How can you possibly compare an argument among the Apostles to stupid statements by the complete governing body. They also insist that their words are not only believed, but that their millions of followers are meant to adjust their lives to whatever they say. Massive difference.aadriver
I think that it was down to natural human imperfection and from imperfection, at times, it can result in irrational ideas... Similarly, considering the attainment of first hand teaching and knowledge from Jesus, it was irrational of the apostles of Jesus to argue on the day of the Pesach who was the greatest amongst them all.
Do you think that Martin Luther and his followers were stupid to date predict the second coming and the end, an end that obviously didn't happen ?
This is near enough the same as what Martin Luther and his followers did...Up to around ten times he and his subsequent followers predicted the second coming and the end, and they produced printed material to promote that idea. Yet, as followers of Christ they knew that Jesus had said no one knows the day or hour of the end. However, I see their reasoning, because as Historicists,(just as Russell was) the predictions are generally based on Daniels prophecies that give numerals and chronology as a basis for calculating the signs of the end. I can't recall Luther saying that he himself was an Ass, he wasn't, and neither, on those same methods of prediction, was Russell.
Then, the Protestants copied the Catholics and formed their own inquisitions and tortured the innocents. Luther was anti-semitic, he claimed to be a spokesman for God, he believed God's word, the book of Revelation to be wrong.
Do you believe that Luther and his Protestants throughout the centuries were also totally irresponsible and completely stupid as you do Russell and all that followed him ? Or do you limit your anger to one faction only ?
Anyone who tries to put a date on Jesus coming is pretty biblically ignorant, as Jesus said that nobody knows the day or hour (or year).
Incidentally, it was judge Rutherford that said 'I made an ass of myself.' He said it privately (of course not publically) to colleagues. You can read about it in the 1984 Watchtower October 1st page 24.