This is in repsonse to a post on “ReligionFacts” alleged to be “Just the facts on religion”, and another post on The Extinguisher site.
I am not with the JWs, nor do I defend such an organization. While the authors are targeting Jehovah’s Witnesses, neither distinguish what Russell taught from what the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.
The false “fact” is claimed made that Charles Taze Russell was the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1879.
(1) Charles Taze Russell was not the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russell did not believe in, and he preached against, the kind of authoritarian organization such Rutherford created after Russell died. Russell did begin printing his magazine, “Zion’s Watch Tower”, later “The Watch Tower”, in 1879. He was not the founder, however, of any religion.
Russell Was Not the Founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
The false “fact” is presented that Russell believed that Christ was to return in 1914.
(2) Russell did not believe that Christ was to return in 1914; in 1876, Russell concluded that Christ had returned in 1874, and Russell died in 1916 still holding to the belief that Christ had returned in 1874. From 1904 onward, Russell was expecting the time of trouble to begin in 1914; he died in 1916 still holding to the belief that the time of trouble had begun in 1914. Russell was never expecting the JW kind of Armageddon in 1914, as he believed that Armageddon is a period of time in which the people of the nations are chastised, not eternally destroyed as Rutherford taught.
(3) Russell’s effort was to harmonize the entire Bible, without adding the traditions of men.
(4) Russell did believe that “hellfire” is a mistranslation of Gehenna. Russell did, however, believe in the Biblical hell: sheol, hades.
Russell archive on hell
(5) Russell never taught anyone to reject blood transfusions.
See my study:
Blood Transfusions and the Bible
(6) Russell never rejected the symbol of the cross, the celebration of birthdays, holidays, etc.
(7) The Bible itself condemns fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality and incest.
(9) The Bible itself fortells the coming “theocratic” govenment.
See my website on Charles Taze Russell
One of the JWs has a page on Russell’s marriage which we believe to be very informative. Be aware that the site does preach the JW organization in the other posts, but the information on the post linked to below appears to be accurate and useful.The material is reproduced from the JW Proclaimers book and their 1975 Yearbook, discussing Russell’s marital problems, and the charges his wife brought against. The post brings out that Mrs. Russell denied that she was claiming that Russell had committed adultery.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )