Please help me with this. I have been reading the Bible for the first time in my life. What my viewpoint on it is not the issue. I am SHOCKED as to the things I have been reading. I have been reading from Genesis on, and am now in 1 Corinthians. I cannot believe how blatent the Bible is that ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE FAITH IN JESUS AND HIS FATHER will be going to heaven....according to the Bible. It's been quite a challenge, but I'm reading from the NWT and the NIV. Of course, I've really enjoyed the NIV more. I'll see things in the NIV and think, "wow, really? There's no way it says this in the NWT." But it does! Its also shocking how the NWT changes their words on so many verses (why did they take out the word "grace"?)
Anyway, back onto my question:
While I read so many verses regarding this, I didn't write it down. The main one that is sticking in my head is Matthew 8:11 (New World Translation)-
But I tell YOU that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens;
I checked it out in the WT Library CD & it says that Jesus was obviously meaning Jehovah, Jesus, and the spirit begotten Christian congregation. WTF. Seriously, if anyone can help me understand how they came to this conclusion, I'd appreciate it. The whole area surrounding this discussion, Jesus was not using metephors or examples or parables....so how'd they come to that conclusion? Its bonkers.
Can you think of other scriptures that say we are ALL going to heaven (not just 144,000). And its been awhile...can you refresh my memory: What scriptures do the jw's use to say that people will live on earth forever?
Thanks in advance