This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
About Love and Motivation
This is a January 07 letter originally written to the leading elders of Jehovah's Witnesses
Over more than the last century, we*, the people exclusively belonging to Jehovah*, have created a web of guilt that has enmeshed all our dear brothers and sisters.
* At the time of writing , I was still an active participant, while being persuaded otherwise by the Holy Scriptures.
* The perception taught and generally believed by these sincere believers who are the only ones to be saved, as their imagination has it.
In addition to declaring that we are imperfect, depraved sinners who cannot help but sin, the motivation of earnest, sincere and devoted Christians is also called into question with the often published notion that unless we are motivated by an unstinting love for Jehovah along the lines of these verses: (Luke 10:25-28) 25 Now, look! a certain man versed in the Law rose up, to test him out, and said: “Teacher, by doing what shall I inherit everlasting life?” 26 He said to him: “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” 27 In answer he said: “‘you must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind,’ and, ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 He said to him: “you answered correctly; ‘keep on doing this and you will get life.. . . we have absolutely no hope and are really wasting our time.
However, these two laws quoted here were an integral part of the Law of Moses, which fact Jesus had clearly acknowledged above.
We have stated repeatedly that these are the two basic principles governing Christians for all time. Really? Are they not really Laws, which, if not implicitly adhered to, would incur the penalty of death or rather, as stated, not result in everlasting life? Were these laws not done away with as part of the Law of Moses, of which they were an integral part, along with all the others when Jesus was nailed to the torture stake/cross? (Colossians 2:13-14).
The first study article of the December 1 06 Watchtower brought it all to the forefront once again. On the one hand we do believe that Jehovah's Law to Israel through Moses had been annulled when their Passover Lamb Jesus died for them, on the other hand we insist on resurrecting the two most fundamental of its laws and make it binding upon Christians. Really?
Then we refer to Paul's words at 1 Corinthians 13 as proof of our stand. Really?
What about the no further burden of Acts 15:28, 29? What burdens were there imposed upon Christians? Have a read. Nothing about having to obey God at every level of our being and our neighbour as ourselves or miss out on everlasting life, now is there?
Do you actually read the Bible in order to understand what Jehovah really teaches us therein or just to justify what you have already decided upon as truth?
Does the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 actually argue for and in support of keeping these two primary laws of the 'Law of Moses'? Again, may I encourage you to read these passages most carefully to fully ascertain their import.
Someone might give all of his belongings or even his life for others. Is that not
a wonderful thing to do and are such deeds not commendable? If however this person:
is not long-suffering and kind, is jealous, brags, gets puffed up, behaves indecently, looks for his own interests, becomes provoked, keeps account of the injury, rejoices over unrighteousness, does not rejoice with the truth, does not bear all things, does not believe all things, does not hope all things, does not endure all things, he demonstrates a lack of the kind of love Jehovah has and Jesus demonstrated.
But even here, the apostle Paul never indicated that dire consequences would be visited upon those who do not consistently demonstrate that kind of love. He pointed to the kind of love to cultivate. Love is a growth industry. Please search for the phrase growing in love in your/our literature to see what we have already said about it.
The Law prescribed death for the nation if they failed to obey the Law.
Since the Law hung on two of its fundamental commandments, disobeying any of the commandments or words of the Law constituted a breaking of these two.
The penalty for disobeying these two laws was therefore death.
Christians can never be charged with breaking them, because they are not under the Mosaic Law nor can they be penalized along the lines of many of the answers given by the brothers and sisters during that WT study referred to above. Many of their expressions indicated that, if they should fail to have that kind of love as their primary motive, they will not receive everlasting life, or as some phrased it:
“We'll miss out!”
Is it not true that no one really understood what the kind of loving represented
by these two principal laws of the Law actually was? The whole of the Law of Moses
explained and was that kind of love. That is what Jesus meant in Matt 22:40:
‘On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.’
Oh, we probably acknowledge that truth somewhere in our profuse literature, but on the basis of that Watchtower, and much of what has been said on the subject elsewhere, it seems we do not really understand what that love means.
Jesus was the only one who was taught and had studied it thoroughly along with the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures. He was therefore not beholden to Jewish tradition and perfectly able to put it into practice. That along with the faith that underpinned that clear and accurate understanding proved him to be the acceptably righteous and unblemished lamb of his sacrifice.
Well, what about his followers today? Are the joys set before us earthies, the new system, eternal life, no sickness, seeing our loved ones again and the cornucopia of all the wonderful blessings yet ahead for faithful ones, not wonderful goals to strive for or is this striving for them simply an outgrowth of selfishness to be avoided at the pain of death? Then why did Jehovah present them to us as something to motivate us, when they were not meant to be a vital, if not principal, motivation?
OK then, what motivated Jesus? (Hebrews 12:1-2) . . ., 2 as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. . .
Many today from philanthropists to suicide-bombers give all they have and even their lives, yet none of them can claim that they have the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: 4 Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6 It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.. . . This describes a love of action, of doing. That is the reason John in his first epistle 5:3 could say under inspiration . .. 3 For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments.
Yes, it is the doing that is the love. Jesus was the only one who gave his life and displayed the qualities portrayed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It was what the ancients did, not how they felt, that was counted to them as righteousness. Why even here, it is the doing embedded in the word righteousness, the right thing to do, the doing of God's will as defined in Malachi 3:18, that is the stuff of salvation.
On the other hand, the closeness and emotional love and affection we have for Jehovah is something developed and learned over time. This will gradually give added impetus and motivation to our more and more heartfelt deeds over time and is different for each individual according to the progress one has made. But the doing of God's will is one of pure will and choice, often based on no more than an intellectual conviction resulting from sound reasoning on Scripture and science.
Much of what we do every day in our immediate physical environment, the way we use facilities, tools and relate to others is based likewise on Scripture and practical wisdom. If it is unsafe, we just do not do it. Not doing dangerous, unkind, jealous and selfish things will become second nature to us, without ever having to ask ourselves if we love God and neighbour sufficiently before we do or avoid doing anything.
As I look at the things written aforetime it becomes very clear to me through my progressive familiarity with Jehovah's word, that the Israelites were never condemned for lack of love. It was their not doing God's will, their continuing disobedience, that spelled their collective doom, not lack of love.
The word love does not get a mention at all in connection with Abraham's attempted sacrifice of Isaac, either in the actual report in Genesis 22:12: 12 And he went on to say: “Do not put out your hand against the boy and do not do anything at all to him, for now I do know that you are God-fearing in that you have not withheld your son, your only one, from me.”. . .or, for that matter, in Hebrews 11, where love is not even mentioned once, in connection with any of the faithful ones reported on there.
Had a talk 4 on 27/10/05 about Why did not God destroy Satan promptly after he rebelled? from rs 364 par 2.
one of the points made there about the second issue raised by the rebellion:
(2) The integrity of intelligent creatures toward Jehovah. By the deflection of Adam and Eve the question was raised: Did Jehovah’s servants really obey him out of love or might all of them abandon God and follow the lead being given by Satan? This latter issue was further developed by Satan in the days of Job. (Gen. 3:6; Job 1:8-11; 2:3-5; see also Luke 22:31.)
This latter issue particularly intrigued me because of their total irrelevance. Time and again we espouse the idea that we will not make it into the future, if our motives are selfish and not based purely on love.
What fascinates me about that is its complete antithesis to what Adam actually did. Had he remained faithfully obedient and not partaken of the tree of knowledge, he would have met the exact condition that we condemn for Christians, namely obeying only for what he could get out of Jehovah.
On that basis Adam did the right, unselfish thing. Just look at what he had, but now lost. The absolutely selfish thing for Adam would have been the obedience of not even touching that tree.
Hence I conjured up this fictional scenario of what may have happened if a faithful Adam were to be judged by the standards you prescribe for man:
Picture the unfairness, if one day, after Adam had not touched the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad for thousands of years, Jehovah were to say to him that, although He appreciated that Adam had obeyed that original command not to eat from it for such a long time, God would nonetheless have to destroy him and his offspring anyway, since he, and they, had obeyed only for the selfish reason of not wanting to die and not because they loved God.
That's just it! It is the doing that counts. Adam was condemned not because he did not love God, but because he failed to yield to God's good advice not to eat from that tree, whatever his motive or lack thereof. Again a clear reflection of Jehovah's standard expressed in 1 John 5:3: For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments.
Jesus concurred in his Sermon on the Mount when he stated: 21“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. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness. . .
Yes lawless, disobedient ones, who in spite of all the 'good' things they did, motivated no doubt by what they surely felt was love for God, failed to perform the loving, the doing of God's will peculiar to a certain era or age. ‑Matthew 7:21-23.
Related to this is our own (JWs) preoccupation with statistics. The wonderful things we are perceived by ourselves to be doing. The # of hours annually, the sheer volume of our publications, the # of Kingdom Halls built, the # of congregations formed annually↔weekly, the change of personalities occasioned by the good news etc. etc. Wonderful indeed, but so what? Other groups and religious organizations also make issues out of these visible tangible things.
Yes they are certainly addressed by that remark above in the Sermon on the Mount, as are all those of Christendom and those who rely the things seen as proof on their favourable standing with God.
Providing these statistics certainly has an encouraging role to play, but are we not supposed to walk by faith? Yes, as Paul said . . . we are walking by faith, not by sight.. . . (2 Corinthians 5:7), are we not to do just that? However, that faith must be built on the reality of God's Word
Should not the existence of and our presence in our perceived to exist Spiritual Paradise be primarily based on what the Bible really teaches? Is not how well are we doing in this regard, the most important aspect of our worship?
Publishing a book with that title will do nothing if the substance is not in keeping with Jehovah's word, irrespective of the material successes and assets of the organisation.
The thought expressed to me some time ago, that I/we will just have to wait on Jehovah to enlighten us is in fact a cop-out.
No point in waiting on Jehovah, since He has already said all there is to say about Israel, the other sheep, sin, perfection, the ransom and whatever else that makes up the body of truth that he has embedded in His word to which Jesus referred to in his prayer when he said in: John 17:17: Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.. . .
Inspiration ceased with the death of John, the last apostle, because all had been said and will ever be said about the belief and doctrines of God's people.
Yes, Christians will have to wait on Jehovah for the timely, progressive fulfilment of prophecy and for further instructions about the social structure, work and other requirements in the new earth, which will be progressively revealed with the tasks at hand, but the structure of what is truth has been complete for nigh on 2 millennia.
The subjects I raised in all my communications to you have their completeness in Jehovah's Word now. It has to be that way, because that is all that the anointed will ever know in their present state. There is nothing else they need to know now. The truth is complete as God's Word is complete now.
When I first wrote this to you I said that We must get all our doctrines right before we concentrate more on biblical matters in the monthly issues of the Awake starting 01/2006.
Alas, as at this date our 'truth' is still tainted with the falsehoods of Christendom and our own reasoning, behind which some of our very aged brothers have retrenched themselves, all with the best of motives, no doubt. We must overturn these strongly entrenched things well before we begin to teach the resurrected ones soon after the end of this system.
We must however, allow God's Word to speak for itself. We seem to be the ones determining what God's word contains. As I said in another place, you may have been given all the master's things, the goods and chattels of the kingdom on earth, but not the truth. It is autonomous and belongs to Jehovah, as Jesus so rightly said in his prayer to his heavenly father in John 17. You can only ever be a conveyer-belt.
May I encourage you to thoroughly dig deep into this grand treasure given us, so that every man be proved a liar, including myself, as Paul said in Romans 3:4): . . .let God be found true, though every man be found a liar. . .
Lies don't need to be selfish, malicious or intended to deceive, to be lies. 'Christians' who fervently believe in the Trinity, may be believing a lie, yet they are not deliberately lying when they pass it on to others, since they believe it to be true. Similarly we believe some, if not many things that are not a true reflection of what Jehovah wants us to know.
Humility must be a constant accomplice of all anointed Christians and others who have the responsibility of teaching the so-called Congregation of God and their of companions who aspire to a life on Paradise earth. Why do we continue to set standards that Jehovah does not?
After having read this far, may you prayerfully contemplate what Jehovah is actually teaching you in His word and may you have the humility and courage to make the necessary changes, even if it proves to be painful for some.
Since the Christ is still examining his slaves, may the talents he entrusted you with not be taken away and given to others.
Later developments saw me removed from the ranks of the JW in January 2008 for not recognizing the authority of their ‘leaders’ to determine truth and doctrine. They are as mislead as are all others claiming Christian heritage. The talents were originally given to that small number of Christian (anointed) members of the bride of Christ. She has since prostituted herself as Israel had done under the Law.
Please continue your journey