THE ALTERNATIVE DAILY TEXT by The Witchtower editor

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    Alternative Daily Text for Saturday, August 23, 2014

    “I tell you, in that night two men will be in one bed.” (Luke 17:34, NWT 1984)

    “Homosexuality and … [other immoral practices] were common” in Biblical times. (The Watchtower, July 1,1996, page 3) Hence it went without saying that Jesus mentioned in a parable “two men” being “in one bed” together. After all, “Christ Jesus is the Greater David.” (“All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial”, page 105) David once sang: “My brother Jonathan; you were very dear to me. More wonderful was your love to me than the love of women.” – 2 Samuel 1:26.

    The account of Abishag the Shunammite also implies that David had homosexual inclinations. She was “a young virgin” and “very beautiful,” and David’s servants hoped that she would “serve the king and … lie beside him” – but to their disappointment, “the king had no sexual relations with her.” (1 Kings 1:2-4,NIV) No wonder, for long before he had written: “Look! How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together!” (Psalm 133:1) Paul, a zealous worshipper of God, followed David’s example and said: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” – 1 Corinthians 7:1, NIV.

    Some may object, does the Bible not say in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that homosexuals would not inherit God’s Kingdom? Yes, this is true. homosexuals will not inherit God’s Kingdom. But heterosexuals won’t, too, since you can only inherit something after the decedent’s death. Hence a person could “inherit God’s Kingdom” only after God’s death, but God “lives forever and ever.” (Revelation 4:10) Thus “do not be misled. Neither … men who lie with men, nor [men who lie with women, nor men who lie with nobody] … will inherit God’s kingdom.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10.

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    Alternative Daily Text for Sunday, August 24, 2014

    “O how you have fallen from heaven, you light bearer.” (Isaiah 14:12, NWT 1984, Footnote)

    Isaiah chapter 14 tells about the fall of the King of Babylon. But it also addressed to someone else, to “the spirit creature whom the king of Babylon represented, namely, Satan the Devil.” (Then is Finished The Mystery of God, page 333) Verse 12 calls him “shining one,” the Latin Vulgate uses the name “Lucifer.” Accordingly “’Lucifer’ … is generally understood to refer to Satan the Devil.” – The Watchtower, March 15, 1967, page 181.

    A question of concern to true Christians is certainly, Who is the Greater Lucifer? This can be derived from the name itself, for “the word ‘Lucifer’ is Latin and means … ‘light bearer.’” (Walk in Truth; Isaiah 14:12, NWT 1984, Footnote) So, without any doubt, the Greater Lucifer are “Jehovah’s Witnesses, the modern light bearers.” (The Watchtower, May 1, 1993, page 12) “Like their father, Satan,” who “keeps disguising himself as an angel of light,” they too have used the “[Watchtower] magazine … as the primary channel for dispensing increased light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14; The Watchtower, April 15, 2009, page 6; April 15, 2010, page 109) “We must avoid this Satanic propaganda, these ‘unclean … expressions inspired by demons.” – 1997 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, page 255.

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    Alternative Daily Text for Monday, September 1, 2014

    “Knead the dough and make round cakes.” (Genesis 18:6, NWT 1984)

    Abraham wanted to regale Jehovah with cake. Baking cakes was women’s work already back then, so Abraham charged his wife with this task. That was in harmony with the teachings of the ‘faithful and discreet slave,’ for “children can see, for example, that men build houses and women bake cakes.” (The Watchtower, September 15, 1973, page 554) “You teen-age girls, have you taken an interest in preparing meals for your household? How many pastries and cakes have you learned to bake?” – The Watchtower, February 1, 1978, page 5.

    Likewise today, men can instruct their wives or daughters to bake cakes. But they should not follow the example of Sándor Völgyes who “asked his wife to bake cakes and to put Watchtower articles into them.” (1996 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, page 104) Such may have been possible in the 1950s, but today the Watchtower magazines are printed with toxic ink for financial reasons. However, the Bible mentions another detail that is important when it comes to cake baking.

    Abraham had asked Sarah to bake “round cakes.” Later the Israelites “began to bake the flour dough that they had brought out from Egypt into round cakes.” (Exodus 12:39) According to the Mosaic Law, only “ring-shaped cakes” were fit for sacrificial use (Leviticus 7:12) Centuries later, when an angel raised the prophet Elijah out of his sleep, “there at his head was a round cake.” – 1 Kings 19:6.

    So all acceptable cakes had been round back then. A widow in Zarephath once slid into a dangerous situation when she had to tell Elijah: “As Jehovah your God is living, I have no round cake.” Elijah did not punish her, though, but rather said to her: “Do not be afraid … Only from what is there make me a small round cake.” (1 Kings 17:13) Since “all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction,” Jehovah surely included this detail in his word by intention.

    Obviously it is God’s will that women and girls bake round cakes. Once Tamar, David’s daughter, ignored this command and baked “heart-shaped cakes.” What were the consequences? She was raped and spent the rest of her life in isolation. (2 Samuel 13:14, 20) What a terrible punishment she had to suffer because she did not bake a round cake!

    If we want to please God, we must not bake square or heart-shaped cakes. False prophets flood today’s world with sheet cake recipes, but in reality this propaganda comes from Satan. Only “round cakes,” baked by women or girls, are acceptable to worshippers of Jehovah. We must not take this issue easy; even King David warned of “the apostate mockers for a cake.” (Psalm 35:16) No, we must heed God’s just principles in every aspect of our lives, also when baking.

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    “Then two she-bears came out from the woods and went tearing to pieces forty-two children.” (2 Kings 2:24)

    Some boys had jeered Elisha, who was Jehovah’s prophet at that time. He “called down evil upon them in the name of Jehovah. Then two she-bears came out from the woods and went tearing to pieces forty-two children.” Does this mean that we are not to mock Jehovah’s Witnesses and God’s “appointed channel of communication, ‘the faithful and discreet slave’?” – Matthew 24:45; Our Kingdom Ministry, September 2002, page 8.

    No, this is not the case. Granted, Jehovah does not tolerate it when someone jeers his prophets. But Jehovah’s Witnesses “do not claim that … they are prophesying in Jehovah’s name.” (Awake!, March 22, 1993, page 3) Since “God’s people today are not prophets,” we can ridicule them without worry. –God’s Word for Us Through Jeremiah, page 167.

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    LOL I must now throw out all my square cake pans for they are an abomination unto the Lord! But at least I can still make fun of the Borg!

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    Alternative Daily Text for Friday, October 3, 2014

    “I am a worm and not a man.” (Psalm 22:6)

    “David was ‘a man agreeable to Jehovah’s heart.’” (The Watchtower, January 1, 1989, page 23) Nevertheless he considered himself a feckless “worm.” This was in compliance with the words of Bildad who had said centuries before: “Even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in … [God’s] eyes, how much less so mortal man, who is a maggot, and a son of man, who is a worm!” – Job 25:5, 6.

    God’s word emphasizes the worthlessness of us humans in many places. “The sons of mankind are a delusion. When laid together on the scales, they are lighter than a mere breath.” (Psalm 62:9) Indeed, “all men have turned aside, all of them have become worthless.” (Romans 3:12) Even whole “nations are like a drop from a bucket, and as the film of dust on the scales they are regarded” – how much less than a dust particle is then a single human? – Isaiah 40:15.

    Does keeping God’s commandments and doing his will reduce our drossiness? No, Jesus clearly stated: “When you have done all the things assigned to you, say: ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves.’” (Luke 17:10) No doubt this is true. God would not even need Christians to proclaim his word; he could simply make the stones cry out. (Luke 19:40) So regardless how much we exert ourselves – in God’s eyes we will always be worthless, a worm, a mere breath, a tiny fraction of a dust particle.

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    See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

    Granted, “the world is filled … with sin.” (The Watchtower, July 15, 1992, page 13) But “God loved the world” and thus he “did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17) In actual fact, the purpose of Jesus’ sacrificial death was “to take away the sin of the world.” – The Watchtower, December 1, 2006, page 28.

    Does this mean that all humans will be redeemed? No, the Bible clearly says “that some will never be saved.” (Reasoning From the Scriptures, page 358) It emphasises multiple times that “the world” will be saved – but “around the globe Jehovah’s Witnesses are noted for their being ‘no part of the world.’” (The Watchtower, April 15, 1996, page 21) Hence their sins will not be taken away by Jesus.

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