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If people would have been asked in 1968 which nation would dominate the world in watch making during the 1990s and into the twenty-first century the answer would have been uniform: Switzerland. Why?: Because Switzerland had dominated the world of watch making for the previous sixty years.

The Swiss made the best watches in the world and were committed to constant refinement of their expertise. It was the Swiss who came forward with the minute hand and the second hand. They led the world in discovering better ways to manufacture the gears, bearings, and mainsprings of watches. They even led the way in waterproofing techniques and self-winding models. By 1968, the Swiss made 65 percent of all watches sold in the world and laid claim to as much as 90 percent of the profits.

By 1980, however, they had lain off thousands of watchmakers and controlled less than 10 percent of the world market. Their profit domination dropped to less than 20 percent. Between 1979 and 1981, fifty thousand of the sixty-two thousand Swiss watchmakers lost their jobs. Why? The Swiss had refused to consider a new development - Quartz movement, which, ironically, was invented by a Swiss. Because it had no mainspring or knob, it was rejected. It was too much of a paradigm shift for them to embrace. Seiko, on the other hand, accepted it and, along with a few other companies, became the leader in the watch industry.

The lesson of the Swiss watchmakers is profound. Many people in Christendom have the Bible and the Truths that it contains. But pagan philosophies have been ingrained for so many thousands of years, that it is too much for them to accept. In order to accept the Truth, they have to think outside of the box, opening the mind to previously unfathomable possibilities.

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should have never found out that it has no meaning: Just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we would never know it was dark, or even think about dark. Nobody would ever ask: "Why is it dark?" 'Dark' would have no meaning.

If you were a young boy and you saw another young boy eating an ice cream cone, would you be jealous and wish he would share with you? But would your attitude change if you found out he had terminal leukemia and had only a few days to live? You would let him enjoy his ice cream as he has so little time left, right?

Now what of the people in the world around us? Do we see them enjoying the latest car, a nice house, material things, making trips, etc. And are we jealous of them, and do we want to do the same now too? Now let's think of the boy and the ice cream who had cancer. People in the world that do not have Jehovah are like him, they have very little time to live, and so we can let them live it to their fullest. But if we have Jehovah, let us concentrate on his service, knowing we will have eternity to enjoy all these things we envy today and many more blessings.

A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle;...they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmities follow; ...those they love are taken from them, and the joy of life is turned to aching grief. It (the release) comes at last--the only unpoisoned gift earth ever had for them--and they vanish from a world where they were of no consequence,...a world which will lament them a day and forget them forever.

Have you ever enjoyed a really good book? Perhaps it "grabbed hold of you" so that you were unable to put it down until you finished it. The book had a great plot, and kept you on the edge of your seat as the hero narrowly escaped many dangers.

Now suppose that, about a year after you finish reading this great book, you see an ad that shows that book has been made into a movie with a rating acceptable to Christians. So you go to see this movie, and as you watch it, you find that, unlike most book-to-movie translations, this movie is faithful to the book down to the finest detail!

In fact, the scary parts are just as scary as they were in the book. But while other movie-goers who have not read the book are grasping the armrests on their chairs, you aren't as afraid, because you've read the book, and you know exactly how the hero makes it out of this situation. In fact, as the movie progresses, others start to look at their watches to find out how much time is left in the movie... but you don't have to, because you've read the book, and you know where in relation to the ending you currently are, and thus how much time is left.

Well, the end of this system of things is just like a movie... and some of the parts are very scary. But while we may be "on the edge of our chairs" at times by what we see on the screen, we are not scared as the rest are; because we have read the book, and this movie is faithful to the book down to the finest detail.

We know where we are in the end of this system of things by what we see around us because we've read the book. We know what is going to happen next, because we've read the book. We are not in fear as the rest are, because we've read the book

Imagine you wanted to hide a precious necklace, so that nobody could find it. How would you do it?

Well, a very clever idea would be to surround the real necklace in similar looking fake ones. Maybe make these look very precious and shiny. Then, the real necklace would be lost in a sea of necklaces. And the only way to find the true one is to carefully examine each one until you find the real one.

In a way, it is the same with Christianity. The real Christianity has been hidden from view by counterfeit "Christian" churches. But if you examine each one, then you will eventually find the true one.

Regarding how detectives train themselves to recognize counterfeit money: The detectives don't surround themselves with samples of it, studying the confiscated handiwork of criminals. No, instead they meticulously study "the real thing", becoming so familiar with it, that any attempted "copy" stands out as an obvious fraud. And isn't that the way it should be with us and false religion? We don't need to become experts on all the varieties of false religion that the great counterfeiter, Satan the Devil, has produced. Rather, we need to meticulously study "the real thing", the truth! If we do, all these other bogus "copies" will stand out as the obvious frauds that they really are.

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