I can spend a lifetime staring and marveling at Jehovah's creations and yet I’m sure it is not life wasted...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Evolution? A teaching that voids all moral concepts. It is a teaching that would take away all hopes for the future. It is a teaching that promotes selfishness, survival of the fittest. It is purely negative, a teaching that is, in all paradox, unscientific, ungodly, and illogical. It is nothing but support to the Epicurean philosophy: "Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we will die..."
Monday, June 28, 2010
‘DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS CAN BE COMPARED TO DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF RIVERS THAT LEAD TO ONE OCEAN… NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RELIGION IS, NO MATTER WHAT BELIEF, AS LONG AS IT TEACHES WHAT IS GOOD, IT WILL LEAD YOU TO GOD’
Is this true? Well, from a human standpoint, it may seem to make a lot of sense. But have you considered how God views religion? From GOD’S standpoint, would he consider all religion true and acceptable?
Well, we may as well look into what the Bible says regarding this matter; after all it is the Word of God. First of all, the Bible does not teach that all forms of worship are acceptable to God. There is a form of worship which is futile from God’s standpoint, and there is also a “form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father.” (James 1:26, 27)
In fact, even the Son of God himself, Jesus Christ, said: “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” (Matthew 7:21-23 (italics are mine)
God is not like the ocean. The ocean has no personality, it has no feelings, and it has no standards. No matter how polluted a river may be, the ocean would just take it in because it’s just, well, pretty much as it is, an ocean. But God has a personality, and he has STANDARDS, which can be found in the Bible. He would certainly not just accept all religion that is polluted with human philosophy and records of murder and gross immorality.
The Bible refers to “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) Where and how can we find this one faith that has God’s approval? To find the answer, you may want to begin studying the Bible. Is it worth to find the answer? It sure is.
(I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but this article is not in any way endorsed by the WATCHTOWER SOCIETY or any of its related legal entities. All scriptures quoted above are from the NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. You may also want to visit my favorite site: www.watchtower.org)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
EDUCATION FOR ALL: A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATION AND FAMILIES
"Education is life, growth, social process, and reconstruction of human experience.” A perfect definition, my professor used to say, a definition given by the great Dewey. If education is life, everyone has the right to for life. If education is growth, definitely everybody has the right to grow and develop. If education is a social process and a perpetual reconstruction of experience, without a doubt all of us have to right to posses those. It is, therefore, logical to conclude that education is for all, a right of every individual living in our society. However, reality seems to show a paradoxical truth with regards to education.
Children, instead of spending time in classrooms, spend time wandering on the street pursuing a mendicant life begging, or selling sampaguitas. Young adults, instead of consuming precious hours on colleges or universities, stay at home as istambays or go gambling and using drugs. Their parents, instead of motivating their children to go to school, send their children looking for a living, “gastos lang yan” they may say. Yes, there is a big problem here. Instead of a right, eduction became a privilege, a privilege for those who need not worry where to find food to satisfy painful hunger. Poverty because of being uneducated, being uneducated because of poverty. A self-sustaining dilemma.
It is never too late, however, it is never too late. If education is a social process, it therefore has the responsibility of interacting within the society. It has the obligation of providing the sufficient education for all. Educators, as pioneers of education, must posses the correct viewpoint when it comes to their profession. They must not only view educating as a source of income, but as a noble way of helping others. “It is never enough to give a man a fish, he may only eat for a day. Teaching a man how to fish, he may eat for the rest of his life.” That adage by Confucius is applicable. We will not be helping people just by continuous provision of what they need for a day, food, clothes, or the like. Instead, by providing them with quality education, it will enable them to learn how to live. The statement “education for all” must also motivate all educators to educate without prejudice, reaching those who need learning but lacks the sufficient funds to provide for the expenses of such learning. It is our responsibility.
But it is not the educators’ sole responsibility. Education, however, begins within the family. It is where an individual first learn how to deal with other individuals. As the primary unit of the society, the family and its members must be aware that it is their duty to provide the basic learning for their young ones. They must also motivate their children to value education as one values his or her life, for education is life.
Education, in order to be appreciated by all, must be provided by the family and the community. It is a collective responsibility. Its like doing things with both hands, not just the left, not just the right. We must put in our minds that everyone has the right for education. Everyone has the responsibility to provide education. By helping each other to attain sufficient and quality education, we can expect a great change within a reasonable period of time. “Education for All” will be not just a slogan, but also a sweet success that we shall reach.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Before we proceed, I know that for most people, religion is a taboo topic. I am also clearly aware that almost every religion claims that it is the true faith, and for some individuals, there is not even such a thing as ‘true faith’. We may even have a different point of view about the meaning of the word ‘religion’. It doesn't matter though. Regardless of what religion or belief you currently have, you will just be reading my personal perspective. You may react in any way you want, but yes, I am boldly claiming that I found the true religion.
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But this article is not in any way endorsed by the Watchtower Society.
For the readers of this blog (especially for a blogger/office mate friend of mine who is a self-claimed agnostic) who are non-Witnesses, please know that I sincerely respect your beliefs and opinions. I am not writing this to imply that you are in the wrong course of life, not at all. It is also not my purpose to initiate an opposition to whatever dissimilar viewpoints we have. This blog article is not written to convince you to ‘switch over’. At the very least, I hope you would just appreciate the Witnesses even if you are not one. I just really want you to have an idea on how I see things from my standpoint, and to be unbiased, I will use a third person’s way of stating things...
I am not going to discuss the doctrines of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although I am greatly convinced that their teachings are in accordance with the Bible and it is one of the main reasons why I'm a JW, Id prefer to discuss things that I see. I think it would be practical to avoid debating about doctrines and teachings for now,and if you really want to observe if a religion is true or not, its really better to look at how people apply what they say. That is right, walk the talk. Most religion would say a lot of good things, but would act differently. Anyway, what Jesus said was : ”By their fruits you will recognize them...” (Matthew 7:16)
So , the following are some of the reasons why I believe that the Witnesses are indeed in the truth:
- They show genuine love for each other and for their community.
During WWII, while majority of religious leaders would convince their ‘sheep’ to defend their country by killing soldiers from the enemy nation, there is this group of people who are either imprisoned, tortured, or killed in their own country because they refused to join the war. The Witnesses. The reason? They love their neighbor regardless of what country or nationality that neighbor belongs to. They refuse to hold arms and shoot a fellow human being.
Until now, in some countries, many Jehovah’s Witnesses are imprisoned just so because they refuse military service.
This may sound too ideal, but in reality their love for each other transcends all types of cultures, skin color, race, and economic status. There is equality among their members. They are not perfect individuals, and just like the apostles during early Christianity, they sometimes have their conflict. But because of love, they cover each other through true forgiveness and consideration. They would never give consent to gross wrongdoing, but at the same time they earnestly reach out to those who are sincerely repenting.
“By this all will know that YOU are my disciples, if YOU have love among yourselves” (John 13:35)
- They uphold high moral values which I know are very beneficial in today’s environment.
In reference to Jehovah’s Witnesses, WIKIPEDIA states “Their view of morality reflects conservative Christian values. All sexual relations outside of marriage are grounds for expulsion (disfellowshipping) if the accused is not deemed repentant.Abortion is considered murder. Modesty in dress and grooming is frequently emphasized. Gambling, drunkenness, illegal drugs, and tobacco use are forbidden” (Italic is mine).
Again, I am not saying that they are “sinless” perfect individuals. But despite the imperfection, they strive to follow what is right according to the Bible. And because they do so, their quality of living is , for me, quite outstanding.
Its true that most Christian religion would also uphold these moral values, but if you are gonna observe majority of their flock, are they really upholding to these values?
- They are, in the real sense of the word, happy.
Nowadays, its a fact that if you are too rich, you are miserable. If you are too poor, you are miserable. But the Witnesses have this inner contentment. They are satisfied with what they have. No matter what their economic status is, you would see them knocking door to door happy in what they are doing. I'm serious, if you would really have the opportunity of associating with them even for just a day, you would truly understand what I mean when I say that they are indeed happy people. =)
"Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need..."Matthew 5:3
- They refuse to join politics.
The Witnesses are politically neutral. They don't take sides, since they only acknowledge Jesus as their leader. When Jesus was on earth, he refused to join politics too; several times eventhough he had all the means if he wanted to. Same thing with early Christianity, apostles refused to get involved with politics. For me, it is one thing that separates them from all other religions, especially during the election (if you're in the Philippines, I think you will appreciate this fact more... ^^)
Those listed above are just the few among many reasons. I hope you would also realize why the Witnesses would voluntarily sacrifice time, effort, and expenses just to reach out to people and share beneficial Biblical teachings. I hope you would also have the opportunity of knowing more about Jehovah, the only true God that Jesus Christ himself worshiped. (John 20:17) If you have questions about the belief or interested in getting literature published by Jehovah’s Witnesses, please do not hesitate to visit www.watchtower.org.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Jehovah God endowed each of us our own unique abilities and attributes. But regardless of what our capabilities and talents are, we are measured based on how we display humility. Will you be humble enough to consider others superior? Are we willing to listen to a good advice even if it may come from someone younger or less experienced?
“The result of humility and the fear of Jehovah is riches and glory and life.”—PROVERBS 22:4.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart, that mankind may never find out the work that the [true] God has made from the start to the finish
-- Eccl. 3:11
Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. --Abraham Lincoln
Neuroscientists say that during our present life span, we use just a small part of our potential brain power, only about 1/10,000, or 1/100 of 1 percent, according to one estimate. Think about it. Is it reasonable that we would be given a brain with such miraculous possibilities if it was never to be used fully? Is it not reasonable that humans, with the capacity for endless learning, were actually designed to live forever?
-- Awake 10/22/95