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Last site edit: June 12 2017
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
This website focuses on how their God and Father sees all Christianity and those enslaved by her.
Is this not a Christian Web Site in the general sense, while it certainly concerns all who use the designation Christian.
A Christian is someone who is anointed i.e.: a Christ or Messiah in line to become King and Priest in the heavenly Kingdom, as was Jesus.
This site is therefore Christian only and exclusively in the sense conveyed by Jesus Christ to those of the little flock who were anointed beginning at Pentecost 33 solely for the privilege of joint rule with the Christ as kings and priests and are therefore the only ones entitled to identify themselves as Christians -Luke 12:32.
The foregoing is not quite correct in that the heavenly is not a kingdom in the biblical sense except as conveyed to Samuel after Israel asked for a king like all the other ethnic tribes around them:
1 Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto Jehovah. 7 And Jehovah said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not be king over them. ASV
It is however about a period of administration, during the final 1000-year epoch of the LORD Jehovah's 7000-year rest day, staffed by 144000 divine sons of God, including God's only begotten, to administer the completion of the Genesis 1:26-28 assignment originally given to humanity, but temporary put on hold because of the original rebellion by very angels meant to be of assistance.
The designation or name Christian applies solely to the prospective members of that administration making up the anointed little flock of multi-ethnic men and women of the Israel of God before they attain to their heavenly places.
Unfortunately, it is also about those who were persuaded to think they are likewise chosen and currently wear that designation Christian as a label in good faith, without realizing its full significance - link.
But to introduce myself first: I am an undereducated old human male person of the ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ genre, resident in Australia for over six decades, five of which I had spent associated with Jehovah's Witnesses, which association ceased January 2008 at their insistence due to my no longer recognizing the authority of their leaders i.e. Faithful and Discrete Slave.
For those who like to know, the last congregation in my half century sojourn with those lovely faithful brothers and Sisters, as I used to call them, was the Mulgrave congregation, one of quite a few in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne Australia.
Not in the least interested in grinding an axe against the Witnesses nor diminishing the education this Philistine has gleaned from their earnest efforts. The innocent child I was, and still am to some degree, made me an eager pupil.
Having learned more things than I ever wish to forget, there were however, a number of doctrinal matters that did not sit well with my perception of life and the manual it all was supposed to be built upon.
These discrepancies have little to do with the JWs vs. the rest of Christendom; the them and us they so dearly cherish, but they are discrepancies so fundamentally at odds with all of the basic tenets of Christianity, and by association with all religions that sprang from the Abrahamic roots, that no saving grace will ever atone for their collective misdeeds, as they sold themselves to all ruling powers that be, to enhance their grip on the citizenry.
I am neither a communist, atheist nor an agnostic, but a theist or ayetheist but quite opposed to religion, even as is our Creator, generally titled God, who has not founded a single one and has none representing him today or ever.
ALL Religion is of human origin! It was designed to progressively control human beings via family through tribe, kingdom and nation while dangling the carrot of salvation in front of the guilt-ridden masses.
There is no inherent sin residing in generic man for which he has to pay dearly during his life with repentance, oodles of prayers, money, honour and whatever other sacrifices the religio/secular hierarchies have devised to supposedly appease their hypocrite God, who says one thing and does the other.
For those of the religious who use the designation and imagine themselves to be Christians
here is a little aside from 1 John before someone smacks me over the knuckles with it:
verses 8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Mankind had no law to sin against. John here only addressed his words to the remnant of sin-laden, forgiven Israel who had put their faith in their redeemer Jesus. All the Epistlers only wrote to the little flock* of Holy ones or Saints especially chosen for their destined role as heavenly administrators for which they were anointed, but not as kings and priests who were only required for sinful disobedient Israel in the flesh in need of their services.
Carefully note every plural personal pronoun in all the Epistles, as well as in John's continuing discourse:
1 John 2:20, 27 And ye* have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all the things. 27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teacheth you; concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him.
* Luke 12:32 *plural personal pronoun in old English.
Though the nation had already been forgiven, the sins spoken of here were those transgressions against the Mosaic Law they still individually held, along with the promises, until their personal salvation -Matthew 24:29-31; Romans 8:23 and other indicators.
Please continue searching through this site, for the evidence I have discovered will make it all abundantly clear.
The constitution alias the Old Testament law, issued exclusively to pre-messianic Israel, clearly forbids the punishing a son for the sins of a father.
Deuteronomy (5th Moses) chapter 24 verse 16: "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin. NKJV
you may even like to read the whole chapter 18 of Ezekiel to emphatically verify that.
Haven't got a bible? Borrow one, go to the library, look at it online, buy one or scrounge a freebee from a church somewhere too far away.
Sons are are punished relative to the sins of their fathers only if they themselves learn to practice these and not for what their fathers did. Jesus became a carpenter in emulation of his adoptive father. Boys frequently copy their fathers occupational practices and often their behaviour as well: ' I want to be a stupid idiot like my father! '
That is what one of the 10 commandments (Hebr. words) focused on and then only relative to right vs. false worship* here in Exodus 20:4-6, a statement generally cited to contradict the one in Deuteronomy quoted above, but not understood to its intended depth:
4 "you shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that
is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under
the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your
God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the
third and fourth generations of those who hate Me*, 6 but showing mercy to thousands,
to those who love Me and keep My commandments. NKJV
* demonstrated by copy-cat practicing the badness of fathers, not inheritance.
* a word I don't like at all due to its having been commandeered and distorted to mean almost any practice of devotion. God does not need nor does he demand to be worshipped. It is only in contrast with religious practices where any thingamajig is given inappropriate and uselessly vain devotion, that this principle from the Creator applies:
If you humans, my creation, really get the urge to worship any thing or body, it would need to be Me, because there are no others who invented and manufactured you to give credit to. I am not jealous of anybody. But I am zealous to ensure that credit is given to whom it is due. I likewise commend, praise and reward only those who deserve it.
The religious Guilt Industry has a mindset of a set mind in order to preserve their superior elite status in the inhabited earth. Nothing I shall ever say will change that, because it will deemed to be nought but opinion, whatever the evidence might show.
I am not a reformer real or pretend. For one, Luther and other reformers were highly educated intellectual giants, while I am not, having left school at 14, and for another, reform is not an option; removal is. Humanity needs to be freed from the religion virus, while acknowledging the promises for a better and longer life for all as intended by the Creator. Nothing is required of humanity to achieve that. No membership, penance, sacrifices, payment or religious services are needed for individuals to attain that. It is just part of God's impeccable justice imbedded in His purpose.
Jesus died instead of Israel. It was they who were given the work to make the earth and human society a better and peaceful place. Israel failed miserably; they had law, but a wrong attitude. Right attitude does not require law, but acquiescence to good advice from the manufacturer. We generally do that relative to any manufactured item and discovered law in the natural -manufactured- world. That's what science is: a journey of discovery into what is already present, pre-existing. That is what humans subsequently fashion into useful devices and beneficial practices, aside from nuclear weaponry and other naughty things.
Why I was removed from my association with the Witnesses is simple. Their doctrines, which play an almost identical theme of inherited sin with variations to that played by the rest of Christianity, do not agree with the Bible:
1. Humanity's sinful condition in need of salvation as an alleged legacy bequeathed from Adam, is an invented lying deception uploaded upon gullible mankind by Christianity under the auspices of the arch deceiver.
2. Jesus was Israel's final Atonement and second Passover lamb, because only Israel sinned against a law only they had. They had to be saved from total annihilation by the avenging Angel, as it were, who had to pass over their house a second time.
As the lamb Jesus said in John 6, they had to eat his Passover flesh and drink his Passover blood. Israel was ultimately stoned to death in the manner of all adulteresses by that same stone of stumbling, stone of offence, foundation stone, upon whom The Christ would later build the little flock or congregation that now belonged to him. Jesus could not do that . . . because
3. Like all Passover and Atonement sacrifices in the whole of history, biblical or otherwise:
Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, is still dead and shall forever remain so.
However, he who was actually offered for Jehovah's firstborn son Israel (Exodus 4:22), the heavenly Only begotten Son his heavenly Father had actually sacrificed for the world kosmos (people/government/decoration) of the Seed of Abraham, Israel, as per John 3:16, was indeed resurrected, with Jesus the sheep substituting for that one, as was the case in the pre-enactment of that reality: the prophetic drama of Abraham's potential sacrifice of Isaac with the body of a sheep provided just in the nick of time to save that seed of Abraham, who was to produce the Seed of Abraham Israel still in his loins.
Hebrews 10:5-10: Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, But a body you have prepared for Me. 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come––In the volume of the book it is written of Me––To do your will, O God.’" 8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin you did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we* have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. NKJV or any other version
* Paul and the forgiven, sanctified Jewish/Israelite/Hebrew Christian (anointed) remnant he was writing to here.
The one actually offered as per John 3:16 was here asking God to prepare a body to substitute for him.
Like Isaac who was resurrected in the manner of the Hebrew and Greek words: He stood up and erect again from off the altar, the Heavenly Only Begotten of God likewise stood up again (resurrected or re-erected) after a period of inactivity on the heavenly altar of God's will for 34 1/4 years from the conception of Jesus in Mary's womb to his death, when Jesus yielded up his animating spirit or life force which then returned back to the Father who freed the heavenly one. -Matthew 27:50; Ecclesiastes 12:7.
His Only Begotten, the one actually offered as per John 3:16, now got his life back, as it were, when he was untied and stood up from off the virtual heavenly altar.
Why all this? Because the Trinity is the reason for having Jesus to to first come down and then go back up again or as in another version in a monotheistic over-reaction to the Trinity, where no one came down but Jesus went up and every other unbenign nuance in between. A number of fairytales may have him come down in one fashion or another, but he just had to go back up for the Trinity to remain viable and triune in every respect.
That is similar to the nonsense of having Paul say in Hebrews that the Christ was made a little lower than the angels.
Albeit, he quoted from Psalm 8 to document Jesus' complete and utter humanness, his son-of-man-ness, which text in the Psalm actually says that he was made a little lower than God.
How possibly could believers in the Trinity ever cope with that: all co-equal yet one lower than God? They just had to fiddle with the that verse in Hebrews to accommodate their Trinity.
Psalm 8 was not prophetic of Jesus! That Psalm was simply a poetic amplification or embellishment of God’s words to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26-27. Paul used that to emphasize Jesus' total systemic humanity.
Though some minor alterations infected it, most of the OT has remained the almost virginal foundation for the NT, which was unfortunately profoundly fiddled with by the Trinitarians to accommodate their marriage to the state.
The only begotten son of John 3:16 is an entirely different individual to Jesus. He is God's heavenly only begotten son and first creation. Whereas Jesus was simply the firstborn son of Mary who so named him only after he had departed her womb, in keeping with Gabriel's good advice and the Mosaic Law.
If you, the seeker of wisdom and truth, are still interested after the foregoing, if only somewhat bemused by it all, you shall find more than sufficient evidence for the Bible's claims noted above.
Yes the Bible's claims, because I claim nothing here. How, for instance, could anyone ever apply Isaiah 53 to mankind? you would have to be off the planet in more ways than one. Just have a look at Isaiah's first chapter intro to see to whom the whole book was actually addressed.
How you think the Ethiopian eunuch of Acts 8 viewed chapter 53 even before Philip explained it to him? They both understood that it had been written to the Israel they both were a part of. There was no fiddled-with Trinitarian NT version to confuse the beguiled masses.
The original New Testament had yet to be written.
My Goodness! Oh, how I pity all you deceived.
Just one quote here from Isaiah 53 verse 6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. ASV
Who are the we and the us here?
Come on . . . Think!
To whom was that written? It was written to the whole 13 tribes of the flock of
Jacob - Israel - the seed of Abraham! Exactly the same people Jesus was sent to at
his baptismal appointment: But he (Jesus) answered and said, I was not sent but
unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel* ‑Mathew 15:24. ASV
* My goodness, someone out there in fairyland even suggested that to be the northern kingdom after the split.
However, Jesus had exclusively come to all those under the law who had lost their way from God. That's all, and magnificently so.
Christianity has all or most of the jigsaw puzzle pieces, but left the cake out in the rain (McArtur Park) by having lost the box and seem doomed to never find that recipe again after all the goodness has been washed out of it.
Not cognizant of the overall vista of the grand purpose of God, they remain unable to complete the puzzle.
It is a bit like Israel under the law; they had no idea what it was all about and who they were or meant to be.
This site is not anti-Christian in the same manner Jesus was not anti-Israel. He came to save Israel not to condemn it. The comparison here lies only in the principle expressed by Jesus' in John 12: 47 that he:
" . . . did not come to judge the world but to save the world" Which world?
Already here is a problem, since there are three distinct NT Greek words commonly translated World.
Now, for which one of these worlds did he actually die?
The white-washed graves of Christianity should have explained that to their flocks, but that would have cost them dearly in loss of Power, Prestige and Pesos.
My sole focus on this website is solving the enigma, the puzzle, Mystery or Sacred Secret frequently referred to in the New Testament of how Israel, the Seed of Abraham, could ever fulfil the promises God made to Abraham.
Her thumbing their nose at God, her continuing adulteries and wickedness seemed to make that impossible.
The Scriptures, without the need for me to hear voices, dream dreams or have visions, have enabled me to discern the solution to that Enigmatic Puzzle of God's purpose in the pre-enactment of the sacrifice of Jesus, who substituted for God’s only begotten John 3:16 son: The prophetic drama of Abraham offering his only-begotten son Isaac.
That prophetic drama features the three main characters of Abraham, Isaac and the sheep with the latter remaining dead. So it is in the fulfillment, where Jehovah* offers His only begotten heavenly son, who is saved by the son of man Jesus the lamb that takes away the sin of Israel's world as their final atonement and 2nd Passover lamb, while at the same time dying in place of that heavenly only begotten son God had actually offered, but whose life was spared to fulfil the Abrahamic promises to bless all the families of the earth.
*-I won't go with the current Yahweh obsession, since the actual pronunciation of the name of God has vanished into antiquity, while the English version Jehovah has had a long history, as has especially the German version Jehova where the J consistently reflects the pronunciation of the English Y, which is then not all too far removed from the somewhat fictitious Yahweh of current religio-political correctness.
For most of the unbibled, sceptics, atheists and sundry couldnotcarelessians, this whole sacrifice business, God, Jesus or whatever, must appear like outright stupid nonsense.
It certainly seems that way and you can run with that any way you like. God does not mind.
It does, however, have to do with believing someone's promises.
A whole book could be written about the future implications and outworking of the promises and unseen future realities concomitant with Adam's original work assignment,
It has! It's called the Bible in the current vernacular:
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28)
Then He rested/paused His creative activity relative only to the earth and gave those two fleshly images of God 7000 years to complete the job.
God's purpose in connection with that work assignment has not changed. It is still current.
The Bible is really all about promises and trusting the promiser.
Adam failed to trust God. That simple.
The sureness of a promise runs parallel with the character of the one who makes it.
"Trust me!" is a frequent precursor to failure.
Why should Adam have trusted God?
Measured at this 2015 point in chronology relative to the Adam's creation, he already had more than 40 years of interaction with his Creator during the 6th day of Creation, while history still awaited the commencement of day 7, which continues even now as God's earth-specific rest day. That was enough time for Adam to establish a trusting relationship with God directly and through the genius of the His observable handiwork and undoubtedly pinnacled by that yummy female companion Eve, he was privileged to become one with.
Believing unseen realities encapsulated in promises made on the basis of implicit trust in the promiser is nowhere better expressed than in these words of Paul words in Hebrews 11:1:
Faith is the assured expectation* of things hoped for, the evident demonstration* of realities* though not beheld.. NWT
* Lit., “a sub-standing.” Gr., hy·po´sta·sis; Lat., sub·stan´ti·a.
* Or, “convincing evidence.” Gr., e´leg·khos; Lat., ar·gu·men´tum.
* Lit., “of things.” Gr., prag·ma´ton.
and is nowhere better demonstrated than by Abraham's implicit trust in the promiser Jehovah:
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in
faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised
He was also able to perform
(Romans 4:20-21 NKJV)
Why did Abraham trust God? As a nomadic farmer and husbandman i.e. a herder of animals, employees and family, he was simply so blown away by what he saw in nature and human genius, that an understanding of and trust in God became a natural consequence.
Ah, but there is more!
In that geographically close knit postdiluvian world, Abraham had shared close to 150 years of mutual presence on earth with a survivor of the flood Shem, one of the three sons of Noah.
He would have gleaned enough from him about pre-flood conditions to base his trust/faith on, if not primarily so.
Ok, so they did not have cars and mobile phones but THEY DID HAVE TIME.
One can go a long way by mule or per pedes.
Jesus also trusted Jehovah. His name implies promise AND trust. Please check it out.
Apart from that, he was the exact equivalent of Adam in his origin.
But for a brief aside about the flavour of this site, may I say that I have taken a lighter, less serious tone in matters that are so devastatingly serious in that they may very well turn the entire Christian world upside down.
Why take the lighthearted view? Well, what have been the results of taking the road of stern seriousness for now close to 1900 years? Instead of happily dealing with matters of life, death and respect in the context of the Creator's operating manual given to Israel to better the lives of humanity and the natural human inclination* toward innocence and trust, we have murder, war, mayhem, torture, beheading, burning at the stake and the rampant stupidity of denominationalism where even cemeteries have succumbed to it.
* Sorry about that, guilt-conditioned Christianity, because that was and still is the default human condition until family and tribal culture and attendant religious doctrines and traditions conditioned it otherwise. The alleged legacy of sin and depravity from Adam is a disgusting legacy of lies imposed upon the innocent by the greedy religious/secular power-grabbing guilt industry for servitude.
So let's be seriously lighthearted as we examine and ponder on godly things without taking ourselves too seriously.
But to continue with substantiating all the above, as I launch myself into godly matters and their impact on humanity or you may just fiddle with the above menu for confusing enlightenment:
As children we believe those who are older; our parents, teachers and counsellors. In natural childlikeness, initially common to all, we believe those entrusted with our spiritual lives, whatever that means these days; perhaps even our literal lives. They must know. They are older. They have learned more. What we don't know, is, whether they, in their own innocence, have been taught the very nonsense they are trying to upload on us as necessary goods, only to have them become burdens that unnecessarily weigh us also down throughout our lives.
Are you or have you been a Jehovah's Witness, as I had been, or a Seventh Day Adventist, Protestant in its many forms or Catholic, this site may just be right for you. You may have, not so much engaged in questioning your leaders/elders/priests/pastors, perhaps even antagonistically, but rather asked specific questions about your faith, as you discovered discrepancies between it and its alleged foundation, the Bible or other scripture.
Perhaps those who had left the religion of their birth, culture or choice, because of all manner of inconsistencies between their ill-defined reality and the workshop/service manual its creeds are supposedly built on, may glean some benefit and comfort from this site, as may Agnostics and Atheists who have looked for alternatives to a God they could not fathom in the manner He had been presented by the religious guilt industry. Unfortunately they also have succumbed to the lure of guilt and financial gain by, if not actually joining the religious guilt industry, but creating their own, where political correctness overrides reasoned alternatives and reality along with it -the genesis of other oppressive cultures indeed.
Spent some 5 decades with Jehovah's Witnesses the last of which saw me edging towards the exit after reading the Bible (NWT) with more passion and a greater focus on detail. In spite of their translation tending to lean a little their way, it does so a lot less than the others. My preferred bible is now the NKJV, because I do not wish to stick my neck out too far on this website; only to be sued.
Although removed from their midst for not adhering to the teachings, they did however teach me to be thorough and run with the meaning of the original language words as much as possible, even though they occasionally failed to do that themselves, neither does anyone else, it seems.
Nonetheless, they were the sole means to publicize the name of God over the last century.
That illustrious name pushed almost into obscurity by the whitewashed graves of Christianity, would have remained there, if it had not been for the religion bearing His name: Jehovah's Witnesses. Only through their considerable effort often at great sacrifice and suffering for the great complement of publishers, preachers and administrators has that name of God Jehovah now become known around the earth.
Nevertheless and in spite of tremendous achievement, have their peculiar whitewashed graves subjected themselves to much of the same doctrinal nonsense of inherited sin and Jesus dying and saving humanity from that. Much of that is not of their own making, since that is a legacy from those gone before, but what is of their own making is their not listening to and paying attention to the manual now, stuck as they are in the quagmire of Christian history.
It cannot be easy to achieve doctrinal accuracy, since the books, as in the most important manuscripts, were significantly cooked just enough to justify the major doctrines of the current Christian mindset which had their genesis stirrings even while the Apostles were still alive and finally led to the merging of the Christian church/congregation with secular government in the 4th century. The Bride of Christ had thus prostituted herself more profoundly than Jehovah's wife Israel ever did under their constitution, the law mediated through Moses.
The point is that the woman in Genesis 3:15 and in Revelation 12 is the organizational entity of the heavenly kind The Jerusalem Above that produces the collective singular seed to be the ultimately blessing to all humanity by restoring their original Edenic opportunity to individually decide the future for themselves and not continue to be shackled by some contrived inherited legacy from Adam.
Israel as the seed of Abraham appears in the OT 5 times and in the NT 4 times, where it is the repentant remnant with sufficient gentile-branch implants into the Israel Olive tree to make up the foreordained numbers of the little flock to constitute the bride of Christ -Romans 11 is as good a place to start as any.
Israel is also the Vineyard, according to the inspired God-breathed book Isaiah 5:1-7, and simultaneously the Kingdom as per Exodus 19:6 and the rest of Scripture. It is therefore absolutely impossible to give the kingdom (the vineyard Israel) to another vineyard (Kingdom, Vineyard, Israel, Nation????).
Confused? Well, Jehovah's Witnesses have almost built their entire structure on Jesus' vineyard parable of Matthew where verse 43 of chapter 21 reads nation to represent the Greek word ethnos Strong's 1484:
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. kjv.
As far as Jehovah's Witnesses are concerned, Israel is forever finished so that from Pentecost 33 the Abrahamic promises are now for the new nation Spiritual Israel to run with.
Alas, Jesus just tried to explain to the Jewish leaders questioning him, that only those looking after the vineyard, and not the vineyard itself, were to be replaced, which is precisely how those entrusted with the vineyard, the Pharisees and Scribes, clearly understood it.
The whole parable of Matt 21:33-45 makes that abundantly clear as does Luke 20:9-19 which leaves no doubt whatever about Jesus' intent to show that God would take the vineyard Israel away from those not producing its fruits and give it to others to look after. Here verse 43 of the NRSV with the only rendering the context demands:
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. nrsv.
Seven other translations I am privileged to have access to, likewise read people and not nation.
The fruit to be produced? The result of what the Son of man Jesus had sown as he
explained in another parable
(Matt 13:37-38) and had encouraged his Disciples to search for and make (Matt 28:18-19) Sons of the Kingdom, which was precisely the fruit Israel under the Law, the vineyard (Isaiah 5), was supposed to produce, but failed to.
Why did I bother to deal with that vineyard matter this early in my investigation? Well, while it may be of little interest to most Christians, consider it a special favour to my former associates.
There is not a single religion representing God on earth. All are man made. Christianity was made by secular rulers in cooperation with premature aspirants to royalty from out of the early Christian congregation. Paul had already warned the Corinthians with a note of sarcasm: Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. (1 Corinthians 4:8). KJV
The Kingdom will be of he Seed of Abraham, the multi-ethnic multi-gender little flock of Galatians 3:28, 29 to whom the Christ said he would give the kingdom*: 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. NKJV
* Luke 12:32
Jesus was the original collective Seed of Abraham for 33 1/2 years in his substitutionary role, until they died in him when he was executed in Israel's stead.
Now that should sent the cat among the pigeons.
Christianity's greatest sin is relegating the OT as Old, ancient irrelevant history; yesterday's newspaper and ignoring the pre-enactment of Abraham's potential sacrifice of his only begotten son Isaac.
Reflecting some more on my life, I feel like a child that had been abused in some way. I knew nothing about Religion, Bible, God, Jesus (other than Christmas). I had been a spiritual babe open and ready to be molded into anything. Then I embraced Jehovah via JWs, and I was delighted, as the Scriptures opened up great future possibilities of life both in duration and quality. WOW! link
They must know, otherwise they would not be able to say so much about it and explain matters as comprehensively as they do. DOUBLEWOW!
Jehovah, His word and JWs melded into one benign and powerful unit, as was indeed taught . . . and I was delighted.
What happened to that innocence? It is still there. Untainted. Stronger now than ever.
Not angry with anyone. Grateful for what I had learned from the Witnesses.
Sad only for having no family now, but glad I am of this reassurance:
10 In case my own father and my own mother did leave me,
Even Jehovah himself would take me up. –Psalm 27:10
Perhaps he has, for I have found peace and a clear view of the future.
The New World Translation, better in some way than the rest of a tainted bunch, is, as are all the others, doctrine-biased, albeit only a little less so, to do it justice.
Translators are generally governed by their own theology and that of their sponsors.
Just like to give you a few examples of sleights of biblical hands used by translators and copyists to support Christian doctrine, because all of Christianity is beholden to hat ubiquitous guilt-trip commonly known as Inherent Sin, with imperfection and depravity the icing on the take.
Twice in Romans did Paul say that where there is no Law there is no transgression. In Ephesians he said that the Law was abolished. Jesus in fact said that the Law was only until John the Baptizer –meaning for it to be able to lead Israel to life, since from that time on it was the Messiah that would lead them there.
After the Law, including the one about loving God and neighbour*, was abolished at
Jesus' death, Paul could properly say that everything was now lawful, though not
all things be beneficial or advantageous. He said insightfully that it was the Law
that caused sin by the very definition of it and by describing some sins that may
never have come to the mind of the Israelites without it.
* No need for law here.
Paul's tirade in Romans 7 and the first few verses of 8 about his own tendencies to sin, clearly pointed the finger at the Law, not the inherence of sin. Just listen to his joyous exclamation in response to the Law, which had been he main subject of chapters 1-8 anyway, having been done away with through the sacrifice of Israel's ransoming sacrificial and Passover sheep Jesus:
(Romans 8:1-2) 8 Therefore those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation. 2 For the law of that spirit which gives life in union with Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.. . .
Yes, the Mosaic law of sin and death, since it defined sin and the penalties for breaking it, even death. Note also that he is addressing Christ's brothers here, those destined for heaven of whom he is also and referred to later in Galatians as the Israel of God.
To make sure the reader gets the point, note Paul's further words on the subject in:
1 Corinthians 15:56 56 The sting producing death is sin, but the power for sin is the Law.. . .
Aha, not its innateness.
And what about Jesus' own words recorded in John 8:34?: 34 Jesus answered them: “Most truly I say to you, Every doer of sin is a slave of sin.. . .
Yes, not the doing of sin because of being a born sinner, but rather it is the sinning that constitutes one a sinner, defining him as such, but only if it had been previously defined to be sin. One is not a thief until one steals.
Though there are many more, here is just one more point of the religious stupidity all of Christendom runs with: The original death penalty(?)
This would really be very funny because of the childlike simplicity of it, if it were not so serious.
In the original garden plot given to the first man, God said:
‘Look here Adam, this where you are going to live. It's called Eden.
Well stocked with all the food you need to eat if you do not wish to die, something you are aware of, since you have seen dead insects and larger creatures who had succumbed to the recycling processes all earthly life is naturally subject to.
you can eat from all the trees in the Garden including the tree of life, but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. It's mine! Can't miss either of them, since they are smack in the middle of the garden big enough for you and your initial family, but not too big to get lost in and to be unable to find them.’
Then mindless doctrine takes over with a cacophony of religious conjecture where the fruit of the tree of life is suddenly inhabited by or imbued with the magical property of providing the eater with eternal life.
It is the disobedience of eating from the tree of knowledge of good & bad and their consequential removal from the sample garden where these trees had been especially planted, that assured them of their eventual demise, not the not eating of the tree of life they already had permission to eat from along with all the other trees in the garden.
Ah, but then the word also is made to appear in the translation of Genesis 3:22. link
It completely and profoundly contradicts Jehovah by implying that Adam had not eaten of The Tree of Life. This is also taught by Jehovah’s Witnesses, who assert that God would eventually have taken Adam by the hand, as it were, to lead him to the Tree of Life in order to eat from it, after he had proven himself worthy during a sort of trial period. My Goodness! He already had permission to eat from it!
Curiously, virtually all relevant manuscripts earlier than the fourth century suddenly vanished, even though some older ones, of lesser or no interpretive importance, did.
Alas, Strong’s dictionary does not list the Hebrew word translated also as appearing in the original. Oh, yes, his concordances do, because they are translation specific and he was an honest man. Even if it did, this particular Hebrew word is translated in Ecclesiastes 4:11 with again, which is somewhat obscured in the NWT by the synonym moreover.
Almost all the others use again ‑ some use likewise.
We, as in the theologically unschooled masses, should not have to delve so deeply into things biblical/spiritual, whatever. Our leaders ought to and be trusted to provide accurate understanding of Jehovah's purpose and means of accomplishing it to the childlike innocent ones. As it is, the blind are still leading the blind.
As for me, I am continuing to bravely press on with my journey of discovery. No, not via Christianity's extra-biblical explanations. God's word speaks loudly and clearly enough.
On this site you will find some notes on matters of The Great Tribulation that should put paid to all the nonsense written about it.
Then again, feel free to call everything on this website nonsense. OK with me! Nothing personally to gain here.
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