I recently just started reading the 1st book in "Studies in the Scriptures" by C.T Russell. Immediately I found some really good things and some really bad things. I thought it was so profound, especially in light of what this organization would eventually become, that I had to start a blog. I never had the desire to blog. I never thought I had anything good enough to say that would necessitate one.
But I have a reason now. My first posts will be a critical (though not entirely negative) examination of Book 1 of "Studies in the Scriptures - The Divine Plan of the Ages."
I will continue to update this blog regularly (hopefully weekly).
But let me make known my intentions.
The intention of this blog is not the "Witness Bash" or "Watchtower Bash". The intention is to give an honest examination into the historical and cultural implications of this religion. Why, and more importantly, how did this organization evolve to be what it is today? Did the original vision of C.T Russell change? Would he be pleased with the way this organization has turned out today? If so, which parts would he agree with, and which, if any, issues would he have contentions with?
This is neither an "apostate" blog nor a Jehovah's Witness apologetic blog. The tendency in each of these is to try and prove a point, instead of giving an honest examination of the facts. This is NOT apostate in that it is not intended to turn anyone away from God, the Bible, or his son Jesus Christ. This not "apologetic" in that it is not trying to defend any creed or denomination. It is purely for research use only and attempts to compare what has been written to the words of the Bible and the word of reason.
That being said, there are a few assumptions that I will make in writing this blog.
1. The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Thus all of our beliefs should be viewed through biblical "glasses" to see if these things are really so.
2. Atheism is not a reasonable conclusion that I personally can accept through my studies thus far (although I respect many Atheists and their viewpoint deeply)
3. While it is not correct to believe something because someone else believed it, there are valuable lessons to be learned by the early Christian fathers and other Christian thinkers.
So if you are interested in an analysis of early Bible Student and Jehovah's Witness material and history, then welcome! If this type of examination causes fear, then remember the timeless quote from Thomas Paine: "It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."