Sunday, 7 February 2016

Do Jehovah's Witnesses Bring Good News From God?

The Watchtower Society suggests for book studies for January and February: Good News from God! and Listen to God and Live Forever. What is this good news and how are we to benefit from it?

Quoting Jeremiah 29:11, they say, "Soon God will act to provide a better future for people in every land. He will relieve mankind of the causes of suffering."

This is the fond hope of everyone who sees the wickedness of the world. Jeremiah 29:11 is a text to which most Christians mistakenly turn for comfort in their individual trials. In this instance it is a correct application insofar as it is not about 'God's plan for your life' but about God's plan for his people. Of course, the question of who are God's people is another issue.

They go on to make familiar claims of peace and good health in a better future, lifting verses from the Old Testament Isaiah 25:8;33:24; Daniel 2:44. But it is how this is to be achieved that draws this attention. It is here that there is a frustrating sense that they have missed the point entirely...Read More