These are notes for online class and discussion tonight at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/life-support-tv
“For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. ” Rom 1:19-20
Everyone is looking for their own God reality. (Truth)
Most people belief there is truth but no absolute truth.
- Each person has his own truth.
- Cults are built on some truth and new revelations.
- There is truth in everything, but not everything is true.
- Many ways to God, all the same God.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!” John 14:6-7 NLT
True Christianity is Biblical Christianity.
if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. 1 Cor 15:17 NLT
Jehovah’s Witness – founded 1874 – Charles Russell
Russell did not like what the Bible taught about Hell and the Trinity so he started his own theology.
- Russell predicted Christ’s return in 1914, then 1915 and he died in 1916.
- Judge Rutherford– New Date 1925 (Later 1978)
Truth according to JW: Bible filtered through the Watchtower organization. Changes with leadership changes.
True Bible: God’s Word to us. Supreme source of truth inspired by God without mixture of error.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Tim 3:16 NLT
JW Jesus: Jesus is not God. Jesus was human created and inhabited by Angel Michael. Jesus returned secretly to the organization in 1914.
True Jesus: Eternal Son of God. He ascended into Heaven and now reigns at the right hand of the Father. He dwells in all Christ-followers.
In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. John 1:1
So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. John 1:14 NLT
JW Salvation: Jesus did not pay for our sins but brought back the possibility of living a perfect life. 144,000 JW will be rewarded with Heaven. The rest will live on earth. JW must earn God’s favor by following the JW rules in Watchtower Magazine.
True Salvation: Free gift of God through Jesus Christ. Can not earn your way. Jesus paid for our sins. We are forgiven when we accept the gift and the Lordship of Jesus. Heaven is for all who believe.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. John 3:16-17 NLT
Resources: World Religions and Cults 101 – Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz
Jesus Among other Gods – Ravi Zacharias; http://www.atstracts.org