For many brothers, needless to say, "the truth" is a group of people, a building or an organisation. So much so that if you try to challenge a doctrine, even if you do it with the word of God, you risk to be pointed out as rebellious if not even apostate. Also speaking of legitimate criticism (because, obviously, there are so many illegitimate criticism) many brothers will say "This is the truth!". Perhaps all of us, when we started studying the Bible, felt a little like the Beroeans seeing how our curiosity pushed us to ask questions and look for answers in the Scriptures. Many of us were surprised to find that many of Christianity's doctrines were simply false. So we were Beroeans, at least for a while. Are we still like we used to be, or maybe, after a while, we got used to take everything at face value, having eliminated every critical spirit, every question, every reflection, every doubt? Is it possible that the fear of being labeled as "rebels" has taken over our curiosity? Is it possible that we, while we boasted of being "Beroeans", have become harder than others?
In the history of Israel we have many examples of people from outside (ie non-Israelites) who have proved to be more humble and more receptive than many people belonging to the people of God. And this is precisely the problem. We often and willingly think that truth is something that we possess. Once you have it, you have it. The scribes and the Pharisees prided themselves on having the Temple and their father Abraham. – See Matthew 3:8, 9
There is so much to be said, of course, without concealing limits and errors, but the point that we want to emphasise is that the "truth" is the Word of God. – John 17:17
Let us read again this sentence:
the truth is the Word of God.
This means that it is not and can not be an organisation or a group of people. An organisation can be called "the truth" insofar as it adheres to the Word of God. It is not blasphemous to assert that the Society (Watchtower) has adhered to the Word of God to a greater extent and sometimes to a lesser extent. When we focused on 1975, for example (we could make other examples), since it is now obvious that it was not the will of God, this society, blessed in the past because of its obedience, did not adhere, at least to a certain extent, to the Word of God.
Or not? Or do we want to say that "it was God who tested the faithful"? This would be a striking example of how we can consider the truth something that we possess.
If we truly understand that this is the Word of God, it should not happen, when we find ourselves in front of a clear Bible teaching (or less clear, or that deserves to be examined deeply), that we simply say: let us see what the Society says; or that we adapt a phrase of the Lord, or some other verse, to what we think we know. Or, in order to make our understanding stick to the verse, to look for each meaning, each ambiguous phrase or each comment that would confirm our thought (just take a quick tour of everything that has been said about the "generation" in order to confirm a preconceived idea that we continue to drag behind us today). The opposite should be the norm. It is our duty to do research in the Bible, as long as the Bible was written for each one of us. – Proverbs 2:1-6
If we should discover a new teaching, perhaps even something that would go against the official teaching, what would happen?
Happy are we if Jehovah has allowed us to understand His Word to a greater extent!
But how can He allow us to understand His Word if we already have all the answers? If we never question ourselves? (Matthew 11:25, 26) It is not enough to do thousands of researches if the publications we are referring to only emphasise
always the same understanding.
We need a reliable and truly neutral source. The only truly reliable source is the Bible. – 2 Timothy 3:16, 17
So, it's not a play on words: only the Bible can explain the Bible.
For some, not blindly obeying the directives and the doctrines of the Governing Body means lack of loyalty but
our total loyalty should be paid to the Word of God
and not to a human organisation, however meritorious and well-meaning it is.
Does anyone really think that the Almighty God needs us or our organisation? How difficult would it be for God to replace us with another organisation tomorrow? – See Luke 19:40
If we succeed in taking away from our mind that the "truth" is something we possess, let us continue to study the Bible, get back into question and ask for help from the One who can give us true knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5) Let us prove that we are still Beroeans with facts and not just words.