QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

MAY 2013

 

 

 

05/20/13     Visitor seeks help in facing problems of life

05/18/13     Visitor asks why we refer to the Gospel Accounts as hearsay.

05/14/13a   Visitor asked how young can a person partake and what if one partakes and they are not     anointed.

 

05/14/13     Visitor asked about the difference between giving obeisance and/or worship to Jesus.

 

05/12/13     Emails from visitors regarding whether we are to worship Jesus.

 

05/11/13     Visitor challenges the honor and glory we give to Jesus.

 

05/08/13     Please clarify your comment in the article What is Truth? where you state that it does not   matter what religion we belong to.  

 

 

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On May 20, 2013, we received the following email: 


    “I want to tell you that I’m in a very depressive mode right now.  I am unemployed. I need EVERY prayer on earth to come out of this misery. I feel I don’t have that "faith" to do this myself! . . . Whatever the case I just wanted you to know that you have been a blessing for myself and many others [in Sweden]. The thing is, I need spiritual help, desperately!”

    Our dear brother, we are so sorry to hear about your depression.  Life can be difficult at times.  We, too, share moments of depression as we face our challenges.  No one is immune. 

    When we are feeling low, the first thing we do is go to the Father in prayer, openly and completely communicating our feelings.  And we let Him know that we trust Him and we trust His promise to never leave us and never allow us to suffer things we cannot bear. 

 

“No temptation has taken you except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you  can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.”

– 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

    Then we do what we can to help someone else.  For us that might mean writing an article or responding to an email, or speaking with our children or other family members or those we encounter in our daily activities.  As you may know, one of us spends a lot of time in the hospital undergoing cancer treatments. But when he can, he goes to other patients in the AIDS and cancer wards to share words of encouragement. And unfailingly, the heavy burden we were carrying seems much lighter, and far easier to cope with.    

 

    We find that when people start to feel depressed, the first thing they let go of are the things they need the most – the Father and the reassuring message of Jesus Christ.  Of all of our problems, we know that neither the Father nor Christ Jesus is responsible.  In fact, they are the ones who are seeking to encourage us and who offer us a reason to keep fighting for ourselves.  Yet they are the first ones we turn our backs on.    

 

    Jesus said:

 

“Come to me, all you who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light.”

– Matthew 11:28-30

 

    This is so true. But in order to know the truth in those verses, we must give it a try.  So, dear brother, take your worries and stresses to the Father in prayer through Christ Jesus.  Lay them at His feet and get on with your life doing what you can to make it through the day – one day at a time.  And as a suggestion, try to do at least one nice thing for another person.  It could be to share the good news or an encouraging word to someone, but it also might be something as simple as assisting another with household chores, running an errand for someone, or offering a listening sympathetic ear to another.      

 

    We also find that the things that worry us the most are rarely the things that will happen that day, but instead are the things we think might happen some time in the future.  We take Jesus advice:

 

“Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added to you. So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness.”

– Matthew 6:33-34

 

    We find the day to day approach is a very successful way to confront problems.  And we often find (if not always find) that the terrible tragedies we anticipate never happen.  Before they are due to arrive, something intervenes and things work out.  We firmly believe if you take the same approach, you will have similar results.    

 

    Give it a try, brother.  We will pray with you. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On May 18, 2013, we received the following email from a visitor, pertaining to an article we published entitled “
Receiving Truth”:

    “Three days ago I received your newsletter relative to the subject mentioned above. I’ve read that article several times. With the first part I can agree. But the conclusions that are reached at the end of the article I find very problematic. . . .In your article you say that the known 4 Gospels are not necessarily authentic. In the last 5 points accentuated you expatiate:
    “1. That Jesus didn’t write down anything
   “2. That it was years after his death that his teachings were written down derived from recall and from compared notes
    “3– 5. That it were rather arbitrary decisions that led to the known canon of the Christian books and that multiple translations and filterings of the material conducted to the results that are at our disposal 
    “There are no words about inspiration of God’s word. But only the divine inspiration imparts the certainty that we are reading true things about Jesus’ teachings. If not how could we recognize the “plain and open” teachings of Jesus? If we cannot trust in the words of the 4 Gospels, how could we evaluate which teachings are really the teachings of Jesus and which are not? If the Gospels are not reliable we have no chance to recognize what Jesus really was teaching.
    “I think this course of action is very dangerous. Anyone could claim that he received the real truth from our Master Jesus by the spirit of truth – but no one would be able to verify this pretension. Another person could pretend any other differing statements – also “communicated” by the “spirit of truth”. Who among men would be able to attest which of the both “truths” is the right one? Surely, you can say that the “spirit of the truth” can do this. And really the spirit can. But what’s on if different persons pretend that the “spirit of the truth” revealed them the “real truth”, but these “truths” are inconsistent with one another?
    “If the Word of God i.e. the Bible we have at our disposal is not sufficient to know the “plain and open” teachings of Jesus it will be too dubious for me to read more about that subject. I’m really curious about your response.”


    To the author, thank you for your email.  We are so pleased that you had the courage and confidence in us to frankly express your concerns.  You could have considered the comments in the article to be a “deal breaker” and walked away.  But you did not. Thank you as we believe many will benefit from your email.  The matters you discussed deserve a full explanation which we intend to provide in the remaining articles in the Truth Symposium.  Please bear with us in this regard as we believe it best to properly develop the subject matter.  However, we do want to clarify in this response what we meant by the comment that the Gospel accounts are hearsay.
    
    While we did refer to the gospel accounts as heresay, we did not say they were unreliable or inauthentic.  We recounted five (5) factual matters to show that they are hearsay.  If you believe one of those factors is in error, please let us know immediately and we will correct it.  But please know this: Hearsay does not mean the matter is not true.  

    You know this personally.  When something happens to you and you tell another about it, to that other person, that experience is hearsay, even though you know it to be true.  The person you told it to did not experience it first hand, therefore all he can do is believe you or not believe you.  He cannot prove to another person that it actually happened.

    Hearsay only means that we know ‘about’ something by the words of another, not by our own personal experience.  Hearsay information does not prove anything to the listener.  A listener can believe it and accept it as true.  But as followers of Christ, we are told to prove truth to ourselves.  That means we must experience it first hand.

 

“And quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

– Romans 12:2

 

     In harmony with this scripture, we explained that Jesus said he is ‘the truth.’  Next, we began to explain how to prove to ourselves that Jesus is indeed the truth. We suggested that we empty ourselves from previously held thoughts and beliefs and start over with a fresh perspective. We have only just begun explaining how to do this, but we can tell you, in anticipation of the remainder of the symposium, these things:  

 

    Jesus is the only one who has seen and been with the Father.  He came to earth as a revealer of the Father, not by word, but by the way he lived his life.  A true believer in Jesus will exercise faith and walk in Jesus’ footsteps so that he, too, can be a revealer of the Father. This is the way to know truth as provided by the Spirit of Truth.  Everyone who asks, seeks and knocks for truth shall find it, and when it is given, we are to keep seeking ways to personally be a perfected example of the revealed truth as portrayed by Jesus. Each one must discover in his own heart the reality of what is truly inspired of God.     

 

    Yes, you are correct, only divine inspiration imparts the certainty. But certainty to whom?  To the one who receives the divine inspiration.  The gospels were written by divine inspiration:

 

“But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you.”

– John 14:26

 

    The Spirit of Truth inspired them to write the gospels, and it gave them the conviction that what they wrote was true.  Now, how does that effect you and I?  Isn’t it still hearsay even though the gospel writers were themselves inspired?  The writers can say “But the spirit of truth confirmed it to me!”  Yet, all we can do is accept it.  That mere statement is not truth.  Divine inspiration is a personal possession of the individual aided by the Spirit of Truth based on that individual’s capacity to receive it.  And it can and will be given to each person who asks in faith for its assistance.  And when the Spirit of Truth arrives in our lives, then we, too, will have the conviction that what the gospel writers wrote is true, not by just reading it, but by living it.  This is the point the Apostle John was making when he wrote: 

 

“These things I write you about those who are trying to mislead you.  And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.”

– 1 John 2:26-27

 

    This divinely constituted operation of the Spirit of Truth is only problematic for those who are trying to corral and control God’s people.  Resisting the Spirit’s method is what causes divisions and sects as each person tries to convince others that only their understanding is the true understanding.  We should not try to force our views on others; we must let another’s ‘faith make them well,’ so to speak. (Matthew 9:22) Otherwise, it will only lead to following men. Whereas the method as authorized by Jesus requires and inspires courage.  This, dear brother, is how the spiritual man is separated from the physical man.  As Paul wrote:

 

“But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know [them], because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man. For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

 

    A spiritual man learns to examine things spiritually, not by reading about something, but by experiencing it.  And when a person experiences something first hand, no one – no clergyman, no deceiver, no self-appointed leader – can convince him otherwise.  Such a person is solid in their faith and can then put his attention on serving his brother rather than on vacillating from one idea to another.  Such a person becomes a competent, not a hearsay, witness of Jesus. We know of what we speak.

 

    We will be writing more on this subject as we continue with the Truth Symposium. But we want to develop it properly or at least in the best way we can.  So please stay tuned.  We have a great deal more to share.  And thank you again for your email.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On May 14, 2013, we received the following inquiry:

 
   “What happens if you partake the emblems (the wine and the unleavened bread) when your not really an anointed witness?  And at what age does an anointed person feel that the spirit has borne witness in their lives?”
            
    To the author, thank you for your email.  You ask very valid and relevant questions.  We will answer them one at a time.

    You asked:  At what age does an anointed person feel that the spirit has borne witness in their lives?

    Answer:  When a person ‘feels’ anointed is a personal matter.  It can happen any time.  It can happen at the same age as a person who wants the earthly hope.  If a 12 year old can make a consecration to God with a view to live on earth, then a 12 year old can make a consecration to God with a view to live in heaven.  Please see our article 
How Can Your Family Be Happy, especially question 4.

    And you asked: What happens if you partake the emblems when you’re not really an anointed witness?

    Answer:  First, remember the apostles were not anointed at the first Memorial supper.  The spirit was not poured out until Pentecost, after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.  The real question is what happens if you do not partake.  Notice what Jesus said:

 

“Accordingly Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day.”

– John 6:53-54

 

    Therefore, a young person who feel capable and desirous of ‘disowning himself, picking up his torture stake and continually following Jesus’ (Matthew 16:24) is welcomed, and even commanded to partake of the emblems.    

 

    We hope this satisfactorily answers your questions. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On May 14, 2013, we received the following inquiry:


    “In Revelation why doesn’t Jesus ever bow to the Father and worship him? And it says in John to honor Jesus just as we honor the Father. And in the places in which we see the word "obeisance" in the New Testament, the term in the Greek and concordances renders the term "worship." And if the translation should be rendered worship and not obeisance, then why, when these individuals "worshipped" didn’t Jesus correct them? I’m not saying this is how we should render these verses. But I have learned to be very cautious when looking at an English translations, specifically one with as many indiscrepancies as in the [New World Translation of the Bible, published by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society]. Although I know this may not be evidence enough to say we should perform an act of worship to Jesus, the question is, how else do we honor Jesus "just as" we honor our Father? Why is the Greek term used for "worship" sometimes used as "obeisance" without any indication to do so in the Greek format?  I admit were this essential to salvation, perhaps Jesus would have told us plainly, but it is curious.”
            
    To the author, thank you for your email.  The matter of our relationship to Jesus Christ and our relationship to the Father is an important one, and it can be a little confusing.  We believe the reason for the confusion is that people in general do not understand ‘Deity.’  We have for some time wanted to write an article explaining this matter, but other matters seemed to take precedent.  However, we are now pushing it up the list.  We may have to write that article before we complete the Truth Symposium.  At any rate, we will answer your specific questions now and let you know when we publish the article on Deity.

    You asked why some Bibles interchange the words obeisance and worship.  We are not scholars in Greek or Biblical lexicology, but we believe the reason for the confusion is that the translators did not understand the fine distinction between the two.  When we look at the plain and open teachings of Jesus, we can discover that distinction. 

    Obeisance is defined as: (1) a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture; (2) deference or homage: The nobles gave obeisance to the new king. ‘bowing down.’  It is customary in some countries to bow before nobles as a gesture of respect. However, bowing down is not the same as worship.  Notice:

 

“For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every [other] name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

– Philippians 2:9-11

 

    Yet, Jesus was very adamant about not worshiping him:

 

 "Then Jesus said to him: ‘Go away, Satan!  For it is written, "It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service."’"

– Matthew 4:10

 

    This tells us that bowing down and worshiping are not the same.       

 

    Worship is more than a respectful courtesy. It has to do with adoration, reverence, and soul submission.  You might want to see our articles The Mustard Seed and Worshiping with Spirit and Truth.  These articles discuss the nature of worship.  And after you have read those articles, if you still have a question in this regard, please feel free to write again.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On May 12, 2013, we received two emails regarding whether we should worship Jesus.  One asked: 


    “I have a question. With so much debate on the relationship of Jesus to his Father and Jesus receiving all the authority....can we pray to Jesus? Do you? Just curious.”

    The other wrote: 

    “Referring to the [response given on 5/11/13 regarding the Honor and Glory Given To Jesus]:
    “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life, and we have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God." – John 6:68, 69.  Jesus has the sayings of life as He is the way, the truth and the life John 14:6.  Not a group of 8 men claiming to be divinely appointed in 1919 as the Faithful and Discreet Slave of Matt chapter 24:45-47.
Jesus also invited Christians to come to him to learn and be refreshed Matt 11:28-30
and to come to him to receive life John 5:40. He also stated that gaining everlasting life also required coming to know him the Greek at John 17:3 meaning much more than taking in knowledge about him as well as his Father but having a close personal relationship with him. a close companionship.
    “JW's are denied such a relationship with Jesus as they have been told they are not to pray, communicate with or call on the name of Jesus despite his invitation at John 14:14 where in the Greek he states "If you ask ME anything in my name, I will do it". The scriptural evidence shows the early Christians responded to his invitation. see Acts 7:59, 9:14, 9:21; 1 Cor 1:2, 2 Cor 12:8-10 and also Paul's personal relationship with Jesus is demonstrated at Acts 23;11. In Rev 5:6-14 The Lamb is prayed to, sung to and worshipped.
    “Never at a Kingdom Hall meeting of JW's will you hear a prayer directly addressed to Jesus. The vast majority of JW's deny being in a covenant relationship with Jesus and he being their mediator  (1 Tim 2:5-6) when at their annual memorial meeting of his death they do not partake of the bread and wine despite his counsel at John 6: 48-58.
    “By refusing to partake of the bread and the wine they are in effect whether they realize it or not refusing to confess union with Christ. Jesus stated at Matt 10:32-33 "Everyone then, that confesses union with me before men, I will also confess union with him before my Father who is in the heavens; but whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown him before my Father who is in the heavens."


    To the authors, thank you both for your emails.  Whether we should pray to and/or worship Jesus is a valid question, especially in light of our repeated statements of the importance of following Christ, honoring him, and glorifying him.  Our response to the first email is contained within our response to the second.

    We agree with all of what was written in the second email, with one exception.  We do not believe it is proper to worship Jesus.  We believe the author’s conclusion is based on Revelation 5:13-14, where it says:

 

“And every creature that is in heaven and on earth and underneath the earth and on the sea, and all the things in them, I heard saying: “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.” And the four living creatures went saying: “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

– Revelation 5:13-14 

 

    Based on what we understand about Jesus and what he taught while on earth, worship goes only to the Father.  Here is an excerpt from an article we published entitled The Significance of Substituting for Christ:

 

In all that he did, Jesus always worshiped the Father and he always directed his followers to worship to the Father.  The discussion in the gospel of John continues as Jesus says:

 

“‘If you men had known me, you would have known my Father also; from this moment on you know him and have seen him.’


“Philip said to him: ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’
“Jesus said to him: ‘Have I been with you men so long a time, and yet, Philip, you have not come to know me?  He that has seen me has seen the Father [also].  How is it you say, “Show us the Father?”  Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me?  The things I say to you men I do not speak of my own originality; but the Father who remains in union with me is doing his works.  Believe me that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me; otherwise, believe on account of the works themselves.”
– John 14:7-11

 

Jesus made it clear that he always does the will of the Father in both his actions and in his speech. And he taught that the Christian congregation – as members of his own body – should likewise worship only the Father: 

 

“Then Jesus said to him: ‘Go away, Satan!  For it is written, “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.”’” – Matthew 4:10

 

So then, all worship goes to the Father.  To no one else do we render sacred service.  Yes, Jesus is a worshiper of the Father.  Jesus does not accept worship!  Understanding this about Jesus makes it easier to follow his example, for though he was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Man.      

 

We note, however, that petitions can be made directly to the Son and he will answer all such requests: 

 

“Most truly I say to you, He that exercises faith in me, that one also will do the works that I do; and he will do works greater than these, because I am going my way to the Father.  Also,whatever it is that you ask in my name, I will do this, in order that the Father may be glorified in connection with the Son.  If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”  – John 14:12-14

   

    Although the Revelation is presented in signs and symbols, we can rightly assume that, in the scripture cited at the beginning of the response, “the One seated on the throne” is the Father, and “the Lamb” is Jesus Christ.  And we note that the scripture does not indicate to whom the worship was directed.  The 24 elders fell down and worshiped in the presence of both the “One seated on the throne” and in the presence of “the Lamb,” among others.      

 

    Based on what Jesus taught, we believe what happened was that the 24 elders fell down and worshiped the Father, “the One seated on the throne,” not “the Lamb.”  Think about it.  It is certainly possible that one could worship the Father in the presence of another.  We do it all the time.  Have you not worshiped the Father in the presence of others, such as your family?  This is what we believe the 24 elders were doing.    

 

    Therefore, we remain firm in our conclusion that while Jesus is to be given glory and honor, and will respond to our prayers for assistance, worship is to be directed only to the Father.  Jesus’ arrival did not change to whom we worship.  It only changed to whom we look to for truth and direction.                                  

“Elaia Luchnia” 

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We also received two emails in support of our response:    

 

May 12, 2013 - Dear Brothers: I read the reader's reply to your article on Jesus being the "the way and the truth and the life." (John 14:6) The Bible is very clear as to the importance of witnessing to the Son and glorifying him. John 16:14 shows that the holy spirit would be active in the present age "glorifying [the Greek word means to "praise, honor, magnify"] me [Jesus]." So if God's holy spirit is truly active in a Christian his or her heartfelt desire would be to glorify the Son. To do otherwise would put a Christian in mortal danger since he would be disrespecting our heavenly Father's desire to see His dearly beloved Son honored or glorified. John 5:22, 23 says: "For the Father judges no one at all, but he has committed all the judging to the Son, in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him." According to John's first letter the antichrist, literally "against Christ" would made up of those who do not 'confess the Son.' The Greek word used for confess carries the idea of "declaring publicly, acknowledging, confessing."    

 

May 12, 2013 - Thank you, dear Brothers.  Your answer is quite correct in my eyes and that are the thoughts in my elaboration I sent to the Governing Body last year. Thank’s for this testimony in favor of our Father Jehovah and his beloved son Jesus Christ.

 

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On May 11, 2013, we received the following email from a visitor challenging the honor and glory we give to Jesus.  

    “I have read your article on truth [What is Truth?] I agree whole heartily, in John 14:1-6, that the Son of God came to earth to do something about the truth. What was that? He came to show us the way TO THE FATHER,....not make himself out to be the source of truth. He explained many times, what he spoke came from his Father. The anointing spirit of truth comes not from Christ, but from Father Jehovah.
    “And you made a strange reference in your article,.....you said Jesus as 'the Creator'.. had to come down to earth and explain the truth......Jesus could have dematerialized his body and gone back to heaven.....and Jesus could have had angels come rescue him, etc, or something to that effect. You are doing something here I sense is very similar to what several on [another site] did, aren't you? Beginning to glorify Jesus, instead of the Father as the source of truth, holy spirit, and our worship? . . .The scripture's thrust in John 14 is this; Jesus Leads us somewhere...where? TO the FATHER...not himself as the source of truth and worship. It appears you are saying Jesus is the truth....not so...the Father is. "Sanctify them by means of the truth. YOUR WORD is truth." John 17:17.  It is Jehovah your God you should worship....him alone", he said to Satan. 
    “Do what Jesus did, place the source of all truth where it rightly belongs; the Father. Your readers may misunderstand, and begin to be led along with Jesus-worship. . . .We must listen to Jesus HIMSELF.......teach about his FATHER, not himself. He always sought his Father's glory, not his own. Just because WT did not acknowledge Jesus, and put his Lordship in the proper place, we need to be careful of the Satan-trap of going clear the other way, and worship Jesus to the exclusion of our very God and Father....Jehovah....(Jesus'(s) included.) Not everything WT taught is wrong, they had much right, you know.
    “This is the gospel; truth. Jesus came to speak his Father's words..."Just as I hear, I speak." I do not do a single thing on my own initiative" he said. (John 8:28)  I think it would be good to make sure of what your emphasis is on in your follow -up article. Clarify to the readers, ....to worship the one who made all things... Jesus only helped him in this at his side..... ."Let US make man in our image." Rev. 5:13....."To the one sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the honor, and the glory, and the might might forever. "  "Father, glorify your name. ' (Jesus prayed).... "Therefore a voice came out of heaven, "I both glorified it and will glorify it again." (Jehovah speaking ) John 12:28  Father Jehovah is still on the throne, is he not? Magnify his name, as his son did, my brother. (John 12:49......7:28,29 )
    “When we love Jesus, we will seek to imitate him, giving all due honor and glory to the Father, just as he did... not make himself the object of our worship. That may be the impression you are giving, unknowingly to your readers. I hope that is not your intention. (Phil. 2:5-11)”


    To the author, we are deeply distressed at your email.  Nevertheless, we appreciate you sending it so that we can make our position known on this issue.  We agree with you that the Father is the only one to be worshiped.  We have never published anything suggesting that Jesus is to be worshipped. But Jesus certainly has earned man’s glory and honor. 

 

“For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every [other] name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

– Philippians 2:9-11

 

    We firmly believe this.  No, Jesus did not come to earth to “do something about truth,” he IS truth. Jesus unambiguously said: 

 

I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

– John 14:6

 

    We believe him.  Paul and John explained that Jesus is our direct creator when they wrote:

 

“All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.”

– John 1:3

 

“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

 

    We believe them.    Yes, John wrote:

 

“Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.”

– John 17:17

 

    And he also wrote: 

 

“In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in [the] beginning with God.”

– John 1:1-2

 

    So according to John, Jesus IS the word of God.  We believe him.    

 

    Brother, there is no competition between the Father and Jesus.  

 

“This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved; listen to him.”

– Matthew 17:5

 

“I do nothing of my own initiative; but just as the Father taught me I speak these things.”

– John 8:28

 

“I and the Father are one.”

– John 10:30        

 

“I have not spoken out of my own impulse, but the Father himself who sent me has given me a commandment as to what to tell and what to speak.”

– John 12:49

 

    Christians are to exercise faith in Jesus if they want life:      

     

“He that exercises faith in the Son has everlasting life; he that disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.”

– John 3:36

 

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.”

– John 6:40

 

“I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; and everyone that is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.”

– John 11:25-26

 

“Exercise faith in God, exercise faith also in me.”

– John 14:1

 

    And we are to be witnesses of Jesus, not Jehovah:

 

“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.”

– Matthew 28:19-20

 

“You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you, and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth.”

– Acts 1:8

 

    And, for all those who seek salvation:

 

“Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.”

– Acts 4:12

 

        This is no disrespect to the Father.  He authorizes all of this, and we believe and exercise faith in all of this!    

 

    But the most reprehensible thing you wrote was your suggestion that properly honoring Jesus is a “Satan-trap.” It is a trap of Satan to glorify the Son of God?? Shame on you, brother!  You hold yourself out as a student of the Bible? We suggest you read it again!  Especially the writings of the apostle John. We have little tolerance for this.    

 

    The problem is that you do not understand the concept of Deity, therefore you cannot fully grasp the relationship between the Father and the Son.  We will be writing an article soon on that topic.    

 

    In the meantime, we stand firm in our position that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is our direct creator (Colossians 1:15-16) and our Eternal Father (Isaiah 9:6).  See our articles Who is JesusYou Will Be Witnesses of Me, and Lastly He Sent His Son. As Jesus himself said:

 

All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth.

– Matthew 28:18

 

    For our part, we honor Jesus Christ, bend our knees to Jesus, exercise faith in him, follow him, and glorify him.  AND ...  WE ... WILL ... NOT ... YIELD.  But we will pray for you.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On May 8, 2013, we received the following inquiry:    

 

“From What is Truth? [you wrote] “Thus, it does not matter what religion we belong to.” [But Jesus said] ‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ Can you explain what you mean. Doesn't it matter what religion we belong/live in? There are buddists, hinduists, Allah and other religions. If you confess yourself to such and add Jesus, you are safe and right? How can it be? Is not Yeowa important? Please explain. Your Brother in Faith.”                

 

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We always appreciate hearing from you.      

 

    You asked about the phrase “Thus, it does not matter what religion we belong to” from our recent article entitled What is Truth? Please recall that the article is discussing how to find truth.  We strongly believe that it does not matter which religion you belong to.  Anyone can find truth by looking to the life and ministry of Jesus.  Notice the next sentence in that article: 

 

“All mankind, no matter where situated, no matter their race, nationality, creed or gender, can find truth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.” 

 

    Anything less would make God partial, which we know He is not. (Acts 10:34-35) We hope that answers your question.  Please stay tuned for the remaining articles in the series, The Truth that Sets Us Free.  We will be touching more on that topic.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

 

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