No matter our talents or greatness… sadly all die.
“Consider the courage and honesty of the men who wrote the Bible. Many ancient writers flattered their leaders and glorified their kingdoms. Jehovah’s prophets, however, always spoke the truth. They were willing to point out the shortcomings of their own people, even their kings. (2 Chron. 16:9, 10; 24:18-22) And they made plain their own failings and those of other servants of God. (2 Sam. 12:1-14) Because of the guiding principles found in the Bible, many are convinced that it was inspired by God. (Ps. 19:7-11) Bible principles protect us from sharing in false worship and from superstitions that enslave many people. (Ps. 115:3-8) Such teachings as evolution tend to make nature into a sort of god, giving it powers that belong only to Jehovah. Those who say that there is no God claim that our future is entirely in our own hands. They, however, offer no sure hope for a better future.—Ps. 146:3, 4.” w16.09 4:10, 11
There is some circulating conjecture (needing clarifying) on “a” scripture: John 1:1.
Please check this excerpted reading out:) (my highlights)
the Word: Or “the Logos.” Greek, ho loʹgos. Here used as a title, it is also used at Joh 1:14 and Re 19:13. John identified the one to whom this title belongs, namely, Jesus. This title was applied to Jesus during his prehuman existence as a spirit creature, during his ministry on earth as a perfect man, and after his exaltation to heaven. Jesus was God’s Word of communication, or Spokesman, for conveying information and instructions to the Creator’s other spirit sons and to humans. So it is reasonable to think that prior to Jesus’ coming to earth, Jehovah communicated with mankind through the Word, His angelic mouthpiece.—Ge 16:7-11; 22:11; 31:11; Ex 3:2-5; Jg 2:1-4; 6:11, 12; 13:3.
with: Lit., “toward.” In this context, the Greek preposition pros implies close proximity and fellowship. It also indicates separate persons, in this case, the Word and the only true God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. (John 1:1)
More scholarly commentary:
the Word was a god: Or “the Word was divine [or, “a godlike one”].” This statement by John describes a quality or characteristic of “the Word” […], that is, Jesus Christ. The Word’s preeminent position as the firstborn Son of God through whom God created all other things is a basis for describing him as “a god; a godlike one; divine; a divine being.” Many translators favor the rendering “the Word was God,” equating him with God Almighty. However, there are good reasons for saying that John did not mean that “the Word” was the same as Almighty God. First, the preceding clause and the following clause both clearly state that “the Word” was “with God.” Also, the Greek word the·osʹ occurs three times in verses 1 and 2. In the first and third occurrences, the·osʹ is preceded by the definite article in Greek; in the second occurrence, there is no article. Many scholars agree that the absence of the definite article before the second the·osʹ is significant. When the article is used in this context, the·osʹ refers to God Almighty. On the other hand, the absence of the article in this grammatical construction makes the·osʹ qualitative in meaning and describes a characteristic of “the Word.” Therefore, a number of Bible translations in English, French, and German render the text in a way similar to the New World Translation, conveying the idea that “the Word” was “a god; divine; a divine being; of divine kind; godlike.” Supporting this view, ancient translations of John’s Gospel into the Sahidic and the Bohairic dialects of the Coptic language, probably produced in the third and fourth centuries C.E., handle the first occurrence of the·osʹ at Joh 1:1 differently from the second occurrence. These renderings highlight a quality of “the Word,” that his nature was like that of God, but they do not equate him with his Father, the almighty God. In harmony with this verse, Col 2:9 describes Christ as having “all the fullness of the divine quality.” And according to 2Pe 1:4, even Christ’s joint heirs would “become sharers in divine nature.” Additionally, in the Septuagint translation, the Greek word the·osʹ is the usual equivalent of the Hebrew words rendered “God,” ʼel and ʼelo·himʹ, which are thought to convey the basic meaning “Mighty One; Strong One.” These Hebrew words are used with reference to the almighty God, other gods, and humans. (See study note on Joh 10:34.) Calling the Word “a god,” or “a mighty one,” would be in line with the prophecy at Isa 9:6, foretelling that the Messiah would be called “Mighty God” (not “Almighty God”) and that he would be the “Eternal Father” of all those privileged to live as his subjects. The zeal of his own Father, “Jehovah of armies,” would accomplish this.—Isa 9:7.
[excerpted readings: “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Study Edition, Gems]
and me, this little birdie,…is hummming the “missing” tune from afore-mentioned post:
LOL…this sister, me aka “a” woman, 1 individual of many women on Earth (AND no, i am not a trinity!…i am “a” separate person from my mother and my daughter in case You needed, obvious-logical clarification:))…however, with woman-like qualities who ain’t into twisting scripture. 😉
Lies are worthless and weak…when You do Your own investigative-research and find truth…You just don’t take any lies anymore…You Defend Truth With Truth!:)
Happy Reading Reader:)
just a quick FYi…am not sure what is going on with my website. (1) My hope is to continue writing/talking/learning…here and
(2) elsewhere. (?)
WHY??? would anyone want to hack my site?! i am no mind reader nor heart reader. So, my desire is to continue writing, however, under secure measures would be the ideal.
Life is like that…the ideal and the not-so ideal, eh?…the theory and the practice. Oh, what am i gonna stop living cause living is not ideal?!
oh Yeah, i work very hard at practicing what i preach…aka speaking and living the TRUTH!…even in uncertain or difficult times.
Spiritual Topics and spirituality are my main focus…my personal spiritual growth is of the utmost concern to me…even greater than say my physical health and well-being. What i’ve learned through my years of living on this beautiful planet Earth is…my spiritual well-being and health…positively trickles down/up to my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So, i give my spiritual needs TOP priority in my self-care.
That means self-d.i.s.c.i.p.l.i.n.e…study, meditation, research daily…am too much of a geek to admit here…( )
Various minds work at various times and at various lengths…mind laziness is deadly…IF YOU ask me. Yep, i know You didn’t ask…
oh well…i spoke up anyway.
My spiritual self-care:
It has helped me pursue and maintain a modesty…a moderate life-style of living and loving. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never gotten drunk. ever. (well, not off alcohol—off love, lol:) I don’t over-eat. Etc., Etc., Etc.,…guess, that makes me very boring!!;)…or very healthy??;)
um, this quick post is getting a little rambly…(a made up word?)…You know what use to bug me as a talker…in school or elsewhere…people equating quiet kids as being well-behaved or “good” and us talkers…getting in trouble in school, etc. for not shutting up enough…as “bad” or misbehaving…what?! cause you THINK OUT LOUD!!! ugh.
Look out for the quiet sneaks…may be?! 😉
Quiet is not always good (nor bad)…people make presumptions, assumptions and suppositions and presuppositions about all sorts of nonsense.
For example, faulty thinking: people assume rich is good or better. and poor is bad or worse. That nobody would choose to be poor (or poorer) materially AND on purpose!!…think again!!!
The real truth seekers and keepers…WANT spiritual riches and not material ones. And this may (or may not (depends))…make them less economically so-called successful or economically focused. They understand that moth and rust consume. They’ve experienced the Truth…of “the things seen temporary, the things unseen everlasting.” Some so-called poor are of a HIGH/ER moral caliber/character: They don’t easily sell out…their integrity for dirty money. Or become enslaved to acquiring riches. They value the intangible more than the tangible. Perhaps, the abstract over the concrete. They “value” the incorruptible over the corruptible.
Perhaps, the process over the result…dollar(s) in hand. May be? they feel their time is better spent acquiring “sense” (wisdom) and not “cents”…:)
Some only believe in what they can see/feel…touch. They may lack heart vision.
Some of us highly value people and relationships and “family” a world-wide brotherhood of humanity: peace of mind and heart over Big-Business of War. Or the competition to acquire MORE than other fellow-fragile-life.
Some of us trade and don’t spend…some of us give and don’t take.
Stop the presses people;)…YEP, there are humans out there who do and could care less about possessions!!!
Possessions do not make the man…may be? they own him like master to slave.
The real givers…may actually sacrifice and give it all away!!!…including their life for a friend…or the greater good.
(and yeah, am well aware i may be putting myself at risk writing this spiritual stuff.)
“No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends,” ~John 15:13
While wealth in itself is not condemned in the Bible, the love of money is. The Bible writer Paul said: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things.” He noted that by forfeiting spiritual interests out of a desire to be rich, “some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.”—1 Timothy 6:10.
Interestingly, Paul gave specific instructions for the rich. He said: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be high-minded, and to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Evidently there is a danger that rich people might become proud and feel superior to others. Also, they may be tempted to think that riches can offer true security—something that only God can fully provide.
Clearly, Christians are not required to be poor. Neither should they be “determined to be rich.” (1 Timothy 6:9) They simply work hard to earn a reasonable means of living. Depending on various factors and the economic system under which they live, their efforts will meet with different levels of success.—Ecclesiastes 11:6.
Whatever their financial circumstances are, Christians should endeavor to “make sure of the more important things.” (Philippians 1:10) By putting spiritual values first, they are “safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, in order that they may get a firm hold on the real life.”—1 Timothy 6:19. [excerpted on-line article: Must Christians Be Poor?]
questions for reflections:
Whether economically rich or poor…
am i determined to be rich in fine works??…(aka works that help fellow-fragile-life and the planet; our shared home, our shared future)
am i acquiring spiritual treasures??
am i learning con-tent-ment??
a “tent” provides a measure of protection/security.
con(s)…don’t dwell on….nor what was “me(a)nt” to be.
contentment …is a living/true value…(an important thing to learn/appreciate).