.......Certainly never got me anywhere, did not even help my wife to survive cancer, in spite of Jesus' admonition to "ask anything in my name." There are opinions among some students and researchers of the Bible to the effect that the God and Father Jesus prayed to was NOT Jehovah. Just try to find "Jehovah" in the Sermon on the Mount, even in the NWT. And that Jehovah and Jesus' Father are two different gods and that Jesus was actually starting a new religion and that it was NOT the religion of the Israelites' bloody vengeful jealous Jehovah (even tho the Jews were no longer using the Name) and that's why he got killed. Anyone can see from the Bible the difference in these gods' personalities and ways of dealing with people. More than one almighty God? "Amazing!", as Doc Emmett Brown would say.
So maybe my wife had to die of her malady (not that we all don't at some time or other) because we were praying to Jehovah instead of to Jesus' Heavenly Father.
I can't help having the ideas, actually, that it's dangerous to worship ANY God that claims to possess a personality, that we're here because of mysterious forces and we should try to do our best to be moral people, and that if there truly is some God with a personality he/she/it will forgive us for being so confused about religion, thanks to JW's and each and every other "organized" sect that is around or that has been.
Edited by - Bhagavad on 8 August 2002 15:46:31