Sorry no scriptures are quoted, I'm at work - but for all you that are diligent, I'm the owner and I can be on the web when I feel like it!
I have been reading, a lot. I know the arguments about Jesus being in a "new covenant position" with the anointed and the great crowd is not in a convenant position, but enjoy the benefits of that covenant.
I don't quite get it though, in the scripture where Jesus died for all men - I've looked in 5 different translations, and they all say that Jesus died for all men - not for all (types) of men.
My MAIN question is, why are all the prayers said from the platform and all our private prayers ended saying: "we pray through your son, Jesus Christ." (or similar) If we're not in a mediator position with Jesus, why are we taught to pray through him? I understand respect, etc., but we have always been taught to pray exclusively through Jesus - that our prayers would not be heard by Jehovah if we didn't pray through Jesus. That sure sounds like we're praying through Jesus as our mediator.
I understand, kind of, the argument that the Anointed Faithful and Discreet Slave, better known as primarily the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society, is the "channel" between Jehovah and man. Which would mean that it goes like this:
Anointed in heaven, Jehovah's Sons
Anointed Remnant on earth, Jehovah's Sons, dba Watchtower Society
great crowd of "Jehovah's friends"
Again, why do we pray through Jesus, if he is not our mediator? If the organization, our mother, is Jehovah's "channel" to the great crowd - not Jesus - then who are we to pray through? Who is OUR mediator?
If it is the anointed, and they ARE getting older and this system is lasting WAY longer than we anticipated -- who is our mediator when they die - because they told us that Jesus is not our mediator - only theirs.
Does it seem slightly askew that Jehovah would have billions of people on the earth, say, in 10 years (if this system) lasts, with no way to speak with him? I have read about the New Light on the Nethinim, or Temple Helpers for Governing Body. They have the same authority, almost (not voting) that the Governing Body does. Fine, but the Society does not teach that they have to be of the anointed. If they're not, again - who will be our biblical mediator?
If this system lasts longer than the old men on the Governing Body, and Jesus WAS their mediator (there might still be others living then, but if they're sisters, it wouldn't matter 'cause they're NEVER gonna sit in THAT room), how will we pray, the way the Society has taught us, to Jehovah? I really find it hard to believe that Jehovah would do that to us - all of mankind.