Origins?(!) of “self-appointed, presumptuous adviser(s)”…
2 Keep in mind, too, that Jehovah sees the full picture because he knows what lies ahead for the present world and he knows how soon its end will come. (Isa. 46:10; Matt. 24:3, 36) He also knows us—what gives us true satisfaction and happiness as well as what leads us to disappointment and unhappiness. So no matter how reasonable human advice may seem, if it does not take God’s Word into account, it is not wisdom at all.—Prov. 19:21.
3, 4. How did heeding bad advice affect Adam and Eve and their descendants?
3 Bad advice has its roots very early in human history when Satan entered the scene. A presumptuous, self-appointed adviser, he told Eve that she and her husband would be happier if they chose their own course in life. (Gen. 3:1-6) In reality, though, Satan’s motives were selfish. He wanted Adam and Eve—and their future offspring—to submit to and worship him rather than worship Jehovah. But what had he done for them? It was Jehovah who had given them everything they had—each other, their beautiful garden home, and their perfect bodies with the potential of living forever.
4 Sadly, Adam and Eve disobeyed God, cutting themselves off from him. The results, as you know, were tragic. Like flowers cut from a plant, they slowly began to wither and die. Their children also suffered from the curse of sin. (Rom. 5:12) Even so, most people still choose not to submit to God. They want to live life their own way. (Eph. 2:1-3) The results clearly show that “there is no wisdom . . . in opposition to Jehovah.”—Prov. 21:30.
5. What confidence did God have in his human creation, and was this confidence justified?
5 Still, Jehovah knew that some humans, including many fine young people, would search for him and serve him. (Ps. 103:17, 18; 110:3) How he cherishes such ones! Do you count yourself among them? If so, you are no doubt enjoying many “good things” from God that contribute greatly to your happiness. (Read Psalm 103:5; Prov. 10:22) [..], these “good things” include an abundance of fine spiritual food, the very best kind of friends, worthwhile goals, and true freedom.
[excerpted reading: Young Ones, Your Creator Wants You to Be Happy w December 2018, (my highlights)]
a quibbling quibit?
[…] Bronze Sphinx […] and another artifact […] inscribed with the name of Apries or Hophra. (Jer. 44:30) […] Gold triad (triad of Osorkon II) of the Egyptian deities Isis, Osiris and Horus. Proof that the Trinity idea existed long before the Catholic Church adopted it.
[…] Sphinx found at Tanis, Greek name for Zoan, mentioned in Numbers 13:22. The name of Pharaoh Sheshonk I (Shishak) is inscribed on the left shoulder. This pharaoh is mentioned in 1 Kings 11:40 and 2 Chronicles 12:1-9.
[excerpted reference: The Louvre with Bible in Hand Awake!—1978]
“We are walking by faith, not by sight.”—2Co 5:7.
This does not mean that Christian faith does not have any basis in what can be seen or that it deals only with intangibles. But it is true that in every period and age there has been ample contemporary evidence surrounding people, as well as within themselves and their own experiences, that could convince them that the Bible is the true source of divine revelation and that it contains nothing that is out of harmony with provable facts. (Ro 1:18-23) The knowledge of the past in the light of archaeological discovery is interesting and appreciated, but not vital. The knowledge of the past in the light of the Bible is, alone, essential and solidly reliable. The Bible, with or without archaeology, gives true meaning to the present and illuminates the future. (Ps 119:105; 2Pe 1:19-21) It is, in reality, a weak faith that must rely on moldering bricks, broken vases, and crumbling walls to bolster it up and serve as a crutch.
[excerpted reading: Archaeology –Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 1, p.154]
moving letters “jonas” around…and what you get;)…
visual: j-o-a-n-s geeky air guitar…riffing “new” (spiritual) song;)
1/09/19 @ 8:09 a.m.
okay, okay 🙂…been diving deep in spiritual waters & gonna make this a light-fun-goofy post.
In need of context?
1/8/19 @ 2:49 p.m.