Friday, 2 May 2014

Physician Heal Thyself

For anyone studying the May 1, 2014 Watchtower magazine (PDF) before heading to the meeting on Sunday take a look at page 3. The subject is entitled "Can Anyone See The Future?" And under the heading "Some Successes, Many Failures" it talks about scientists, professional analysts, ancient sources, religious leaders, and physicians that have tried to predict the future.

Watchtower magazine - May 1, 2014, page 3

The interesting thing is that under the heading 'Religious Leaders' it states:

"RELIGIOUS LEADERS sometimes predict tragic worldwide events to warn mankind and gather followers. Doomsday prophet Harold Camping and his disciples widely advertised that the earth would be destroyed in 2011. Needless to say, the world is still here." (Watchtower, May 1 2014, page 3)

It seems odd that the Jehovah's Witnesses would pick Harold Camping as an example especially when in 1892 they were saying:

"The date of the close of that ‘battle’ is definitely marked in Scripture as October, 1914. It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874." (The Watchtower Reprints, January 15, 1892, page 1355)

But hey instead of just picking on Harold Camping for getting things wrong they could have also mentioned:

"As already pointed out, we are by no means confident that this year, 1914, will witness as radical and swift changes of dispensation as we have expected." (The Watchtower Reprints, January 1, 1914, page 5373)

Seems Harold Camping merely followed their example because in 1892 they were saying 1914 would be the 'close of battle' but then in January 1914 they backtracked and said they 'are by no means confident that this year, 1914, will witness as radical and swift changes of dispensation as we expected'. So Harold Camping got May 21, 2011 wrong. But before him the Jehovah's Witnesses got 1914 wrong. At least Harold Camping had the decency to just disappear into obscurity when his 'end time' prophecy failed.

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana

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