A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

There was once a man who, resisting the cost of oats he fed his mule, decided to gradually substitute sawdust in its diet. Everything went fine for a while - but by the time the mule was satisfied with sawdust, he died.

The same is true of the Truth. The changeover from truth to error is sometimes a slow process, and some brothers don't always know the difference. But, before you know it, they are spiritually dead.

Jehovah has clearly revealed his existence to men. Suppose a student were to write on a physics exam that he did not believe in atoms because he could not see them. Would not the professor be justified in failing him? The existence of atoms is clearly undeniable on the basis of their recognized effects. Everyone familiar with Hiroshima knows that atoms exist; they are known from their effect. Likewise, men are responsible to acknowledge God and his eternal power by the effects that are clearly revealed in Creation. (Romans 1:20)

The Queen Mary was the largest ship to cross the oceans when it was launched in 1936. Through four decades and a World War she served until she was retired, anchored as a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California.

During the conversion, her three massive smokestacks were taken off to be scraped down and repainted. But on the dock they crumbled. Nothing was left of the 3/4 inch steel plate from which the stacks had been formed. All that remained were more than thirty coasts of paint that had been applied over the years. The steel had rusted away.

When Jesus called the Pharisees "Whitewashed tombs," (Matthew 23:27) He meant they had no substance, only an exterior appearance (appearing to be what it was not).

It is a greater sacrifice to sacrifice your son than to sacrifice yourself.

You may also have confidence in your bank manager, but don't you check your bank account from time to time anyway?

A father that fought against the Nazi regime in World War II knows that the swastika was a symbol of that totalitarian government that caused so much harm when it was in power. However, his son knows nothing of this. Would the father now be pleased if the son were now to decorate his room with flags bearing the swastika? Maybe it truly means nothing to the son, but what about the father who does know of its origin.

What happens to the soul when we die?

Let's illustrate this with a sandwich. You have two things: two slices of bread and one slice of cheese. If you join the two things, the bread on the outside and the cheese in the middle, it becomes a sandwich.

Now, what if you do the inverse: separate the bread to one side and the cheese to other side? What happens to the sandwich? Where does it go? It disappears! This is so because the sandwich only existed while the bread and the cheese were together. Now, being separated, the sandwich is no more.

When God created the man, what happened? He took: the dust from the ground and the breath of life. He joined the two things, the dust and the breath of life, and "man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7)

Now, at death, the inverse happens: the dust goes back to the ground and the breath (or spirit) goes back to God. (Psalms 146:4) What happens to the soul? Where does it go? It disappears! This is so because the soul only existed while the dust and the breath were together. Now, being separated, the soul is no more.

There was once a wealthy businessman who was fascinated by the microscope. Looking through its lens to study crystals and the petals of flowers, he was amazed at their beauty and detail. He decided one day to examine some food he was planning to eat for dinner. Much to his dismay, he discovered that tiny living creatures were crawling in it. Since he was especially fond of this particular food, he wondered what to do. Finally he concluded that there was only one way out of his dilemma - he would destroy the instrument that caused him to discover the distasteful fact. So he smashed the microscope to pieces!

"How foolish!" one might exclaim. But many people do the same thing with Jehovah's Word, the Bible. They hate it and would like to get rid of it because it reveals their evil nature.

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