Bob gives the public talk today, his theme: “What marks the Bible as authentic.” He opens with items that you might test to see whether they are authentic, a photo of a diamond and a 20 dollar bill….1/2
I have heard him give this talk live, not just over Zoom. He left his $20 on the speaker stand during setup, the chairman took it to lost and found, and Bob later said that “he literally stole my illustration.”…2/2
There are different marks of authenticity regarding a $20 bill, he says, about 8, having to do with ink, borders, color, etc. Then he goes into what marks the Bible as authentic.
Commenting on Isaiah 13, that Babylon will never be rebuilt, the speaker tells of a Saddam Hussein plan to restore it, including a rebuild of the Tower of Babel. Came to nothing, it did, even Saddam. I am told that the ruins of Babylon today is a site for edgy concert partying.
“Thank you for getting up early and giving us that fine talk,” the chairman says. He DID get up early, Zooming from the West coast to us in the East. He was originally from out area.
STUDY ARTICLE today is “Nothing Can Make the Righteous Stumble,” from May 2021 Watchtower. Theme scripture: “Abundant peace belongs to those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.”—PS. 119:165….1/2
“We’re happy we do not have to move along at such a fast clip as the last two weeks,” the Wt conductor says (due to the Convention streaming) We sure are—Whoa! that moves fast….2/2
Para 1: “a writer once stated: “If there were another ‘Jesus’ among us today who would say things the way the original Jesus said . . . , would we reject him today the way we did two thousand years ago? . . . The answer has generally been: Yes, we would.” …1/2
the way Mark Twain cynically put this is: “There has only been one Christian. They caught and killed him—early.”…2/2
Para 3: “They asked his disciples: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” To this, Jesus replied: “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but those who are ill do. I have come to call, not righteous people, but sinners2repentance.”—Luke 5:29-32….1/2
Para 6 “At that time Jesus said in response: “I publicly praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intellectual ones and have revealed them to young children.”…How is he able to do this? Why? All Witnesses know this.
Last week a sis told how she left a study publication with an educated co-worker, who handed it back, saying “it’s too simple.” It has to be complicated with these characters, and in that way they end up blinding themselves….2/2
To charges that JWs “insulted” other faiths and should therefore be banned, one scholar for the Russian Orthodox Church, Andrey Kuraev, commented that Jesus also “insulted” them, using some of the same verses of para 7 & 8
Para 10: Yes, of course. If the soul is immortal, as almost all faiths except JWs teach, then the resurrection teaching becomes irrelevant. You can raise from the dead that which has not died.
I was surprised at reading certain scholars, Ehrman is one, Luke Johnson is another, explaining the resurrection teaching as “damage control” to recover from the “embarrassing” fact of Christ’s death, thereby indicating they were clueless as to a central tenet of the Bible.
Re para 13, there was a bro who famously worked up a long talk detailing all the illegalities of Jesus’ trial. Christians today will be reminded of all the doings in Russia.
Sigh…one bro commented, not on how he was brought up as a Roman Catholic, but as a ‘Roamin Around Catholic.’ This is the bro who likes to joke.
“Your internet connection is unstable,” my screen tells me. Tell me about it.
Midweek Meeting: Assigned Bible chapters: Deuteronomy 13-15
Western social net systems came about because of Jews carrying their attitudes of compassion & responsibility toward their poor ( Deuteronomy 14) into wherever they settled, I recall reading in some account of American history, I forget by who.
Totally new to me when I looked into the Bible was the Mosaic law that ones who became so poor as to sell themselves into slavery would be freed on the 7th year, with a gift!
Debts canceled on the seventh year, too, at least debts for non-business matters.
It must be when they stoned Stephen outside the Sanhedrin (Acts 7) they figured & justified they were acting according to direction of Deuteronomy 13:6-10
and it must become a heap of ruins to time indefinite. It should never be rebuilt. (Duet 13:16)
To be sure, if a city is never rebuilt, its destruction is a permanent reminder to why it was destroyed. If it is rebuilt, people forget.
I wonder if this De 14:21 didn’t have spillover elsewhere into other areas of humane treatment of animals:
“You must not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.” Intuitively wrong, it seems.
Though I am reminded of a Bashevis Singer short story in which a 19th-century Jewish settlement in Poland is paralyzed because the priest (rabbi?) cannot bring himself to sacrifice animals. He just loves them too much; he is too kind and gentle. ….1/2
Finally one settler tells him that it’s fine to be merciful, but he doesn’t have to be more merciful than God. …2/2
How many will be surprised at the description (1 Jn 5:21) that “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one?”
Same as at Luke 4:6, John 12:31, Rev 12: 9
Imagine! Bringing your own chair to the Regional Convention as in those Congo videos. Let no one say that Westerners are not spoiled.
I am consistently told that only in the developing world can people reason appreciate verses like “Give us today our bread for this day” (Matt 6:11) for it IS commonly a daily matter there.