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definition/description read:

Various woody plants having an intensely bitter taste and a strong aromatic odor. Wormwood is used figuratively in the Bible to describe the bitter effects of immorality, enslavement, injustice, and apostasy. At Revelation 8:11, “wormwood” denotes a bitter and poisonous substance, also called absinthe.​—De 29:18; Pr 5:4; Jer 9:15; Am 5:7. (New World Translation Revised Edition 2013–Glossary)

Wormwood v. What the Bible Truly Teaches or “really says”…

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

God’s personal name is unimportant:  “The use of any proper name for the one and only God is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian Church.”  (Preface to the Revised Standard Version)

What the Bible Says:

 Jesus prayed that God’s name be sanctified. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32Matthew 6:9; Exodus 6:3Revelation 4:11; 15:3; 19:6)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

God is a Trinity: “The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.”  (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912 edition)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

The Bible says that Jehovah is greater than Jesus and is the God and head of Christ. (John 14:28; 20:17; 1 Corinthians 11:3The holy spirit is God’s active force. (Matthew 3:11Luke 1:41; Acts 2:4)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

The human soul is immortal: When man dies his soul and body are disunited. His body . . .decays . . .The human soul, however, does not die.” (What Happens After Death, a Roman Catholic publication)

What the Bible Really Says:

Man is a soul. At death the soul ceases to think or feel and returns to the dust from which it was made.  (Genesis 2:7; 3:19;Psalm 146:3, 4Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20; 9:5, 10Ezekiel 18:4, 20)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

The wicked are punished after death in hell: “According to traditional Christian belief, hell is a place of unending anguish and pain.” (The World Book Encyclopedia, edition 1987)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

The wages of sin is death, not life in torment. (Romans 6:23The dead rest unconscious in

*hell (Hades, Sheol), awaiting a resurrection. (Psalm 89:48; John 5:28, 29; 11:24, 25Revelation 20:13, 14) (*hell is the common grave of mankind)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

“The title Mediatrix [female mediator] is applied to Our Lady.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 edition)

What the Bible Says:

The only mediator between God and men is Jesus. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15Heb 12:24)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Infants should be baptized: “From the very beginning the Church has administered Sacrament of Baptism to infants. Baptism to infants: Not only was this practice considered lawful, but it was also taught to be absolutely necessary for salvation.”  (New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 edition)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

Baptism is for those who have been made disciples and taught to obey Jesus’ commandments. To qualify for baptism, a person must understand God’s Word and exercise faith. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 3:21-23; Acts 8:35, 36)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Most churches are divided into a laity class and a clergy class, The clergy are usually given a salary in exchange for their ministry and are exalted over the laity by titles such as “Reverend,” “Father,” or “His Eminence.”

What the Bible says:

All first-century Christians were ministers and shared in preaching the good news. (Acts 2:17, 18Romans 10:10-13; 16:1) A Christian should “give free,” not for a salary. (Matthew 10:7, 8 ) Jesus strictly forbade the use of religious titles.(Matthew 6:2; 23:2-12;1 Peter 5:1-3)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Images, icons, and crosses are used in worship: “The images . . . of Christ, of the Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints, are to be . . . kept in churches and due reverence and honor be paid to them.” (Declaration of the Council of Trent [1545-63])

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

Christians must flee from every sort of idolatry, including so-called relative worship. (Exodus 20:4, 51 Corinthians 10:141 John 5:21) They worship God not by sight but with spirit and truth. (John 4:23, 242 Corinthians 5:7)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Church members are taught that God’s purposes will be accomplished through politics. The late Cardinal Spellman stated: “There is only one road  . . . , the highroad of democracy. News items report religion’s involvement in the world’s politics (even in insurrections) and her support of the UN as “the last hope of concord and peace.”

What the Bible Says:

Jesus preached God’s Kingdom, not some political system, as the hope for mankind. (Matthew 4:23; 6:9, 10He refused to get involved in politics. (John 6:14 15) His Kingdom was no part of this world; hence, his followers were to be no part of the world. (John 18:36; 17:16) Jesus warned against friendship with the world. (James 4:4)

[reference reading excerpted: (from the aforementioned book in another post: T-h-e Red Book): Revelation–It’s Grand Climax at Hand!)

Question(s) for Reflection(s):
am i choosing bitter (wormwood)?
am i choosing sweet (Truth)?
am i distinguishing between bitter fruit? and sweet fruit?
am i living wormwood?
am i living Truth?
are my daily decisions indicative of my making clear distinctions between wormwood & Truth?
9/23/18 @ 12:27 p.m.
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