There are two very important topics, however, that need to be perused with much sincerity:
Firstly: The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.
Although there have been many changes by many translations, the above very old version says it all.
“Our Father” – the most important factor is that our Great and Heavenly God requires us as humans to firstly see, feel, appreciate and LOVE Him as a True and Real Wonderful Father. What are the attributes of a real and true and wonderful father as we have come to appreciate as humans. It is a person that loves, guides, protects, nourishes, trains, teaches and lives for us with the desire to fulfil our every healthy desire and those of all our loved ones. Those are the basic attributes that come to mind. Then there is the trust and faith instilled in us from birth, that we live out, until we feel that we can become independent, and choose our own future. Remember, we are discussing a real, true and wonderful father, as described above.
Further, when, in comparison to our earthly father, at birth we knew virtually nothing, and our reasoning powers were virtually non-existent. But, in adulthood, our reasoning powers are proportionally far, far smaller than that of our Father in Heaven. For the first years of our lives, we quite naturally placed our total faith and trust in our earthly father, who we believed was capable of any miracle or feat. This is the faith and trust that we need to place in our Heavenly Father. He is that faith and trust due, and He will never fail His true children. Once we cultivate those two attributes, then the love for our Heavenly Father will become far greater than the love we felt for our earthly father, in the first years of our life. The more we learn about our Heavenly Father, all the more He says we are entitled to brag about our knowledge of Him, especially if we are also obedient to Him. Therefore, the Almighty God desires that each and everyone of us could, and also should, qualify to be one of His Children, but the choice He allows us to make. The reason why you have that choice, either His loving and obedient child or eternal annihilation, is because it is the only way our Father can protect His other true children. The “DESIRE” must come from YOU.
“who art in Heaven” is the following phrase that Our Heavenly Father considers of importance to humans. He was there without beginning, will always be there through every minute instant of time, and will forever, into eternity, stay there. He will not ever leave His Heaven, not to come down ever, especially not to be ridiculed, beaten and brutally murdered by His minute creations. He will never “not dare” to challenge the Devil, also only a creation of His, as stated in Jude, verse 9. He will never return to His Heaven (from earth) and then have His own angels, also creations of His, then begin doing “obeisance” to Him. Our Heavenly Father would never have entered our earth by means of the womb of a mere human. Jesus was on earth when he taught us how to pray to his Father, in a way that suited his Father. Also, the Bible states that OUR heavens are too small to contain OUR Creator. If OUR heavens are too small, then surely Our earth will then definitely be hopelessly too small. Chronicles 2:5 & 6 reads as follows: 5 And the house that I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all the [other] gods. 6 And who could retain power to build him a house? For the heaven and the heaven of the heavens cannot contain him, and who am I that I should build him a house except for making sacrificial smoke before him? REMEMBER: Jehovah God resides in HIS own HEAVEN, with Jesus, HIS Son, and all the other angels. Accurate Bible study will confirm that this is fact.
“hallowed be thy Name” – is then a further absolutely important aspect. I called my earthly father “Dad”, but that was not his name, it was the honourable and respectful way to address my father. There are, however, billions of “Dads” on earth, but only one was mine. He had a name. So, “God” nor “Lord”, is the name of our Heavenly Father. In the earlier periods of the Bible, God did not deem it necessary for humans to know His Name. Due to the fact that He knew that false religion would exploit that avenue, and create a “Triune” god, He then gave His Name to His human children, and, irrespective of the exact spelling, His Name is “Jehovah”. The name James is Jacobus in Afrikaans, and most probably many other spellings in many other languages. Nobody has any qualms about name translations in the various languages, but they often “tantrum” about the Name of the True God, and/or it’s spelling. Let there be absolutely no doubt, “I am sorry, I did not know” does not work in our earthly courts of law, so why should our Heavenly Father accept this lame excuse. Remember, not only WE, but others, especially OUR loved ones, will also pay dearly because WE “desire” to be obstinate. Further our desire should be to praise and glorify God’s Holy Name every second that we live. It is obvious that God does not expect that, and that we cannot possibly do that. How we live and behave, however, in itself will be to the glory of God and His Name, if the people associate us with being “one of those” who believe and openly state that the Name of the Almighty God is Jehovah. It is beyond human comprehension to what extent we receive from Jehovah God. Just one day’s sunshine is totally beyond the entire world’s budget for many years, most probably. Yes, we owe our Creator “big time”. It is absolutely necessary that each true child of Jehovah God definitely acknowledges His Great Name. Then also, glorifying God’s Name does not mean that we should just say that God is great, wonderful, full of loving kindness and all other praiseworthy attributes. We should try to introduce everybody to our Sovereign King, and tell them what He does for all of us, and what He means to us, and what He intends doing for the humans that reciprocate that LOVE, that He gives to us as a free gift. WE only need to want to accept it.
“Thy kingdom come” – The kingdom of England was so known because it was ruled by a king. That kingdom, however, consisted of many tiers of superiority, various levels of authority, vast numbers of persons, animals and living creatures. Just as the prince in the castle was a part of that kingdom, so also the maiden that served the tea, so also the family dog. Now, our Father’s Heavenly Kingdom consists of numerous facets. He is in His Heaven along with Jesus and all the other angels. Then we have many other heavens, of which one is ours. Also, then there is our earth, of which we know extremely little, but most probably enough to know about fellow human beings, animals, our heaven with it’s sun and moon and stars. We know such a small amount that our scientists do not even know, or can see, the ring of water than encircles our entire universe, and keeps it all intact. It is from this ring of water that God used to flood the earth in Noah’s day. When Adam was created it was perfect, and this is what this portion of the prayer is about. God’s Perfect Kingdom must be re-instated, and this is God’s desire, and this is what He will “Let” occur. The three words above stipulate that God’s kingdom must come, and not
that God’s kingdom IS here!
“Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven” - This causes much confusion amongst human beings, as they now proclaim that each and every occurrence, occurs by the will of God. When they actually say this, then they are accusing God of the most atrocious deeds and acts, and are thus speaking against the “Holy Spirit” and thus committing one of the two totally unforgivable sins. It is true that God’s will was being perfectly performed in His Heaven by His obedient angels, as well as all the laws of nature were operating exactly as God had created them. So, irrespective of the presence of the Devil, certain Heavenly occurrences remained perfect, many of which the humans do not even know of their existence. This is the will of our Father that we pray for. The Devil must be destroyed along with all his spiritual and fleshly followers, and God’s perfection must be re-instated. God’s Earthly Paradise Kingdom is the only outstanding occurrence that has to still happen, and that is very, very soon. Then the above sentence in the Prayer will be a reality. This is what a Witness of God and Jesus has been commanded to do. Warn your fellow humans of their imperative salvation or destruction. God has set His time limit, and the Bible states that He will not be late. His Will will be done, as soon as His decided time has arrived. It will not be late. Again, the words above do not stipulate that God’s will IS being done, especially on our earth.
“Give us this day our daily bread” - could also be grossly misconstrued, as there are most probably very many true Christians that have prayed this way, and still died hungry, or of hunger. The “Lord’s Prayer” is a prayer that is meant for YOUR spiritual YOU. Your body is a “set of tools”, or the “equipment required”, to enable the spiritual YOU, or the “PERSON” YOU are, to do what YOU desire YOUR body to do. If, for instance, it is YOUR greatest desire to commit suicide and YOU instruct YOUR body to comply, the mechanisms of YOUR body will rebel against the results of YOUR decision, and fight to remain well. So, we must accept that the “daily bread” referred to, is “spiritual bread”. If YOU have received much “spiritual bread” and have become spiritually strong, with accurate Biblical knowledge, then YOU can never be spiritually hungry, or die from spiritual hunger. The stronger YOU are spiritually, the more YOU will realise that death is of no real importance, as resurrection will re-instate YOU to immortality in a Paradise that we now only know as our earth. It is, however, also acceptable that YOU desire to preserve the body that YOUR Heavenly Father gave YOU to the best of YOUR ability, with physical food. If YOU accept the above reasoning, then YOU will never think of blaming God for Satan’s, and all his fleshly followers’, deeds that caused YOUR physical hunger, and even possibly YOUR physical death, or any, or all of the deaths or sufferings on earth that occur, every second of every day, on earth. If the above is in fact truth, then you can pray to God anywhere and anytime, in privacy, as God can read YOUR
thoughts, so you do not even need to move your lips. Also, the “daily spiritual bread” is available, anywhere and anytime, even to the furthest point of our universe.
“and forgive us our trespasses , as we forgive those who trespass against us” – This is a formidable request. If somebody bumps against you slightly in a crowd, quick is the mutual response of total forgiveness normally, but as the trespasses grow in intensity, are we as anxious to forgive, and just as totally. Remember, God can minutely measure OUR reactions, and WE are quite easily asking that WE be forgiven just as WE forgive. Being imperfect is absolutely not an excuse, but it is this imperfection combined with God’s loving and undeserved kindness that works in OUR favour, as God can just as accurately measure our desire and attempts to forgive. The important fact here is: WE cannot bluff our Heavenly Father. Self-importance is a major factor of the human’s actions and reasoning’s. WE are not all that important, but can become more valuable if our capability to show and HAVE mercy and kindness AND FORGIVENESS increases.
“And lead us, not into temptation” – is a request that denies that the death of a loved one was God’s will. While driving my motorcar, I am tempted to overtake in the face of oncoming traffic. I actually succumb to that temptation, and my loved one is fatally injured. What do most people say, especially when offering condolences: “It is God’s will!” this normally soothes consciences and assists in the acceptance of the death of the loved one. How convenient it would be if all the religious leaders that hold funeral services can appear at all trials involving human suffering. The logical outcome of the trial should be: “Innocent, the witness from God Himself, stated quite categorically at the funeral of the deceased, that God committed the crime, in that he engineered all the movements, so as to ensure that His will be done!” So, that is why this sentence is included in the “model prayer”. God knew that false religious leaders would twist the Scripture to “line their pockets, and it did not bother them that they used Him to appease the people with LIES. Satan is the father of the lie, and the false religious leaders are his mere puppets, so much for their self-righteousness and “noble” bearing. So God can lead US, but He can never lead US into temptation. So to all those who quite easily say: “It is God’s will!”, YOU are speaking against the Holy Spirit, which is the Person Of God, and thus committing one of the two unforgivable sins! God is in Spirit form, thus we can say that our Heavenly Father has a Spiritual body, and the Holy Spirit is the Person of God. In the above example, I succumbed to my evil desire and temptation to
overtake in the face of oncoming traffic. My loved one was killed because of my blatant evil desire. It was not God’s will, or God’s doing.
“but deliver us from evil” – These few words are self-explanatory. “Please God, protect us from the Devil, in all and anything that he can do to our spirit, or our spiritual person”. This is where faith is ultimately important. If we love and obey God, He will love and protect us, and if we endure to the end, God will lovingly make us members of His Family, in Paradise here on earth. The Devil and evil will be destroyed into eternity in God’s due time, and then the sentence being discussed will never need to be thought of again.
“For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen” - These words are similarly self-explanatory and totally true. BELIEVE THEM! The Devil will have been given the chance to humiliate God, and have miserably failed, and thus totally destroyed.
Also read Psalm 78:18, And they proceeded to test God in their heart By asking for something to eat for their soul. (Prayers indeed, but purposely for the wrong reasons, people never ever to test God, and also physical food is here requested and not “spiritual food”. They tested God in that they knew He was not free to supply them with actual physical food! Remember, you do not have a soul, you ARE a soul.)
Secondly: The Truth shall set YOU free
Once the truth of God’s Word is known, the person with accurate Biblical knowledge is “set free!” Free from what? Look around you. The persons that committed suicide, for instance, were not “free”. They were locked in to anxieties without foreseeable end. False beliefs and reasoning should have that effect on any normal person. Sad as it is, the twisting of the Biblical Scriptures has done, and still is doing, untold harm, and also causing untold misery. Just take lying out of our scene and imagine how different you would feel. Then further, there is death, sin, violence, murder and other maladies too many to mention. But most of all, the existence of uncertainty and the lack of faith, bind us spiritually, mentally and physically, dooming us to the inevitability of the bottomless pit of the total feeling of captivity. The key to this captivity is Jehovah God’s Word, the Bible. With accurate Biblical knowledge, and the adherence to God’s Will, you will have total freedom from fear and all it’s negative influences. You also realise what “chasing after the wind” then really means! Accumulating wealth, fame and fortune, are then all placed into accurate perspective, and the hopes placed on mankind as well, all hopes that you realise will never bear fruit. Man rules man to his own injury, you now learn this from the Bible. And thus you are also set free from the expectations that mankind has promised throughout the history of mankind. To realise how this new freedom feels is to experience it yourself. It cannot be described, but only experienced. No human is perfect, so this “freedom” has never been experienced to the full by any person yet, but there are humans that have “tasted” portions of that freedom. You will also be free of Satan’s bonds, which are deceit, deception and fear of the eventuality of death. Although billions believe that they are going to a heaven of sorts, with God’s blessing, they still do not wish to die. Confusing, and binding, isn’t it?
Back to “Why I want to become a Jehovah’s Witness:
By way of discussion, or argument, if needs be: – You know at least ten obnoxious persons, as far as You are concerned, and they are all Jehovah’s Witnesses. Assuming they accurately study and then know the Bible, and thus eventually are blessed by Jehovah God, and You not, but are destroyed, then those “obnoxious” persons gained what God has promised, and You not. Do not let prejudice cost You Your eternal life! Gain accurate Bible knowledge. Satisfy Your Creator, Jehovah God. It is not the same as making Jehovah’s Witnesses happy! Your loved ones are also involved!
What the Jehovah’s Witnesses showed me in the Bible is that if I do the explicit will of Jehovah God, I can be assured of His blessings. These are all spelt out in detail. If I do not do the explicit will of Jehovah God, the consequences are also spelt out in detail. There is no grey area, although God will make allowances, as He knows what your real desires, and real weaknesses, are. Helping the little old lady cross the street, or feeding the poor, while not telling your fellow humans about Jehovah God, will result in you not receiving God’s blessings. You will face total annihilation, and become non-existent. If you told the little old lady or the poor about Jehovah God’s desire for them, then the little old lady would possibly have become young and perfect again, and the poor would never have known poverty or hunger again. Would that not have been the “kind” deed to have done, and the “obedient to God” deed, as well?
What the Jehovah’s Witnesses showed me in the Bible is that if I do certain adjustments to my earthly personality, I can live in paradise conditions forever, on this earth. Also, I must tell the same to all others, to also give them the same possibility. Really, not much asked, once conviction starts to grow.
The vast majority of persons vote for earthly governments with the hope of receiving a better way of life, in all it’s varying aspects.
Now, why should I be different in that I vote for a different Government, also with the same desires as the vast majority of persons.
The Government I desire to vote for, with all my being, has the following to offer:
You are supplied the materials, and are absolutely keen to build your own house. A Master Plan, without the minutest defect is given, and every minute item of material is defect free. Time allocation to perform the task of building my own house, is so humane that I do not experience any fatigue at all. The reason that I place so much emphasis on the defect free elements, is that my house is to stand into eternity here on this earth, and I, and my spouse, will forever be it’s only occupants. Burglar guards! Sorry, but I do not know for what reason I would require them, especially as I would really not know what they are, or what they would be used for. By the way, I will wonder what fatigue is, if it ever could be mentioned, which inevitably, it will not. All the evil ways of this existing world, will not come to mind!
Then I will plant my own garden, to supply all my own needs. I will never know the feeling of one single drop of sweat on my brow, or on my entire body. My garden will be weed and trouble free. My garden will give me tremendous measures of pleasure. I will never consider my garden to be a “tedious chore”. My garden will flourish into eternity, and I will reap and enjoy all the benefits, and it will be situated on this earth forever.
I will not require any of the following services, and will, therefore, not have to have them. No retirement nor pension fund, no insurances against death, sickness, accident, fire or any other reason whatsoever. No funeral policy ever. All these aspects will actually be confusing to me, as something that does not exist in your mind anymore, and forever more, and will not be understood.
My Government falls under the most wonderful King. It is this King that is going to fill all the requirements that I have mentioned above.
The King that I wish to serve, if serve should be the appropriate word, is the Almighty God and Creator of all and everything, Jehovah God. This Wonderful Person, although being so Almighty and Powerful, promises to treat all of us human beings as His own children, in every sense of the words, Fatherly Love.
Jehovah God originally planned for humans to live in paradise conditions on this earth, and from Isaiah, Chapter 65, and verse 20 through to verse 25, God promises that He will fulfil His original plan. That is why I know that I will receive perfect material to build my home, and my garden.
The in-thing today, is promises of unknown bounds, with wondrous results, but all are endorsed: “Terms and conditions apply”. So, evidently, there is more to the promises than what is initially made known.
With the King that I hope will accept me as an acceptable child of His, those words will never occur. The “terms and conditions” have been explained for thousands of years already. In the Bible God writes that LOVE is the greatest of all. It is a fact that LOVE does not come alone. There is a combination of many glorious and wondrous feelings, expectations and expressions of thankfulness and APPRECIATION.
I have never woken up one morning with a sense of great appreciation that I was still alive, enjoying above average good health, and all God’s elements were in place. No earthly human can even imagine what would be required to have a sun that is able to perform as our sun does. Similarly so, all God’s other creations. Can you believe that I have at the age of sixty-seven, never been truly deep-down grateful. What I have done, is to be that I considered all my blessings to be taken for granted. That I am not alone in this lack of appreciation is of no consolation at all.
Now you know why I hope this Wonderful King will accept me, and that I from my side, will make the necessary personal adjustments, and put on a “new” personality.
Please do not confuse my hopes and desires with ‘piousness” or “mere attempts to impress”. The King I wish to have as my Father cannot be fooled, so it is not worth the effort to be false in my intentions.
Getting back to the “terms and conditions”:
Get to know the One and Only Holy and Almighty God. By the way, His Manual, the Holy Bible, has all the detail, down to the required comma’s and full-stop’s. Whoa! Do not be put off by what has just been stated. From this Holy Bible you will learn that, as stated before, LOVE is God’s greatest attribute, desire, hope and the reason He does what He does. So, taking that into consideration, God will not load you with a load of difficult and unnecessary jargon and confusion. I must confess, as you get to know more about Him, the more you lose the lack of hopelessness, and the – “just hope for the best” feeling.
Then find out what He requires from you, and remember, He owes all of us nothing. That, however, does not mean that you are not important to Him. He desires to give you humanly unfathomable paradise living conditions into eternity. This is all explained in His Manual.
Then you will learn to realise what He always has, and still means to you. When you lift food to your mouth, He instituted the growth of food. When you bend to put on your shoe, He instituted the muscle movements required. If you are a parent, then you will know that what you do for your children, is out of LOVE, and you do not wish for them to cower out of gratitude or thankfulness, but to desire to reciprocate that LOVE. So also, God does not want you to feel obliged in any out-of-the-way proportion. Sincere appreciation will result in the reciprocating of LOVE between You and God. God says: “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you”. Basically, the “terms and conditions” come down to: “Get to know Jehovah God, learn to give Him healthy worship, realise that He holds the position of Almighty King and that He will really look after you as a Father looks after the son he really loves.” Also, this Almighty King states that He is King, Father, and if any humans are found worthy, a Friend. Imagine, an Almighty King considers you as a real friend. WOW!
Now, getting to your side of the “terms and conditions”. If you really achieve the above, you will burst with the endeavour to tell others of your King, Heavenly Father and hopefully your Heavenly Friend. The only reason for this is: Jehovah God would want that all of the human race receive His blessings, and the only way He can achieve a portion of this, is if you, with conviction, tell others what you have learnt, and now know. If your earthly ruler were to approach you with the same request if he was really trying to better living conditions, you would most probably shout it from the rooftops, if possible. Now do it for your CREATOR. Being a Jehovah’s Witness is no guarantee of eternal life, either in Heaven or on earth, but at least there is no: “It is, or was God’s will”, “we all fall into the greater plan”, OR “God works in mysterious ways”, and all the hogwash that false religion dishes up.
There are minor opinion differences as far as I am concerned, but overall their tenacity, and their openness as to the bad treatment they always have to expect, makes them enjoy high esteem as far as I am concerned. Just imagine that you have to go and tell people that they are all going to be destroyed by a “Tsunami”, and that it is too late to flee, and they treat you badly because you are trying to tell them that there is only one safe place, and that they must react now. Do you do so also! Real food for thought!
Just a repeat of why I want to become a faithful Jehovah’s Witness
What the Jehovah’s Witnesses showed me in the Bible is that if I do certain adjustments to my earthly personality, I can live in paradise conditions forever, on this earth. Also, I must tell the same to all others. Really, not much asked, once conviction starts to grow.
Now, I would like to tell you as to how I see the “Greater Plan”