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I have been one of Jehovah's wittnesess for 35 years,the Bible is my source of hope and a treasure. I'm looking forward to the resurrection and the day when Revlelation 21:3,4 will be fulfilled. Philea'

  • Doesn't Hindu's have Vishnu,Buddhism has Buddha and Islam has Allah?

    Each religion in the world has a name or names for their God or Gods and are proud to use them.One example is Islam they want to teach everyone about Allah.So why is it that the Christian Bible teaches us that God has a name and yet neither Jews or Christians use it or are proud of it?The Catholics just had the name of God banished from all their masses and Bibles.

    KJV And I appeared unto Abraham,unto Isaac,and unto Jacob,by the name of God Almighty,but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.Exodus 6:3

    Psalm 83:18 That men may know that thou whose name alone is Jehovah art the most high over all the earth.

    So why does not the Christians and Jews use the name of God like other religions instead of just God or Lord?

    Or maybe that would contradict the Trinity doctrine,then there would be Jesus and Jehovah,two names and not just one.

    9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Spiritually speaking What did God mean when he said."I am a jealous God?"?

    If we have pictures and images of Jesus or angels or anyone else,would this make God jealous?

    Seriously if someone just has them and doesn't worship them how does God feel about it?

    Would a young man just newlywed be happy if his new wife hung up pictures of all her former boyfriends on the wall ,this would not be worship,it would just be something to look at. But seriously how would the other partner feel about it?

    5 AnswersQuotations1 decade ago
  • Spiritually speaking What did God mean when he said."I am a jealous God?"?

    If we have pictures and images of Jesus or angels or anyone else,would this make God jealous?

    Seriously if someone just has them and doesn't worship them how does God feel about it?

    Would a young man just newlywed be happy if his newwife hung up pictures of all her former girlfriends,this would not be worship,it would just be something to look at. But seriously how would the other partner feel about it?

    17 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Does God approve of images and icons in worship?

    Images were unknown in the worship of the primitive Christians...The admission of images into the Church in the 4th and 5th centuries was justified on the theory that the ignorant people could learn the facts of Christianity from them better than from sermons or books,

    Cyclopedia of Biblical,Theological,and Ecclesiastical Literature,by McClintock and Strong,Volume 4,pages 503 and 504.

    The Bible says"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them.(Exodus 20:4,5)

    The Holy Bible--(New International Version}

    John wrote to the first century Christians,"Little children,guard yourselves from idols". 1 John 5;21

    At first The Encyclopedia of Religion says, Images may have served primarily didactic (teaching) and decorative purposes,at least,they were defended on such grounds.But soon they came to fill admittedly devotional functions.This was especially true of the icons that became a prominent feature of Eastern Orthodoxy.

    However the prophet Isaiah rightly asked:"To whom can you compare God? What image can you contrive of him?"--Isaiah 40:18

    The New Jerusalem Bible

    Isaiah 44;13-19,Acts 10:25,26,Acts 17:29, 2 Corinthians 5:7

    18 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Is Mary the Mother of God?

    Veneration of the mother of God recieved its impetus when...the pagan masses streamed into the church......Their piety and religious consciousness {that of pagans converted to Christianity) had been formed for millennia through the cult of the 'great mother 'goddess and the 'divine virgin.--"THe New Encyclopedia Britannica 1988) Volume 16,pages 326 and 327.

    The Bible says,"You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son,and you must name him Jesus.He will be great and will be called the Son of the most high...And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Luke 1:31-35,The New Jerusalem Bible.

    This clearly states that Mary was the mother of the "Son of God,not God himself.Could she have carried within herself the One whom the heavens themselves cannot contain? 1 Kings 8:27

    She never made such a claim. it is the teaching about the Trinity that has sown confusion over the identity of Mary.By proclaiming her Theotokos (a Greek meaning God bearer.) or "Mother of God" the council of Ehesus in 431 C.E.,set the stage for Mary worship.

    The city of Ephesus where this church council was held had for centuries been at the heart of idol worship celebrating the fertility goddess Artemis.

    So it was that many aspects of the worship of the image of Artemus that "fell from heaven," such as processions were integrated into Mary worship.Acts 19:35

    Another practice that crept into Christian teaching was the use of images of Mary and others in worship.

    Matthew 13:53-56, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 11:27-28

    26 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Does the Bible teach that God is a Trinity ?

    What is the origin of the Trinity? The Trinitarian Dogma is in the last analysis a late 4th century invention. The formulation 'one God in three persons',was not solidly established,certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century---New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967) Volume 14,pg 299

    The Council of Nicea met on May 20,325 CE.Constantine himself presided,actively guiding the discussions, and personally proposed...the crucial formulas expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council,"of one substance with the Father,',,,Overawed by the Emperor ,the bishops,with two exceptions only,signed the creed many of them much against their inclination"---Encyclopedia Britannica (19700 Volume 6 pg 386.

    The Bible tells us Stephen,filled with the Holy Spirit,gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God,and Jesus standing at God's right hand."Look! I can see heaven thrown open,"he said,'and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God." Acts 7:55,56.The New Jerusalem Bible.

    This verse revealed ,filled with God's active force,Stephen saw Jesus"standing at God's right hand.Clearly,then Jesus did not become God again after his resurrection to heaven but rather a distinct spiriitual being.There is no mention of a third person next to God in this account.

    Despite attempts to find passages of scripture to support the trinity dogma.

    At the Dawn of Christianity written by Dominican priest Marie-Emile Boismard he wrote -The Birth of Dogmas."The statement that there are three persons in the one God cannot be read anywhere in the New Testament."

    The Dogma that Constantine championed was intended to put an end to dessensions within the fourth-century Church.

    Matthew 26:39 John 14:28 1 Corinthians 15:27,28 Colossians 1:15,16

    24 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Do all good people go to heaven?

    What is the origin of this? After the death of Jesus' apostles,by the beginning to the second century C.E., the early Church Fathers gained prominence.Describing their teachings,the New Catholic Encyclepedia(2003) volume 6,page 687 says. "The General stream of teaching was that heavenly bliss is granted to the disemboded soul immediately after whatever necessary purification follows death."

    The Bible says at: Matthew 5:5 Happy are the mild-tempered ones,since they will inherit the earth."

    Although Jesus promised his disciples that he would prepare a place" for them in heaven,he indicated that the righteous do not automatically go there.John 3:13, John 14:2,3

    at Matthew 6;9,10 he prayed Let your Kingdom,come let your will be done on the earth as it is in heaven.

    The New Encyclopedia Brittanica states,The Church began solidifying its power by becoming mixed up in pollitics,ignoring Jesus; explicit statements that his followers were to be no part of the world.John 15:19.John 17;14-16 John 18:36.

    Under the Roman Emperor Constantine ,the Church compromised some of its beliefs, one of which involved the very nature of God.

    Psalm 37:10,11,John 17;3. 2 Timothy 2:11,12

    20 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Spiritually speaking,Do the wicked suffer in hellfire?

    Of all classical Greek myths,the one who has had the greatest influence on traditional views of Hellfire is Plato.(The History of Hell) by Georges Minois pg 50

    From the middle of the 2nd century AD Christians who had some training in Greek Philosophy began to feel the need to express their faith in its terms....the philosophy that suited them best was Platoism (the teachings of Plato) The New English Encyclopedia Brittanica (1988) vol 25,pg 890

    The teaching of the Church affirms the existance of hell and its eternity.Immediatley after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell,where they suffer the punishments of hell.eternal fire.The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.--Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994 edition pg 270

    The Bible says this at:

    Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing ---for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol,to which you are going.Revised Standard Version.

    The Hebrew word Sheol which is referred to the 'abode of the dead' is translated"hell" in some versions of the Bible.

    Job 14:13 Protect me in hell. (Douay-Rheims Version)

    Psalm 146:3,4, Acts 2:25-27,Romans 6:7,23

    15 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Is the soul immortal?

    What is the origin of the immortal soul? The early Christian philosophers adopted the Greek concept of the soul's immortality and thought of the soul as being created by God and infused into the body at conception.

    The Encyclopedia Brittanica Vol 11 (1988) pg 25

    Ezekiel 18:4 says,"The soul that sinneth,it shall die.KJV

    Ecclesiastes 3:19,Matthew 10:28,Acts 3 :23.

    12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • To Christians and JW etc.If Jesus came to spend a year with you what would you have to change about your life?

    What would we have to change as Christians? Would we feel comfortable inviting our friends over? Listening to the same music and reading the same magazines ,watching the same movies?Seriously how would we change? Would we call him the Father or the Son? Would we be comfortable taking him to our place of worship?

    Would we take him to a luxurious building or a modest little place of worship?

    Would we feel comfortable worshipping in front of him ,or calling someone Father in front of him?

    This is not to criticize any religion but just to make us all think.

    No ridiculers please serious answers only.

    9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • What did Jesus mean when he said,"I love the Father".?

    John 14:31 Was he saying that he loved himself ? What would be any reason to make this statement if he was God.He would have known that he loved himself. Can someone clear up this confusion with a reasonable answer?

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • If Cephus or Peter had a wife and the other Apostles why can't the Priests get married?

    (1 Corinthians 9:5) We have authority to lead about a sister as a wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Ce′phas, do we not?

    Even Jesus brothers were married.

    If the Bible teaches this is what we are supposed to do,then why does the Church forbid it? The Bible says that it is an option but it is never forbidden.

    16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • What did you learn at Church last Sunday an what scripture can you remember?

    If we can keep in mind a scripture each week we can build on a foundation of what the Bible teaches.And that is what is most important of all,sharing with others knowledge of the Bible.

    8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Does the Churc of Christ,the Church of God and the Holiness believe in the Trinity ?

    I have met some Baptists that said that they did not believe in the trinity.Just curious about these other denominations.

    6 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • what is the Kingdom of God and what will it do for mankind ?

    (Isaiah 9:6) For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us; and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

    (Daniel 2:44) “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite;

    (Revelation 21:3-4) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • What is the Bible talking about when it tells us there will be a new earth? Why doesn't anyone elaborate on th?

    Matthew 6:10 Let your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.(Revelation 21:1-27) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth(Isaiah 65:17) “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.(2 Peter 3:13) But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.

    6 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • What did Jesus really mean when he taught us to pray?

    (Matthew 6:10) Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.

    (Revelation 21:3-4) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

    8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago