Human & Biblical teachings

Fantasies

Since time immemorial man has created lots of fantasies, mythical and other stories. Lots of people enjoyed also creating gods. Some of them even knew about a Higher Being but wanted to make sure that others would not got to know the Real True God. Others were very much interested in their own power and richness and wanted others to be under them. For want to keep the power several were prepared to changes their doctrines, as it happened in the 4th century when several Christian leaders agreed to the Roman ruler to accept a three-headed godship and as such the Trinity saw life in this world of confusion.

Truthful words or lies

For God it is impossible to lie (Hebrews 6:18) but for man that is no problem at all. When he can gain with it he shall do it. Also for keeping promises man does not shine by his efforts to keep them. When Jehovah promises to do something, it is as good as done! (Isaiah 55:10, 11)

Hebrews 6:14-19 (TS2009)
14 saying, “Truly, blessing I shall bless you, and increasing I shall increase you.” Gen 22:18. 15 And so, after being patient, he obtained the promise. 16 For men do indeed swear by the one greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 In this way Elohim, resolving to show even more clearly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, confirmed it by an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable matters in which it is impossible for Elohim to lie, we might have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the expectation set before us, 19 which we have as an anchor of the life, both safe and firm, and entering into that within the veil,

Isaiah 55:10-11 (TS2009)
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so is My Word that goes forth from My mouth – it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for.

People should know they can not always trust words of man. Always you shall be able to find people who twist the truth or who give disinformation to undermine the ongoing system. {Recently we could see that with the reaction on certain websites to claim that the Brussels attacks were faked and organised by the superpowers and Belgian state instead of recognising it were cowardices bringing a lot of pain by actions of criminals who reacted in the wrong way against order and our society.}

Man is also prone to improper desires and most often wants to have the best to what can be to the best advantage for him or her. All those human warped minds do not bring the wished for peace and luck. We must recognize that it saddens man when he nurture wrong thoughts instead of doing all he can to reject them. (Gen. 6:5, 6) Reflecting on this fact should make us ever more determined to keep our thoughts chaste and take care that we hold fast to wise and honest true thoughts.

Genesis 6:5-6 (TS2009)
5 And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And יהוה was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

James 3:13-18 (TS2009)
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast against and lie against the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but it is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and self-seeking are, there is confusion and every foul deed. 17 But the wisdom from above is first clean, then peaceable, gentle, ready to obey, filled with compassion and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousnessa is sown in peace by those who make peace. Footnote: aSee Php 1:11.

We should all strive to find wisdom and perfection which comes from above which is first pure, then peaceable, meek, easily persuadable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and void of dissimulation. But then we should know that we have to work at our own character because fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for those who are peacemakers.

Philosophies and theologies

It is not new that real Christians are considered fools by the majority of society.

The School of Athens, by Raphael, depicting the central figures of Plato and Aristotle, and other ancient philosophers exchanging their knowledge.
The School of Athens, by Raphael, depicting the central figures of Plato and Aristotle, and other ancient philosophers exchanging their knowledge.

For many Greek philosophers their fellow man’s religion which contained among its many deities some whose natures might have supported pantheism seemed more acceptable than the ideas of the Jewish sect of followers of Christ. Those teachings of rabbi Jeshua looked too much straight forward and allowing enough human thoughts to wander. What also bothered them was that those Christians focused on a division of their being and matter. Though the first philosophers of Greece, all of whom were 6th-century-bce Ionians, were hylozoistic, finding matter and life inseparable. The totality of everything (Universe or nature) for many philosophical and pantheist thinkers is identical with divinity.

The mystery religions of later times also stressed types of mystical union that are typical of pantheistic systems. But in fact the pantheism of ancient Greece was related almost exclusively to philosophical speculation.

The philosopher Celsus mockingly described Christians as

“labourers, shoemakers, farmers, the most uninformed and clownish of men.”

This mockery was too much for the apologists to bear. They determined to win over public opinion by resorting to a new tactic. Once rejected, worldly wisdom was now used in the service of the “Christian” cause. Clement of Alexandria, for example, saw philosophy as “true theology.” Justin, though claiming to reject pagan philosophy, was the first to use philosophical language and concepts to express “Christian” ideas, considering this type of philosophy “to be safe and profitable.”

From this point on, the strategy was, not to oppose philosophy, but to make supposed Christian thought a philosophy higher than that of the pagans.

“On some points we teach the same things as the poets and philosophers whom you honour, and on other points are fuller and more divine in our teaching,”

wrote Justin. Adorned with its new philosophical finery, “Christian” thought now claimed the dignity of old age. The apologists pointed out that Christian books were far older than those of the Greeks and that the prophets of the Bible lived earlier than Greek philosophers. Certain apologists even concluded that the philosophers copied from the prophets. Plato was made out to be a disciple of Moses!

Being carried away & loving traditions

The danger of philosophical thought is a tempting discipline which can easily carry away the individual in analysing the universe and abstract theory. The things in front of us are not so abstract as some wants us to think.

For many in charge of the early Christian communities they saw the pressure from the leaders of the empire and states, where the Christians wanted to settle. Also the vendors complained they could not sell their statues of gods because of the Christians not wanting graven images of their God. In the philosophical way of life the Christian leaders found a way to get around many obstructions laid in front of them by rabbi Jeshua (Jesus Christ). At meetings with Constantine the Great they received the solution to skirt Jeshua’s teaching and adapt to the lifestyle of most people and to keep to the traditions which were going on for years and years.

Use of names & Spelling

Early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God was in accord with Judaic teaching, having the followers of Jeshua, Jesus Christ, having the same God as the Jews, the God of Israel, Who is also the God of Jesus, David, Isaiah, Isaac, Jacob, Abraham and  many other worshippers of the Only One True God.

The Greek philosopher’s conception of the ‘divine trinity‘ was based on pagan schooling and was very popular at the time. Even when the terms do not appear in the Bible and nowhere in it could be found a real good place to indicate that Jesus is God, the idea fitted the Roman emperor to have their main upper god Jupiter or Zeus as the main-figure of Christendom. For that reason the Jewish name of the rabbi was changed from Jeshua in English spelling also “Joshua” into “Issou”.

Today there is also a lot of controversy over the letter J and there are persons who want to use the ‘Y’, writing Yehovah and Yeshua or Yesus. We prefer to use the modern spelling in the knowledge that  the languages in which the Bible was written had no letter J, but which sound in our times is reproduced in writing by the letter ‘j’. The same we do write today “Jerusalem” instead of “Yerushalayim”.

Because we do accept that if a person speaks and reads English, it is acceptable for him to spell things in an English fashion, we also most of the time do represent the English English writing and not the American English spelling. Spellings can change even within a language: Americans write “Savior,” while the British write “Saviour.” The addition of a u (or its subtraction, depending on your point of view) has nothing to do with whom we’re talking about. Yahushau, Yeshua, Jeshua, Jesus is the Savior, and he is the Saviour. Jesus and Yeshuah, Chesu, Jezus, Iessous and Iesus are all referring to the same person, the Jewish man who was born, in the village Bethlehem, in the tribe of king David.

God has given His Word to the World in the knowledge that this world was divided by many languages spoken. He did not preserve His Word only for those who could speak Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, the languages in which His Word was notated. The Bible nowhere commands us to only speak or write in Hebrew or Greek not to write the names of the Biblical characters in the original form (mostly Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic). Contradictory to what certain faith-groups say (like the Muslims) the Holy Books do not have to be read in the original language. They also may be read in a proper translation.

Jehovah & Jeshua in Paleo-Hebrew
Jehovah & Jeshua in Paleo-Hebrew

From the fact that on the Day of Pentecost the apostles spoke in the languages of the “Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene” (Acts 2:9–10) we may presume that God wanted all people also to hear in the language they could understand, what was to be known about God, His wonderworks, His chosen people and His sent one. By the power of the Holy Spirit (the Force of God), Jeshua or Jesus was made known to every language group in a way they could readily understand. Spelling did not matter.

The Greek transliteration Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) *jesu-os → [jeˈsus] can stand for both Classical Biblical Hebrew Yehoshua [jəhoˈʃuaʕ] (top two) and Late Biblical Hebrew Yeshua [jeˈʃuaʕ] (bottom). This later form developed within Hebrew (not Aramaic). {David Talshir, 'Rabbinic Hebrew as Reflected in Personal Names', Scripta Hierosylamitana vol. 37, Magnes Press, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1998:374ff.} All three spelling variants occur in the Hebrew Bible, including when referring to the same person. During the Second Temple Period, Jews of Galilee tended to preserve the traditional spelling, keeping the letter for the [o] in the first syllable, even adding another letter for the [u] in the second syllable. However, Jews of Jerusalem tended to spell the name as they pronounced it, [jeˈʃuaʕ], contracting the spelling to ישוע without the [o] letter. Later, Aramaic references to the Hebrew Bible adopted the contracted phonetic form of this Hebrew name as an Aramaic name.
The Greek transliteration Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) *jesu-os → [jeˈsus] can stand for both Classical Biblical Hebrew Yehoshua [jəhoˈʃuaʕ] (top two) and Late Biblical Hebrew Yeshua [jeˈʃuaʕ] (bottom). This later form developed within Hebrew (not Aramaic). {David Talshir, ‘Rabbinic Hebrew as Reflected in Personal Names’, Scripta Hierosylamitana vol. 37, Magnes Press, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1998:374ff.} All three spelling variants occur in the Hebrew Bible, including when referring to the same person. During the Second Temple Period, Jews of Galilee tended to preserve the traditional spelling, keeping the <ו> letter for the [o] in the first syllable, even adding another letter for the [u] in the second syllable. However, Jews of Jerusalem tended to spell the name as they pronounced it, [jeˈʃuaʕ], contracting the spelling to ישוע without the [o] letter. Later, Aramaic references to the Hebrew Bible adopted the contracted phonetic form of this Hebrew name as an Aramaic name.
Hebrew Origin of Jesus Name
Hebrew Origin of Jesus Name

Using a certain name or spelling we always should know who we mean or about whom we speak. As such we should take distance of the introduced meaning of Jeshua’s name ישוע or the the Aramaic or Syriac name of Jesus converted to “Issou” “Issu” “Iesu” or “Iesus” meaning “Hail Zeus” but stick to the meaning of Yahushia, Yahushua, Yashua, Yashuah , Yehoshua, Yehushua, Yeshua or Jahushua, Jehoshua, Jeshua , Jesu Chesu , Jesus, Jésus, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Jésus-Christ, Jezus, Jezus Christus, Christo Jesu, Christus Jesus, coming from Yehoshua, Jehoshua or Joshua, connected with the verb “to deliver” (or, “to rescue”), being the one who comes to rescue, often translated as “he saves,” to conform with Matthew 1:21. Whatever name you want to use you should remember that it is the most important teacher from Nazareth, the sent one from God we should accept as our saviour and as the son of God.

Matthew 1:21  (TS2009)
“And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name יהושע for He shall savec His people from their sins.” Footnote: cThis is the meaning of the Hebrew of His Name.

Matthew 1:21 (Authorised King James Version -1611)
And she shall bring forth a sonne, and thou shalt call his Name Iesus: for hee shall saue his people from their sinnes.

Matthew 1:21  (Bishops)
She shall bryng foorth a sonne, and thou shalt call his name Iesus: for he shall saue his people from their sinnes.

Matthew 1:21  (Coverdale)
She shall brynge forth a sonne, and thou shalt call his name Iesus. For he shall saue his people from their synnes.

Matthew 1:21  (KJV)
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Jehovah opposite Jehoshua or Jeshua; The names of the Father and the son
Jehovah opposite Jehoshua or Jeshua; The names of the Father and the son

The same as for the name Yahua, Yahuah, YahuwahYahuwhah, Yahvé, Yahweh Yehwowah, Jahuwah, Jahwe, Jahweh, Jawhe, Jehova, Jehovah, Jéhovah, Jehowah, whatever spelling we use we should know about Whom we are speaking, the Divine Creator of heaven and earth Who is the heavenly Father of the Nazarene man with the name Jeshua who is to be considered the Kristos or Christ, whose name was corrupted to Iesous and later to Yeshu, and is better known today with the name: Jesus.

The Late Biblical Hebrew spellings for earlier names often contracted the theophoric element Yeho- to Yo-. {David Talmshir, “Rabbinic Hebrew as Reflected in Personal Names” in Scripta Hierosolymitana: Publications of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, vol. 37 (Jerusalem: Magnes Press: Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1998)} Thus יהוחנן Yehochanan contracted to יוחנן Yochanan (Johannas, Johannes, Iohan, Johan, today in Anglo Saxon countries better known as John). However, there is no name (aside from Yehoshua`) in which Yeho- became Ye-.

The name ישוע occurs in the Hebrew of the Old Testament at verses Ezra 2:2, 2:6, 2:36, 2:40, 3:2, 3:8, 3:9, 3:10, 3:18, 4:3, 8:33; Nehemiah 3:19, 7:7, 7:11, 7:39, 7:43, 8:7, 8:17, 9:4, 9:5, 11:26, 12:1, 12:7, 12:8, 12:10, 12:24, 12:26; 1 Chronicles 24:11; and 2 Chronicles 31:15, and also in Aramaic at Ezra 5:2. In Nehemiah 8:17 this name refers to Joshua son of Nun, the successor of Moses, as leader of the Israelites. Note that in earlier English (where adaptations of names of Biblical figures were generally based on the Latin Vulgate forms), Yeshua was generally transcribed identically to “Jesus” in English. It was only when the Protestant Bible translators of ca. 1600 went back to the original languages that a distinction between Jesus and Jeshua appeared in English. {Yeshua (name)}

Deception

There are other names listed in the Strong’s concordance which contain the first three letters of God’s name. And just like Jehovah’s name which starts with the “Yeho” vowel points, they use the “Yeho” vowel points in “Yehoram”, “Yehosheba”, “Yehoshaphat” and numerous other names which contain the first part of Jehovah’s name. Consistently, the scribes did not want anyone to accidentally pronounce the Heavenly Father’s name when saying these other names, so they changed the vowel points of names that began with יהו.

Also many people now wanting to pronounce God’s Holy Name made it much easier to bring misrepresentation was by trying to get people using a title as a name, and as such considering ‘god‘ a name instead of a title. An other title was also introduced to delude the worshippers of the True God and bring them to worship also other people, making them also worshipping more than one god. More and more the word “lord” became used to indicate their god. In later centuries it became even worse when big capitals and smaller capitals became omitted, so that people did not know at all any more about whom was spoken: the Most High Lord above all gods and lords, the Host of hosts, or about the Lord Jesus or any other lord.

Old doctrines

The School of Athens - fresco by Raffaello San...
The School of Athens – fresco by Raffaello Sanzio (w) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Already in the early times of Moses, Jeremiah and Jesus there were different human ideas which became part of fixed ideas people strongly believed.  Religious doctrines that originated in Babylon, such as the immortality of the soul, hellfire, and the worship of triune gods, are shared by virtually all religions, and the apostles soon had to fight against such false teachings also. They did not stop to warn the followers of Christ for false teachers and such false doctrines which seemed so attractive.

The apostles tried to organise meetings and brought people together in each other’s houses (= the birth of house churches). Those first-century Christian congregations  were loosely organised not having any class distinctions. By the second century, a hierarchy of bishops and presbyters had come into existence, resulting in a separation of clergy and laity.

Doctrines were also found a very useful tool to keep control over the laity, those persons who do not make a part of the clergy and as such also could become excluded for ‘clergical’ work or from being somebody who could make decisions in the ecclesia or church.

Such pagan doctrines as the Trinity, the immortality of the soul, and hellfire came to be accepted by those who claimed to be Christians. Then, in 313 C.E., Roman Emperor Constantine ordered that this apostate form of Christianity be recognized as a lawful religion. Constantine was seen as a youth by his future panegyrist, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, passing with Diocletian through Palestine on the way to a war in Egypt. It was Diocletian who delegated further on 1 March 293, appointing Galerius and Constantius as Caesars, junior co-emperors. Under this ‘tetrarchy‘, or “rule of four”, each emperor would rule over a quarter-division of the empire. To secure the empire’s borders and to achieve a lasting and favourable peace at the the Year of the Consulship of Constantinus and Licinianus, also known as Licinius, [or, less frequently, year 1066 Ab urbe condita, or “from the founding of the City (Rome)”] in 313.

Constantine’s personal “theology” emerges with particular clarity from a remarkable series of letters, extending from 313 to the early 320s, concerning the Donatist schism in North Africa.

Confronted with the different ideas of those Christian teachers Constantine’s chief concern was that a divided church would offend the Christian God and so bring divine vengeance upon the Roman Empire and Constantine himself. His understanding of the working of Greek and Roman gods made him afraid of that God of which the apostle Paul had spoken to be that unknown god of the romans who always had received a place in the shrines.

Schism, in Constantine’s view, was inspired by Satan or the god Tamuz. From the philosophical teachings that there would be several layers of underworlds, having also a place for eternal torture, called hell by some, he was afraid when he would go against the Christian God he could receive eternal damnation when he died or at the Last Judgment.

Throughout, Constantine wanted to get rid of those doing difficult and not agreeing with the Greco Roman system. For him those who did not agree with the majority where the ones in error. For him only his religion, the mixture of the different cultures, could bring peace between the different communities. Therefore to propagate the true religion he considered his personal duty and a proper use of the imperial position. His claim to be “bishop of those outside the church” may be construed in this light. Other such pronouncements, expressed in letters to imperial officials and to Christian clergy, demonstrate that Constantine’s commitment to Christianity according to some could mean it was firmer and less ambiguous than some have suggested. Eusebius confirmed what Constantine himself believed: that he had a special and personal relationship with the Christian God. Such claims by several teachers in that period made it possible that others where pushed aside as ‘false teachers’ because they could not proof or did not want to say they had personally received their task or their words from God.

It was ordered that Christians also would pray for the Roman’s their safety. Confiscated property was restored from 313 on condition that those Christians would agree with Roman rules, regulations and way of life, so that continuance of divine favour may

“preserve and prosper our successes together with the good of the state.” {Edictum Mediolanense – Edict of Milan February 313}

 

By the end of the fourth century, the “Christian” Church, which was actively meddling in politics, was promoted to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, and it became known as the Roman Catholic Church.

The Edict is popularly thought to concern only Christianity or Christendom, and even to make Christianity the official religion of the Empire (which recognition did not actually occur until the Edict of Thessalonica in 380). Indeed, the Edict expressly grants religious liberty not only to Christians, who had been the object of special persecution, but goes even further and grants liberty to all religions:

When you see that this has been granted to [Christians] by us, your Worship will know that we have also conceded to other religions the right of open and free observance of their worship for the sake of the peace of our times, that each one may have the free opportunity to worship as he pleases; this regulation is made that we may not seem to detract from any dignity of any religion. {“Edict of Milan”, Lactantius, On the Deaths of the Persecutors (De Mortibus Persecutorum), ch. 48. opera, ed. 0. F. Fritzsche, II, p 288 sq. (Bibl Patr. Ecc. Lat. XI).}

Agreements & Division

To become the dominant religion of the Empire the Christians had to agree to many things the Romans laid in front of them. The first bishop of Milan, Merocles, who has a firm historical presence was at the Council of Rome of 313 and he with many other bishops went heavily in debate concerning the relationship between Greek-Roman and Christian ideas. In the mid-fourth century, the Arian controversy divided the Christians of Mediolanum. A series of controversies, related to Christology, that arose between Arius, a priest and theologian, and Bishop Athanasius, a Church Father was going to change Christianity seriously in the bad way and made that we now should see a big difference between Christianity and Christendom.

The God the Father and Jesus Christ relationship was on the table and it turned to major ruling party in favour of the false teachings of the philosophers and Greco-Roman culture, but not having all Christians following that Greco-Roman culture.
These disagreements divided the Church into two opposing theological factions for over 55 years, from the time before the Council of Nicaea in 325 until after the Council of Constantinople in 381. There was no formal resolution or formal schism; the Catholic church eventually formed its own theology on this matter.

Throughout history there have always been people who wanted to keep to the teachings of Jesus Christ like they were laid out by him and by his apostles. From Jerusalem the faith spread all over the world. Whilst the Roman Catholic Church was not afraid to adapt its teachings and customs to the customs of the people they overrun, the true Christians did not want to conquer any body and were not looking for enlarging their power. Often they continued to practice in secret or kept hidden not to offend some one to not to come in trouble. Namely, for centuries those who wished to worship only One True God and did not want to accept the three-headed god of the Roman Catholic Church, were prosecuted and send to death.

Words, teachings or books to follow

People should know that God gave His Word to be listened at and to be followed.

We should give more attention to the words in those Holy Godly Writings instead to human writings.

God Himself assures His creatures that the Bible is the best instrument to come to the truth. It is the best guidebook or manual we can have to find the truth and to find eternal life.

That Book of books that tells the world there is only One God, the Father of Jesus Christ, Whose Word is given to the world to mould, nurture and edify.

1 Corinthians 8:6  (TS2009)
for us there is one Elohim,a the Father, from whom all came and for whom we live, and one Master יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, through whom all came and through whom we live. Footnote: aEph 4:6, 1Ti 2:5, Mar 12:32, Mar 12:34.

John 20:17  (TS2009)
יהושע {Jeshua} said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My Elohim and your Elohim.’ ”

Psalms 25:8-10 (TS2009)
8 Tet Good and straight is יהוה {Jehovah}; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 Yod He guides the meek ones in right-ruling, And He teaches the meek ones His way. 10 Kaph All the paths of יהוה are loving-commitment and truth, To those who guard His covenant and His witnesses.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (TS2009)
16 For “Who has known the mind of יהוה {Jehovah}? Who shall instruct Him?” Isa 40:13 But we have the mind of Messiah.

Romans 15:4-6 (TS2009)
4 For whatever was written before was written for our instruction,a that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have the expectation. Footnote: a1Co 10:11, 2Ti 3:16-17. 5 And the Elohim of endurance and encouragement give you to be of the same mind toward one another, according to Messiah יהושע, 6 {Jeshua} that with one mind and one mouth, you might praise the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah.

John 20:30-31 (TS2009)
30 There were indeed many other signs that יהושע did in the presence of His taught ones, which are not written in this book, 31 but these have been written so that you believe that יהושע is the Messiah, the Son of Elohim, and that, believing, you might possess life in His Name.

1 Corinthians 10:11 (TS2009)
11 And all these came upon them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come,

The Elohim Jehovah God has spoken (Exodus 20:1; Isaiah 7:7) and has put the words in the hands of those who wrote them down.

Jeremiah 1:9  (TS2009)
Then יהוה put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and יהוה said to me, “See, I have put My words in your mouth.

Today we still have those writings in many languages, and as such we can choose any print or electronic version to guide us through life.

Evolution of the biblical facility.
Evolution of the biblical facility.

Reliance

An important way to show our complete reliance on Jehovah is by making our fight against unclean thoughts a matter of prayer. When we draw close to Jehovah in prayer, he draws close to us. He generously gives us His Power or Holy Spirit, thus strengthening our resolve to resist immoral thoughts and remain chaste. So let us make known to God our earnest wish to please him with the meditation of our heart. (Psalm 19:14)

Do we humbly ask him to examine us in order to identify any “harmful way” — any improper desires or inclinations — that could lead us into sin? (Psalm 139:23, 24) Do we regularly petition him to help us maintain our integrity when we are faced with temptation? (Matthew 6:13).

It is known that people shall give more importance to human words instead to godly Words and that they even shall be against those who want to follow the words of Christ and his God. Therefore we should be on guard, and check everything what human beings tell us, comparing it with the sayings in the different books of the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (TS2009)
10 But you did closely follow my teaching, the way of life, the purpose, the belief, the patience, the love, the endurance, 11 the persecutions, the sufferings, which came to me at Antioch, at Ikonion, and at Lustra – what persecutions I bore. Yet out of them all the Master delivered me. 12 And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, shall be persecuted.c Footnote: cMat 5:10. 13 But evil men and impostors shall go on to the worse,d leading astray and being led astray. Footnote: dMat 24:12, Rev 22:11. 14 But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned, 15 and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע. 16 {Jeshua} All Scripture is breathed out by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of Elohim {- the only One God Almighty – } might be fitted, equipped for every good work.

We should let ourselves be moulded by the instructions and comforting words of those 66 compiled books. Our upbringing or our past conduct may have developed in us a liking for practices that Jehovah condemns. Even then, He can help us to bring about necessary changes so that we can continue to serve Him acceptably.

All those things human beings enjoy doing may attract us. Not all that seems to give them pleasure is right to do in God’s eyes. Sinful conduct may strongly appeal to our fallen flesh, but Jehovah can stir within us a willing spirit, the desire to obey him. Even if wrong desires are deeply rooted and tend to crowd out our chaste thoughts, Jehovah can guide our steps so that we can obey His commandments and succeed in living by them. He can prevent anything harmful from dominating us.(Psalms 119:133).

Psalms 119:129-136 (TS2009)
129 Pĕ Your witnesses are wonders; So my being observes them. 130 The opening up of Your words gives light, Giving understanding to the simple. 131 I have opened my mouth and panted, For I have longed for Your commands. 132 Turn to me and show me favour, According to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name. 133 Establish my footsteps by Your word, And let no wickedness have rule over me. 134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I might guard Your orders. 135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your laws. 136 Streams of water have run down from my eyes, Because they did not guard Your Torah.

The Bible also alerts us to the danger of allowing our eyes to lead our heart astray. A roving eye can awaken or intensify wrong sexual desires. Jesus warned that

“everyone who keeps on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

 

In order to combat immoral fantasies, we need to ‘make a covenant with our eyes,’ as did faithful Job. (Job 31:1, 7, 9) We must solemnly decide to control our eyes and not allow them to gaze with immoral lust at another person. That would include averting our gaze from sexually charged images, be they on a computer screen, a billboard, a magazine cover, or anywhere else.

If any of what has been presented so far has identified areas in which you could be more effective in your fight against wrong desires, take immediate action. Willingly submit to the counsel of God’s Word, which can help you avoid wrongdoing and thus remain chaste. (Read James 1:21-25).

Relying on the Elohim Jehovah God

If we are to make wise decisions, as Jesus did, we must rely on Jehovah for guidance. We need to act in accord with these wise words:

“Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Getting to know Jehovah’s thinking through Bible study can help us to perceive what God would want us to do in a particular situation. The more familiar we are with Jehovah’s thoughts, the more our heart will become sensitive to his guidance.(Ezekiel 11:19, ftn).

Ezekiel 11:19  (TS2009)
“And I shall give them one heart, and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

Becoming familiar with God’s thinking

Another way to become more familiar with Jehovah’s thinking is by paying close attention to Bible-based guidance from those who honour the Only One True God and keep to God His Words instead of following human doctrines.

For sure wherever you live you may find people who honestly want to do the Will of God and who do not do everything to fulfil the wishes of man.

You too may benefit greatly by listening carefully at Christian meetings and participating in them. Meditating on what is being taught will help you to discern more about Jehovah’s thinking and to make His thoughts your own.
By making diligent use of Jehovah’s provisions for spiritual feeding, you will progressively become more familiar with His ways. As a result, you will be in a better position to make personal decisions that your loving God will bless.

The King James Bible 1611 ed. ends the Epistle...
The King James Bible 1611 ed. ends the Epistle to the Hebrews with “Written to the Hebrewes, from Italy, by Timothie” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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