striving to be Christ-like in community, communication and compassion is off to a good start !


Yah's Servant wrote at 2007-11-11 23:22:31
It's not possible to attain pure worship of the one true Elohim and Creator which is Yah (Yahweh the Father and Yahshua the son and MessiYah who came in His Father's name as prophesied-the Salvation of Yah)when this worship is founded by the same Charles Russell that was into masonry and pyramidology with a pyramid now on his gravesite...the same Charles Russell who was into sorcery and fortune telling and used pyramid measurements to set prophetic dates. Any religion that begins in witchcraft and satanic spiritualism is as much a part of and rooted in Babylon as any other.


Ronald wrote at 2008-07-31 18:11:10
Charles Taze Russell never claimed to be a Greek scholar. Where in the introduction to Studies in the Scriptures did he state that it would be better to leave the Bible opened and to read his commentary on it? Probably no other person of the 19th and 20 th centuries has been more mispresented than Charles Taze Russell. Russell, himself, however was never associated with, never knew of, did not approve of, such an organization as the Jehovah's Witnesses.



Ronald D.

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ResLight wrote at 2010-04-19 02:26:09
Charles Taze Russell never, ever, at any time, claimed to be a Greek scholar. Charles Taze Russell never, ever, at any time, or at any place, said that it would be better to leave the Bible unopened and to read his commentary on it. Here are some things that Russell actually did d write, pertaining to the "Studies in the Scriptures" and the Bible:



In reading them the first time, and perhaps the second time, and before we would accept anything as being our own personal faith and conviction, we should say, "I will not take it because these studies say so; I wish to see what the Bible says." And so we would study the Scriptures in the light of these SCRIPTURE STUDIES; we would prove every point, or disprove it, as the case might be. We would be satisfied with nothing less than a thorough investigation of the Bible from this standpoint.... If, at the same time, in any future reading, we should come to a place where something did not seem clear to us and we thought of some Scripture which seemed not as harmonious with it as we had previously thought, we would think it our duty to refer at once to the Scriptures, because the Scriptures are the standard, and in that reference to the Scripture it would be with a view to discerning whether or not we had been mistaken in our previous examinations.... This is not, therefore, putting the SCRIPTURE STUDIES as a substitute for the Bible, because so far as substituting for the Bible, the STUDIES, on the contrary, continually refer to the Bible; and if one has any doubt as to a reference or if one's recollection should lapse in any degree, one should refresh his memory, and, in fact, should see that his every thought is in harmony with the Bible --not merely in accord with the SCRIPTURE STUDIES, but in accord with the Bible. -- Watch Tower, September 15, 1910, page 298, Reprints 4685.



As far as the Jehovah's Witnesses are concerned, Russell did not believe in such an authoritarian organization, and preached against such authoritarianism until the day he died.


ResLight wrote at 2013-02-19 04:13:28
Regarding the statement that is alleged to appear in an introduction to Russell's "Studies in the Scriptures": “It would be better to leave the Bible unopened and to read his commentary on it, than to omit the latter and read only the Bible”.



Russell never said such a thing at all; one will not find such a statement anywhere in Russell's writings. Some take something he once said, not in any introduction to the Studies, but in the Watch Tower of 1910, out of context, and try to make it mean something that he never stated.



Here are, however, some true statements that Russell did make , pertaining to the "Studies in the Scriptures" and the Bible:



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In reading them the first time, and perhaps the second time, and before we would accept anything as being our own personal faith and conviction, we should say, "I will not take it because these studies say so; I wish to see what the Bible says." And so we would study the Scriptures in the light of these SCRIPTURE STUDIES; we would prove every point, or disprove it, as the case might be. We would be satisfied with nothing less than a thorough investigation of the Bible from this standpoint....



If, at the same time, in any future reading, we should come to a place where something did not seem clear to us and we thought of some Scripture which seemed not as harmonious with it as we had previously thought, we would think it our duty to refer at once to the Scriptures, because the Scriptures are the standard, and in that reference to the Scripture it would be with a view to discerning whether or not we had been mistaken in our previous examinations....



This is not, therefore, putting the SCRIPTURE STUDIES as a substitute for the Bible, because so far as substituting for the Bible, the STUDIES, on the contrary, continually refer to the Bible; and if one has any doubt as to a reference or if one's recollection should lapse in any degree, one should refresh his memory, and, in fact, should see that his every thought is in harmony with the Bible --not merely in accord with the SCRIPTURE STUDIES, but in accord with the Bible.

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-- Watch Tower, September 15, 1910, page 298, Reprints 4685.

http://www.mostholyfaith.com/bible/reprints/Z1910SEP.asp#Z298:6


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