This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Edited*: January 23 2017
* editing/adding pages & tuning my English.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The greatest lying deception or
What really happened in Genesis?
The first of two foundation Essays stating my gleanings from Holy Scripture that
I had submitted
as letters to the leading committees of Elders of the WTB&TS i.e. Jehovah's Witnesses in April 2006-edited 2010
Some years ago, while still associated with Jehovah's Witnesses I started a bible study with a man in his forties to whom I had been taking magazines for some three years. Having associated with a number of Christian denominations for a number of years, he became somewhat disillusioned without loosing his love for God's word and Christ Jesus.
It was he who asked for me to study the bible with him with the stipulation for it to be non-denominational. After only a second's hesitation, I acceded to his wish, imagining at the time that, as we progressed through the bible, I may be able to nudge him ever closer to JW views to enable him to attain to salvation.
Later he asked me about my attitude on evolution. After I stated my position of total opposition to it and that this is a clear either/or issue, he was satisfied, since it confirmed his own standing on the matter.
But then after a few weeks during one of our study sessions he asked me why Jesus had come. Since he wanted our study to be non-denominational, I asked him to look up Matthew 15:24.
To his complete chagrin, he read:
24 In answer he said: “I was not sent forth to any but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” and then in Matthew 10:5-6 this confirmation: 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, giving them these orders: “Do not go off into the road of the nations, and do not enter into a Sa·mar´i·tan city; 6 but, instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Cross-references from both verses lead to Isaiah 53:6, where Isaiah the Israelite in the Israelite fold spoke to Israelites as instructed by Jehovah.
He was shocked, since that did not confirm what he already believed to be true, namely that Jesus had come to die for mankind.
I did not pursue this any further with him at the time, but it does illustrate how we value ourselves and our religio-emotional security. Being convinced of something, however well-entrenched, is of value only if it is not based on unrealities and the distorted emotions arising therefrom.
All Christians, of whatever denominational flavour, would abhor any suggestion that Jesus died exclusively for the Jews. They would vigorously defend their position, even killing those who hold an opposing view, either literally, by black-listing, shunning or disfellowshipping them.
The whole world of mankind, the whole of the inhabited earth believes that man is intrinsically defective and in need of a cure. All religions offer a methodology to either fix or diminish this defect one way or another. Where did mankind's apparent collective and individual sin and the need for redemption originate?
Does this definitive statement perhaps throw some light on that all-pervasive earth-wide
phenomenon in Revelation 12:9:
. . . the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth,
Has the entire inhabited earth been deceived about the inherent defect and imperfection in man? Let's look at Man's History for the answer.
Since Adam's time man's history has been largely a shambles of violence, wars and
The behaviour of men and nations has often been animalistic.
Why do humans behave so badly? War, crime, immorality even the most fiendish torture is practiced by humans supposedly created in God's Image. Why?
All religions, especially those aspiring to be Christian resoundingly shout:
Sin and Human Imperfection!
Self-improvement remedial systems of all kinds: in health, politics, religion and
social orders have been devised to deal with that depraved human condition.
These seem to be failing, as things deteriorate from bad to worse on a global scale.
Who was the first to claim that humans are imperfect, incomplete and miss the mark? Why not allow the Bible to answer.
But first a repeat of the key point made in Revelation 12:9 just quoted:
. . . the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth;. . .
Where and when did he begin to do that?
Why, right in the very first book of the Bible where that great deceiver said to Eve what would happen if she ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad:
5 For God knows that in the very day of your eating from it your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God, . . . Genesis 3:5
Isn't that fascinating! Satan claimed here that they are not yet like God, but certainly would become so if only they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.
Was that a deception? Why yes indeed, as the Apostle Paul indicated in
1 Timothy 2:14 . . .Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived. . . and of course in the words of the deceived herself:
. . .: “The serpent—it deceived me and so I ate.”. . . (Genesis 3:13)
But, hang on there! Wasn't the deception not:
True, Satan certainly lied when he said that they would surely not die, but that was simply to camouflage his far greater more comprehensive deception.
As for God's right to rule, His sovereignty, the evidence is in to indicate that Satan and the demons could never question that and in fact did not. They remained subservient, however reluctantly.
For example, in connection with Job's trial, it was Jehovah who clearly set the limits of how far Satan could go to try Job. Satan strictly stayed within those limits. The demons were likewise completely subject to Jehovah as demonstrated throughout Jesus' 3½ year ministry. They did as they were ordered, almost gladly.
What then was/is the grand deception?
Satan questioning Jehovah's ability to create a complete/perfect man and woman!
But first the scriptural setting, the contextual base line:
1. Man was created in the image of God:
(Genesis 1:27) 27 And God proceeded to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. . .
2. That was still a true and recognized fact even after the great Deluge/Flood:
(Genesis 9:6) 6 Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image he made man.
3. and on into the Christian era:
(1 Corinthians 11:7) 7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, as he is God’s image and glory; but the woman is man’s glory. . .
4. Is that image incomplete?:
(Genesis 1:31) 31 After that God saw everything he had made and, look! [it was] very good.. . .
Re: Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, perfect is his activity.” Heb., hats·Tsur´ ta·mim´ po·`oloh´; LXX, “God, true are his works”; Sy, “For without blemish (spotless) are his works”; Vg, “God’s works are perfect.”
5. And then there are these words of the apostle Paul:
(1 Timothy 4:4) The reason for this is that every creation of God is fine,
So according to the overwhelming evidence from the Bible, Man was created complete, perfect and did not miss the mark of systemic completeness. Nothing to do with moral character at all! Man could then and still choose good or bad. His choice.
It was when the one called Devil (slanderer) and Satan (deceiver) deceived Eve with the claim that she is not yet like God and that she will remain incomplete, imperfect and that she, as part of everything that was very good, obviously was not, that the great deception had its genesis, if you pardon the pun.
Since then, Satan has deceitfully continued to mislead the entire inhabited earth with that very same claim of human incompleteness and imperfection.
First Satan slyly convinces Eve that she is incomplete and imperfect and then proposes that eating from the tree of knowledge of good and bad will fix that.
Then he likewise convinces all of the inhabited earth that they are incomplete and imperfect, as well as totally depraved, and then creates religion to not only perpetuate that false idea, but also as the only remedy.
Satan's religious systems seductively mimic true practices and use emotive rituals, none more so than the Christian church and her prominent harlot daughters.
Her leaders have busily sided with Satan's great deception by using the very book that exposes Satan as the greatest liar and deceiver, to supposedly substantiate and defend his deceptive claims that Adam and Eve were incomplete, faulty and imperfect at the very beginning and that therefore God's clear and unambiguous statement:
After that God saw everything he had made and, look! [it was] very good..(Genesis 1:31)
was a lie!
Oh, you might say, wasn't that only after Adam and Eve sinned that they fell short of the mark? and isn't that what Christendom, of which Jehovah's Witnesses are an integral, though somewhat standoffish part, claim to be true?
Ah, don't forget that it was Satan who claimed that they were incomplete before their sin when he in fact said that, although they were in the image and likeness of God, their eyes still needed to be opened to be completed in the true image and likeness of God when he said and you are bound to be like God. The only way they could accomplish that, according to him, was to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad.
So Satan both alleged the problem and provided the remedy.
Through religion he likewise alleges the problem and provides all manner of remedies. By means of his religious friends he commandeers various verses from Scripture, frequently taken out of immediate and broad context, to support his deceptive insinuations. The whole inhabited earth Strong's <3625> not only lies in the power of the wicked one, but also is and remains totally and thoroughly deceived by him.
What actually happened to Adam and Eve after their sin?
In one place in the our literature we* say that if Adam had not taken from the tree of knowledge of good and bad, Jehovah would eventually have granted permission for him to eat from the tree of life to have everlasting life.
How do we work that one out? True, if death was the actual punishment, as is asserted, then life would have to have been the reward.
*Said in this manner, because this essay and most others were initially intended for the leading Elders of Jehovah's Witnesses in the U.S. in an effort to be of help, not to criticize.
Adam & Eve had already been granted permission to eat from the tree of life:
9 Thus Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one’s sight
and good for food and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree
of the knowledge of good and bad.
16 And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”.
-Genesis 2:9, 16, 17 NWT.
Right! From every tree they were allowed to eat, including the tree of life, with the exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.
What was the problem? Were they unable to find the tree of life? Had Jehovah hidden it? No, He even gave the location away when He said that it was located in the middle of the garden.
Had He locked it up temporarily? No, that only happened after they had sinned and then it was permanent.
It was not difficult for Adam and Eve to find either of the named trees. There were located in the middle of the garden.
In the Scriptures only the shortening of a normal life-span is deemed a punishment. The NWT is unfortunately playing into the hands of those who claim that Adam was given the death sentence with the expression punishment of all mankind at Numbers 16:29, which none of the following Bibles use: KJV, NKJV, NASV, NEB and NIV. That punishment was of the kind authorized in the Mosaic Law to deal with murderers, blasphemers and other criminals. The death penalty was a punishment of mankind in that humans executed them. It was also common practice in almost all other tribal groups around the earth
The Witnesses, in discussing the supposed difference between everlasting life and immortality, have clearly stated that man was created mortal:
Insight on the Scriptures Volume-1 p. 1189 Immortality: Therefore the Christian Greek Scriptures do not dispute or alter the inspired teaching of the Hebrew Scriptures that man, the human soul, is mortal, subject to death.
So, Adam and Eve were subject to two inevitable, default conditions:
. . . provided they did not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.
There are many ways to not eat from that tree, the common denominator being obedience to God in any which way that is possible.
For a start, they had to eat. Refusing to obey that natural God-given law would mean they just remained as they were and had to eventually succumb to the natural consequence of not eating and die.
Death, decay and corruption of the physical organism is natural to all living things on this planet. For details see here.
No one living on earth will ever be given everlasting life as a natural package, because death is the natural package. No one would therefore ever have the right to everlasting live as asserted here In Insight on the Scriptures - a 2nd volume of the encyclopedic publication of the WTB&TS:
Volume 1 page 606 Declare Righteous
The “great crowd,” who survive the “great tribulation,” are not yet declared righteous for life—that is, as worthy of the right to everlasting life on earth.
Volume 1 page 677 Eden
. . . they lost the opportunity to partake of another of Eden’s trees, this one representing the right to life everlasting.
Everlasting life is neither a right nor an undeserved kindness on God's part. It is a part of God's original purpose for humans to live forever on the earth and is as such an opportunity to fit in with that original purpose by continuing to yield to God's requirements. Charles Taze Russell used the term lasting life for those on earth, because it will last as long as our yielding to God.
We earthlings never need to beat ourselves up about not deserving it ‑ God's undeserved kindness etc. etc. We deserve everything we get from God or as a natural consequences of stupidity. Death or Life.
The immortal kind of everlasting life in the heavens however, with its attendant incorruption and associated privileges, is indeed an undeserved kindness for selected members of the human family and will be as such exclusively the domain of the anointed associate rulers in the heavenly Kingdom - The little flock of Luke 12:32.
At the risk of seeming to be patronizing, I need to go back to the original command, disobedience and the consequences thereof to define the disease, so that the solution or cure will become clear.
One of the prime indications that God's intended purpose for mankind and that the earth was for man to live forever upon it is evidenced by the tree of life in among the other trees of the garden of Eden:
KJV Ge 2:8-9 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
of which he had been given permission to freely eat:
KJV Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
With one proviso, commonly known as small print:
KJV Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
On the very same day he disobeyed he was geographically shifted away from the tree of life so that neither he nor his progeny could any longer eat from it:
KJV Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also* of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
*according to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament the Hebrew word here translated also, can legitimately be translated again, well in keeping with permission to eat from the Tree of Life having already been granted to Adam.
Adam had been eating from all the trees of the garden for more than a couple of decades, except from that Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad. Since only the eating from the forbidden tree would incur death and not the not eating of the Tree of Life, he was by default and previously granted permission, freely eating from the tree of life, as long as he refused to eat or even touch the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad.
That is why the word also in Genesis 3:22 in almost all translations of the O.T. Hebrew Scriptures is either a mistranslation or an insertion. It is fundamentally and contextually wrong!*
* See the also The Mythical also in Genesis 3:22 on this site here
Bible translators at times choose one of a number of possible words the original Hebrew word could be translated with. What governs the choice is generally the real context, but it can also often be the context as perceived by the translator according to his doctrinal mindset. This must influence his choices.
According to the Hebrew word (Strong's 1571) used here and that Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, the sentence could easily be rendered:
lest he put forth his hand, and take again of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever
lest he put forth his hand, and [continue to] take of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever
So in consequence of eating from the forbidden tree, Adam and Eve were moved out of Eden and away from the tree of life. This tree, although literal in Eden represented nothing more then a continuing consequence of obedience.
What killed Adam was not abstinence from the Tree of Life, to which he had free access whilst in Eden, but the eating of the forbidden tree, which is what the original command God had already clearly stated anyway. It was only then that permission to continue to eat from the Tree of Life was withdrawn, as was permission or access to eat from any of the other trees in Eden by virtue of their removal from that garden of delight.
Continued life will always be dependent upon eating, breathing, and obeying any other law, rule or directive, physical or moral, which God will impose upon humans for their eternal benefit and well-being.
The whole idea of having eternal life as a possession is as much a fallacy as is the death sentence man is supposed to have received as a result of Adam's sin. All living things on earth are by default mortal, subject to corruption and have to die. That includes Humans.
In a speech at the Synagogue in Antioch the Apostle Paul stated among other things that Jesus was: destined no more to return to corruption.
No more to return to corruption? Hard to explain?
Paul was not here speaking of Jesus body not having been subject to decay. It was removed by God, likely still on the floor of the cave as dust, since dust he was and to dust he returned.
The corruption, or decay as rendered quite appropriately in some other translations, that Jesus was destined no more to return to was that possessed by every living thing on earth, including humans.
This is so, because all flesh is subject to corruption by its very mortality. All the food we eat becomes corrupt as its energy is extracted, dies and is eliminated from the body. Our metabolism provides continual renewal of our body cells and attendant processes as these become corrupt, die and are eliminated.
That is exactly what Jesus had been subject to throughout his life.
Only for the human race has Jehovah provided a perfect means to avoid these natural consequences of living on earth. This is called compliance and a yielding to beneficial advice and was epitomized from the very beginning by that directive not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad.
Had Adam not eaten from it, he may still be alive today, for that was and is the destiny of man.
Jesus, the only one perfectly obedient to his God, provided us with this perfect survival kit:
KJV Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
beautifully supplemented by: John 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work..
Refusing to eat food in Eden would have seriously impaired the physical well-being of Adam and Eve and finally lead to their death as per Jesus' first survival strategy.
Alas, Adam freely partook of all the legitimate trees in the garden and was therefore not adversely affected.
He did, however, fall short of the second survival strategy when he refused to obey the first word out of Jehovah's mouth to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad.
The one single verse Christians are primarily using to substantiate their obsession with the fallen and depraved condition of man would have to be Romans 5:12. Whenever the statement is made that man is imperfect, that verse is bathed in a glory it does not deserve.
But it says nothing at all about imperfection there:
That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.
All living things on earth were included in God's final accolade of His creative genius:
After that God saw everything he had made and, look! [it was] very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a sixth day (Genesis 1:31)
All things on earth and especially all living things were complete and perfect in every way according to the standards and design criteria of the Creator.
Part of that perfection is that all living things are a part of the natural corruption cycle and die.
It is the default condition! see: here
Since death is the natural condition of all living things on earth, Romans 5:12 does
no more than state the obvious. But Christians equate death with imperfection.
Man dies. Therefore, they argue, man must be a sinner and consequently imperfect.
Hold on there! Are not all the other living things on earth still perfect? And was not obeying the command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad the only way to avoid natural death?
All that Romans 5:12 actually says is that because the first man sinned, the first man died. Since there was no other man who sinned and died first, other than the first man, sin and death entered into the world of mankind for the first time.
Since the first man was shifted away from Eden and the Tree of Life and thus from another opportunity to continue living forever, the process of inevitable death commenced and continues for every human even as we speak.
On a previous occasion I pointed to that wonderful example from Abraham's encounter with Melchizedek the apostle Paul drew on in Hebrews 7:9-10:
9 And, if I may use the expression, through Abraham even Le´vi who receives tithes has paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his forefather when Mel·chiz´e·dek met him.
Coupled with the completed past tense of the verb translated had in they had all sinned of Romans 5:12 this verse simply states that Adam and all his progeny committed one single act of sin, if one wishes to use that sort of terminology, at that time and not some on-going process of passing the sin along with the debt of guilt and an ingrained imperfection to one's progeny.
The Witnesses have actually commented on this in the loins of his forefather point Paul makes, but rather than acknowledging the completed action of the verb, they suggest an on-going process of handing on a sinful condition and its attendant imperfection, which they also suggest in the Insight article on sin and most other pieces of their literature. Most other denominations concur.
Addressing these leading Elders I said: "To be consistent with your understanding of that original Levi example in Hebrews 7:9-10 and its coupling with Romans 5:12, one would have to say that the sons of Levi making up the tribe of Levi would need to be possessed by an insatiable urge to want to pay tithes, as part of their genetic make-up inherited from Abraham and right to the coming of the Messiah in 29 CE, which is as ludicrous as that of inheriting from Adam an intrinsic urge to sin."
That is all part of Satan's blame-game, his insinuation of defective human creation which needed to be perfected through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad so that they could really fit that perfect image they were created in and actually be like God.
Just today (130606) during my annual bible reading assignment of Job chapters 16-20 another piece of that great and most beautiful Jig-Saw puzzle fell into place in connection with Satan's great deception.
We already use Job's example in connection with Satan's accusation that man is only obeying for what he can get out of it.
For some reason it never occurs to the religious that Adam already had everything and for him to truly answer Satan's alleged challenge and to avoid any accusation of selfishness that might in future be levelled against him, he had to be unselfish and eat from the forbidden tree.
He had nothing to gain from obedience, he already had everything. So in this concocted
scenario Adam virtually said: ‘Let me demonstrate my unselfishness by disobeying
Obedience would have made me look selfish,’ OK?
Anyway, there is a little more about this in other essays.
However, the real analogy of Job's experience and what Jehovah is actually teaching us with the Book of Job, has to do with the theme of this discussion here:
Job* can still represent Mankind, but in their individually being in the completed image of God state, with Satan's false religious comforters saying that man is far from perfect otherwise bad things would not continue to be happening to them.
The whole world of mankind, the whole inhabited earth have thus been deceived. (Revelation 12:9)
When that is clearly understood, the fact that Jesus died exclusively as a ransom sacrifice for natural Israel will also finally assume its scriptural reality.
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* There is more about this self-righteous fellow Job here.