QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

FEBRUARY 2013

 

 

 

02/28/13    Visitor objects to Society’s coloring pages for children.

02/24/13    Does the Watchtower reply to your letters?

02/23/13    Visitor believes Revelation proves 144,000 will be co-rulers with Jesus over earth.

 

02/21/13    Visitor does not believe Daniel or John the Baptizer will be in heaven because they were     not born again.  

 

02/15/13    Visitor torn between the two conflicting visions of eternal life

Is the heavenly calling supernatural?]

 

02/06/13    Chastised for helping another accept the heavenly hope.

 

02/01/13    I still have doubts about whether there is only one hope for Christians.  

   

 

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On February 28, 2013, we received following comment and inquiries:


    “Have you seen the coloring pages and connect the dots that are meant for children to print out on jw.org. Not to mention that it is encouraged to act out these scenes. I am not into child physcology but it sure seems like we would send the wrong message if I allowed my child to entertain themselvs with violent scenes. Especially with the baby and the knife. 
    “So it is wrong for my teenager to watch or play violent movies and games but it is ok for my 4 year old to color pictures of a baby about to be slaughtered and a woman turned into salt with a horrible expression of fear and pain. Or Jesus beating animals with a think stick? How is this upbuilding?
    “I cant think anywhere where this would be acceptable. When I pick up an activity book with Disney characters I see happy princesses and heroic deeds and animals. 
    “I am really angry at this. The "My book of Bible Stories" containes enough violent photos as it is. I hardly ever refered to that book in my studies with my daughter. I plan on writing the society about it but as you may know they somehow feel the need to contact the local elders.
    “Please, any advise would be helpful or if you plan on addressing it maybe thats enough. I am so mad, I just needed to talk this out."

        
    To the author, thank you for your email. We have not seen the coloring pages you refer to, but if they are as you say, we certainly understand your concern.  As for us, our ministry is currently focused on the matter of sonship with God.  Therefore, we are not inclined to interject ourselves into the matter of their coloring books. 

    But it seems the solution is simple, as you have already discovered.  Those who find the pages disturbing would choose not to have their children play with them.  Keep in mind, too, that you are the caretaker for your children.  The Father will look to you, not the Governing Body, as to how you raise them.

    Nevertheless, we see no reason why concerned parents cannot voice their concern as long as it is tactful and to the point.  That way, if such a letter were to find its way to your local elders, there should not be any grounds for discipline.  

    We hope our reluctance to get involved in this matter does not discourage or offend you.  We will, however, post your comment and our response to the site as a way of making other parents aware of this matter.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On February 24, 2013, we received the following inquiry:

    
“Hi! I just wonder: Does the Watchtower reply to your letters?”

    To the author, thank you for visiting the site.  You raise a question that many others also raise.  The short answer is, no.  Neither the Governing Body nor any of its official representatives have responded to any of our letters.  And we do not expect them to.  We make ourselves available to them if they wish to respond directly to us, but the most effective way they can and should respond is through their own literature.  Nevertheless, so far they have chosen to remain silent in their literature as well. 

    We want you to know that our ministry is having a significant impact on the organization worldwide. We have been informed that more than a quarter of a million people in over 101 countries are being positively affected by our ministry.  Therefore, the Governing Body or its representatives have a duty to inform the local brothers and sisters of any danger our site poses, if they believe it does.  To date, they have remained silent.

    We are told the reason for the silence is because they have not decided how to respond.  We believe they are unable to effectively oppose what we write.  And if they were to write something in opposition to our site, they are likely afraid that such comments will simply inspire even more of our brothers and sisters to visit the site.  Some wonder why we have not been disfellowshipped.  We believe that is because even though we are frank and direct, we conduct ourselves with respect and in total reliance on the Bible and in imitation of the apostles who found themselves in opposition to the leaders of the synagogues.  

    It appears that the Governing Body is in a difficult situation, but they are not.  If they openly confess that every one of Christ’s followers has the heavenly hope, there will be peace, and peace in abundance.  And there will be tremendous excitement, and growth in the organization such as has not yet been known.  The difficulty only remains as long as they continue to resist the original, authentic, plain and open teachings of Christ.

    Those with insight know that the letters we send to the Society are as much for the local brothers and sisters as they are for the Governing Body.  Our organization has become so mesmerized by the Governing Body and its literature that they have forgotten that the organization belongs to them, not the Governing Body.  

    Without the local brothers and sisters, there is no organization and nothing to organize.  When we wake up as a people, the Governing Body will have to respond.  Right now, the tail is wagging the dog.  That must change. The brothers must take back their own faith.  Our open letters are designed to effect that change. We hope you understand.  

    And we hope you read more than the Open Letters on our site. There is an abundance of spiritual information, solidly based on the Bible. We are not simply seeking to change the Governing Body’s teachings.  We are seeking to uplift the dignity of our local brothers and sisters, such that if the Governing Body stubbornly refuses to make the adjustment to the true hope for all, then those who leave will leave, not as victims, but as victors.                                  

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On February 23, 2013, we received an email that included the following comment and inquiries:


    “I understand, you know that Jesus did not tell any specific number while he was on earth for the little flock.  But later he gave his especially beloved apostle John knowledge through visions, that he wrote down in the Revelation book. . . . I take the words of the Revelation book seriously, because I believe Jesus handed over the information there through his angel to John.  John wrote it down to all Christians.  And when Revelation book tells the number 144,000, I take it literally.  Why not? Do you accept the Revelation book is “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” as says the first verse of Revelation 1? [Then the inquirer cites to Revelation 7:4, 14:1,3-5, and 5:9 in support of his points which we will cite below.]

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We wanted to respond to this inquiry both privately and publicly for the benefit of our other visitors. 

    To answer your last question, yes, we do accept the book of Revelation as part of the inspired Bible.  But we do not believe it is wise to establish our doctrinal beliefs on man’s various interpretations of the prophecies in the book.  We will show you why. 

    You acknowledge that Jesus did not state the number of his co-rulers while he was on earth.  But you assert that he did give a number to John who recorded that number in the Book of Revelation. We agree with you that John was given a vision of a group of individuals who total the specific number of 144,000. But we also know that the information Jesus revealed to John was symbolic:

 

“A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place. And he sent forth his angel andpresented [it] in signs through him to his slave John, who bore witness to the word God gave and to the witness Jesus Christ gave, even to all the things he saw.”

– Revelation 1:1-2

 

    Since the Revelation was given ‘in signs, it is possible that the number 144,000 is not literal, but symbolic.  So how can we know for sure?  We submit that it cannot be known for sure at this time.  For that reason we do not emphatically reject or assert that the number 144,000 is literal.    

 

    We believe the unwavering assertion that the number is literal and that there would be only 144,000 co-rulers with Jesus is the sole reason why many choose to believe that there must be some other destiny for the remaining billions of mankind, i.e., an earthly hope.  But let’s consider some other thoughts:    

 

    First, is it possible that many who are resurrected to the heavens would not be rulers over the earth, but mere residents?  And is it possible that some could be rulers, but rulers over others who do not live on earth?  Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote:

 

“Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

    Second, and more importantly, considered these matters.  We believe they will open your eyes to the fact that it is not wise to turn prophetic interpretations into doctrines:    

 

    Revelation 7:4 states:

 

“And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.”

 

    Notice that the 144,000 are from the 12 tribes of Israel; but neither that verse, nor any surrounding verse states that they are to be kings and priests.    

 

    Revelation 14:1, 3-5 states: 

 

“And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. . . . And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth. These are the ones that did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones that keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and no falsehood was found in their mouths; they are without blemish.”

 

    Notice that this group of 144,000 sings a new song, but again, they are not said to be kings and priests.  

 

    Revelation 7:9, 13-14 states:

 

“After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. . . . And in response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one that knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 

    Notice the great crowd are not from the 12 tribes of Israel, but from ‘all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,’ and are wearing white robes. They are the ones who come out of the great tribulation.  

 

    And Revelation 5:8-10, says: 

 

“And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp and golden bowls that were full of incense, and the [incense] means the prayers of the holy ones. And they sing a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.’

 

    Notice it says that those who ‘sing a new song’ – the four living creatures and the 24 elders – herald that the people from ‘every tribe, tongue, people and nation’ are the ones who will be kings and priests!      

 

    Again, we remember that this entire book is ‘presented in signs,’ but it appears to say that those who are to rule as kings and priests on the earth are the great crowd, not the 144,000! Thus, the entire two-hope theory goes out the window if the ones who rule as kings and priests are, in fact, the great crowd!  And to us, it seems logical that those who rule as kings and priests over the earth would be visible to the ones they rule over.  But that’s just our thoughts.    

 

    As you well know, every generation since the prophesy was written has had a different interpretation of its meaning.  And each generation has been wrong.  So what if we rested our entire eternal future on your interpretation, when perhaps the interpretation as we see it is the true one?  Or vice versa.  One of us would be greatly misled!  Why not wait and see how events unfold rather than teaching our own interpretations as doctrine.  In fact, rather than focus on matters which are only speculation at best, why not focus on those things that are not speculation.      

 

    Why not take Paul’s advice and ‘do our utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace’ (2 Peter 3:14) in our worship and in the ministry that Jesus taught? Because no matter how the prophecy turns out, those who follow Jesus’ example and ministry have a guarantee of everlasting life. As Jesus said: 

 

“Stop storing up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal. Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

– Matthew 6:19-21   

     

    Our hearts are in heaven and our treasures are in heaven. Shouldn’t our hopes be in heaven, too? 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On February 21, 2013, we received the following comment and inquiry:

    “Dear brothers, this question is about a discussion I read on the supposed resurrection of Daniel to the heavens. I was not convinced by your explanation as a couple of crucial issues were not dealt with.
    “The first is: John 3:3 - "unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  The second is: Matthew 11:11,12 - regarding John the Baptist, "...a lesser one in the Kingdom of the heavens is greater than he is. But from the days of John the Baptist until, now the Kingdom of the heavens is the goal towards which men press, and those pressing forward are seizing it".
    “If we agree on what it means to be born again, born of water and spirit, namely baptism and receiving the promised holy spirit, then by the account in John, Daniel would be required to be born again in order to see the kingdom of the heavens would he not?
    “Also, why is a lesser one in the Kingdom of the heavens greater than John the Baptist, when by Jesus's own admission, "among those born of women there has not been raised up a greater than John the Baptist". Presumably, it has something to do with John not having been born again, born of water and spirit?
    “I note however, that a promise of "...you will be with me in paradise" was made to a man who was not I assume born again. So is it reasonable to assume that he would see the kingdom of the heavens?
    “If you could spend some of your precious time answering these questions for me I will be most grateful.”


    To the author, thank you for your email and, of course, we will be happy to spend time responding to your question.  We provided a response privately, but we believe it would be beneficial to our visitors if we publish our response as well.  

    Your first question has to do with being born again. We discuss this matter in detail in the article Being Born of Spirit. But cursorily, we will offer a few points:

    Being born of spirit is an event that occurs after death.  The pouring out of holy spirit while we are alive is called a ‘token’ not the actual spirit birth. Ephesians 1:13-14. Since both John the Baptizer and Daniel experienced actual physical death, they are in the proper condition to be re-born ‘of spirit’ by way of the promised resurrection. (See The Promised Resurrection.)

    Being born of water is symbolic of dying to our past life and being made anew in our thinking.  It is not an actual death or an actual rebirth.  Romans 6:4. Again, since John the Baptizer and Daniel experienced actual physical death, they have no need of being baptized in water.  

    Daniel was promised a resurrection.  Daniel 12:13. (See The Promised Resurrection.)  The only place where people are resurrected to is the heavens.

    As to John the Baptizer, Jesus did not say that John the Baptist would not be a part of the Kingdom of the Heavens.  Here is what Jesus actually said:

 

“I tell you, Among those born of women there is none greater than John; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.”

– Luke 7:28

 

    We believe Jesus is referring to the fact that while John preached that the kingdom was near, he had no real concept of what the kingdom was.  He died before Jesus began his ministry about the kingdom of the heavens.  This does not mean that John would be excluded from the Kingdom, only that he would have a ‘lesser’ position in the heavenly kingdom than a ‘lesser’ one who had the benefits of Jesus’ teachings.  Also, please note this scripture:

 

“But I tell you that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.”

– Matthew 8:11

 

    So not only will faithful pre-Christian Jews be in the kingdom of heaven, but even men from the east and the west.  Yes, all mankind is invited!  We also point you to a recent article we published entitled Faith Sons and the Heavenly Hope that shows that many of the pre-Christian Jews had the heavenly hope!    

 

    As for the evildoer, Jesus promised that he would be in paradise.  The only paradise ever referred to in the Bible is a heavenly paradise. (See The Promised Resurrection and What is God's Purpose for the Earth?) Thus, if Jesus could promise the heavenly paradise to an evildoer, surely faithful prophets like Daniel and John the Baptizer could receive the same reward, along with ‘Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and those from the eastern and western parts.’ (Matthew 8:11)    

 

    We find the best way to understand the good news of the Bible is to look at the plain and open teachings of Jesus.  And if we attempt to interpret prophecy, those interpretations should be  in harmony with what Jesus actually taught, rather than in conflict with, or going beyond, what Jesus taught.  A fair and honest look at Jesus’ teachings shows that Jesus encouraged a heavenly hope for all.  So did the Christian Bible writers.  Never did any of them teach us to seek everlasting life on earth.    

 

    Also, remember, all the pre-Christian prophets prophesied about Jesus, and Paul explained that the good news would come from Jesus, not the early prophets or anyone else.  (Hebrews 1:1-2) Therefore, it is error, and even arrogance, when men, proposing to be prophets 1900 years later, decide to change what Jesus and the early Bible writers taught based on their own limited comprehension of Bible prophecy. (See Proving Ourselves Worthy of the Christ.)  We also note that many of the interpretations of this group of men in the early 19th century had to be changed or withdrawn many times; whereas Jesus’ teachings remain consistent and reliable, and even more so today.                        

 

    We hope we have satisfactorily answered your questions.  But if not, please feel free to write again.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On February 15, 2013, we received the following comment: 

    “Dear Brothers in Christ: I have been a Witness for over 60 years. Like all Witnesses I was taught that my future, if faithful, would be everlasting life on paradise Earth. However, that hope has never entirely satisfied me. I found it too materialistic. We are taught that material things do not bring happiness, yet the New World, as portrayed by the Witnesses, is seen in entirely materialistic terms. Little is said about spiritual values. This year's calendar is an excellent example. On the other hand, I have never received the witness of the Spirit as taught by the Witnesses. I have several friends who are of the anointed, and I talk to them frequently about this subject. It seems that the idea that a person has to receive some kind of supernatural calling is relatively recent. Russell didn't teach it, nor did Rutherford in his early years. Clearly the Bible's hope, especially in the so-called New Testament, is heavenly life. I must admit I am entirely confused. This week's WT study asked the question, "What do you desire for the future?" I wrote in the margin: "To be in God's presence, wherever that may be." I know that you have already written about the "witness of the spirit," but it isn't easy to break with something you have been taught for so many years, and that I myself have taught and preached to others. As I said I am torn between two conflicting visions of eternal life. If you can help me I would be eternally grateful. Yours in Christ Jesus.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  It warms our hearts!  In our opinion, you are not at all torn.  Your handwritten comment in the margin aptly expresses the witness of your spirit, namely, to be in the presence of God. And that, of course, is in the heavens.  Though living 60 years, your handwritten comment exposes your childlike nature in just wanting to be with your Abba, your Father.  Rejoice in that!  We are profoundly moved at your sincere heart’s desire. Welcome to the family, brother!

    We wholeheartedly agree with you that the earthly hope is a materialistic hope.  Really, brother, if the ‘sacred secret’ is not heavenly, what is the secret?  Why is it so sacred?  Man long aspired to live on earth. That is not new.  And it takes no spiritual values to be a good and obedient human.  We need only look around us at self-professed atheists and agnostics who are good to their families, their neighbors, even their associates, but have no love for God or his ways.  Remember Jesus’ comments in this regard:  

 

“For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?”

– Matthew 5:46-47

 

    We believe you are also correct that the idea that the heavenly hope is a supernatural calling is a relatively recent teaching.  We see nothing in Russell’s writings to indicate as much.  Perhaps that is why many who awaken to their true hope turn to the early writings of Russell to help them realize their hope.      

 

    To us, you do not seem confused at all. Rather than being confused, you are awakening to spirit realities. It is no accident that you reached out to us instead of becoming disgruntled and ‘beating your brothers.’ You are being led by spirit. You are a son! If you have not yet done so, you might want to read Who Are Led By Spirit    

 

    Also, do not think that because you have some doubts, you are not a son of God.  Doubt alone can never prevent the realization of your hope.  Honest doubt and sincere questioning is not sin. At worst, they only delay your journey, but they do not end it.  Jesus loves the honest doubter as evidenced by his love and acceptance of the apostle Thomas who carried the nickname “Doubting Thomas.”    

 

    But you do appear to be grieving.  You spent so many years in a false hope and you are having to adjust to the reality that you were not taught the truth about the good news.  We went through the same grieving process.  We consider ourselves fairly intelligent, but still we could not see what was plainly stated in the Christian scriptures.  How we allowed our eyes to be blinded for so long has confounded us.  But it has not defeated us.  As long as there is breath in our bodies, there is the opportunity to turn toward the true hope.  That is one reason why we started this website – to open the eyes of our brothers.  In spite of the fact that the Governing Body continues to teach this error, we have not given up the hope that they, and our local brothers and sisters, are simply misled and will turn to the true hope when they can get past their own shock and grief.     

 

    So our suggestion to you, brother, is to sure up your faith!  You know the true hope.  Accept the plain and open teachings of Jesus and walk in them.  You might find some encouragement in the articles “Am I a Son?” – Conquering Doubt, and Comfort for Those Spiritually Grieving.  Also take a look at the Questions and Responses under the topic ‘Anointed.’    Finally, we intend to write an article soon about our status as ‘faith-sons’ and what that means.  Please stay tuned. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On February 6, 2013, we received the following comment: 

    “I have been working with a young brother in my congregation in helping him get settled with his sonship. I don't know if he intends to partake at the upcoming memorial, but I suspect he will.  If so, then I am certain at least from our elders they will think I am responsible for his partaking.  I will have to think ahead and formulate a response should questions arise. I will reread the response to an elder who was experiencing difficulties with his own body of elders in regard to speaking about his heavenly hope.[Letter From An Anointed Elder 1/26/13]”

    To the author, thank you for your comment.  We publish your comment and our response here because we suspect that many others among our association will be facing a similar problem as the Memorial draws closer.    

    First we want you to know that, of course, you are responsible for the young brother’s partaking, and we say amen!  That is what ambassadors for Christ are supposed to do! 

 

“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.  And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

– Matthew 28:18-20

 

“They now arranged for a day with him, and they came in greater numbers to him in his lodging place. And he explained the matter to them by bearing thorough witness concerning the kingdom of God and by using persuasion with them concerning Jesus from both the law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.”

– Acts 28:23

 

    Take a look at the Society’s publication, “Bearing Thorough Witnesses About God’s Kingdom.”  The entire book is about making disciples of the Kingdom.  On page 10, paragraphs 20-21, it state:

 

“Let us keep ever in mind that we have been commissioned to do an important work – to preach and make disciples.  With each day that passes, the urgency of that commission becomes greater.  The  end of this system of things is rapidly approaching.  Never before have so many lives been at stake.  We do not know how many more rightly disposed ones may yet respond to our message. (Acts 13:48) But it is our responsibility to help such ones before it is too late. – 1 Tim. 4:16        

 

“It is vital, then, that we imitate the example of zealous Kingdom preachers of the first century.  May your careful study of this publication more strengthen you to preach with ever greater zeal and boldness.  And may you be strengthened in your determination to continue “bearing thorough witness concerning the kingdom of God.” – Acts 28:23

 

    Yes, brother.  You have a responsibility to imitate the first century preachers and teach the hope they taught.  And when you speak about the kingdom of God, you can use persuasion.  If the hearer makes a decision to take up the mantle of the Christ, that is a joyous occasion! Which one of the elders does not rejoice when they make a new disciple?  Which publisher does not feel proud when a Bible student gets baptized?  If they can rejoice when they lead someone to the earthly hope, how much more so can you rejoice for leading someone to the heavenly hope.     

 

    This double standard in our organization is reprehensible. Those who preach about an earthly hope, which was never taught by Jesus or the early Christians, are praised for their disciple making, but those who preach about the heavenly hope, which is the only hope Jesus and the early Christians taught, should somehow be ashamed and chastised? That is despicable!    

 

    It is time for this double standard to be confronted head on if it is to be dissolved.  And it must be confronted with dignity, courage, confidence and joy! Bravo to you if the young brother does indeed partake!  More glory to the Christ and to his powerful message of sonship!  And shame on those who would seek to discourage it!  They are making themselves subject to Christ’s disapproval as were the Pharisees who were likewise shutting up the Kingdom of the Heavens! (Matthew 23:13)     

 

    There is a lot of patience and tolerance for administrative matters such as meeting times, frequency of magazines, dress, grooming, service appointments, even which holidays can be celebrated.  But the righteous indignation of sons of the kingdom should arise when men seek to control who can enter the Kingdom of the Heavens.  Such men become adversarial resisters who will be shaken to their core.      

 

    We reject the double standard and we hope all sons of the Kingdom likewise reject it.  If you are called to answer for assisting others into the heavenly hope, do not cower in fear as if you have done something wrong.  Let them know that you are proud of your hope, proud of your ministry, and proud to take sides with the Christ and the Kingdom of the Heavens.  They are the ones that should be ashamed.  You may want to read: Proving Ourselves Worthy of the Christ and Sons of the Kingdom, Stand Up!    

 

    We will pray that you and the young brother have the courage to take your stand, and we will pray that those who try to suppress and inhibit the heavenly hope repent before there is no longer any forgiveness for them left.     

 

    We welcome your comments.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On February 1, 2013, we received the following comment: 

    “Gosh, I'm really convinced by your careful findings.  I'm really impressed.  You all are really godly inspired.  Earlier on, I posted a question about Daniel. [Question and Response, January 23, 2013]  I read your reply and also the article you suggest for me to read, [The Promised Resurrection].  Thanks a lot.  You answered straight on.  Only one problem.  We read your reply my, brother & I, and I get what it means – there is only one hope for all Christians. He on the other hand disagrees with me, saying "I should be careful of how I interpret things."  He also said I shouldn't continue viewing this website. Both him and my mother got angry at me saying "The site is for the anointed only (they are still on the theory of the Governing Body)."  And they suggested I put a stop to asking you about my doubts. They disagree with the one hope and they say how I interpret what you mean is wrong. Please help me!  Am I wrong?  Please reply soon, on your website for me to know.”
    
    Our dear sister, we are glad you wrote us again.  First, we want you to know that this website is for all Christians, even non-Christians, atheist and agnostics.  All people need to hear the actual, authentic, plain and open teachings of Jesus Christ.  All people need to hear the true good news of the Kingdom of the Heavens.  Jesus Christ has a personal relationship with all of us because he is the Creator God of all mankind, by the will of God, the Father of All. 

 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him.”

– Colossians 1:15-16


     Thus, every man, woman and child has the opportunity to survive mortal death and follow Jesus into the Kingdom of the Heavens.  You, your brother and your mother also have that opportunity, if you want to reach out for it.

    Second, we are glad you understood the article we posted, The Promised Resurrection.  Yes, we firmly believe that there is only one hope for all Christians – the heavenly hope.  No where in the Christian Greek Scriptures do the writers ever promote, or even speak of, any other hope for faithful mankind.  No where!  Ever!  The idea only arose when men tried to interpret the prophesies of Revelation, which is only speculation and guessing.  We think the explanation in the article, as supported by abundant scriptures, is pretty straightforward.  But if you, or your family, continue to have doubts about the one hope, perhaps it might be helpful to read a few more articles.  Here are the ones we suggested in our earlier response to you: Who Are Led by Spirit, Moving Forward in Faith, Holding Fast to the Sacred Secret, and Foreordained from the Founding of the World. 

    You might also want to read the series of articles entitled The Cherished Earthly Hope which explains exactly what the earthly hope is all about.  After reading this series of articles, many of our brothers and sisters no longer have doubts about the one hope for Christians, the heavenly hope.

    Finally, dear sister, we provide this section of Questions and Responses on our website so that we can post questions and responses that would be of broad interest to our visitors.  However, when the questions posed are personal, we would rather respond privately by email.  If after you read the suggested articles, you still have questions concerning your personal situation, please provide us with an email address and we will be happy to respond privately.  Unfortunately, if you do not provide an email address, and we deem your question to be personal, and not necessarily beneficial to a wide portion of our audience, we will not be able to provide a response.  We hope you understand.

    We wish you the very best as you come to know your true relationship with the Father, and we want to welcome into the spiritual brotherhood, the family of God!
 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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