At the Watchtower study on November 6, 2011, you may have noticed these two paragraphs: 14 How do you react when Jehovah, the Source of spiritual enlightenment, sheds light on “the deep things of God” found in the Bible? (1 Cor. 2:10-13) We have an excellent example in the apostle Peter’s reaction when Jesus told His listeners: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves.” Taking those words literally, many disciples said: “This speech is shocking; who can listen to it?” They “went off to the things behind.” But Peter said: “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life.”—John 6:53, 60, 66, 68.
15 Peter did not fully understand what Jesus said about eating His flesh and drinking
His blood. But the apostle relied on God for spiritual enlightenment. When spiritual
light on some matter gets brighter, do you try to understand the underlying Scriptural
reasons for the adjustment? (Prov. 4:18) The first-century Beroeans received the word “with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily.” (Acts 17:11) Imitating them will deepen your appreciation for your privilege to serve Jehovah, to have him be your share. (The Watchtower, 9/15/2011 page 14, paragraphs 14 and 15)
If we examine the reasoning here we can see some of the conclusions that are reached by the writers of the article. Those that are familiar with commonly used scriptures by Jehovah’s Witnesses will notice Proverbs 4:18, as well as John 6:68. These verses are key to their assertion that the Organization led by the Governing Body are the sole arbiters and prophets of God on earth today. Lets analyze the quote now:
How do you react when Jehovah, the Source of spiritual enlightenment, sheds light on “the deep things of God” found in the Bible?
Notice that Jehovah is referred to as the source of enlightenment, but the paragraph is most certainly alluding to doctrinal changes that occasionally appear in the Watchtower and that come from the writing department under the direction of the Governing Body.
“Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life.
Peter’s lack of understanding in what Jesus meant when he said they should consume his blood and flesh is mentioned. The article then compares our acceptance of what is written in the Watchtower magazine to Peter’s unquestioning faith and acceptance of Christ as his Savior. Should a brother or sister in the Kingdom Hall accept what is printed in a Watchtower letter or publication to that extent? What could happen to them if they did not view a doctrinal point in the same light as what was printed in a particular article?
When spiritual light on some matter gets brighter, do you try to understand the underlying Scriptural reasons for the adjustment?
The words “when spiritual light on some matter gets brighter” are used to mean that when a Christian’s understanding of Scripture is enhanced, it is coming directly from our Creator via his holy spirit.
The Watchtower Organization leadership thus compares themselves to Jehovah and Jesus in their ability to enlighten their followers. Therefore, this logic means that whatever is written in the Watchtower should be accepted as infallible because it is coming from God directly. Do you really believe that? If so, should you? (Psalms 146:3,4) Here is the deconstruction of this reasoning in chart form: