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JW Do Jehovah's Witnesses consider The Watchtower a holy book?

Discussion in 'Debate Other Religions & Faiths' started by ChristianForCats, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. ChristianForCats

    ChristianForCats God Seeker

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    I used to work with a JW. She told me at Kingdom Hall the preacher and congregation read not only the Bible, but also a book titled The Watchtower. In Google searches for "Bible," I see that title on the first results page. It appears they believe Watchtower supplements the Bible as the religion's sacred text. Am I wrong about this? What exactly is the connection between JWs and The Watchtower?
     
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  2. HTacianas

    HTacianas Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a JW but I can help you with that. The Watchtower is a publication of the JWs. It's more or less a newsletter of sorts.
     
  3. Pavel Mosko

    Pavel Mosko Arch-Dude of the Apostolic

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    From what I've read, probably unofficial "no", but in terms of its authoritative value yes. Because that writing and other JW sources is a document that interprets scripture for church doctrine, not only that they tend to use it for their devotions etc. I hear speakers have pretty much read it from the pulpit etc. in their services and so on.
     
  4. truefiction1

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    The Watchtower is like their periodical magazine, which due to its content is also one of the primary means by which members of the sect, and potential converts, are indoctrinated with core Jehovah's Witness beliefs, many of which are woefully nefarious and therefor potentially causing great harm, because they are flat out lies -- damnable heresies.

    I know from personal experience and from others I've personally met and conversed with about this.
     
  5. Pavel Mosko

    Pavel Mosko Arch-Dude of the Apostolic

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    It's their official Magistereum aka Teaching Authority. They look to it like Catholics look to papal decrees, their Catechism etc., Lutherans read Luther's works, Calvinists read "the Institutes of Christian Religion" and whatever else he wrote etc.
     
  6. Thess

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  7. DW1980

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    They certainly wouldn't see it that way. They do however treat it like that, but allow for changes in theology over time.
     
  8. Peter1000

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    Sorry, my mistake.
     
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