#41543 Sep 13, 2014
DO YOU want to live in peace and happiness? Do you desire good health and long life for yourself and your loved ones? Do you long to see wickedness and suffering end? Every honest-hearted person wants these things. But today, in all parts of the earth, violence, crime, hunger and sickness are increasing. Why is the world so filled with trouble? What does it all mean? Is there any sound reason to believe that conditions will really get better in our lifetime?
Yes, there is reason for such hope, and it is clearly set out in a book that is published in more languages than any other book in the world. That book is the Bible. It tells us of Gods purpose to set up an entirely new system of things for mankind. If you had the power to do so, would you not bring to an end the conditions that cause so much sorrow? Of course you would! Should we think that the Creator of mankind will do any less? The Bible tells us that God is love.(1 John 4:8) Surely this loving heavenly Father knows what mankind needs. He has the power to fill those needs, and he will most certainly do so, for Psalm 145:16 says of God:You are opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing.See also Deuteronomy 32:4.
When will God satisfy mans desire for true peace and happiness, along with lasting health and life? Must mankind wait for thousands of years more? No! The time is near at hand! But how can this be? Conditions in the world are getting worse, not better. True, but the Bible clearly showed, long in advance, that these very conditions would be proof that we are living in the last days of the present wicked system.(2 Timothy 3:1-5) Soon the loving Creator will bring to their end both wickedness and those who cause it. But God will richly bless honest-hearted ones who want to do what is right, for he promises:The world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.1 John 2:17.
What Does The Bible Reall Teach?
#41544 Sep 13, 2014
What Does The Bible Reall Teach?
WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR MANKIND
What a change this earth will experience! There will be no more war, nor will there be any of the suffering that war brings. Hatred, selfishness, crime and violence will all be things of the past. Instead, there will be perfect peace and security on earth. Gods own Word declares:Just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; . . . the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.(Psalm 37:10, 11 [36:10, 11, Dy]) Such peace will exist, not only between nations, but among neighbors and in every household. Think what a grand blessing that could be to you! And how reassuring to know that the fulfillment of this heartwarming promise does not depend on men! It is God who will bring it about. How? By destroying the wicked and by educating his people in the ways of peace.Proverbs 2:21, 22; Isaiah 54:13.
Among the many blessings that people will enjoy in the new system of Gods making is good health. Even death, which brings much sorrow to all of us, will be no more. The Creators promise is:And [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more.. . . Look! I am making all things new.(Revelation 21:4, 5) That is something that no human ruler, no scientist, no doctor can do; but it is something that God will do. Is it reasonable that Gods only purpose for man is that he spend twenty years growing up, perhaps another twenty or thirty years gaining knowledge and experience, and shortly thereafter begin to grow old, suffer from sickness and die? Why should mans life be so short when even a turtle may live to the age of two hundred years and a tree may live far longer? God made man to live, not to die. The Creator promises that soon it will be possible to enjoy life everlastingly, right here on earth.(Isaiah 25:8) With peace-loving neighbors, good health and satisfying activity to fill our lives, what a pleasure that will be!
How can you be sure that this new system will come? How can you be sure it is not just a dream? You can be confident because Almighty God has promised it. The One who created and sustains the universe has given his guarantee that it will come.God . . . cannot lie.(Titus 1:2) His word never goes unfulfilled.Joshua 23:14.
These thrilling truths are found in Gods Word, the Bible, the Holy Scriptures. There is no other source of information available to man that explains in a truly satisfying way the reason for what has happened on earth and Gods purpose for mankind. While men were used to write the Bible, they did so under the direction of Gods powerful active force or holy spirit, so that all Scripture is inspired of God.(2 Timothy 3:16) Just as an invisible radio beam can carry information to you, so Gods invisible active force directed the writers of the Bible to put down what he wanted mankind to know. That is why one of those writers, the apostle Paul, could say:When you received Gods word, which you heard from us, you accepted it, not as the word of men, but, just as it truthfully is, as the word of God.1 Thessalonians 2:13; see also 2 Peter 1:20, 21.
Teach ook chapter 1 pp 6-8
#41547 Sep 14, 2014
Monday, September 15
[Jesus] went journeying from city to city ..., preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.Luke 8:1.
We are now privileged to share in the greatest work ever entrusted to Gods human servantsthat of declaring the Kingdom message and making disciples.(Matt. 24:14; 28:19, 20) How grateful we are for Jesus matchless example! Like him, we need faith and courage in order to preach the Kingdom message. With Gods help, we can be like courageous Noah, an intrepid preacher of righteousness to a world of ungodly people about to perish in a global deluge.(2 Pet. 2:4, 5) Prayer helps us to carry out the preaching work. When certain persecuted followers of Christ prayed that they might speak Gods word with boldness, that plea was answered.(Acts 4:29-31) If you are somewhat timid about preaching from house to house, Jehovah will answer your prayers for greater faith and courage.Ps. 66:19, 20. w13 1/15 1:18, 19
#41548 Sep 14, 2014
The apostle Peter compares the literal heavens and earth (2Pe 3:5) with the symbolic heavens and earth (2Pe 3:7).The heavens of verse 7 do not mean Jehovahs own dwelling place, the place of his throne in the heavens. Jehovahs heavens cannot be shaken.
Neither is the earth in the same verse the literal planet earth, for Jehovah says that he has established the earth firmly.(Ps 78:69; 119:90)
Yet, God says that he will shake both the heavens and the earth (Hag 2:21; Heb 12:26), that the heavens and earth will flee away before him, and that new heavens and a new earth will be established.(2Pe 3:13; Re 20:11; 21:1)
It is evident that heavens is symbolic and that earth here has symbolic reference to a society of people living on the earth, just as at Psalm 96:1
The connection of the heavens with ruling power aids in understanding the meaning of the expression new heavens and a new earth found at Isaiah 65:17; 66:22 and quoted by the apostle Peter at 2 Peter 3:13.
Observing such relationship, MClintock and Strongs Cyclopaedia (1891, Vol. IV, p. 122) comments:In Isa. lxv, 17, a new heaven and a new earth signify a new government, new kingdom, new people.
#41549 Sep 14, 2014
WORLDWIDE CHANGE NEAR
Gods Word of truth tells us very clearly that we are fast nearing a worldwide change. It shows us that our time is the one Jesus Christ had in mind when he foretold the end of this wicked system. Jesus foretold many things that his future followers should watch for so they would know when the end was near. He said that the last days of this wicked system would be marked by such things as world wars, food shortages, increasing lawlessness and a growing loss of faith in God.(Matthew 24:3-12) He said there would be anguish of nations, not knowing the way out.(Luke 21:25) We have seen the fulfillment of these prophecies in our lifetime.
Many men who study world events are convinced that a great change is definitely in the making. The famous writer Walter Lippmann said:For us all the world is disorderly and dangerous, ungoverned and apparently ungovernable. Everywhere there is great anxiety and bewilderment. He added that all this marks, I believe, the historic fact that we are living through the closing chapters of the established and traditional way of life. Also, as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence. Based on what he knew was then going on in the world, it was his conclusion that soon this world is going to be too dangerous to live in.
All the many things foretold in Gods Word of truth indicate that the time for world change is upon us right now! What we see going on throughout the world today in fulfillment of Bible prophecy shows that our time is the one that will see the destruction of this entire wicked system. Present-day governments will be removed to make way for the rule of all the earth by Gods government.(Daniel 2:44; Luke 21:31, 32) Nothing can stop this change, because God has purposed it.
What Does The Bible Really Teach? chapter 1pp. 8-10
#41550 Sep 15, 2014
TRUTH THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE
The coming world change will affect every person on the face of the earth, including you. If you love life and want to live, you should hasten to take in accurate knowledge of God, his purposes and his requirements. That is what God wants you to do, for it is his will that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.(1 Timothy 2:4) Accurate knowledge from Gods Word of truth will enable honest-hearted persons to survive the end of the present wicked system.(Zephaniah 2:3) It will also reveal the way to eternal life in Gods grand new system. Jesus Christ said in prayer to God:This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.John 17:3; see also John 4:14.
How encouraging it is to know that soon we will see the end of all the worlds troubles! How thrilling it is to know that we have the hope of shortly entering a new system where we can forever enjoy life to the full! This should give every one of us strong reasons for wanting to learn the truth from the Bible. By seeking this truth we begin to lay a fine foundation for the future, in order [to] get a firm hold on the real life,eternal life in Gods new system of things.1 Timothy 6:19; AV.
What Does The Bible Really Teach? chapter 1 p10
#41551 Sep 15, 2014
Why It Is Wise to Examine Your Religion
WE HAVE good reason to think seriously about our standing with God. Why? Because the evidence proves that God will soon destroy the wicked and establish his righteous new system. So we need to ask:Am I worshiping God in the way that he approves? It is not any man, but God, who is the judge of what pleases him. To get Gods viewpoint, we need to go to the Bible. There he plainly tells us the course to follow if we want to gain eternal life.(Proverbs 3:1, 2) If we take to heart what he says and apply it in our lives, it will result in marvelous blessings for us, both now and in the ages to come.
When we examine what the Bible says on this matter, what do we find? Does it teach that the hundreds of millions of persons who practice religion in so many different ways are all pleasing to God? Does it show that all religion is good? To enable us to know how he views the matter, God had this plain statement recorded in his Word:Broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.(Matthew 7:13, 14) How clearly those words answer our questions! They show that many people are not worshiping God in a way that pleases him. Only a few are on the road leading to life.
Probably you find yourself readily agreeing with the fact that much religion is not approved by God. No doubt there are many things done in the name of religion that you do not approve. For example, if you look around in the churches and observe persons who live immoral lives but who make a pretense at being righteous, you know that something is wrong.(2 Timothy 3:4, 5) And when you read in the newspaper that some clergymen are publicly approving of sex relations between unmarried persons and that they are saying that homosexuality is all right under certain conditions, you are well aware that this is not what God says. You may remember that God destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. And why? Because they practiced such things! So you know that God is not going to approve of a religion that tells people it is all right to act like that.Jude 7.
However, you have no doubt heard people say:It doesnt matter what you believe, as long as you lead a clean moral life and deal kindly with your neighbors. But is that all there is to worshiping God in an acceptable way? These things are necessary, but God requires more. Doctrines are also involved. The Bible informs us that the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth.(John 4:23) If our worship is to be acceptable to God, it must be firmly rooted in Gods Word of truth. Jesus reproved those persons who claimed to serve God but who relied heavily on the traditions of men in preference to Gods Word. He applied to them Gods own words from Isaiah 29:13, saying:It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, because they teach commands of men as doctrines.(Matthew 15:9) Since we do not want our worship to be in vain, it is important for each one of us to examine his religion.
#41552 Sep 15, 2014
We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organization with which we may be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with Gods Word, or are they based on the traditions of men? If we are lovers of the truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination. It should be the sincere desire of every one of us to learn what Gods will is for us, and then to do it.John 8:32.
The mere fact that church members may have the Bible or that it is occasionally read to them from the pulpit does not of itself prove that all the things they are taught are in the Bible. It is good to have the Bible; each and every person should. But we must also know what it says and believe it. If a religion really accepts the Bible as Gods Word, it is not going to use certain parts of it and reject other parts.All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight.(2 Timothy 3:16) Since this is so, the religion that is approved by God must agree in all its details with the Bible.
The man who wants to please God must be sincere. But sincerity alone does not make ones religion approved in Gods eyes. The apostle Paul was moved by Gods spirit to write concerning certain ones in his day:I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God; but not according to accurate knowledge; for, because of not knowing the righteousness of God but seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.(Romans 10:2, 3) As a result, their sincerity was misdirected. Their problem was that they were looking in the wrong direction for instruction. They held onto the Jewish religious system, which had rejected Gods Son and so was itself rejected by God.Acts 2:36, 40; Proverbs 14:12.
What, then, of the religions that take the name of Christ and profess to accept him as their Lord? Does their preaching in his name guarantee that they meet with Gods approval? In view of the scriptures already considered, perhaps you have concluded that it does not. If so, then on this matter you agree with Jesus Christ, the one whom God has appointed as heavenly judge; because he warns us, saying:Not everyone saying to me,Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day,Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name ...? And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.Matthew 7:21-23.
#41553 Sep 15, 2014
Knowledge of the Bible and of Gods will is essential for Gods approval. But, as Jesus said, it is the doing of that will that counts. One must have works that are consistent with what one has learned.(James 2:26) To please God, then, ones religion must be in full harmony with the Bible and be applied in every activity of life.Luke 6:46-49.
Jesus said that you could recognize whether a man practices the true religion by his fruits, that is, the things he does.(Matthew 7:20) In the same way, we can recognize a religion by the kind of people it produces. True religion ought to produce better personsbetter husbands and fathers, better wives and mothers. It should produce persons who are honest, who stand out among others because they do what is right. Is that not what you would expect of a religion that truly draws one close to God? God looks for these things too, and they determine whether a religion is approved of God or not.
Certainly you do not want to be classed with those who are refused entry into the kingdom of God because of failure to do Gods will. It will be to your benefit, then, to get well acquainted with the Bible. The book that you are now reading is designed to help you do that. Follow the course of those ancient Beroeans whom Gods Word approves because they received the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily as to whether these things were so.Acts 17:11.
As you examine Gods Word, you will learn that your love for God will be put to the test. There may be individuals, perhaps even close friends or relatives, who will not approve of your examining the Scriptures.(1 Peter 4:4; Matthew 10:36, 37) They may try to discourage you. They may do this in all sincerity, because they do not know the marvelous truths found in the Bible. Perhaps you can help them. In other cases the opposition may come from persons who have no love for God. If this should occur, remember, having Gods approval is far more important than having the approval of men. It is God, not man, who will give you eternal life if you love him above everyone and everything else.Matthew 22:37-39.
Always look to God for his help and guidance. Keep on praying, as did the psalmist:O Jehovah, hear my prayer . . . Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.(Psalm 143:1, 10 [142:1, 10, Dy]) If you sincerely want to know and practice the religion that he approves, he will answer your prayer. And he will bring you into association with those who really do worship the Father with spirit and truth.John 4:23; see also Matthew 7:7, 8.
What Does The Bible Really Teach Chapter 2 pp.15-16
#41554 Sep 15, 2014
The Bible is spiritual parabolic Holy Word of God
there is almost nothing today understandable in literal meanings like deceived JW leaders who call yourselves"discret slave" true God's slave doesn't seperate yourselves from population of this world
all your posts are not from Bible according to 2 Tim 3;16,
they are man made interpretations doesn't have place before infinite divine Throne of God Almighty
2 Peter 1;20.........
clearly is against JW TEACHINGS AND AGAINST WORLDWIDE SATAN SPIRIT WICKED CHRISTIANITY.
before you die without of God's grace,your eyes will be open but will be to late,
because only born again by God's Spirit can see Kingdom of God according to Jesus spoken words of John 3;3
any encyclopedias of earthly yheologies are influenced by prince of Darkness ruler of this world who try to steal idea from the Bible and establish before God's Kingdom so called NWO or new system of things who preach JW worldwide as false Gospel
2 PETER 1;20
exclude JW from any sound Bible doctrines hermeneutics
you guys have not clue what the Bible is,
EVEN LIKE YOU,ARE NOT ABLE TO ASK GOD FOR HELP IN THE SEARCH OF CHRISTIAN FREEDOM IN JESUS CHRIST ONLY ONE GREAT TEACHER 5 MOSE 33;3
sorry my friend
I only direct you to prayers without of ceasing to God, not church or any sects or JW organization made by fallen moral man and their deadly sins PSALM 51;17
#41555 Sep 15, 2014
Interpretation concerning the age made by God
all the ages for the Kingdom of God accomlishement of all event,past,and futre.
Before ever God created them, He determined the works of age by age,included church age
And it was engraved on the High heaven eternal tablets before foundation of this world,
the ages of their domination
THIS IS THE ORDER OF THE CREATION , TIME OF NOAH TO ABRAHAM,AFTER FLOOD ETC
And the interpretation concerns sead from heaven who was Azazel and the angels seed eneter earthly virgins wombs daugthers of the earth who bore to them Nephil im Ginats.
And concerning Azazel....his skills spreading deadly iniquity,and to cause them all to inherit immoral deadly wickedness,,,,judgements and judgement of the congregation of true tzadik im
Believers of true God before Flood of Noah
blessed be every man who teaches his sons,his neghbours the doctrines of heavenly Wisdom
For he will not die in the days of penetrated wickedness to the core of his heart and earth as inhabitant earthly men place,
WOE TO ALL OF YOU
O.FOOL,FOR YOURS MOUTH WILL DECEIVE YOU BY YOUR LIES,OWN GLORY,OWN GREED AND OWN FAMOUS BRINGING AT END DEATH PENALTY
Who will write these words of mine in a book that will not decay,and keep this word of mine in a scroll of heaven and earth.
which will not fade away only recreate as new heaven and new earth.behold.....
I ASSURE THE PLEASURE OF THE WICKED ONES WILL CEASE FOREVER?
#41556 Sep 15, 2014
Tuesday, September 16
I shall ... rebuild the booth of David.Acts 15:16.
When the Jews were taken into captivity in Babylon, it was clear that the booth of David had fallen. Since false religion ran rampant in Babylonia, how did Gods people survive spiritually during their 70-year exile there from 607 B.C.E. to 537 B.C.E.? The same way we survive as Jehovahs people in this world under Satans control.(1 John 5:19) A rich spiritual heritage has helped to make such survival possible. Jewish exiles in Babylon did not have the Holy Scriptures in complete form, but they did have knowledge of the Mosaic Law, with its Ten Commandments. They knew the songs of Zion, could recall many proverbs, and were acquainted with the exploits of earlier servants of Jehovah. Yes, those exiles wept when they remembered Zion, and they did not forget Jehovah.(Ps. 137:1-6) That kept them alive spiritually even in Babylon, with its many false doctrines and practices. w13 2/15 2:1, 3, 4
#41557 Sep 15, 2014
Who Is God?
MANS need for God and his help has never been greater than now. Our lives depend upon knowing him. But, strangely enough, there is much confusion as to who he is, for today, as in the past, there are many gods worshiped in different lands. Yet the Bible makes clear that there is only one true God.1 Corinthians 8:5, 6.
To distinguish himself from the many false gods, the true God has given himself a personal name. This sets him apart from all others.Is not God his name? some may ask. No, for God is merely a title, just as President,King and Judge are titles. Gods personal name is made known to us through his Word, the Bible, and that name is JEHOVAH. In many translations of the Bible this name is found at Psalm 83:18, where we read (AV):That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. And in almost all translations the name is found at Revelation 19:1-6 as part of the expression Alleluia or Hallelujah. This means praise Jah(a shortened form of Jehovah). The Catholic Encyclopedia (1910, Vol. VIII, p. 329) says of this Divine Name:Jehovah, the proper name of God in the Old Testament. However, The Jerusalem Bible, a recent Catholic translation, regularly uses the name Yahweh, as do a number of other translations. Why is that?
In Hebrew, the language in which the first thirty-nine books of the Bible (AV) were written, Gods name is represented thousands of times by four Hebrew letters, YHWH. In ancient times the Hebrew language was written without vowels, the reader supplying the vowels as he read the words. So, the problem is that today we have no way of knowing exactly which vowels the Hebrews used along with the consonants YHWH. Many scholars think the name was pronounced Yahweh, but the form Jehovah has been in use for many centuries and is most widely known.
Because there is uncertainty as to the exact pronunciation of Gods personal name, some clergymen say you should not use it at all, but instead simply say God or the Lord. However, they do not insist that you should not use the names Jesus and Jeremiah. And yet these commonly used pronunciations are quite different from the Hebrew pronunciations Yesh′ua and Yirmeiah′. The vital point is not what pronunciation you use for the Divine Name, whether Yahweh,Jehovah, or some other, as long as the pronunciation is common in your language. What is wrong is to fail to use that name. Why? Because those who do not use it could not be identified with the ones whom God takes out to be a people for his name.(Acts 15:14) We should not only know Gods name but honor it and praise it before others, as Gods Son did when on earth.Matthew 6:9; John 17:6, 26.
What Does The Bible Really Teach? Chapter 3 pp. 17-26
#41560 Sep 15, 2014
GODS QUALITIES AND WHY WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM ALONE
What does the Bible itself tell us about God? It tells us that God is a Spirit.(John 4:24) A spirit is not composed of flesh and blood, nor of other material substances that can be seen or felt by human senses.(1 Corinthians 15:44, 50) So, human eyes have never seen God.(John 1:18) He is far superior to anything our eyes behold. The majesty of the mountains, the brilliance of the sun, and even the glory of the starry heavens are nothing as compared to him.Isaiah 40:25, 26.
No wonder that in the heavens the song is sung:Great and wonderful are your works, Jehovah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity. Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name, because you alone are loyal?(Revelation 15:3, 4) As the Creator of all things, Jehovah God, the King of eternity, existed before all others. He is from everlasting to everlasting, meaning that he had no beginning and will never have an end.1 Timothy 1:17; Psalm 90:2, AV [89:2, Dy].
How right, then, that our worship should go only to him! As we consider his creative works, we too can say:You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.(Revelation 4:11) He accomplished the creation, not with tools such as men use, but by means of his holy spirit, which is his invisible active force.(Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30 [103:30, Dy]) It is that same holy spirit by which he later caused the Bible to be written so that we might know his will and purposes for men on earth.2 Peter 1:21.
Since all things were created because of his will, they all must serve Gods purpose. Jehovah informed the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, of his purpose for them, and he held them accountable to act in harmony with it. Are we, too, accountable to God? Yes, because God is the Source of our life. This is true, not only because we have descended from that first human pair to whom God gave life, but also because our continued life each day depends on the sun, rain, air and food from which Jehovah continues to let us benefit.(Psalm 36:9 [35:10, Dy]; Matthew 5:45) To what extent, then, do we live our lives in harmony with Gods purpose for us? We ought to think seriously about this, because our opportunity for eternal life is at stake.
#41561 Sep 15, 2014
Are we really to fear God? Yes, but with a healthy fear of rebelling against his will, because his will is right. In even ordinary things, do we not fear to take risks that could cause injury or loss of life? How much more so should we fear to displease Jehovah God, the Almighty. Yet we can be glad that he is almighty, for as regards Jehovah, his eyes are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him.(2 Chronicles 16:9; see also Isaiah 40:29-31.)And we may be sure that Jehovah always uses his power with a right purpose and for the good of those loving what is right. For God is love.1 John 4:8.
Jehovah, therefore, is not an oppressive God.All his ways are justice.(Deuteronomy 32:4) True, he is a God exacting exclusive devotion, but he is also a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth.(Exodus 20:5; 34:6)He himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust.(Psalm 103:14 [102:14, Dy]) We can be happy indeed to have such a just yet compassionate God as our Supreme Judge, Lawgiver and King.Isaiah 33:22.
With Jehovah there are wisdom and mightiness; he has counsel and understanding.(Job 12:13) Evidence of his wisdom is seen in all his creative works, in both heaven and earth. We may well ask, then:Why should anyone ever doubt Gods wisdom? The Bible shows that his requirements are for our good, with our everlasting welfare in view. It is true that there may be times when we, as humans having limited knowledge and experience, do not fully appreciate why a certain law stated by God is so important, or how it really works for our good. Yet our firm belief that God obviously knows far more than we do, that his experience is so much greater than ours, and that what he does is for our everlasting good, will move us to obey him with a willing heart.Psalm 19:7-11 [18:8-12, Dy]; Micah 6:8.
What Does The Bible Really Teach? Chapter 3 pp. 17-26
#41562 Sep 15, 2014
IS GOD A TRINITY?
Many religions of Christendom teach that God is a Trinity, although the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible. The World Council of Churches recently said that all religions that are part of that Council should advocate the belief that there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that is, three persons in one God. Those teaching this doctrine admit that it is a mystery. The Athanasian Creed, of about the eighth century of the Common Era, says that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are all three of the same substance, all three are eternal (and hence had no beginning), and all three are almighty. So the creed reads that in the Trinity none is afore or after other; none is greater or less than another. Is that reasonable? More importantly, is it in agreement with the Bible?
This doctrine was unknown to the Hebrew prophets and Christian apostles. The New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967 edition, Vol. XIV, p. 306) admits that the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not taught in the OT [Old Testament]. It also admits that the doctrine must be dated as from about three hundred and fifty years after the death of Jesus Christ. So the early Christians who were taught directly by Jesus Christ did not believe that God is a Trinity.
When Jesus was on earth he certainly was not equal to his Father, for he said there were some things that neither he nor the angels knew but that only God knew.(Mark 13:32) Furthermore, he prayed to his Father for help when undergoing trial.(Luke 22:41, 42) Also, he himself said:The Father is greater than I am.(John 14:28) Because of this, Jesus spoke of his Father as my God and as the only true God.John 20:17; 17:3.
After Jesus death, God raised him to life again and gave him glory greater than he had before. However, he was still not equal to his Father. How do we know? Because later the inspired Scriptures state that God is still the head of the Christ.(1 Corinthians 11:3) The Bible also says that Jesus is to reign as Gods appointed king until he has put all enemies under his feet, and that then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.(1 Corinthians 15:28, AV) Clearly, even since his resurrection Jesus Christ is not equal with his Father.
But did not Jesus say on one occasion,I and the Father are one?(John 10:30) Yes, he did. However, that statement does not even suggest a Trinity, since he spoke of only two as being one, not three. Jesus was surely not contradicting the scriptures we have already read. What he meant by this expression he himself made clear later when he prayed regarding his followers that they may be one just as we are one.(John 17:22) Jesus and his Father are one in that Jesus is in full harmony with his Father. And he prayed that all his followers might likewise be in harmony with his Father, with Jesus and with one another.
#41563 Sep 15, 2014
What about the statement at John 1:1 (AV), which refers to Jesus as the Word, saying:In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God? Does that not prove the Trinity? No. Notice, first of all, that only two persons are mentioned, not three. Also, in this same chapter, verse 2 says that the Word was in the beginning with God, and verse 18 says that no man hath seen God at any time, yet men have seen Jesus Christ. For these reasons, and in full harmony with the Greek text, some translations of verse 1 read:The Word was with God, and the Word was divine, or was a god, that is, the Word was a powerful godlike one.(AT; NW) So this portion of the Bible is in agreement with all the rest; it does not teach a Trinity.
As for the Holy Spirit, the so-called third Person of the Trinity, we have already seen that it is, not a person, but Gods active force.(Judges 14:6) John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize with holy spirit even as John had been baptizing with water. Water is not a person nor is holy spirit a person.(Matthew 3:11) What John foretold was fulfilled when God caused his Son Christ Jesus to pour out holy spirit on the apostles and disciples during the day of Pentecost 33 C.E., so that they all became filled with holy spirit. Were they filled with a person? No, but they were filled with Gods active force.Acts 2:4, 33.
What, then, do the facts show as to the Trinity? Neither the word nor the idea is in Gods Word, the Bible. The doctrine did not originate with God. But, you will be interested to know that, according to the book Babylonian Life and History (by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, 1925 edition, pp. 146, 147), in ancient Babylon, the pagans did believe in such a thing; in fact, they worshiped more than one trinity of gods.
#41564 Sep 15, 2014
WORSHIPING GOD WITH SPIRIT AND TRUTH
To love and respect a person, one needs to know him as he really is. To give God the exclusive devotion that he deserves, you need to study his Word and prove to yourself the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.(Romans 12:2) The important thing is not how humans want to worship God, but how God wants to be worshiped.
Religious ceremonies and aids to devotion may seem beautiful in the eyes of those who use them, but how does God view them? Surely you want to know, because you want to have Gods approval. Gods own Son tells us that the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth.(John 4:23) Is the use of images, for example, worship with spirit and truth? Does it please God?
At Exodus 20:4, 5, in one of the Ten Commandments, God himself says:You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything ... you shall not bow down to them or serve them.(The Catholic Jerusalem Bible) Some people regard a religious image simply as an aid to worshiping God because they can see and touch the image. But God inspired the apostle Paul to write:We are walking by faith, not by sight.(2 Corinthians 5:7) God is very frank about the matter. He tells us that the use of images is no part of true worship, but that such images are a falsehood.(Isaiah 44:14-20; Psalm 115:4-8 [113:4-8, second set of numbers, Dy]) Even though one may say that the honor given to a religious image is less than that given to God, God himself says that he will not share any of his glory and praise with such images.Isaiah 42:8.
Lovingly, the apostle John warns us:Guard yourselves from idols.(1 John 5:21) Why not look around your home and ask yourself whether you are doing this?(Deuteronomy 7:25) By bringing your life and way of worship into harmony with Jehovahs loving will you may gain his everlasting blessings.1 Corinthians 10:14.
Continue to learn of Jehovahs majesty and his loving purposes, and you will grow in love for him. Never let a day go by without thanking him for the good things that you enjoy because of his loving-kindness. As you learn more about him, impress upon your heart the importance of loyalty to him as the great God of the universe. By loving obedience to him, you will put yourself in the way that leads to eternal life.Ephesians 4:23, 24; Psalm 104:33-35 [103:33-35, Dy].
What Does The Bible Really Teach? Chapter 3 pp. 17-26
#41565 Sep 16, 2014
there is nothing my friend
what flows from your mind of believer(you are not one of them)
Rather you are wind up clown toy brain washed plagarizing writtings of your leaders without of any spiritual common sense?
ARE YOU ABLE TO WRITE SOMETHING FROM YOUR OWN MIND,AND BEHAVE LIKE HUMAN WITH CHRISTIAN FREEDOM?
144000 AND SAVED GREAT CROWD
ARE FREE CHOSEN ELECTED HUMANS WHO ARE THEACHED BY ANNOINTED JESUS CHRIST,NOT BY BLIND EARTHLY LIES OF MAN
YOU PROVED THAT JW ARE NOT TRUE GOD ORGANIZATION,ONLY MEN MADE IDEAS PRINTED IN THEIR BOOKS
but the annointing which we have received of Him abideth in all of us, and we need NOT that any men TEACH US
but the same annointing teacheth all things,and is truth,and is not Lie,and even as it hath taught us, we shall abide in Him( not in the teachings of human leaders spiritual perversions)
my friend,your trush and plagarize this trush from the books of Watchtower,
doesn't make you free true believer,nor convince anyone,
THIS IS ONLY SPAMS OF THIS THREAD
#41566 Sep 16, 2014
Wednesday, September 17
The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?Jer. 17:9.
Modern physicians can use advanced technology to see what the condition of a heart is and how it is functioning. Jehovah, though, can do much more, as he did in Jeremiahs day. God is outstandingly qualified, as we see from his words:I, Jehovah, am searching the heart,... to give to each one according to his ways, according to the fruitage of his dealings.(Jer. 17:10)Searching the heart involves no medical exam of the literal heart, which in 70 or 80 years might beat some three billion times. Rather, Jehovah was speaking of the figurative heart. That heart refers to a persons entire inner self, encompassing his desires, thoughts, disposition, attitudes, and goals. You have such a heart. God can examine it, and to a degree, you can do so too. w13 3/15 2:6
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