Sunday, April 4th, 2010
"All your commandments are truth." (Psalm 119:151)
Everyone who makes a dedication to Jehovah has first to "prove" to himself what is "the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1, 2) In part, that involves learning Bible truth. What convinces one person that Jehovah's Witnesses teach the truth may differ from what convinces another. Some recall that a turning point came when they read the divine name in the Bible or when they understood what the true condition of the dead is. (Psalm 83:18; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10) What impressed others was the love among Jehovah's people. (John 13:34, 35) Still others reasoned on what it means to be no part of the world. They concluded that true Christians cannot share in the political controversies or the wars of any nation. (Isaiah 2:4; John 6:15; 17:14-16) For many, these reasonings and others were what kindled their first love for God. Take the time to recall what convinced you of the truth.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 4:5, 6)
I've got a lot to say on this topic. hehe =)
If you are a job candidate, you aren't going to be the one 'selected' for the position unless you are the BEST applicant who measures up to the job qualifications which were specified on the application, correct? How much more so, when it comes to being entrusted with the serious responsibility of handling and teaching God's Word of "truth" correctly, and being entrusted with the weighty responsibility of shepherding his people?
So for me personally, it's how the anointed remnant class have measured up on ALL fronts (when it comes to the scriptural requirments designated for them). Many religions seem to get a few things right, or may have good *works* to show for themselves, but they fall short in so many other extremely serious areas which can't be overlooked or brushed over, simply by having a record of *good deeds*
Is God interested that religions who profess to worship him have opened up homes and schools for orphans, the blind & deaf, and soup kitchens for the poor, while at the very same time they were blessing soldiers in battle who indiscriminately took the lives of millions upon millions of innocent people, including young children and orphans? When they were given the direct command to "go and make disciples" by teaching the people...not killing or using force to convert them. Is God going to excuse their blatant disobedience to His direct command to be "no part of the world" and to love their ENEMIES? Will God overlook the mass slaughter of millions of innocent people despite Jesus telling his Christian followers that "all those who take the sword will perish by the sword?" (Matthew 26:52) ...and that's only one of *monumental* discretions that religions professing to be Christian have committed against humanity.
So, freedom from the massive bloodguilt incured in warfare, along with strict political neutrality is definitely one of the more obvious areas which personally convinces me that this is the truth.
But another area that convinces me, is how 'up-to-date' and 'ahead of the times' the writing department has always been in dispersing spiritual truth. And how 'on top' of everything, the organization has always been in diligently taking care of their responsibilities to shepherd and care for the flock. Being quick to make adjustments when necessary, and always making sure advance preparation measures are in place to deal with things like natural disasters, so that members of the congregation are looked after in times of need.
Plus have you noticed how many other religions have recently started teaching some of the same things that JW's were preaching almost a century ago? Even if they didn't have ALL the details correct at first, they nailed all the *main* inaccuracies and unscriptural doctrines which were being taught to the people back then, and are still being taught today in so many churches and religions.
In fact, I was watching some shows on the History channel recently, and was amazed to see how they even seem to be focusing more on the apostasy within the churches, (even attempting an explanation of "Babylon the Great") and focusing more on Christ's millennial reign and Messianic Kingdom ruling over mankind on earth, (which nobody ever talked about before). Yet even so, there were still so many other details that were clearly inaccurate.
So that's another area that continues to convince me...because I can see now more than ever, just how many scriptural inaccuracies and false information has been taught for so long to the majority of people, while the anointed remnant have maintained their integrity to scriptural "truth" by not watering down the message or sidestepping serious matters in order to please congregation members or political rulers.