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Logical Fallacies--Comparing Apples to Oranges

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Logical Fallacies--Comparing Apples to Oranges:

Another tool in the WMB defender's arsenal is the faulty comparison of two unrelated things.

All too often this means comparing William Branham with the Lord Jesus. Message defenders will say that since Jesus taught things like "eat my flesh and drink my blood" we can ignore the unscriptural teachings of WMB. They will state that since Jesus prophesied about the destruction of the Temple (his body) and that it would be restored in 3 days--since he didn't spend an entire 72 hours in the grave must mean that he too prophesied falsely, and therefore we can ignore William Branham's numerous false prophesies. Some will even compare WMB to Jesus in terms of his persecution--WMB was kicked out of denominations for his "stand", and Jesus was hung on a cross for His.

The problem with this reasoning is that it is comparing apples to oranges--two totally different things.

Jesus taught doctrine that was occasionally difficult to immediately understand, employing metaphors and simple stories with a symbolic and moral lesson (also known as 'parables') to make his points. Doing so DOES NOT IN ANY WAY equal false teaching! Jesus was prophesied to teach in parables in Psalms 78. It is a fulfillment of prophesy, and served a practical purpose as well. His lessons were easily understood by the common people in the culture, and even today, we can study these lessons and glean spiritual truth from them. They are timeless, and they are beneficial to our souls.

WMB taught clearly unscriptural things--that the pyramids were built by Enoch (no scriptural basis), the Zodiac was God's first bible (no scriptural basis), and that Jesus Christ is Michael the Archangel to name a few. These aren't parables; these aren't metaphors! These are false teachings brought forth by a false teacher.

Bottom line: You cannot compare WMB to Jesus Christ. He is nowhere near the same, and doing so is logically useless and does not help your argument.

WMB must stand alone. He must be compared, not to Jesus Christ in order to justify shortcomings, not to another man or group, but to the Word of God. He must stand or fall on his own merits alone--and after much study, he FAILS.

-His teachings fall short of the standard when they deviate from the clear teachings found in scripture. (1Timothy 6:3-5, Galatians 1:6-9)
-His prophesies are false, and therefore according to scripture he is a false prophet (Deut. 18:20-22)
-He lied about many things in his life, and never attempted to correct himself. WMB's testimony is untrue, and God does not lie. A liar cannot be trusted, and we are told in scripture to flee for refuge to the Truth--to the Lord. (Proverbs 19:9, Leviticus 19:11, Hebrews 6:18)

Comparing WMB to Jesus is not helping your argument--it is only serving to make you look less like a Christian and more like a cult follower.

Seek the Truth. Let's deal with the real issues and stop playing games.