The Kingdom of God – JW booklet “What does the Bible really teach?”

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  • theplains

    Has anyone tried this type of discussion with Jehovah's Witness missionaries?

    Thanks, Jim.

    The Kingdom of God – JW booklet “What does the Bible really teach?”

    Page 76 - What does the Bible tell us of the Kingdom of God?

    Page 77 - … God’s Kingdom is—in heaven. That is why the Bible calls it a “heavenly

    Kingdom.” (2 Timothy 4:18) Although God’s Kingdom is in heaven, it will rule over

    the earth.—Read Revelation 11:15.

    Page 78 - … the apostle John was given a vision in which he saw “the Lamb [Jesus

    Christ] standing on Mount Zion [his royal position in heaven], and with him 144,000

    who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads.” Who are

    those 144,000? John himself tells us: “These are the ones who keep following the

    Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits

    to God and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 14:1, 4) Yes, they are faithful followers of

    Jesus Christ specially chosen to rule in heaven with him. After being raised out

    of death to heavenly life, “they are to rule as kings over the earth” along with

    Jesus. (Revelation 5:10) Since the days of the apostles, God has been selecting

    faithful Christians in order to complete the number 144,000.

    The Kingdom of God – according to the Bible

    John 3:3 - In response Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, unless anyone

    is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

    Those not born again will never see the Kingdom of God. Who will see the Kingdom

    of God? Put yourself in the following parables and see what happens if you are

    not found in the Kingdom of God.

    (Luke 13:28-29) “… you will stand outside knocking at the door, saying, ‘Lord,

    open to us.’ But in answer he will say to you: ‘I do not know where you are from.’

    … Get away from me, all you workers of unrighteousness!’ There is where your

    weeping and the gnashing of your teeth will be, when you see Abraham, Isaac,

    Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown

    outside. Furthermore, people will come from east and west and from north and

    south, and will recline at the table in the Kingdom of God.”

    (Matthew 21:28-32) “What do you think? A man had two children. Going up to the

    first, he said, ‘Child, go work today in the vineyard.’ In answer this one said,

    ‘I will not,’ but afterward, he felt regret and went out. Approaching the second,

    he said the same. This one replied, ‘I will, Sir,’ but did not go out. Which of

    the two did the will of his father?” They said: “The first.” Jesus said to them:

    “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going ahead

    of you into the Kingdom of God. For John came to you in a way of righteousness,

    but you did not believe him. However, the tax collectors and the prostitutes

    believed him, and even when you saw this, you did not feel regret afterward so

    as to believe him.”

    (Romans 14:17) “For the Kingdom of God does not mean eating and drinking, but

    means righteousness and peace and joy with holy spirit.”

    (Luke 14:12-24) “When you spread a dinner or an evening meal, do not call your

    friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors. Otherwise,

    they might also invite you in return, and it would become a repayment to you. But

    when you spread a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; and

    you will be happy, because they have nothing with which to repay you. For you

    will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous ones.” On hearing these things,

    one of the fellow guests said to him: “Happy is the one who dines in the Kingdom

    of God.” Jesus said to him: “A man was spreading a grand evening meal, and he

    invited many. He sent his slave out at the hour of the evening meal to say to the

    invited ones, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began

    to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I bought a field and need to go out and

    see it; I ask you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I bought five yoke of

    cattle and am going to examine them; I ask you, have me excused.’ Still another

    said, ‘I just got married, and for this reason I cannot come.’ So the slave

    came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became

    angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the main streets and the alleys

    of the city, and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ In time

    the slave said, ‘Master, what you ordered has been done, and still there is room.’

    So the master said to the slave, ‘Go out to the roads and the lanes and compel

    them to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I say to you, none of those

    men who were invited will taste my evening meal.’”

    Will you accept the Master’s invitation in this parable?

  • Vidiot
    "What does the Bible really teach?"

    Just about anything, if you're creative enough. :smirk:

  • steve2

    It can mean A today, B tomorrow and every other letter of the alphabet for as many successive days as you like. And then start all over again.

    People who believe the Bible is clear in what it teaches are largely unschooled in its incohesive and impenetrable messages.

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