SHOULD WE BELIEVE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR THE BIBLE?

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Science – The Watchtower 5/10/2013 p.7 par. 3 Creation Reveals the Living God

“They [Christian fundamentalists] reject credible scientific evidence that contradicts their view.”

Science – Awake ! 11/11 p. 3 The Most Important Question of All

“Regrettably, many of the world’s religions have added to the confusion by teaching things that contradict well-established scientific knowledge.”

The Bible – The Watchtower 4/15/2008 p. 6 par. 16 Repudiate “Valueless Things”

“However, we know that when human teachings contradict what God has revealed, it is always the human teachings that are wrong.” (emphasis WT)

Describing scientists – Awake 11/22/1981 p. 14 How Old Are the Fossils?

[They are] Wishy-washy when it suits their purpose, dogmatic when it doesn’t.

DID THE EDENIC SERPENT HAVE LEGS?

What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically believed regarding the serpent in Eden mentioned in Genesis chapter 3?

YES – The Watchtower, June 1, 1964 p. 352 – Questions From Readers

It, therefore, is reasonable to conclude that before God cursed it the serpent possessed legs that elevated it above the ground.

NO – po (1974) chap. 5 p. 59 pars. 15-16 God’s “Eternal Purpose” in His Anointed One Is Formed

“Upon your belly you will go and dust is what you will eat.” This was not a curse upon the whole serpent family. Seemingly God’s words were addressed to that one literal serpent.

NO – The Watchtower, June 15, 2007 p. 31 – Questions From Readers

The Bible does not specifically state that the animal used in tempting Eve had previously had legs but lost them. While the wording of Genesis 3:14 might lead some to think so, we need not necessarily conclude that prior to this curse, serpents had legs.