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Monday, November 23, 2009

Why have there been changes over the years in the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses?

Since the beginning, the Watchtower Society has NEVER claimed to be an inspired prophet of God:

"We have not the gift of prophecy." - Watchtower, January 1883, page 425

Nor to be infallible:

"Nor would we have our writings reverenced or regarded as infallible." - Watchtower, December 15, 1896, page 306

Even the prophets who were divinely inspired to write portions of the Bible did not understand the meaning of everything that they wrote. (Dan. 12:8, 9; 1 Pet. 1:10-12) Even the apostles of Jesus Christ realized that there was much they did not understand in their time. (Acts 1:6, 7; 1 Cor. 13:9-12)

The Bible has shown that Jehovah enables his servants to understand his purpose in a progressive manner. (Prov. 4:18; John 16:12) The Bible shows that there would be a great increase in knowledge of the truth during "the time of the end." (Dan. 12:4) Increased knowledge often requires adjustments in one's thinking. Jehovah's Witnesses are humbly willing to make such adjustments.

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