Comments You Will Not Hear at the 11-7-04 WT Study (October 1, 2004 issue date) Review comments will be in black and parentheses ()
WT quoteswill be in red and quotes ""
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WHO ARE GIVING GOD GLORY TODAY?
"You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power."?Revelation 4:11
It has been another busy week. I am getting the hang of my job but there are many details to remember. While I worked in the legal setting years ago, I have to reprime all those neurons.
It has been a momentous week for people in the US. Now the election is over but the war still rages in Iraq. And there was snow in Texas before there was snow in Wisconsin. Does that mean the End is near?
We are getting the yard ready for winter; cleaning out the basement and garage, and getting ready for the holidays. Around here things start right after Halloween, with Xmas decorations and shopping.
This week?s article doesn?t have much new?.less than normal.
Basically, it is "evolution is bad" and "we are the only true religion."
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Humans copy nature?biomimetics.
The sad reality is that in today?s world, God is rarely given the credit for the glory he deserves.
Few take note of what makes God impressive.
Now that trashes all the Christians in the US.
Prominent figures in society, if they believe in God at all, have influenced people to treat the glorious Creator of the universe with disrespect.
Are they talking about President Bush?
"They are Inexcusable"
Paragraphs 5-10Many scientists insist there is not God.
How many, who, the majority?For example, evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould wrote" "We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures?We may yearn for a ?higher? answer?but none exists."Similarly, Richard E Leakey and Roger Lewin wrote: "Perhaps the human species is just a ghastly biological blunder."
Notice there is no reference to the source of this material. Hmmm?
Gould is better described as a palentologist.
Some years ago, a man well-versed in evolution interviewed people who accepted the theory. He said: "I discovered that most believers of evolution are believers because they have been told that all intelligent people are believers."
What man would that be? Why did they name the 2 men above but not this one?"Blind Guides" Mislead Many
Paragraphs 11-15Many religious people sincerely believe that their form of worship gives glory of God.
Implied: Only JWs have the true religion.
The doctrine they choose to prove that: predestination.A second way that organized religion (obviously, the WTS is not an organized religion) dishonors God is through the conduct of its adherents
"Love one another"
"No part of the world"
What about the members of Christendom?s clergy? Have they really followed those teachings?
All religions are tarred with the same brush? What about the Amish, Mennonites, and Quakers? What about women like Mother Theresa?
What about the WTS? Have they really followed those teachings?
What about the doctrine of disfellowshipping?
What about the WTS? association with the UN as a nongovernmental organization?Who are Truly Giving Glory to God?
Paragraphs 16-20If the promonent and influential people of the world have by and large failed to glorify God, they who are truly doing so?
Implied: All members of Christendom are prominent and influential.First, we can glorify God by praising his name.
Is saying God?s name enough? What about Jesus? name?Who today, then are glorifying Jehovah and making his name known?Jehovah?s Witnesses are?
Do JWs identify themselves as Christians and witnesses of Jesus?
but YOU will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Ju·de´a and Sa·mar´i·a and to the most distant part of the earth ." ACTS 1:8Second, we can glorify God by teaching the truth about him.
Must reject doctrines that are not based on the Bible and that misrepresent God and his wil.
- Secular governments
- God and Jesus
- Secular governments
End will come in
1914, 1915, 1925, 1975?.
Beginning of great tribulation
- to begin again in the near future
1970---has not begun yet
Generation alive in 1914 would see Armageddon until 1995
Generation born any time after 1914 would see ArmageddonOne one group has faithfully been teaching?.precoius truths?Jehovah?s Witnesses.Third, we can glorify God by living in harmony with his standards.
While thousands died in Malawi in the 70?s for not buying a political card, JWs in Mexico paid bribes to government officials to avoid prison because of not getting a military card. From 1991 to 2001 the WTS was part of the world when it associated with the UN as a nongovernmental organization supporting the UN charter.Are You Giving Glory to God? As you look for reasons to give glory to God, you become more positive, appreciative.Then, you are in a position to help others live a happy, fulfilling life, thereby finding greater happiness yourself.
Yes, if you are not happy, you are not spending enough time in the door to door work.Concluding Comments
I will warn that next week?s lesson is on "love" in the congregation. So bring a bucket.
This week?s article is basically a self-praise exercise and a demonizing of every "other" Christian.
I was conversing with a JW who took exception with the fact that they identify themselves to others as JWs not Christians. This week I found 5 articles about JWs and in each case they identified themselves as JWs not Christians.
What are JWs taught to do at the door? Say, "we?re Chrstians" or "we?re Jehovah?s Witnesses"?
w01 12/1 p. 8 "You?ve Dialed the Wrong Number" ***After arrangements had been made to drop off the brochure What Does God Require of Us?, Mrs. G? asked: "By the way, what religion are you?""We?re Jehovah?s Witnesses," Caroline answered.
w66 5/15 p. 314 A New Songbook! ***We?re Jehovah?s witnesses;We speak out in fearlessness!Blondie