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How religion has been used to promote slavery
Moses led the Israelites out of slavery, but he and other religious giants accepted slavery for others, scholars say.
March 29th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

How religion has been used to promote slavery

By John Blake, CNN

Editor’s note: The CNN documentary 'Slavery's Last Stronghold' airs on CNN International TV March 29, 30, 31 and April 22. Check local listings for times.

(CNN) - Which revered religious figure - Moses, Jesus, or the Prophet Mohammad - spoke out boldly and unambiguously against slavery?

Answer: None of them.

One of these men owned slaves, another created laws to regulate - but not ban - slavery. The third’s chief spokesman even ordered slaves to obey their masters, religious scholars say.

Most modern people of faith see slavery as a great evil. Though the three great Western religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – disagree on many matters, most of their contemporary followers condemn slavery.

Yet there was a time when Jews, Christians and Muslims routinely cited the words and deeds of their founders to justify human bondage, scholars say.

At times, religion was deployed more to promote the spread of slavery than to prevent it.

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“The lesson in all this is we need historical humility,” says Daniel C. Peterson, author of “Muhammad, Prophet of God.” “It’s stunning for us to look back now and say, how can people face themselves in the mirror after doing what they did, but they did.”

But what did the founders of the three great Western religions do? Did they have slaves and did they condemn the practice? Or were they, at least on this issue, squarely men of their times?

The answers to these questions are as murky and contradictory as history itself.

What’s a slave?

Part of the problem is historical context. Most contemporary people think of slaves as people condemned to a lifetime of bondage, working on plantations and being whipped like oxen.

That kind of slavery did exist during the lives of Moses, Jesus and the Prophet Mohammad. Many slaves were prisoners of war; concubines, gladiators, laborers in salt mines. They could be killed, raped and discarded at any moment.

Yet there were layers of slavery in the ancient world. Many slaves would be seen today as indentured servants, or people trying to pay off debts; royal bodyguards and entrepreneurs, historians say.

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Sometimes the slaves became masters. In medieval Egypt, Muslim rulers trained and educated slaves to be their bodyguards. One group of slaves grew so powerful that they overthrew the rulers of Egypt and established their own dynasty, says Ali Asani, a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Languages and Culture at Harvard University.

“Slavery meant different things in different cultures,” Asani says. “There wasn’t always this sense of powerlessness and oppression. In certain forms, it became an access to power.”

In other forms, it became access to freedom, says John Dominic Crossan, one of world’s leading scholars on the life and times of Jesus.

That was the case in the world of Jesus. The Roman Empire was the dominant power of Jesus’ day, and it survived on the backs of millions of slaves. Yet there was only one mass slave revolt against Rome, which was led by Spartacus, a gladiatorial slave, Crossan says.

The reason there were so few massive slave rebellions against Rome was because some of its slaves had avenues for advancement, dim though they may seem to modern sensibilities.

Slaves could buy their freedom. They ran businesses for their masters or tutored their children. Greek slaves, in particular, were often valued because of their education and culture, he says.

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Roman slavery was cruel and capricious, but not all Romans saw slaves as subhuman.

“One of the most extraordinary aspects of Roman slavery,” says Crossan, author of “The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus became Fiction about Jesus,” was that the Romans ended up with a huge number of slaves who were smarter than their masters.”

The uncomfortable historical record

It’s been said that great religious figures transcend history. They rise above the peculiar customs of their day to show a new path forward.

It’s a matter of debate if Moses, Jesus and the Prophet Mohammad did that with slavery. All three seemed to either ignore or tolerate some forms of slavery, some scholars say.

The parables of Jesus, for example, were full of references to slaves. Terms like “servants” or “stewards” are what we would call slaves today. Yet Jesus doesn’t seem to make any moral judgments about slavery in his parables, Crossan says.

The subject may have been irrelevant to him or his audience, says Crossan, the Jesus scholar. Jesus didn’t own any slaves. Neither did his disciples or the crowds Jesus addressed. They were all too poor and lived under desperate economic circumstances.

“It may well be that the people he talked to were small farmers who would not have the luxury of slaves,” Crossan says. “He [Jesus] doesn’t say anything for or against it.”

Still, Crossan says that he believes that Jesus would have opposed slavery, given the nature of his teachings. Scholars aren’t so certain about Jesus’ most influential disciple, the Apostle Paul.

The man whose writings make up most of the New Testament had to deal with slavery. As Christianity spread through the Roman Empire, many slaves joined the church.

At various parts of the New Testament, Paul seems to accept slavery. He tells slaves to obey their masters. At other times, Paul seems to challenge the morality of slavery. In one New Testament letter, Paul intercedes on behalf of a runaway slave and chides the master for calling himself a Christian and holding a slave.

Crossan, along with some other biblical scholars, says there are actually two versions of Paul in the New Testament: the authentic, “radical” Paul who opposed slavery and a “Pseudo-Paul” inserted into the texts by early church leaders who were afraid of antagonizing Rome.

“It’s one thing to say that Jesus is Lord,” Crossan says. “Now if you’re saying a Christian can’t have slaves, then something must be wrong with slaves. So now you’re attacking the Roman system, which is a slave economy.”

Jesus’ apparent silence on slavery and Paul’s ambiguous statements on the issue had dreadful historical consequences. It helped ensure that slavery would survive well into the 19th century in the U.S., some scholars say.

American Christians who owned slaves had a simple but powerful defense in the run-up to the Civil War. The Old and New Testament sanctioned slavery and, since the Bible is infallible, slavery is part of God’s order, says Mark Noll, author “The Civil War as a Theological Crisis.”

“The defenders of slavery said Jesus condemned quite a few things that were standard in the Old Testament,” Noll says. “He condemned polygamy, violence, easy divorce, but he never condemned slavery.”

Let my people go, but keep the others

Neither did Moses, the founder of Judaism, say other scholars.

There’s no record of Moses owning slaves, but the Mosaic laws permitted and regulated slavery, says Peterson, the author of “Muhammad, Prophet of God” and a religious scholar at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Still, under Mosaic law, a master was encouraged to free slaves and forgive debts after a certain period of time that was called the year of jubilee, Peterson says.

“They were not trying to create a permanent underclass of slaves that went from parents to child and child and grandchildren,” Peterson says of the ancient Israelites.

But how could ancient Israelites sanction any form of slavery given their exodus from Egyptian captivity? Didn’t their God explicitly condemn slavery when he ordered Moses to tell Pharaoh to “let my people go?”

The text is not clear on that question, says Brannon Wheeler, a religious scholar.

He says the Exodus stories suggest that the God of Israel was angry at Pharaoh not for enslaving a group of people, but for unjustly enslaving the “Chosen People” - the people God had promised to give their own homeland.

“In order to make that promise stick, He [God] has to get them out of Egypt,” says Wheeler, director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the United States Naval Academy in Maryland.

“It’s not like He [God] says slavery is bad and I want to abolish it.”

The Prophet Mohammad never explicitly condemned slavery, and actually owned slaves, some scholars say.

Yet he recognized the humanity of slaves, teaching followers that freeing slaves was an act of piety. He allowed slaves to buy their freedom and demanded that they should be treated with love and respect, says Asani, author of  “Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry.”

“He himself did own slaves but he treated them as family,” Asani says. “One called Zayd he treated like an adopted son and one of his wives was a Coptic Christian slave.”

The followers of men like the Prophet Mohammad, though, would take a harsher attitude toward slaves.

By the time of the crusades, Christians and Muslims were enslaving one another by the thousands. They cited their faith as justification, says Robert C. Davis, author of “Holy War and Human Bondage.”

“Religion was the defining principle of slavery—this person is another faith and can be enslaved,” Davis says.

Some church leaders preached that enslaving others was an act of evangelism, Davis says.

“One pope said that the justification for slavery was that it was important for spreading the faith,” Davis says. “Once they were enslaved, they would more readily take to Christianity.”

Those kinds of actions may now seem barbaric, but the texts and stories that were used to justify slavery still exist in the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Few, though, would quote those scriptures today, and many don’t even know they exist.

“We shouldn’t be surprised,” says Jonathan Brockopp, a religion professor at Pennsylvania State University. “Religions redefine themselves and people draw on different stories and underplay other stories. This happens constantly.”

It happened with slavery, and, who knows, perhaps it’s happening again in our time. There may be a religious practice accepted today that future generations will look upon and ask the same question we ask about people who enslaved others in the name of God:

How could they?

- CNN Writer

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  1. Kindness

    1. For you.
    A thought to consider without a typical ego response
    Accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....
    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeing a new color. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transcend any selfism within you.
    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.
    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.
    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both Christians and non are sinners.
    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .
    Try reading Corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in today’s society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arrogance pride or vanity..
    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revenge, gluttony with food etc .
    Transcend the temporal world.
    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat itself.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagiarized..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transferred back to the rulers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .
    Transcend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change)
    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence.....
    Faith. Above. Reason. In. Jesus. Christ.
    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible. Ask Jesus in faith for discernment and start reading the New Testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how Christ sets an example ... feel the truth....
    Read Ecclesiastes. Read Corinthians.
    You can’t transcend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy/s to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.
    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in Christ.
    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .
    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?
    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.
    Once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new color.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it
    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.

    It’s a personal free experience you can do it free anytime.
    Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >

    It’s awesome… and it’s just between you and Jesus..

    June 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  2. Jason

    How long ago did slavery end? Did any of us live through it? Why does a certain race want to keep reliving the past? Caucasian people who could not pay their debts became slaves too but we don't cry about it still. Also there were a hand full of black slave owners, why isn't that an issue? African Americans make ALL white people out to be racist but not all of us are, just like there are racist black people and racist latino people and racist asian people but we don't talk about that for some reason. We only talk about racist white people, why? How is racism going to go away when we only condemn racist white people not racist black, latino, and asian people too? I do not support the kkk and when they try to have rally's they are chased off and rightfully so, but the black panthers are allowed to march and rally and they are overwhelmingly supported, why? A hate group is a hate group no matter what color they are so why is a black hate group like the black panthers allowed and supported to rally yet a white hate group gets run off? Whatever happened to the belief of " I may not agree with what you say but I will fight to the death your right to say it?"

    May 22, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Lorraine Voss

      Jason, history is not your best attribute, you need to check your facts. And, maybe because there are still in in differences, and much rasim with police violence, and profiling, and many innocent black children either being lynched, as was in Texas some years ago, and Mr. Byrd being pulled by chains in 1998 by white rasist pulling off his head, and arm, and oh just recently the young man in Florida, Trevon Martin who got shot from racial issues for having a bag of skittles in his pocket. I don't know what world you are living in, and we can tell that you are not black, or you would feel this double standard that's going on for minorities here in America, and frankly all over the world. Also, the black panthers were not a hate group, they were trying to get equal rights, and the last time I checked many of them have all been killed, or jailed, and not for violence, but for their freedom of speech, that is all. Some did survive it, as well as there have been some slaves descendants who have also survived this hate. The in difference is so thick that one can cut it with a knife, news flash for Jason, the rasim is still here live, and well, anytime because a black woman tried to put her 5 year old child in a better school district, might be doing 20 years in prison for wanting something positive for her child, even if she did a desparte act to do so, 20 years, I've seen "certain people" as you put it get less for murder. Now I do realize that not all white people hate, or have perfect lives, that would be ludicrous to believe. Wake up, from your own perfect little world, many are seeing the real world for what it is, poverty, rasism, war, greed, in difference, etc... etc....jason get a clue.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  3. Jamie

    So some of the slavery condoned in the bible might have been less evil that some other forms of slavery. Seems like evil is still evil. If christians choose to base their belief system on something that is part evil, i'd call their entire belief system evil. You can't be part pregnant and you can't cherry pick from something that is claimed to be written by god.

    May 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Lorraine Voss

      Jamie that is because christianity was not wrote by YHWH(God), but by man the hellenistic alexandrian jews, and Constantine who legalized christianity in 311bce. It is a form of control to gain, as prophesied it would be by Daniel, in Daniel 11v39-45, of both christianity, and islam, and all other religions for they all are idolatry, and not of the spirituality of YHWH the Creator, and is why we are in a mess of a world of poverty, indifference, racism, war, greed, etc.....Unless you want to consider this world a civilization, then you would be lying. The word civil means 'peace' . I don't see that going on.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Actually @ Lorraine.

      The word is 'civilization' not 'civil' You can't just take part of a word out and give ONE of it's synomyms (you are wrong, or 'lying' in your parlance calling it a definition, it was a synonym) and equate the two, trying to put down another poster in your 'effort'.

      Civil actually means:
      1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of citizens: civil life; civil society.
      2. of the commonwealth or state: civil affairs.
      3. of citizens in their ordinary capacity, or of the ordinary life and affairs of citizens, as distinguished from military and ecclesiastical life and affairs.
      4. of the citizen as an individual: civil liberty.
      5. befitting a citizen: a civil duty.

      So much for your 'cute' throwaway.

      Civilization (Sid Meyers) is also an interesting board and computer game.

      (that's a throwaway. a correct one).

      June 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Stephen, but not the saint

    Ron –
    To your points

    DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHETHER WE BELIEVE IN GOD OR NOT?
    You present that those who believe in God may or may not be good since they may or may not act upon that belief. Conversely, I would suggest that people without a belief in God may still believe in the concept of good and bad and choose to live a good and moral life. Socrates and Plato spoke at great lengths regarding these concepts and the logic which was used to suggest acting for good was better than the alternative. So, no net benefit to humanity from believing or not believing in God – some people will be good and some will not; you can be protected from “wrong” choices based on reason and logic or upon guidance from a supernatural being, as presented and interpreted by other humans who somehow have special insight. Of course, these are the same humans who said God was ok with prosecuting the Crusades, torturing and killing non-believers, punishing those whose science suggested the earth is not the center of the universe, and so forth.
    Next, you suggest that because there IS a God, there is a benefit in believing in God because of the perks – blessings that follow. That actually seems a rather self-serving reason to believe; it would seem to suggest that the only reason to be good is for what benefit it will bring to you, rather than the fact it is good for society as a whole.

    DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHICH RELIGION WE BELONG TO?
    Well, apparently all religions are culpable when you consider atrocities committed in the name of their belief system. Saying that “such atrocities were committed by persons who believed that God punished sinners in everlasting hellfire.” cannot be used to obtain a pass on the Inquisition when you then condemn other religions for their crimes. I’m sure their logic would mirror you own.
    The only reason that it matters which religion to which you belong, it would seem, is that it is the one true religion. That, regardless of the overall benefit any particular religion may have to society. But, exactly, why is the religion of God and Jesus the correct religion? Well, Jesus himself said so –of course, he may have been biased. Why is Christianity, or any other contemporary religion, any different from what we now study as mythology? They too were once the cotemporary religions of their time, but eventually died out. Maybe the same fate awaits contemporary religions as well. You may argue that the religions that faded to myth did so because they were not true and our modern religions will not follow the same path. More than a matter of truth or not, I would suggest it is simply a result of better communication. Ancient religions could not benefit from global communications as an enabler of ongoing awareness and support. So, as one localized culture or society faded away, so did the religion is championed. Today, the major religions benefit from cross-cultural awareness and have strong organizations supporting their continuity, a feature I daresay that Mt. Olympus did not enjoy.
    Anyhow, the point is that it would not matter because it makes more sense that there is no true religion to cling to. Just live a good life based on agnostic moral principles and the net result for the world is the same.

    HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE TRUTH?
    Well, really we can not. The evidence you cite would have the exact same analog in any religion. Don’t they ALL have a god that revealed himself and caused some sort of written record in support of himself to be created?

    May 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  5. Wonder

    Holly crap there is alot of messed up people commenting.....bottom line, if you live a good life dont hurt anyone & take care of your kids you will be fine. Not believing some crap that some MAN wrote from the bowls of Europe doesnt mean you will burn in some hell. USE COMMON SENSE. If the way i live is not good eonugh to get into a so called heaven, I DONT WANNA GO!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Ron

      The Bible’s Viewpoint
      Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?
      “FAITH is a negation of reason,” writes British philosopher A. C. Grayling. His words sum up the feelings of countless writers and philosophers who over the centuries have claimed that faith and reason are incompatible.
      Some religious beliefs do fly in the face of all reason. But consider this: Many strongly held scientific beliefs have proved to be wrong. Does that mean that all scientific beliefs are wrong or are not based on reason? Why view religious beliefs any differently? In fact, the faith described in the Bible does not exist without knowledge but is, instead, solidly based on knowledge and sound reason. As you review the evidence, see how true faith and reason are compatible.
      Faith Firmly Based on Reason
      The Bible says, for example, that if your worship is to be “acceptable to God,” it must be “a sacred service with your power of reason.” In other words, you must worship God “in a way that is worthy of thinking beings.” (Romans 12:1; The Jerusalem Bible) So the faith described in the Bible is not something blind and irrational, or a leap of faith, as some have called it. And it is not credulity. Rather, it is something you have thought through carefully—resulting in trust in God and his Word, which is firmly based on reason.
      Of course, if you are to reason properly, you need accurate information. Even the most powerful computer programs designed on solid principles of logic will come up with some very strange conclusions if they are fed inaccurate data. Likewise, the quality of your faith will depend greatly on what you hear or on how dependable the information you feed your mind proves to be. Appropriately, the Bible says that “faith follows the thing heard.”—Romans 10:17.
      A fundamental requirement for faith is “an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) Only “the truth,” says the Bible, “will set you free,” free from misleading beliefs, whether they are scientific or religious. (John 8:32) The Bible warns you not to put faith “in every word.” (Proverbs 14:15) Rather, it says that you should “make sure of all things”—or test out the things you hear before believing them. (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Why should you do research and test out your beliefs? Because faith based on falsehood is only a delusion. Some noble-minded people from the ancient city of Beroea set a fine example in acquiring proper faith. Even though these individuals really wanted to believe what Christian missionaries taught them, they made a point of “carefully examining the Scriptures daily as to whether these things were so.”—Acts 17:11.
      Building Faith in the Bible
      What, though, if you are unsure of the reliability of the Bible? How can you build your confidence in it as a source of accurate knowledge? Well, how do you build your confidence in people? Surely, it is by getting to know them—by watching how they behave over a period of time and seeing how their conduct turns out. Why not do the same with the Bible?
      The Bible describes true faith as “the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.” (Hebrews 11:1) Clearly, far from being naive, a person with real faith has based his beliefs on a careful scrutiny of all available data. Reasoning on such information produces the conviction that even things that cannot be seen with the literal eye are, nonetheless, realities.
      What, though, if what you learn seems to contradict some of your deeply held beliefs? Should you just ignore it? Of course not. There may well be times when it is eminently reasonable to consider powerful evidence that appears to contradict what you believe. In the Bible, God promises to reward sincere individuals who search for truth by granting them knowledge, discernment, and thinking ability.—Proverbs 2:1-12.
      The kind of faith built on what the Bible teaches is compatible with reason. What kind of faith do you have? Many people have “inherited” their religious beliefs and have never seriously examined them in the light of reason. Yet, it is not a sign of disrespect to examine what you believe so as to ‘prove to yourself’ that your thinking is in harmony with God’s Word. (Romans 12:2) The Bible admonishes us to “test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God.” (1 John 4:1) If you do that, you will be in a position, even when your beliefs are challenged, to “make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you.”—1 Peter 3:15.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  6. Lorraine

    Salero21, and Primework, this law was for all of the people, for all nations, in Jeremiah 16v14-21, it reads that the chosen people will be the light unto the gentiles, and the other nations. This is said all through the book of remembrance, the so called OT. We are all in this plan called 'life' and YHWH wants for us to live it righteously, and in peace. Deut. 32v45-47, is our life, it was for Noah, Job, and Abraham to do, and the rest of us as well. We are all responsible for our own righteousness in the end, as said in Ezekiel 14v14. In the book of Ruth she is no Israelite, but she remained as one of the faithful of YHWH, whom she loved Him so. The sabbath is to be done by us all, to remember the day that was sanctified by YHWH on that seventh day. Is this asking for too much from the creator of all life? We are all connected to life. The passover represents the coming out of Egypt, in Exodus 12, this does not pertain to the other nations, for the Strong one of Israel, had Israel, His chosen son, and firstborn, to be delivered out of bondage, by Moses. Other than that we must do right by the 10 commandments, these are the laws of righteousness, and peace, for a true civilization, and we all can use much of that with all of the greed, poverty, hate, and in difference in this world.

    May 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  7. kindness

    A thought to consider without ego
    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Currently.... your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle.

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Relise your a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent....

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth.

    Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  8. Mickey2006

    Just to make something clear, Islam is not a major western religion, it's not a western religion at all.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Islam may not be a westerner religion, but it is still a religion, and all religions are pagan, and idolatry, in Deut. 32v17, and in Deut 30, that we were warned about, the false images of idols, and are not of YHWH the Heavenly creator of all life.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  9. Trancend

    FOR ME. MY STORY
    I trusted the word of God as the infallable repository of redemptive revelation. Im not trying to Judge anyone.... For myself ...reading the word combined with sincere prayer.... yeilded an unmistakable presence within me of the Holy Spirit. Ive led quite a life of questioning and pushing boundrys... Ive had lots of man made "experiences"... this was different..... Way different....
    I know it's not popular... and some would say fairy tales etc. I've heard it all.... and was once on the other side.( For ME)... It's like seeing a new colour. Cant explain it to anyone else.... and thats the way its meant to be... so that you have the free will to decide to trust Jesus Christ as your saviour. I will say that afterward...the scriptures made sence to me . After God enabled me to Itranscend my own egoistic ordering of the "unknown dark matter" that surrounds us all. . read what I wrote (Trancend) and feel what Im saying without an ego defense.
    Why would someone take such a position unless they were truly changed by Christ. .......All I can say is...Its real.buddy.
    Let go and let god.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Goddog

      Once you switch from "for me" to "that's the way it's supposed to be" you turn into every other arrogant believer I have come accross. I also take issue with the author making slavery sound less evil than it was/is; that slavery could be a road to the freedom that should be an inherent right to begin with is absurd.

      April 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  10. Trancend

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Currently.... your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle.

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fate or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Relise your a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent....

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth.

    Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box

    April 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Big Art

      @ Trancend:

      1st, I think the spelling of your name that you were looking for is "Transcend";

      2nd, so what do you think about the position of the Mythicists who say that Jesus was just a mythical figure to Paul and the Epistle writers (who never knew anything about Jesus having an earthly ministry–never knew about a virgin birth, miracles, sermons, etc.)–a mythical figure who was later given an earthly ministry by the Gospel writers?

      "Peace 2 U!"

      April 19, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Trancend

      @ bigart
      I trust the word of God as the infallable repository of redemptive revelation. Im not trying to Judge anyone.... For myself ...reading the word combined with sincere prayer.... yeilded an unmistakable presence within me of the Holy Spirit. Ive led quite a life of questioning and pushing boundrys... Ive had lots of man made "experiences"... this was different..... Way different....
      I know it's not popular... and some would say fairy tales etc. I've heard it all.... and was once on the other side.( For ME)... It's like seeing a new colour. Cant explain it to anyone else.... and thats the way its meant to be... so that you have the free will to decide to trust Jesus Christ as your saviour. I will say that afterward...the scriptures made sence to me . After God enabled me to Itranscend my own egoistic ordering of the "unknown dark matter" that surrounds us all. . read what I wrote (Trancend) and feel what Im saying without an ego defense.
      Why would someone take such a position unless they were truly changed by Christ. .......All I can say is...Its real.buddy.
      Let go and let god.
      I will not comment again.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Big Art

      @ Trancend:

      No need to reply further.

      Just wanted to say it sounds as if you are on a good journey. Though I may disagree with you on the Bible being the "word of God" or "the infallable repository of redemptive revelation" (may have something to do with all those years of theological education), I believe that we humans can be touched by Something Higher than ourselves, and that Something often has a profoundly transformative effect upon those so touched. I believe, from your words and from the spirit I feel behind your words, you may have been so touched. And if so, I wish you well.

      Where I would caution you is that you seem to believe that touch "proves" the reality of the theological paradigm in which you find yourself, just as the Jew believes that touch proves Judaism, or the Muslim believes that touch proves Islam, or the Hindu Hinduism, etc. Learn more of your paradigm; learn more of your Jesus; find out more about the human influences on your Bible; Truth will out.

      "Peace 2 U!"

      April 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • lorraine

      Trancend, Our Only savior, and redeemer is who He says He is it is the hebrew name YHWH, and is His true name, for in Ezedkiel 36v22,23 He tells us of the profaning of His name, and how He will sanctify it in His time. Just as He has also told us in Isaiah 49v26, and in Isaiah 60v16, that He the Creator YHWH is our only savior, and our redeemer, but this too was not taught, the flocks were mislead, as He tells us in Malachi 2, Jeremiah 23, and in Ezekiel 20, of the sheppards, popes, elders, priest, and pastors, all misleading us. In Isaiah 43v11,13, He tells us again, and that no man can ever be delivered from out of His hands. And, in Zech. 14v9, He says that He is One, no one else is with Him, as He expresses in Isaiah 44v24, that He does it all by himself, alone. This is why we are all in the troubles we have today, straying away from the true creator, doing idols, as was prophesied by Daniel 11v39-43, and with Moses in Deut. 32v17, the future generations, of christianity, and islam, strange gods not of YHWH. Until we all return to the true creator said in Malachi 3v7, and Isaiah 44v22, there will always be in difference, poverty, wars, pestilence, hate etc..in this so called civilization, this world of ours. YHWH is spiritual, He does not do religions, they are pagan, and in Isaiah 40v18,21-24, He tells us not to liken Him to nothing, or no one. But we did it anyway, put another over Him, and gave them His praise, and then wonder why life is so hard for us.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:50 am |
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  12. WakeUpToReason

    Slavery exists in every religion. It is the most insidious and difficult slavery to eradicate ofall. It`s slavery of the mind.
    When you believe in delusional fairytales designed to control your actions and thoughts with elaborate schemes of rewards and punishments, you abdicate your ultimate freedom to think for, be and therefore `own` yourself.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Lorraine

      Not at all, no one isn't thinking for themselves when they follow a law or 'life' that is from the One who created us, and knows us so well,and knows what we need in order to live a prolonged, and good peaceful life, and to pass that on to our children, and children's, children. And, not just for some to have this, but for (all), and is why we must go through YHWH for His universal order is the best solution to this world's in difference, poverty, greed, and hatred. It's been over 2000 years that we tried everything else,education, and including the idolatry of religions, and their control, and their gain of the masses, and still this world has gone for the worst. YHWH, the King, and Creator is the only way to solve this, its righteous, and of peace, and is not selfish, or brutal thinking, with designing ways of man to only work for a few to be selected. With all of the signs being carried by many people today begging for food, and shelter, our society is in slavery, for years now of what we call a civilization. And, the resources that are suppose to help those in poverty, are just tickets of debt, poverty, and oppression, in the near future, a vicious cycle. There is no other way but to return to YHWH, our only savior, and redeemer, in Isaiah 49v26, and Isaiah 60v16, and Isaiah 43v13. As He says there is no one else to turn to in Isaiah 40v18,21,22,23,25. Besides, this world will be under the sword until we do return to Him, its of His Magnified plan in Jeremiah 25, unless we obey His Word, is why we are in the state that we're in today, from the disobedience to His 'law' that is for our own good, and not just for some.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  13. Lorraine

    Primewonk, and Salero21, This is not 'my' version, this is what is written in the book, the so called OT. this covenant is not just for Israel, its for everyone. It is of 'life', to live right, to prolong our life, as written in Duet.32v45-47, and in Isaiah 53, even of the Servant told to us in Isa.53v10, to 'prolong' his life by doing righteously by the law in Exodus 20, and Deut.5, as did, Abraham, in Genesis 26v5, and Job, Noah, and Daniel did the righteousness of the law. It is for the goodness of mankind. The covenant is in Exodus 31v13-18, that is perpetual to us all, its the righteousness, and peace for all of mankind, and not just for some. With the law it teaches us how as a civilization we need to live, and will eliminate this what we have today, the in difference, poverty, greed, hate, etc.. the mayhem that we try to call today a civilization, and its not one, its brutal, and selfish, and followed by religions, (paganism), that divide, and control, the masses, and are not condoned by your Creator YHWH. YHWH is the spirituality, and not of vanity, but of all life, of ours, and around us to be connected as one.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Remember Primewonk, and Salero21, and all, that this book, the 'book of remembrance' named in Malachi 3v16, was copied in over 2500 languages all over the world to know YHWH, who's name was later removed over 6800 times so that many will not know His true Hebrew name which is YHWH, then to replace it with Lord, or God, instead, and is why many religions has put other names to identify YHWH. But, He is angered with this of the priest, popes, elders, and pastors for the profaning of His name in Ezekiel 36v22,23. And, He teaches us this in Malachi 2, Jeremiah 23v1-8, and in Ezekiel 20, of the ones who has done the profanity of His name, and law, of YHWH the King, and Creator of all, in Genesis 1-5.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  14. jim

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the world illusion of enslavement. The world denounces truth.... Accepting Jesus Christ will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you. Currently your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle. Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food .
    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fate or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancend you egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Relise your a sinner and part of the collective problem... Repent.... Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence. Faith above reason in Jesus Christ. Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth. Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ. I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .
    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?
    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Jim, The Only Savior, and Redeemer that Created us, and the heavens, the creatures, and the earth, and all the waters is written in Isaiah 49v26, and Isaiah 60v16, also, Isaiah 43v11, and in Isaiah 44v22, He tells us that He has saved us from our sins, and has redeemed us,(already), and only ask that we all return to Him, and His law of life, which is for our goodness, the righteousness, and peace that is for all, not just for some, not with in difference, and greed, hate, poverty etc.. YHWH, pronounced (Yah); Hebrew, Yod hev wav hev, has also said to us that never put anyone else with, or before Him, in Duet. 5, put no gods before YHWH, there is none else written in Isaiah 40v18,25. YHWH did not change His words, and ordinances, for He changes not as written in Malachi 3v6. His enemy changed this law to mislead many of the flocks in Psalm 83, and in Exodus 17v14-16, calling it the NT. He taught us this truth so that we won't be consumed, (deceived). Many are awakening to the real truth in the true book of remembrance, the so called OT, named for us in Malachi 3v16. The NT should fulfill the OT, but, instead it changes His Words. Again He changes not written in Malachi 3v6. And, Again, He ask for us to return to Him, in Malachi 3v7. This law is our covenant written in Exodus 31v13-18, to keep in each generation. Read Genesis – Malachi for the truth of the Word. YHWH Bless us all.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  15. ghafoor

    A slave and the lion
    What is story? , give some suggestion on a slave and the lion, comments on a slave and a lion,

    http://www.infoaw.com/article.php?articleId=877

    April 5, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  16. dennis

    Religion is unhealthy for children and all living things – please don't send your children to Catholics to be molested, and please stop trying to mate with your own children to produce inbred progeny – Mormon is Moron with an extra 'M' in it that stands for 'Moron'. Because it's twice as stupid as just being a plain Moron.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Ron

      ‘My Religion Is Good Enough for Me’
      24 Many people dismiss religious discussion by saying, ‘My religion is good enough for me. I don’t do any harm to anyone else, and I help when I can.’ But does that go far enough? Are our personal criteria on religion sufficient?
      25 If religion is “the expression of man’s belief in and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe,” as one dictionary states, then surely the question should be, Is my religion good enough for the creator and governor of the universe? Also, in that case, the Creator would have the right to establish what is acceptable conduct, worship, and doctrine and what is not. To do that, he must reveal his will to mankind, and that revelation must be easily available and accessible to all. Furthermore, his revelations, even though provided centuries apart, should always be harmonious and consistent. This presents a challenge to each person—to examine the evidence and prove for oneself what the acceptable will of God is.
      26 One of the most ancient books claiming inspiration by God is the Bible. It is also the most widely circulated and translated book in all history. Nearly two thousand years ago, one of its writers stated: “Quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) What would be the source of such proof? The same writer stated: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” Therefore, the inspired Bible should serve as a reliable measuring rod for true and acceptable worship.—2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
      27 The oldest portion of the Bible predates all of the world’s other religious writings. The Torah, or first five books of the Bible, the Law written under inspiration by Moses, dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries B.C.E. By comparison, the Hindu writings of the Rig-Veda (a collection of hymns) were completed about 900 B.C.E. and do not claim divine inspiration. The Buddhist “Canon of the Three Baskets” dates back to the fifth century B.C.E. The Qur’ān, claimed to have been transmitted from God through the angel Gabriel, is a product of the seventh century C.E. The Book of Mormon, reportedly given to Joseph Smith in the United States by an angel called Moroni, is a product of the 19th century. If some of these works are divinely inspired as some assert, then what they offer in terms of religious guidance should not contradict the teachings of the Bible, which is the original inspired source. They should also answer some of mankind’s most intriguing questions.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ..

    April 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~No it doesn't you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!` .. ..

      April 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Big Art

      @ Jesus:

      Well Said!!!

      April 17, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      Maybe you should pray more and spam less.

      April 23, 2012 at 4:00 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      ...there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, (fake Jesus)...
      Prayer really changes things

      May 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Tom

    Speaking of the current scenario,slavery is rampant in Africa and the ME .

    What are the muslims doing to address this inhumane treatment of fellow beings?

    April 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • American

      what are the christian's doing about it

      May 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Dwaine

    They are coming for your rights America. Stand fast and freedom will last.

    April 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  20. Lorraine

    I would ike to add...The scripture in Ecclesiastes 12v12-14, of this book, Solomon expresses how we are being mislead by the many changes, and books rewritten of the truth, but for us to remain faithful to the most high, our Creator YHWH, to still do the 10 commandments, the sabbath day, and passover in Exodus 12; for He shall in His time resolve all of this that we are going through, and don't understand, or are being mislead with. His righteousness, and peace are near.

    April 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Primewonk

      "remain faithful to the most high, our Creator YHWH, to still do the 10 commandments"

      Sorry, but no. Your 1st commandment (in some of the different versions) says that I must worship only your version of god, underpenalty of death and eternal torture. On the other hand, my 1st amendment says that I can worship your version of a god, some other version of your god, completely different gods, or no gods.

      Guess what? My first trumps your first. I win. Every day. Every time.

      April 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Salero21

      We are NOT under the Sabbath Law.

      The Sabbath was the Sign of the Covenant that God made with ISRAEL. God made that Covenant with ISRAEL, NOT with the US of A. Don't even dream for a second, that the US of A, replaces ISRAEL or is in place of ISRAEL. Therefore of the 10 Commandments, one, the fourth, keeping the Sabbath DOES NOT applies to us.

      Not even the church replaces ISRAEL.

      April 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Ron

      Have You Ever Wondered—
      Does It Really Matter What You Believe?
      IN 1553, the Spanish physician Michael Servetus was burned to death in Geneva. His crime? He had argued against the doctrine of the Trinity. Unfortunately for him, he lived at a time when religious belief could be a matter of life or death.
      Nowadays things have changed. True, there are lands where Christians suffer for publicly expressing their faith; and in countries such as Northern Ireland and Lebanon, religious differences lead to bloodshed. But in many countries today there is a remarkable tolerance—even apathy—in religious matters. Atheism abounds. Many have serious reservations about what their churches teach. And generally people are left to make their own decisions about which religion, if any, they should accept.
      Since this is so, it is appropriate to ask: “Does it really matter what you believe? Should not religion be viewed as merely a matter of personal choice?” Let us first consider:
      DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHETHER WE BELIEVE IN GOD OR NOT?
      Well, that depends. Consider a man who regularly shares in worship with some religion. Yet in his everyday life he is dishonest, tells lies, perhaps is even a thief or an immoral person. For such a man, we may feel that it does not make all that much difference what he claims to believe.
      If, however, we really believe that God exists, it will make a difference. Why? Because we will feel answerable to Him. Hence, when, for example, we are faced with a decision or a temptation, we will not only think: “What do I want to do?” we will also consider: “What will be pleasing to God?” The apostle Paul once stated: “Each of us will render an account for himself to God.”—Rom. 14:12.
      ‘If that is the case,’ some may say, ‘then surely it is better not to believe in God. Then we will have more freedom to do what we want.’ This line of reasoning, however, would only be helpful if the question of God’s existence were merely hypothetical; that is, if there were no real proof as to whether God existed or not. This is not the case. There is overwhelming evidence that God does exist, and is concerned about us.
      Hence, even though acknowledging that his existence limits our freedom to some extent, nevertheless this opens the way to otherwise unattainable blessings. It protects us from making wrong choices and suffering the consequences that many ungodly persons suffer from their so-called freedom. In this age of tension and fear, we can enjoy the “peace of God that excels all thought.” (Phil. 4:7) And in an age when the future seems cloudy and uncertain, we can feel serene and confident, putting our trust in God. The psalmist said: “Watch the blameless one and keep the upright one in sight, for the future of that man will be peaceful.”—Ps. 37:37.
      Truly, it does matter whether we believe in God or not. But if we do, can we worship him in any way we see fit?
      DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHICH RELIGION WE BELONG TO?
      The answer is Yes, because what we believe about God and how we worship him deeply affect us as people.
      For example, most are horrified when they read of the brutal tortures inflicted at one time by the Inquisition on those whom the Inquisitors considered heretics. Yet such atrocities were committed by persons who believed that God punished sinners in everlasting hellfire. They were, after all, only giving their victims a foretaste of what they considered God would do to them for all eternity in the afterlife.
      Yes, history has demonstrated the great effect that religion has on people. The fertility rites of the ancient Canaanites produced a depraved and licentious people. Worship of cruel gods helped Assyria to become one of the most vicious world powers of human history. On the other hand, individuals who sincerely believe in a just and loving God have always tried to follow the apostle Paul’s counsel: “Become imitators of God.”—Eph. 5:1.
      There is another consideration. Jesus himself said: “The true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth.” (John 4:23) Truth does not contradict itself. Not all the contradictory teachings of the world’s many religions can be true. Hence, there must be some sincerely religious people who are not true worshipers because of not worshiping according to truth.
      HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE TRUTH?
      This is not a disrespectful question. There is nothing sinful about examining one’s beliefs in the light of the Bible to ascertain whether they are true or not. The apostle Paul advised: “Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine.”—1 Thess. 5:21.
      The evidence is that God does exist, that he has revealed himself, his name and his purposes through his Word, the Bible. If we read the Bible and apply what we learn, we are guided through the pitfalls of this life, and will gain a wonderful hope of a life to come. Do you believe this? It certainly matters whether you do or not. We invite you to accept the help of Jehovah’s Witnesses in examining the proof. Then you, too, can gain the happy assurance that the things you believe in are the truth.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
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