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An Anti-Truth Coup?!

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TRUST TRUTH! (Never Give Up!)

Watch Men

sHaKiNg sectors of society s~w~a~y

symptoms?

signs?

severe systemic sepsis!!!

henchmen

in leadership/government; in education/academia; in news/media; in churches/religion; in markets/business; the compiled ripoffs

(the sad irony?  (And) i say/write this coming from: an over-all agreeable, positive-optimistic, people-person, extra-extroverted personality. This is not a fleeting feeling, this is not a morbid mood; it’s logical/evidenced. Look around/examine events here/USA/France/Venezuela/Haiti, etc. (i am Not depressed.) This is a realistic/spiritual assessment/evaluation of so-called “functioning” society at large…the present system of things…it’s a counterfeit, a truth/vérité coup d’etat.)

don’t be fooled; don’t be distracted Reader:) by the disinformation/bogus stats/number manipulators with hidden-selfish-agendas carrying stuffy-pocketbooks…the “positive” propaganda circulating simultaneously with the “negative” propaganda..(cancel each other out)..strategically designed to suppress awareness and keep groups of people sleepingly complicit!!!!…and blind to TRUTH.

Titanic is going down. Doesn’t matter what fancy room, fancy clothes, fancy food, fancy music plays or seemingly fancy education entertains or fancy paycheck…on…the Titanic….will sink!

(W)HOLE

Institutions/organizations/religions/businesses are severely sick and will die…to put it mildly.

These will NOT RECOVER! it is a waste of time, energy, life, money, intellect, talent to reform or attempt to reform the irreformable. Gangrene. 

Oh PLEASE! you cannot be serious, joanie.

(Eye brows of high brows raised, um, a “gang” green?!;))

However, Precious Individuals out of these various sectors…are reformable and are hope FULL! Humbly helping individuals (who need/want/ask for it)…is not a waste of time, energy, life, money, intellect, talent…resources.

A necessary question for any/all believers: Does God Accept All Forms of Worship? 

a healthy-functioning-spiritual-paradise exists among some spiritually-minded humans who have fled the false…false religion, false government, false teachings, false thinking, false hope…The holes for the Wholes. And are wholly United in Living Truth and Agape Love.

Literal watchmen often stood on the walls of a city to help keep the inhabitants safe. They served as tangible evidence that the ruler of the city cared for his subjects. Although a blast from a watchman’s horn might startle sleeping residents, the same piercing call could save lives of those who responded to it. Similarly Yahweh/Jehovah appointed watchmen, not because he wanted to terrorize the Israelites with messages of doom, but because he cared for his people and wanted to save lives.

When appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman. Jehovah revealed aspects of his personality that we find reassuring. Consider just two of these attributes:

Justice: Jehovah’s justice is evident in that he deals impartially with us as individuals. For example, although Ezekiel’s message was heard and rejected by large crowds, Jehovah did not treat the Israelites as a rebellious mob; rather, he wanted to see how individuals responded. He repeatedly speaks about talking to the “wicked one” and to “someone righteous.” Therefore, Jehovah passes judgment based on how each individual reacts to the message.–Ezek. 33:8, 18-20.

7. On what basis does Jehovah judge people?

Jehovah’s justice can also be seen by the way in which he judges people. Individuals are held accountable, not for what they did in the past, but for how they respond to the current warning. Jehovah told Ezekiel: “When I say to the wicked one: ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns away from his sin and does what is just and righteous, . . . he will surely keep living.” Then Jehovah adds a remarkable statement: “None of the sins he committed will be held against him.” (Ezek. 33:14-16) On the other hand, those who followed a righteous path cannot expect past obedience to excuse current rebellion. Jehovah stated that if a man “trusts in his own righteousness and does what is wrong, none of his righteous acts will be remembered, but he will die for the wrong that he has done.”​—Ezek. 33:13.

8. What do prophetic warnings teach us about Jehovah’s justice?

Jehovah’s sense of justice is further evident in that he gives due warning before he acts. Ezekiel began his work some six years before the Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem. But Ezekiel was not the first to warn God’s people that they would be held accountable. For more than a century prior to the destruction of Jerusalem, Jehovah sent the prophets Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Oded, and Jeremiah to act as watchmen. Jehovah had Jeremiah remind the Israelites: “I appointed watchmen who said, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the horn!’” (Jer. 6:17) Neither Jehovah nor those watchmen could be held accountable for the lives lost when the Babylonians finally executed Jehovah’s judgment.

Love: Jehovah displayed loyal love by sending his watchmen to warn not only the righteous but also the wicked​—the very ones who broke his heart and tarnished his reputation. Just think​—the Israelites were known as Jehovah’s people, but they repeatedly turned their backs on him and ran after false gods! Jehovah conveyed the depth of his emotional pain at this betrayal by likening the nation to an adulterous wife. (Ezek. 16:32) Even so, Jehovah did not give up on them quickly. He sought reconciliation, not revenge. He wielded the sword of judgment as a last resort, not a first response. Why? He told Ezekiel: “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that someone wicked changes his way and keeps living.” (Ezek. 33:11) That was how Jehovah felt back then, and it is how Jehovah feels today.​—Mal. 3:6.

10, 11. What lessons can we learn from Jehovah’s dealings with his people?

10 What can we learn from the just and loving way that Jehovah dealt with the Israelites? One lesson is that we must view the people […], not as part of a faceless crowd, but as unique individuals. What a mistake it would be to prejudge a person as unworthy […]because of his past conduct or because of his ethnic, tribal, economic, or language background! Jehovah taught the apostle Peter a lesson that resonates today: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”​—Acts 10:34, 35. [Excerpt: Pure Worship of Jehovah Restored at Last! Chapter 11, “I Have Appointed You as a Watchman” Ezekiel 33:7

“Look! I am coming as a thief. Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments.”—REVELATION 16:15.

When Jesus said, “Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments,” he may have alluded to a procedure then followed that involved guard duty at the temple. The Jewish Mishnah says: “The priests kept watch at three places in the Temple: at the Chamber of Abtinas, at the Chamber of the Flame, and at the Chamber of the Hearth; and the levites at twenty-one places: five at the five gates of the Temple Mount, four at its four corners inside, five at five of the gates of the Temple Court, four at its four corners outside, and one at the Chamber of Offerings, and one at the Chamber of the Curtain, and one behind the place of the Mercy Seat [outside the rear wall of the Most Holy]. The officer of the Temple Mount used to go round to every watch with lighted torches before him, and if any watch did not stand up and say to him, ‘O officer of the Temple Mount, peace be to thee!’ and it was manifest that he was asleep, he would beat him with his staff, and he had the right to burn his raiment.”—The Mishnah, Middoth (“Measurements”), 1, paragraphs 1-2, translated by Herbert Danby.

Filters need changing (my own included)…cleaning to function properly. I encourage You reader to PAY ATTENTION/KEEP ON THE WATCH..CLEAN/CHANGE YOUR FILTER. (i will try my best to do the same, of course.)

Avoiding overindulgence will help us to stay spiritually awake. When speaking about his presence, Jesus urged his apostles: “Pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you as a snare. For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth.” (Luke 21:7, 34, 35) Gluttony and drunkenness are out of harmony with Bible principles. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21Proverbs 23:20, 21 says: “Do not come to be among heavy drinkers of wine, among those who are gluttonous eaters of flesh. For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with mere rags.”—Proverbs 28:7. [excerpted reading: Happy are those Who Stay Awake! w ’97]

Peace & Security??…excerpted AWAKE! No. 1 2019

Do you believe that mankind can solve the many problems that rob us of peace and security and that threaten our future? To be effective, any cure must surely address the root causes of our troubles, not just the symptoms.

To illustrate, a patient named Tom was sick and later died. Why did he die? “When his first symptoms appeared, no one thought to search for their underlying cause,” wrote the doctor whose hospital received Tom shortly before he died. It seems that Tom’s earlier caregivers had simply given him medication to make him feel better.

Are humans taking a similar approach to the world’s ills? For example, in fighting crime, governments enact laws, install video surveillance, and strengthen police forces. But these measures, while effective to some extent, do not address underlying causes. After all, behavior usually reflects attitudes, beliefs, and desires.

An ancient book of wisdom rightly states:

“The inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up.”​—Genesis 8:21.

“The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?”​—Jeremiah 17:9

“Out of the heart come wicked reasonings, murders, . . . sexual immorality, thefts, false testimonies.”​—Matthew 15:19.

Mankind has been unable to find a cure for the hurtful traits that lurk within us.

There are humble ones out there..searching for Truth…living Truth and courageously working on any “hurtful that lurks within”…and with the help of the Bible…a Worthwhile/Noble Pursuit. 🙂

Knowing my “human” limitations/weaknesses…my personal inner battles is useful and, therefore,  i remain politically neutral.

[further excerpted article reading: Getting to the Roots of Our Problems, AWAKE! 2019]

ARE WE ATTEMPTING THE IMPOSSIBLE?

Even if by some miracle we could cure mankind’s hurtful traits, we would still be unable to make the world safe and secure for all. The reason? Our human limitations.

The simple truth is this: “It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Yes, we were not created to govern ourselves. In fact, we were no more created to rule over our fellow humans than we were created to live under water or in outer space!

Reader:)–Courageously Keep Up Your Search For TRUTH! And Courageously Live it! Never Give UP!🙂
12/07/18 3:14 p.m., P. Charlotte, FL
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Whiston

Choosing “well” ?! Padawan…(preparing?? to be an Outcast)…a “Whiston” wannabe…

“If his contemporaries found him overeager to sacrifice his career for the sake of principle, Whiston found his contemporaries far too ready to sacrifice any and all principle for the sake of preferment [personal advancement]–William Whiston–Honest Newtonian.

“One of Whiston’s outstanding qualities was his complete honesty.”English Versions of the Bible.

“Whiston used his scientific skills to research, ponder and draw conclusions in the world of religion. His beliefs against Trinitarianism and his belief in Primitive Christianity came from extensive reading and thinking.”—Robert Bruen, PhD.

11/14/18 @ 5:15 p.m.

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Narrow Road Infrastructure

Thinking (or trying to think while being interrupted) while traveling through life…(and don’t want this post getting off road a bit aka off topic;) will try my best to stay on track, yeah, right!:))…

Roads and destinations and GPS… Truth, specifically, Biblical truth keeps us (IF we follow it/obey/adhere) on a narrow road leading to LIFE, real, never-ending life…eventually sans sicknesses. Our lives improve along the way during this spiritual process/mind-body work.

For me, personally, the Bible has always been my guide/map…where to go? Is sometimes the same question as: what to do?! Or how to act?! and why?/why not?…in any given place/circumstance/situation (simple or complex)/scenario i find myself.

Jesus as leader leading… “The way, (The Truth, and The Life”)…

“Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

I am the way and the truth and the life: Jesus is the way because it is only through him that it is possible to approach God in prayer. He is also “the way” for humans to be reconciled to God. (Joh 16:23; Ro 5:8) Jesus is the truth in that he spoke and lived in harmony with truth. He also fulfilled scores of prophecies that show his central role in the outworking of God’s purpose. (Joh 1:14; Re 19:10) These prophecies became “‘yes’ [or were fulfilled] by means of him.” (2Co 1:20) Jesus is the life because by means of the ransom, he made it possible for mankind to gain “the real life,” that is, “everlasting life.” (1Ti 6:12,19; Eph 1:7; 1Jo 1:7) He will also prove to be “the life” for millions who will be resurrected with the prospect of living in Paradise forever.—Joh 5:28, 29. [New World Translation Study Bible: Gems excerpted]

i prefer, personally speaking, the New World Translation Revised 2013…for its readability, modern language, accuracy, etc.  Plus, the fact it’s a trustworthy translation…and has NOT omitted/taken away/minused (and on purpose like other translation(s)) The Creator’s/Almighty God’s personal name, Yahweh.  The Tetragramatton appears almost 7,000 times in the original Hebrew manuscripts…(just makes me wonder/question how any supposedly skilled translator(s) misses (a) mark(s)/something 7,000 times??! what else?? of importance did some so-called translators/translations leave out??! and why??!) Some further reading on the Divine Name and Greek Scriptures.
“Language grows old and unintelligible, therefore it’s necessary to review old Translations to make them speak the Language in use, and be understood by the living generation.”  (John Lewis, 18th Century English Cleric)
People, this is 2018, our language has changed, duh!;)  It makes sense to get acquainted with and read a modern language translation. Truth is progressive!  Please check it out IF You:) so choose…further reading(s) about bible-versions-translations

Okay, guess, am going off road a little?…

{Contemplating about: how all of us are flawed (myself very much included;)) …most of us are trying to get somewhere (including Bible translators, eh?)…work, home, vaca, peace, security, stability…ahead?…(we have our personal/private “reasons” aka “motivations” of why) and may be? how we will get where we wanna go and when…so, in my POV, a flawed wo/man’s philosophy is may be?  attempt(s) at self-justification…an arrogant exercise in excusing ourselves…in few or many words convoluted or concise…as to why we do or how to do and get away with it…to get where we wanna go?!  Some abandon authority (including God) altogether…aka not answering to anyone to get what they want where/when they want whatever.}

Jesus as genius…(a human term)…a VERY Intelligent Divine Dude🙂…wonder how to measure His IQ??…hmmm, i.e., his 20 minute(s) Sermon on the Mount defies (the) time (target). “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Talk about time well-spent (here/now and then aka present, future)…management…how humans should travel (in/through life) (through time)…and space…safely as possible and as compassionately/lovingly/peacefully as possible! His spiritual and practical teachings/superlative example as a whole — timelessness!!

Jesus, concerned about living/travelling Truth (through time)…said at Matthew 7:

13  “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14  whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.

Go in through the narrow gate: In ancient times, roadways with gates were the means of entry into walled cities. The Bible uses such expressions as road or “path” or “way” to describe people’s life course and conduct. The image of two contrasting roads pictures life courses that are either approved or disapproved by God, determining whether an individual gains entry into God’s Kingdom.​—Ps 1:1, 6; Jer 21:8; Mt 7:21.

broad is the gate and spacious is the road: Although some manuscripts read “broad and spacious is the road,” the longer reading has strong manuscript support and harmonizes with the parallelism at Mt 7:14.​—See App. A3. [excerpted New World Translation Study Bible: Gems]

Living Truth means a cramped road…(few find).


(fy: i am brain-fried here-lol 😉

after a long day of learning/listening

to multiple talks in Chinese)

ignore the goofy girl please.

{road photo appropriate for post topic, huh?}

4/7/18 @ 2:24 p.m

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Seeing Clearly

The only website I HIGHLY recommend*(see below)… and btw: I am NOT even recommending my own site here!! For the (public) record and typed by my own boney, blistered, bleeding fingers/heart… this work/documentation/blog/writings and quotings/whatever (kind/unkind) descriptions You Dear Readers:) choose to use)…is merely a very imperfect Index Finger pointing to… Biblical Truth!!!

In no way would I want to take the credit away from (True God Yahweh/Jehovah and a Most Worthy Example of how to live/walk this Earth and practice genuine Compassion–Jesus)…and any other, more-skilled than me… Truth Seekers and Scholars (past and present) who have been pointing the way all along and who have helped me in my own personal progress… on this narrow road… few find…

Perhaps, again what do I know, exactly, may be ? our biggest obstacle is ourselves (and/or our arrogance)…(and our own twisting/hurting minds/thinking…our own flawed human thoughts/ideas about things and not things) in need of desperate reformation and transformation…I LOVE the following sobering quote: “Let the BIBLE…RULE SUPREME”

Capito believed that the Bible was the source of truth. “Let the Bible and the law of Christ always rule supreme in theology,” he stated. According to Dr. Kittelson, Capito “insisted that the chief failing of the scholastic theologians lay in their neglect of the Scriptures.”

 

*Please read this article: reformation-truth-seekers… Capito, Cellarius, Campanus.

Peace People:) and Please continue to precisely…

“Distinguish TRUTH from error!”:)…

Aka don’t be fooled!;)

4/1/18 @ 2:07 p.m.

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