Thursday, April 28, 2011

Question #65

Every true Christian would agree that we should follow the commands of God. In Mk 9:7, God the Father commands us to listen to Jesus. Do you follow this command and listen to Jesus? After all, Jesus died for your personal sins (1Jn 2:2, 1Pet 2:24). Jesus tells us to go directly to him (Mt 11:28-30), and the Father commanded us to listen to Jesus. Why? Because JESUS gives us everlasting life (Jn 10:28), and so that JESUS will enter our house and be with us and give us the right to sit on his throne (Rev 3:20- 21). Do you pray to Jesus as Paul and the early Christians did (1Cor 1:2)? Do you partake of the flesh of Christ as Jesus commanded (Jn 6:51)? If not, then are you following the command of the Father who said "Listen to him"?

Jehovah’s Witnesses listen to Jesus. And not just listen, they earnestly endeavor to obey him as Lord.

On the matter of prayer, When Jesus was on earth he taught his disciples how to pray in his name and he set the example in his own personal prayers. Jesus, of course, did not pray to himself. At John 17:3 Jesus prayed to the one whom he addressed as “the only true God.” So, if true Christians are going to follow the example of Jesus they will pray to the only true God too, whom the Bible reveals is named Jehovah.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also endeavor to listen to Christ by publicly preaching and being no part of the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not share in popular holidays and customs that originated in paganism.

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not take up arms and kill their fellowman nor do they become involved in the political affairs of the world. The masses of churchgoers generally see no contradiction with praising Jesus as God while directly or indirectly supporting corrupt politicians and promoting war.

For example, the last president Bush was elected to office due in no small measure to the vigorous support by the evangelicals in America. One particularly zealous pastor electioneering for Bush was reported to have told his flock that no true Christian could vote democratic. (Which, ironically, is true, of course, but neither would a true Christian vote for a Republican)

At any rate, no sooner was Bush elected then he plunged America into a war with no end. So far over one million Iraqis have died as a result of the violence Bush set into motion with the undying support of Jesus-praying, Bible-thumping, flag-waving fundamentalists.

Jesus said that many people who claim to follow him are deluded and will be condemned on that day. Specifically, Jesus stated: “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

According to Jesus, true Christians are not merely those who say they believe in Jesus. And they certainly are not those who pray to Jesus. The true Christian is he who does the will of God.

Obviously, there is an enormous element of hypocrisy on the part of those who would presume to present 65 questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

1 comment:

  1. I don't really find this to be a true answer. It is said that we should pray to Jesus. That could either claim that he is god or he is equal to god. Jesus tells us to ask anything in HIS name and he will do it. It seems like your trying to blame a certain group itself for the election of bush which is ignorant in itself. If no Christians voted there would still be people voting. And Bush would of still probably been elected. "Jesus said that many people who claim to follow him are deluded and will be condemned on that day." Yes he did say that. But that could be Jehovah witnesses themselves. There is plenty of definitions of true Christians. And just because someone uses one of these questions doesn't show hypocrisy. How do you know they aren't doing the work of god?