There is a global hunger for realistic religion. It is quite apparent that humans possess qualities that they are fully unaware of in many fields of life. One of these fields has been religion. For years billions have been attending their churches regularly. The reason for this is that some knew that they were supposed to receive their “spiritual” food there. Of those billions, however, most just attended ritually, but we are not interested in the behaviour of those, or even actually their motivation, as they really qualify or classify as passive churchgoers for the sake of appearances.
WHY DO I NOW SAY THERE IS A GLOBAL HUNGER FOR REALISTIC RELIGION?
Especially in recent years there seems to be a growing number of evangelists or preachers that appear out of nowhere. Occassionally these persons have had dubious backgrounds, but all of a sudden, they have received a god’s blessing and preach to massive crowds. The crowds are in excess of three hundred thousand at times. The crowds have travelled thousands of kilometers in total to attend these rallies. Unaware of their hunger for realistic religion, these crowds have stormed in their “hungered” state to where the promise of real “spiritual” food is supposed to be.
It is a sad state of affairs. Their “shepherds” have been so busy with self-exaltation and the lining of their pockets over the decades that they have not noticed the “hunger” of their flocks. For many years a member of a church attends that church, and very regularly as well. Then, once of a sudden, that same member realises the urge to attend a supposedly religious rally. The question is: “WHY”? The answer is: “That member is spiritually starving, and has not even been aware of it.
Ask any person who has had a reasonable amount of time spent in reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is no mean task, it is a tremendously arduous task if the intent of the reading is to understand the content of the Bible. It is not applicable to pretend that taking in knowledge of the Bible, or reading the Bible is not arduous. To prove my point, you will often see magazines, newspapers or other reading material lying around, or in the lounge, but the Bible, virtually never. If, however, a Bible is either being read or nearby, it normally gets glanced at as if it is a disease, and normally the disease is classified as Bible-punching or something similar.
I would never put a Bible related bumper sticker on my motorcar but pity those who do. Just let the poor person that does so perform a very minor traffic violation or infringement, and the normal person’s reaction is that that poor person is a terrible hypocrite. The thought often crosses my mind as well, but it normally only does so when a blatant violation occurs, or the person is obnoxious or ill-mannered.
Let us face it: Religion is not popular. Religion “has its place” in life, but that is normally on Sundays, IS IT NOT?
The rallies that I have mentioned are very powerful, because the few that, without really realising it, feel they are “spiritually hungry”, feel so good about themselves when they have been at a rally, that they are overpowered by that feeling of well-being. They have been nearby God possibly for the first time, especially for the first time when they are elderly. Jehovah’s Witnesses normally “feel” that good feeling, as they really and frequently study Jehovah God’s Word, and LIVE with a very real and true prospect for their futures. Just as a matter of interest, believe it or not, Jehovah’s Witnesses are still only real and living mortal humans, and therefore have imperfections. I, therefore, although they make mistakes and maybe act indiscriminately at times, envy them, as they really try to LIVE for their Creator, and have a TRUE and very realistic feasible and achievable hope.
Do not be mistaken, the rallies may very often permanently change many persons for the good, and make very lovable persons of previously very obnoxious persons. There are millions of persons today that live “obnoxiously”, not because they want to, but often out of sheer self-preservation, or even self-defense. Those are the persons that are so vulnerable at these rallies, as they do not desire to be “not liked”, or it really goes against their “grain” to not be the friendly and the meekly vulnerable persons that they really are. The rallies are a blessing to them, as they can then “give” God the “credit’ that they have “changed”, whereas the truth is that they can now live their lives, and normal natures, honestly for the first time. They most probably consider their new life to be in exact accordance with God’s Will, but one visit to any rally or religion, even the Jehovah’s Witnesses, will not, and cannot, make it possible to do Jehovah God’s Will exactly as He desires it to be done. Obtaining accurate Bible knowledge is the only way to achieve pleasing Jehovah God, and requires the real desire to want to study and do God’s Will. Once you have the basics, however, your life will change dramatically, and if still a “baby” in Jehovah God’s Truth, you will most probably be accepted by Him. Your hearts desire is what will be “measured”.
Even the movies of late tend to try to draw religion into their “domain”. Due to lack of knowledge, however, they not only are misleading the billions further, but are also committing the unforgivable sins frequently. For instance, a movie is given the name “Bruce Almighty”. Do these persons not know that there is but One Almighty, and that is Jehovah God. The Bible states that if you speak against the Son, Jesus Christ, and you sincerely ask forgiveness and refrain from doing it again, then you will be forgiven. But, if you speak against the Person of Jehovah God, which is the Holy Spirit, it will never be forgiven, irrespective if you sincerely ask for forgiveness. Those persons equalled Jehovah God to a mere mortal man. Take note: a mere MORTAL man. In other words, a person that can die and be anniliated permanently.
If ever I can give anybody any advice, I would say to them: “Do not go anywhere near to religion by way of speaking, UNLESS well thoughtout remarks, observations, suggestions, implications, etc. are to be spoken or implied”. Terms like: “The wheel turns”, “It is God’s Will”, etc., are the expressions that also fall in the undesirable category. What I have just said might sound as if a person should be afraid to even open your mouth, but just as easily as a person refrains from using foul language, just so easy it is to refrain from implicating Jehovah God in wrong ways.
This is a subject that can be discussed to great lengths, but for now I would just like to end this session off with another movie that I have read about. The name of the movie is: “God is Green”. What I understood from the movie, or possibly it is a documentary, is that it raises the question why the largest churches have never warned or spoken of Global Warming. If I understood the description correctly, then I will answer as follows: “They do not know what the content of the Bible really states, they do not really know what the future holds for this earth, and if I am not mistaken, they do not really care. The caring part they have allocated to Jehovah God. He created everything. He is Almighty and His love knows no bounds. And, as I have stated before, everybody knows the love of God, but few realise or know the severity of God. So I suggest, find the religion that gives the proper future and purpose for the earth, and how soon that future and purpose is going to be realised. The right place to start would be with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and please, remember, I am not acceptable to the Jehovah’s Witnesses as I differ from them on a few various interpretations which they find unacceptable.”
So, by starting with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I feel that you are going to change your views and hence your way of life, and then you can compare the differences that I have with them. I am not starting a new or breakaway religion, or trying to cause a rift, but I feel obligated to take the direction that I have gleaned from my interpretations from the Bible. I feel very strongly that persons are not being warned about the severity of Jehovah God to the proper extent.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: THE DECISION ABOUT YOUR RELIGION AND YOUR FUTURE IS YOURS AND YOURS ONLY. I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU FOOD FOR THOUGHT, AND AM DEFINITELY NOT PROMOTING MEMBERSHIP WITH THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES. WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST, HOWEVER, IS: IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS CORRECT, IT IS ACTUALLY YOUR DUTY TO TRY AND “SAVE” THEM, SO GO OUT AND DO SO!