generation |ˌjenəˈrā sh ən|
1 all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively : one of his generation's finest songwriters.
• the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own.
• a set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent : [as adj., in combination ] a third-generation Canadian.
• a single stage in the development of a type of product : a new generation of rear-engined sports carsI have a dictionary built into my computer. Technology is wonderful. But even for those who don't have this function, dictionaries are available in every library and school. When the word "generation" is consulted in the dictionary, it renders several definitions such as those outlined above. It's made fairly clear to us that the word "generation" in the English language means, when applied to a group of people, all of the people born and living at about the same time.
In simple terms, a generation of people would be all of those born around the years 1970-1975, for example. They become a generation, and as they grow up and get married and have children of their own, a new generation is born.
Consider, however, the definition the Governing Body give to the word "generation" in the April 15th 2010 Watchtower magazine;
Perhaps it's not the Governing Body that's confused about the definition of "generation", but rather Jesus himself. After all, in this paragraph, the Governing Body tells readers of the Watchtower that Jesus "evidently meant" something completely different to how "generation" is actually defined and understood. In this case, when Jesus said "generation" he "evidently meant" groups of people living several decades apart who lives "overlap".
One has to wonder how gullible Jehovah's Witnesses are that they will willingly consume this "spiritual food" when it flies so fast and loose with the truth.
My question for Jehovah's Witnesses is this; do you own a dictionary?