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I was very disappointed in this book and would not recommend it to anyone at all. I might throw this book in the trash after I write this review. This book was just horrible and not worth it to read.
The biggest thing that annoys me is that people believe that they will go to heaven when they die. Not True!!!!! The bible clearly states that when you die you are conscious of nothing, like you are sleeping.Which can be found in the bible in ecclesiastics. In ecclesiastics it says in chapter 9, verse 5: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” Yes the bible states that some people go to heaven but not everyone or good people as people claim. Only the 144,000 annoioted spirit creatures are giong to live in Heaven and be part of Jesus' kindgom and work along side him. The rest of us are giong to be on a paradise earth, becaue Jehovah will redo the earth and make it a paradise for us to live on where we can be with the animals and see our dead loved ones again. Ps. 37:9, 11, 29: “Evildoers themselves will be cut off, but those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth . . . The meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Rev. 14:1-3: “I saw, and, look! the Lamb [Jesus Christ] standing upon the Mount Zion [in heaven; see Hebrews 12:22-24], and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. . . . And they are singing as if a new song . . . and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth.” What will those who go to heaven do there?Rev. 20:6: “They will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.” (Also Daniel 7:27)
I am also annoyed that people think Jesus died on a cross which is not true. He died on a stake. This came from my Watchtower cd rom on my computer: The Greek word rendered “cross” in many modern Bible versions (“torture stake” in NW) is stau·ros′. In classical Greek, this word meant merely an upright stake, or pale. This also came from my cd rom: “The shape of the [two-beamed cross] had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands, including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd cent. A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ.”—An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (London, 1962), W. E. Vine, p. 256.
Another thing this book gets wrong is that GOD has a will for us. Simply not true. We live our life the best we can and sometimes bad things happen. That's because the bible mentions how unforeseen occurrences can happen.Sometimes we may have hardships but sometimes it is because we are not living our life they way we should and so its our own fault. In the chapter Galatians in the bible it talks about we reap what we sow. Gal. 6:7: “Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap.”
A fourth thing this book gets wrong is that this author believes that baptism is not required for salvation and that this the furthest things from the truth. When you are ready to serve Jehovah you must make a dedication to him. Those who believe the bible is truth want to get baptized so we can tell others about how wonderful Jehovah is. And to be baptized as an adult is by immersing yourself completely in water so you can be made clean. So baptism is a big part of getting to know and love Jehovah and if you truly love him you will get baptized and preach about him until the end of the days get here. Baptism is a step to show that you love Jehovah and want to tell others about him. It is a thing a mature christian does to show their love for Jehovah and to preach about him.
My two last points I hated about this book is the stance on gay marriage the author has and how he believed people go to hell. Gay marriage is not ok. The bible clearly states the being gay is wrong and that marriage should be between a woman and a man and not between 2 women or two men. Homosexual acts, heterosexual sex between unmarried persons, and bestiality are all condemned in the Bible. (Exodus 22:19; Ephesians 5:3-5) God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of such sexual practices.—Genesis 13:13; 18:20; 19:4, 5, 24, 25. And there is no hell. Once you die you are sleeping such as the scripture above showed. People want to show God as someone who is mean and not loving and wants to punish us for our sins but GOD is a loving GOD who would not do that. The bible says that once you die you have paid your wages. Then once you have died, you are acquitted for your sins. So there would be no reason to punish someone after they die.
Anyway I did not like this book because it had a lot of misconceptions in it and when you have a book that is made for millions of people to read you are also misleading them and that is not right. People want to know the truth of what the bible really teaches and a book to read about that is what the bible really teaches published by Jehovah's witnesses and will tell you the real truth about what the bible really is about and not what people want to hear from churches to get their ears tickled or whatever that phrase it. After today I am throwing this book out and will not be telling anyone about it or recommending it at all. Simply disgusting really.
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