“Evil,” according to Jesus

by venus 3 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • venus

    Jesus defines “evil” in Mathew 7:21-23:

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ [“you who practice evil, International Standard Version]”

    Thus Evil means:

    Calling Jesus “Lord,” prophesying/preaching in his name, driving out demons and performing many miracles in ignorance of Father’s will [treating every human being as child of God, not as pagan—Mathew 7:12].

    This definition is understood by ordinary people only (Mathew 11:25)

  • zeb

    'the practice of evil'... hmm does that include paedophilia.?

  • Vidiot

    Honestly, sometimes I suspect these groups fight so disproportionately hard to defend their legitimacy because they know that their actions have delegitimized them.

  • Cold Steel
    Cold Steel

    The "evil" definition doesn't entirely make sense.

    To be evil, one doesn't necessarily need to prophesy or preach. Or perform miracles. In this case you seem to be alluding to people who are otherwise religious but are hypocrites at heart. Now, saying that, I have absolutely no idea whom you could be possibly be alluding to, but...oh, wait.

    Ummm...never mind.

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