I have made this DISCUSSION a PART 1 as I might only discuss a few differences at first and quite possibly continue at a later stage, if necessary, if there are more differences that I can think of.
The Bible states that for all intents and purposes, we as humans have as our SUPREME RULER, Jehovah God who is the HIGHEST AUTHORITY. Jehovah God is Almighty and Omniscient.
Just below our Creator Jehovah God, is His Son, Jesus Christ who DEFINITELY does not have the absolute power or omniscience that His Heavenly Father has! As far as we humans are concerned, Jesus has the power and knowledge that is nearest to that of Jehovah God.
Where does the Holy Spirit fit in?
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The Holy Spirit of Jehovah God!
I AM NOT SURE AS TO THE EXACT STANCE OF THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AS FAR AS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CONCERNED, BUT I THINK THAT I DIFFER.
Throughout my website I have interpreted the Holy Spirit of Jehovah God to be the Person of Jehovah God Himself.
The reason why I state this is due to my interpretation of the following Scriptures:
Matthew 12:31 & 32 states:
“31 On this account I say to YOU, Every sort of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven. 32 For example, whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, no, not in this system of things nor in that to come.”
We all know that the” Son of man” mentioned in Verse 31 is Jesus, the “person” that died so that we can possibly live into eternity. In other words, as far as we are concerned, Jesus is an extremely important “person” that we should be ever thankful to.
In the same Scripture it is stated that a person that sincerely asks for forgiveness, and refrains from “speaking” against Jesus again, will be forgiven.
However, Verse 32 states that any person that “speaks” against The Holy Spirit, “it will not be forgiven him, no, not in this system of things nor in that to come.”
It can obviously then be deduced from the above that the Holy Spirit is deemed in a Higher Position than Jesus.
As stated above, ONLY Jehovah God is in a Higher Position than Jesus, so I interpret the Holy Spirit as being the PERSON of Jehovah God Himself.
Although my person is the driving force behind all that my physical body does, my person is not just a “driving force”.
My “person” has the ability to reason, believe, have faith, deduce, assume, have feelings, feel emotions, think, etc. Those attributes motivate the “driving force” to perform what “I” as the “person” requires.
In my opinion, this places a far different meaning to the normally accepted meaning of “a driving force”.
I believe that The Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as virtually the majority of all humans believe that the Holy Spirit is just the “Driving Force” of Jehovah God, and not the PERSON of Jehovah God Himself.
Amos 6:8 reads:
“8 The Sovereign Lord Jehovah has sworn by his own soul,’ is the utterance of Jehovah the God of armies, ‘“I am detesting the pride of Jacob, and his dwelling towers I have hated, and I will deliver up [the] city and what fills it.”
The above Scripture has been included so as to indicate that Jehovah God also considers Himself as a SOUL, which I interpret to be a SPIRITUAL SOUL.
In my DISCUSSIONS on “THE HOLY SPIRIT” and “SOUL” I have fully covered these aspects, but will repeat:
Jehovah God is a SPIRITUAL SOUL and is therefore the combination of His Person and His Spiritual Body.
I am a physical soul which is the combination of my person and my physical body.
“Speaking against the Holy Spirit” is thus “speaking against Jehovah God”. This sin is the most important of the two totally dangerous, totally destructive and totally”forever unforgivable” sins into eternity! Jehovah God will never allow the forgiveness of this sin!
Mark 3:28 & 29 states:
28. Truly I say to YOU that all things will be forgiven the sons of men, no matter what sins and blasphemes they blasphemously commit. 29. However, whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is guilty of everlasting sin . . . . .
Mark 3:28 &29 are Scriptures that confirm the truth of the deduction made in the above Scriptures, i.e. Matthew 12:31 & 32.
All the Scriptures that state words or phrases similar to: “He is filled with Holy Spirit”, “God is in him”, etc. are similar as to me saying: “You can see by the way George behaves that there is a lot of his father in him”, OR “George takes after his father” indicating that George has the same tendencies as his father. What else would “Like father, like son” mean?
My DISCUSSION on THE HOLY SPIRIT covers my interpretation in detail with most of the applicable Scriptures analysed for easy reference.
The following is written subject to correction:
It is my observation, and the conclusion that I derived at, that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that not all persons will know, or have heard of the “true” will of Jehovah God, by the time Armageddon occurs.
Those that have not heard of the true will of Jehovah God by that time would therefore qualify to go through Armageddon alive.
Apart from there possibly being very isolated cases here and there, Jehovah God, who knows the innermost of each and every individual, might, also possibly, allow those with good inclinations, and have not heard of His “true” will, to pass through Armageddon. JUST MAYBE!
They will be few, if any at all! I am under the impression that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the number mentioned above will be extremely high.
What is known in our present point in time in general is that there were basically only two religions that acknowledged God, and that was the Roman Catholic religion and the Jewish religion. Further, the rest of the inhabitants were atheists, agnostics or heathen nations.
History records that the Protestants broke away from the Catholic religion. The blood that has flowed to enable this process to take place would never be condoned or accepted by Jehovah God.
The breakaway was not due to just a whim, or other persons desiring to also partake of the “big cake” of the luxury, power and wealth that false religion offered, but due to the firm belief that the “true” context of the Holy Bible was being withheld from the population.
So the newly created Protestants found that there were differences between what they were being taught, and what they understood the Bible to actually teach, otherwise they would have been satisfied, and remained Catholics.
From the above, it is then true too, that the Protestants did not believe the Roman Catholics to be a true religion.
So where does the expression: “It does not matter how you believe, or to what church you go, as long as you accept Jesus” expression come to have any meaning?
If the expression was true, then it would have been idiotic to cause so much blood to flow just to have “other churches”. Incidentally, I am of the belief that the Jewish religion does not acknowledge Jesus at all!
It, therefore, surprises me that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are so strongly, and in many countries, violently condemned, because they believe that what they preach is the exact and only truth that the Bible advocates.
And should blood flow due to their claims, I can guarantee that it will only be their blood. I myself, though I differ in quite a few interpretations, believe exactly as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. There is only one “TRUE” religion, or only ONE way the Bible can be interpreted. Jehovah God is a LOGICAL God, and His manual cannot be construed to suit different needs or interpretations!
Getting back to those who will pass through Armageddon!
Martin Luther and John Calvin could be accused of the downfall of billions of people if what I think the Jehovah’s Witnesses and many other religions preach.
The reason that I say this is that, if persons have not heard the “true” truth of the Bible, then they would have the chance of passing through Armageddon, after being resurrected physically, or alive at the time that Armageddon occurs.
It is obvious that due to there being a Jewish religion, a Roman Catholic religion and Protestant religions, that there must be disagreement as to the “whole true” truth of the Bible.
SO! If Luther and Calvin did not break away from the Roman Catholic religion, and no other persons did so either, then we would all have believed in either the Jewish religion or the Roman Catholic religion.
According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and all the other Protestant religions we would have then been oblivious of the “whole true” truth of the Bible.
We would then all have qualified to go into Jehovah God’s Kingdom, which includes the Heaven and our physical earth.
I also believe that The Jehovah’s Witnesses advocate that those of the remaining members of the 144 000 Heavenly Class that are still alive will also pass through Armageddon with their physical bodies and only after Armageddon be placed in their Heavenly positions.
Revelation 6:11 reads:
“And a white robe was given to each of them; and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled also of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they also had been.”
As far as I am concerned, there will be no killing after the advent of Armageddon, so the entire number of the Heavenly Class, namely 144 000, will have been dead and resurrected to Heaven by then.
I interpret the Bible to state that all the people that are alive at Armageddon and that are not acceptable to Jehovah God will all strike and kill each other and that the physical earth will not be harmed at all.
Mark 13:12 reads:
“Furthermore, brother will deliver brother over to death, and a father a child, and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death;”
This is how the evildoers are going to be annihilated at Armageddon. They will destroy each other, and the physical earth will thus not be damaged further.
There are other Scriptures, namely:
Revelation 7:1 – 3 Reads:
“1 After this I saw four angels standing upon the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow upon the earth or upon the sea or upon any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrising, having a seal of [the] living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads”.
The words “four winds” in Verses 1 and 2 are indicative of the forces of destruction that are going to occur when the wicked and unacceptable people destroy each other.
In verse 3 the words “earth”, “sea” and “trees”indicates all the people that are wicked and unacceptable to Jehovah God. The words “slaves of our God” indicate the 144 000 members of the Heavenly Class that are still alive on earth.
Verse 3 thus also indicates that all the members of the Heavenly Class will have died and been resurrected to heaven before the advent of Armageddon, as I stated before.
Armageddon is the DESTRUCTION of all the people that are wicked or UNACCEPTABLE to Jehovah God.
Although billions of people are just going about their normal living from day to day, even though many of them seem to be kind, gentle and totally acceptable to us humans, they are going to be UNACCEPTABLE to Jehovah God.
Armageddon is ALSO the to be considered as the SALVATION of the people that are ACCEPTABLE to Jehovah God.
I sincerely believe that The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that there will be millions of those “ACCEPTABLE TO HUMANS” persons that will also pass through Armageddon, many that are living at the time, and many that will be resurrected.
I, HOWEVER, INTERPRET THE BIBLE TO SAY THAT THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCES!
IF A PERSON HAS FAITH WITH WORKS AND PREACHES THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE STATES, THEN ARMAGEDDON WILL MEAN SALVATION FOR THAT PERSON.
IF A PERSON HAS FAITH WITHOUT WORKS AND DOES NOT PREACH THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE STATES, THEN ARMAGEDDON WILL MEAN DESTRUCTION FOR THAT PERSON.
My DISCUSSION on ARMAGEDDON covers my interpretation in detail with most of the applicable Scriptures analysed for easy reference.
I believe that The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the resurrection will occur after the advent of Armageddon.
I interpret the Bible to state that the resurrection of all the people that have died will have been totally completed by the time Armageddon occurs.
As stated above, the unacceptable people will be eternally destroyed if they are still alive when Armageddon occurs, and only the acceptable people will pass through without physically dying.
My DISCUSSION on THE RESURRECTION covers my interpretation in detail with most of the applicable Scriptures analysed for easy reference.
I unfortunately have to voice my own opinion about BIRTHDAYS.
This is my sole opinion and I have found nothing in the Bible that I interpret to basically condemn the celebrating of birthdays. I feel that the enjoyment of having a birthday celebration for a loved one or a friend cannot be outrightly considered as wrong.
I consider the circumstances surrounding the celebration of the birthday to be either acceptable or condemned.
The person that is having the birthday should be made to feel special and should be allowed to experience the joy of knowing that they are loved and are part and parcel of their family and friends.
It most probably invariably often occurs that the “birthday party” gets out of control. People consume too much alcohol, OR the person who is having the birthday is allowed to demand attention and cause others to feel intimidated or inferior, etc.
I would use the same argument with the demand that many countries are legally attempting to use to ensure that their countries are “gun-free”. It is true that guns are often used in murders, robberies and violence, etc. but far more people are basically “murdered” or maimed for life in vehicle collisions.
Would it then be sensible to remove all vehicles out of this world? I DO NOT THINK SO!
I accept that at birthday celebrations in Biblical times that many Christians suffered and were possibly even “murdered.
How many people are killed or “murdered” by intoxicated drivers of motor vehicles that are leaving annual celebrations such as weddings, wedding anniversaries, the celebrations of the countries that won the World Cups in the individual sports, etc.
In our world of today, I would consider it to be wonderful where a family and friends get together in a loving and caring atmosphere.
If the occasion is a birthday celebration or “party” that is enjoyed in moderation “in all things”, then that would be a tremendous point in favour of happy and enjoyable birthday parties.
In the Bible it is stated that Jesus changed water into an excellent wine. Could that not then be considered, especially by alcoholics, to be an indication that when all the alcohol at any party is consumed, then a plan must be made to obtain more alcohol?
At this point it would be futile to discuss BIRTHDAYS one way or another.
All my ways that I reasoned in were to justify my belief that a birthday would be acceptable to Jehovah God if it was performed in a loving and Christian way.
An extremely well-known celebrity, Oprah Winfrey, asked if the children of another extremely well-known celebrity, the deceased Michael Jackson, had not suffered because they were not allowed to have birthdays. In some or other way they were connected to The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Oprah Winfrey could have asked Michael Jackson that question many times while he was alive, but she refrained from doing so. Just maybe Michael would have taken offense! I do not think that she was prepared to risk taking that chance!
I realise that any argument can be utilised in any situation to suit the intended context desired!
I am occasionally draw the following to the attention of a person that I consider to possibly be wishing to make continuous and unjustifiable statements:
I would like to ask you the following: “If I say that there was a massive improvement in the road deaths this past weekend as only one person was killed instead of the average of ten persons being killed, is that not a great improvement?
When the person naturally agrees with me, then I would ask: “What if that one person that was killed was one of your most loved and direct family?”
It is obvious that the self-righteous reasoning would then immediately turn to an expression of shock or even anger at the question.
The onus is, therefore, on each and every person with reasoning capabilities to ascertain what Jehovah God desires and requires.
My sincerest hope in my existence is that I interpret properly, and never ambiguously, what Jehovah God desires and requires.
Why would I spend or waste time trying to confuse people if I am going to be eternally destroyed?
If I am going to be eternally destroyed, then I might as well then just sit back, relax and try to find peace with the fact that so many other billions of people are also going to pay with their lives eternally due to false religion.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are against BLOOD TRANSFUSION but I believe that the have made it a matter of conscience if any of their members use certain elements of the blood that have been extracted.
THE BIBLE STATES THAT ANY BLOOD THAT IS NOT IN A LIVING SOUL SHOULD BE COVERED WITH SAND, PERIOD!
That means that NO blood whatsoever can be utilised in any experiments, or that any parts of the blood can be separated, so as to be considered “separate”.
The testing of blood for deficiencies, bacteria, etc. does not fall under the above category, as long as the blood is disposed of in the Biblical way, after any tests have been performed.
I sincerely believe that my interpretation is not “a suit Douglas” interpretation, but rather a certification that Jehovah God is not petty, as He knows what circumstances have evolved since Satan’s rebellion.
Jehovah God does NOT desire any person to die and would willingly forgive the drawing of blood for the survival of the person, as long as the blood is disposed of according to what He expects.
My DISCUSSION on BLOOD TRANSFUSION covers my interpretation in detail with most of the applicable Scriptures analysed for easy reference.
WHAT I DO AGREE WITH AS FAR AS THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ARE ADVOCATING, IS:
The false doctrine of the Trinity,
That humans are mortal, and when they die they are non-existent, except in Jehovah God’s memory,
That there IS only ONE TRUE religion,
That faith must have WORKS,
That “Babylon the Great” represents the entire kingdom of false religion,
That the “Wild Beast” represents the entire combination of humans that rule the world,
That Satan the Devil definitely is a spiritual person that exists,
That there are only 144 000 persons that lived on earth that will eventually rule in Heaven,
That people will live on this same physical earth in paradise conditions into eternity,
That Fatalism is a doctrine that “speaks” against Jehovah God, and is thus forever unforgivable,
That adultery, fornication, homosexuality, idols, communicating with mediums, etc. are disgusting things”,
That members of any religious organization should be disciplined or even “disfellowshipped”, if their behavioural patterns do not assist in glorifying the Great Name of Jehovah God.
That The Jehovah’s Witnesses advocate is that in the “last days” the Word of God will be preached throughout the entire world.
I believe that those that choose not to even listen, are not entitled to the possibility of everlasting life.
Importantly, being so convinced that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are so “evilly” incorrect, they should consider it their Christian duty to invite the Witnesses into their lives and show them where they are so “utterly wrong”.
There are many other matters that The Jehovah’s Witnesses cling to, such as personal cleanliness, proper dress requirements and general appearance, etc.
I have stated before that I am not a Jehovah’s Witness, although it is my desire to become one. I have also mentioned that I am definitely not trying to increase their membership or advocate that any person should join them,
I went onto the internet and was amazed at the antagonism and outright hatefulness displayed towards The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Billions of people have most probably changed from one religion to another and never foulmouthed the religion that they left.
There are many religions that seemingly also have very radical views, but they are never mentioned or spoken against.
I understand that the Jews do not accept Jesus at all, but I have never heard people, who know of Jesus and what he did for us, speak badly of the Jews.
Whichever way you take note, it is a fact that the Almighty, our Loving Heavenly Father and God, Jehovah, takes a very dismally last place, way down the line in the average person’s list of priorities.
The persons mostly do it to their physical parents, dumping them in old age homes or clinics, etc., and comfortably forget about them.
Although it is far worse now than in the past, just imagine, how many babies would have survived if the parents had treated them as they treat, or treated, their parents, especially in this present time. However, nowadays, the tables are swiftly being equalled. Parents are bribing, neglecting, and even dumping their babies, etc., as well.
Take Note: We are all on a probation process. If you can do your utmost to impress your imperfect human boss, how about trying to impress your Loving Creator, Who really deserves more than you can offer or give, anyway.
So it on the basis of the above reasoning that I maintain that no person can logically say that it does not matter to what religion you belong, as long as we all pray to the same God.
Are we talking about the “same” God?
The Hellfire teaching says that there is a god that allows everlasting torture.
Many persons say that there is a god that has his reasons for giving his consent to the rape and murder of a baby! “It is all part of “his” plan”.
Many persons say that there is a god that is out there somewhere and we are not to question “his” ways, or reasoning.
Many others say that their god is placing them on earth to learn to live in earthly conditions so that they can all be transferred after death to a heaven, where all the experience they have gained is worthless.
There are many others that say that there is no god or no Devil, and that the belief in them is just influences that make us act as we do.
Then you also hear: “That person has made a god of his sport”, or of “his love for money”, etc.
Another teaching is the Trinity that states that Jehovah God and His Son, Jesus Christ, are One Person, and not One in unity of purpose, where Jehovah God plays the Almighty and Omniscient Creator and God, and Jesus fills the role of Mighty God, and not Almighty God.
So I sincerely think that there are millions of “gods” out there that have in the minds of many persons replaced the True and Only Jehovah God.
HOPEFULLY, PEOPLE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO SEARCH FOR THE REAL TRUTH AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN BECOMING ACCEPTABLE TO JEHOVAH GOD, AS THIS IS WHAT HE ALSO DESIRES!