This site now has permission to reprint various postings and articles from JWFacts, JWStudies, JWInsider, and several others. We are still working on getting more content from more posters, bloggers, and site creators, and are especially looking for JWs who have taken up the same studies about chronology that we focus on here.
JWINSIDER #009 on 1914: From posts in the topic ALL aspects of 1914 doctrine are now problematic from a Scriptural point of view.
The original context is found here: https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/39516-all-aspects-of-1914-doctrine-are-now-problematic-from-a-scriptural-point-of-view/
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…the previous understanding can go alongside this without doing much harm….“the person is not going to leave Jehovah just because of a perceived delay, but also he is not longing for the day of disaster. Perhaps it refers to the right attitude toward God’s judgments.”
If you are referring specifically to the 1914 doctrine, I can’t quite figure out what you mean by “previous” since it is still very much “official” doctrine. Perhaps you meant from my perspective, in which case, I agree that even if the 1914 doctrine, is wrong, or unnecessary, it need not cause “much harm,” assuming that we continue to highlight several of the counterbalancing ideas.
I wouldn’t even bring it up, however, if I didn’t think it had the potential for doing some harm. That’s because I believe that Jesus was completely serious when he repeated all those ideas about not knowing the time of his parousia. I believe we feel we have found a loophole by claiming that Jesus really meant to say the time of judgement at the END of the parousia, so that it is somehow OK for us to know the time of the parousia. The problem is that knowing the time would have such an effect on our motivations that any specific types of conduct could be hypocritical. We might easily find ourselves motivated by the closeness of judgment, not purely out of willingness and love. Imagine, therefore, if we had translated the original word genealogies in the following passage with “chronology” which is, in fact, one of the primary uses of genealogies in the Bible.
(1 Timothy 1:3-5) . . .command certain ones not to teach different doctrine, 4 nor to pay attention to false stories and to chronology [literally, genealogies]. Such things end up in nothing useful but merely give rise to speculations rather than providing anything from God in connection with faith. 5 Really, the objective of this instruction is love out of a clean heart and out of a good conscience and out of faith without hypocrisy.
Verse 5 summarizes pure Christianity, and Jesus made clear that the “moral” of verse 5 was the same “moral” of not knowing the times or seasons of the parousia.