Thursday, 2 September 2010
"Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the Divine Plan in studying the Bible by itself, but we see, also, that if anyone lays the Scripture Studies aside, even after he has used them, after become familiar with them, after he has read them for ten years--if he lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.
On the other hand, if he had merely read the Scripture Studies with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of the two years, because he would have light of the Scriptures."
- Charles Taze Russell
The Watchtower 9/15/1910; p.298
Basically what Russell is saying is that if you study his book of references then you will really understand the Bible. But if you go and read the Bible, after you have 'understood' the Bible (meaning if you have understood it the way he does), then you will not understand the Bible. And you can only obtain the light of the Scriptures by understanding his interpretation of the Bible.