CTR’s Gravestone

Posted on April 24, 2008. Filed under: Is it true what they say? | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This post is in reference to a statement made on the site:

http://www.watchthetower.net/russell.html

regarding the gravestone of Charles Taze Russell

The claim is made that Russell personally chose a giant pyramid weighing several tons as his “memorial stone.” A link is given providing a page written by Randall Watters. The link is titled “Russell’s Pyramid Gravestone,” making it appear that Russell’s gravestone was a pyramid. The link is provided below:

http://www.watchthetower.net/russ3.html

Russell’s gravestone was not a pyramid! Russell was not buried under any pyramid. The pictures presented show that Russell’s gravestone was not pyramid. I present the link to a picture of Russell’s actual gravestone as shown on the page:

http://www.watchthetower.net/pyr_1.jpg

As one can see, that gravestone/tombstone is not a pyramid. Russell, however, never claimed to be the “Laodicean Messenger”, as has been inscribed on the grave stone. Nevertheless, the photo linked above was evidently not Russell’s original gravestone; I present below a link to a photo of the original gravestone:

http://ctr.reslight.net/gravestone.jpg

Although there have been claims that Russell left instructions to build a pyramid on the plot, I have not found nor seen any proof that Russell left any such instructions. His instructions for his funeral are presented on the web page linked to above, which states:

I desire to be buried in the plot of ground owned by our Society, in the Rosemont United Cemetery, and all the details of arrangements respecting the funeral service I leave in the care of my sister, Mrs. M. M. Land, and her daughters, Alice and May, or such of them as may survive me, with the assistance and advice and cooperation of the brethren, as they may request the same. Instead of an ordinary funeral discourse, I request that they arrange to have a number of the brethren, accustomed to public speaking, make a few remarks each, that the service be very simple and inexpensive and that it be conducted in the Bible House Chapel or any other place that may be considered equally appropriate or more so. (from Watchtower Reprints, 12/1/16)

Nothing is said in his instructions about building an expensive pyramid weighing several tons. The pyramid in the middle of the WTS plot was constructed by Rutherford several years after Russell died. Such a flamboyant style expressed by constructing such a pyramid seems to match Rutherford’s character more than it does Russell’s.

Of course, some time later, Rutherford claimed that the Great Pyramid was built by Satan to deceive, which, in effect, would credit Satan with knowing about the book of Revelation before it was given to Jesus! — Revelation 1:1,2.

After Russell died, Rutherford, by mean of deceit and legal trickery, gained control of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and used that legal entity as a basis to form a new organization, which he later called “Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

For more information concerning the Great Pyramid and the Bible, see:

http://gp.reslight.net/

Regarding the false claims concerning Russell and the Great Pyramid measurements, see:

Strange Teaching of Pryramidology

Russell’s Pyramid Tomb?

Occultism and the Great Pyramid

Russell on “Great Pyramid”

Biblical Study of the Great Pyramid Vs. Spiritism

The Alleged “Clear” Occultism of 1914

Russell and the Great Pyramid

Links to other sites that make similar claims that Russell’s gravestone is a pyramid, or that Russell is buried in or under a pyramid, etc. Some of the sites may not directly state this, but may use wording that could lead the reader to conclude that Russell was buried under, or in, Rutherford’s pyramid monument. Please note that many of the writers on these sites linked to may present a lot of imaginative and false information about Russell as though “fact”.

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war strategy

Posted on April 17, 2008. Filed under: Things You Might Not Know About Charles T. Russell | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Brother Russell is being misrepresented as teaching that lying to people you consider to be God’s enemies is justifiable as theocratic “war strategy”. The reference given as proof of such is the Watchtower, June 1, 1960, page 352.

Immediately, most Bible Students realize that whatever was written in 1960 could not have been written by Russell, since Russell died in 1916. Russell never wrote anything to the effect that lying to ones considered to be God’s enemies was something that a consecrated child of God should do. What the writer has done to quote something as being taught by Russell when in actuality Russell never taught such a thing.

Nevertheless, I must point out that by attributing such a teaching to Russell, the writer of that webpage is himself not telling the truth. Is this a deliberate lie? I don’t know. I cannot judge if the writer actually knew or understood that something almost written 44 years after Russell died was not written by Russell, and should not be attributed to Russell. God knows, and God knows the heart of the writer, whether his writings are of a heart of hatred or simply being misguided.

A good study on this matter presented by Brother Russell is entitled “Evil Speaking and Hatred”, and can be found at:

http://www.agsconsulting.com/htdbv5/r4524.htm


Charles Taze Russell – Examining the Facts

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A truth Presented by Satan

Posted on April 17, 2008. Filed under: Quotes from Russell, Things You Might Not Know About Charles T. Russell | Tags: , , , , , |

On the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/wwwsoundnessofmindcom/charlestazerussell.htm

The following is stated concerning Charles Taze Russell

Truth: “A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God. . . . Accept truth wherever you find it, no matter what it contradicts” (WT 7/1879, pp. 8-9).

This quotation is from Russell, and it does state a truth. If Satan states something that is true, it does not become a lie simply because he stated it. Nevertheless, Satan often presents a truth in such a way to persuade one to believe in a lie.

However, taking the quote out of context is evidently designed to lead one to believe that Russell was in some way in agreement with, in service of, the devil, occultism, or some form of witchcraft, etc. Let us look at the quote in context:

This question is one which every sincere Christian should ask and seek to answer. We should learn to love and value truth for its own sake; to respect and honor it by owning and acknowledging it wherever we find it and by whomsoever presented. A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God.

Perhaps no class of people are more apt to overlook this fact than the Christian. How often do they in controversy overlook and ignore truth presented by their opponents. This is particularly the case when arguing with an infidel. They feel at perfect liberty to dispute everything he says on religious subjects. This is not the correct principle. Many infidels are honest–as anxious to speak and believe the truth as are Christians–and if in converse with them we ignore truths which they may advance, we not only fail to convince them of our truths, but put an end to all hope of reaching them; for our failure to admit the evident truth which they advance begets in them contempt for the one who is not honest enough to admit one truth because he does not see how it can be reconciled to another. Accept truth wherever you find it, no matter what it contradicts, and rely for ability to afterwards harmonize it with others upon “The Spirit of truth, which shall guide you into all truth,” as Jesus promised.

Thus, it becomes obvious as to what Russell was saying. He is likening the infidels who are being used by Satan as though they were Satan; Jesus did something similar when he called the apostle Peter “Satan”. (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33) Peter, of course, was not literally Satan, but he was imitating Satan is speaking an untruth. Likewise, the infidels who reject the creative account of the Bible may present a lot of truths in what they say, although they may misrepresent those truths to promote what is not true.

Likewise, if Satan, or his demons speak a truth, it is still true regardless of their purposes for stating the truth. The implication of putting this quote on the site appears to be to imply that the opposite is actually the truth, thus, that absolutely everything Satan says is a lie, and that thus, Satan cannot speak one sentence without everything in that sentence being a lie. Such an idea, if extended to the demons over whom Satan is prince, then the demons lied when they called Jesus: “the son of God,” and “Son of the Most High.” (Matthew 8:29; Mark 3:11; Luke 1:32; 4:41; 8:48) Thus, if they cannot tell the truth at all, then we should believe that it is a lie to say that Jesus is the “Son of God,” or that Jesus is the “Son of the Most High.”

In Job 1:7, we read:

Yahweh said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” — World English Bible translation.

Did Satan lie when he stated the above? Did he lie to Yahweh by saying that he had been going back and forth in the earth, etc.? I have no reason to think that he did so.

But didn’t Jesus say concerning Satan that “there is no truth in him?” — John 8:44, Word English.

Actually, the translators have worded Jesus’ words to have him say this. The more direct translation would be, in reference to “the truth” that Jesus had just spoken of: “the truth is not in him.” (John 8:44) I don’t think Jesus intended to say that Satan can never tell a truth, anymore than he meant that those Jewish leaders to whom he spoke could never tell a truth. However, most often when Satan tells us a truth, it is framed in a setting of a lie, as in Genesis 3:5. By such methods he misrepresents the truth that he states with a lie.

Another motive for quoting Russell as quoted on the site may have been to leave the impression that Russell believed that what Satan says is “the truth,” which is again far from Russell’s intent in his statement. Russell’s works attest of his view concerning Satan, that he was a liar, and the father of the lie, as Jesus said.
http://tinyurl.com/5w63pp

For more concerning Charles Taze Russell, see:
http://ctr.reslight.net

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