The Kind of Witnesses the Jehovah’s Witnesses Are

A witness, in the dictionary, is defined as:

to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception

This definition jives with the biblical definition of a witness.

(Act 10:38-41)

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.”

The Bible separates the office of the apostles to other divine gifts such as evangelists, teachers, prophets, etc — as recorded in the book of Ephesians 4:11-12.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

Although a prophet preaches and a teacher preaches also, they can not be both classified as apostles who also preach the same thing that they are preaching. An apostle must be an eyewitness to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Acts 1:21-22)

“Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.”

What the apostle Matthew have written was the same thing that was written by Luke the evangelist; but he was never called in the Bible as an apostle because he was not an eyewitness to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, but have only heard and known what happened during the Lord’s ministry from the eyewitnesses themselves.

(Luke 1:1-3) “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus…”

For Luke to say that he is a witness will be a misnomer — disregarding a vital truth in the bible. This is the case of the Jehovah’s witnesses.

Their claim and their teachings that they are witnesses for Jehovah do not only constitute misnomer, but a deceit, fallacy or hoax. They call themselves witnesses because they believe that they are witnessing for the truth of Jehovah — their ‘god’, apparently, they are using claims and verses that prove that they are ignorant of the thing they are claiming to be witnesses of. This is the verse they are using:

(Isa. 43:10) “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”

In the verse, the Lord speaks. That is the Lord God: the Lord God that was ‘formed’.

It is a fundamental knowledge that can be learned from the pages of the entire bible that the Lord God Almighty was not ‘formed’ by anybody.

(Psa. 90:2) “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

In this verse, he is the one that forms or causes the existence of everything. The Hebrew word used “yaw-tsar”, meaning “to mold into a form” (especially as a potter). And the Lord God Almighty is the potter.

(Rom. 9:20-21) “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”

He was not formed. He existed from eternity. No human mind can comprehend eternity!

The Lord God, in Isaiah 43:10 was formed. There was no God formed before Him; neither shall there be after Him. He is the One talking to the prophetic witnesses whom he had chosen. Let us requote Isaiah 43:10:

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”

The prophecy speaks of two distinct entities: The speaker, called the Lord or the God that was formed and His witnesses whom He had chosen. This verse can not specifically fit anybody except the person of Jesus Christ and His apostles. Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-3)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God. The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

He was formed or have caused by God to exist in His very bosom.

(John 1:18 ) “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

It was God the Father Almighty who brought him forth or has begotten Him.

(Heb 5:5) “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.”

Jesus Christ is the personification of the Wisdom of God.

(1 Cor. 1:24) “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

It was this Wisdom who has sent the prophets and the apostles.

(Luke 11:49) “Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:”

This is the same wisdom that speaks in the book of Proverbs 8:22-31 and said:

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.”

Therefore, the witnesses being mentioned in Isaiah 43:10 are not the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the Apostles; and the God to whom they are witnesses to is the Lord Jesus Christ — the God that was ‘formed’.

In the book of Acts 10:38-41

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.”

It is very clear in the preceding verses that the witnesses chosen by God and Jesus Christ are the Apostles, to whom God revealed the person of His Son who ate and drank with them after He was resurrected from the dead; and the witnessing of the Apostles extend to the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. “

The Apostles are able and true witnesses.

Therefore, what kind of witnesses are the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Sincerely in Christ,

Brother Eli Soriano

Experience is a Good Teacher; but the Lord of the Bible is the Best!

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I salute the noble objectives of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). In my country, I know of commissioners in the CHR who are impartial and stand by their principles and integrity. They deserve the highest commendation for it is due them.

(Romans 13:7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

To be impartial and equitable in the disposition of a case while someone is surrounded by threats and influence peddlers, more so, if these influence peddlers are holding high positions in government is not a very easy task to do.

A person who does not steal can not out rightly be tagged as honest and not a thief. An honest person (and not a thief) is someone who does not steal even when there is a chance to do so. A person who stands in the principles of justice even under pressure is a just person.

I know that this has been the situation of those who handled my petition in the CHR-NCR who decided in favor of me against a government official whom they found out to have violated my human rights. For this and their effort I pray that they may be rewarded by the Almighty.

To give honor and praises to whom they are not due is the highest of folly that a man may commit.

(Proverbs 24:24) He who says to the wicked, ” You are innocent, ” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations… RSV

(Proverbs 15:5) To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment. ASV

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But my appreciation is coupled with pity and sympathy to these people of integrity and courage in serving true justice.

The Commission on Human Rights in my country can not prosecute those they have found to be guilty of violating human rights. The process is for them to recommend the filling of a case against an erring official to the Ombudsman. An Ombudsman, although, regarded as an independent official is appointed by the President. If the office of the Ombudsman will dismiss the petition of a complainant, the toils of the CHR are almost wasted. If the person complained of is appointed by the President; and the Ombudsman is also appointed of the President, can you guess what will happen to the complainant?

Experience is a good teacher; but the Lord of the Bible is the best!

(Job 9:24) The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

Many countries of the world are plagued with corruption and injustice. Corruption can not emanate from ordinary citizens. They come from corrupt officials and leaders.

(Micah 3:11) Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money Yet they lean on the LORD saying, “Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” NASB

But the true faces of corrupt leaders are hidden from the people because of their earthly wisdom and intelligence.

(Ecclesiastes 8:1) Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his countenance is changed. RSV

But no amount of make-up, wisdom, or hypocrisy can hide the true being of corrupt leaders from someone who knows the wisdom of God in the Bible. Mounting evidences will be easily discerned by the able guidance of the best teacher!

(Proverbs 29:2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Unrest and discontent are symptoms of a prevailing culture of corruption in any government.

(Proverbs 29:2) When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh. ASV

Sighs and mourning of people will definitely determine the cause of the illness in society.

Although in the religious sector, I have been in media for the last three decades. I have mingled with the best and known personalities in media. I have been a guest in almost all kind of television and radio programs. It was not until now, very recently, that I have known that media men covering some ‘political developments’ were tied like pigs by authorities. I am lucky I was not there. In my opinion, this is another violation of human rights, especially of press people, but I can not advice them to file a case with the Commission on Human Rights because they might experience my good teacher. It certainly will not be a pleasant experience. Our only hope for true justice is in the judgment seat of God.

(Ecclesiastes 12:14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Somebody told me, that somebody (maybe a false apostle) who commented “…pinakawalan na sila, hindi sila pinaylan…” (“… they were freed and were not charged”); I heard what he said, “I sympathize with you. I pity you if you do not feel pity for yourself because what you have said must not be said by a person of an expected caliber that others presume you have.” To this I say, “No comment.”

But the Bible has this to say:

(Jude 1:10) But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

To our people in media, next time don’t be too close in covering any event, your braveness might bring you to jail. It is good if you would be like Enoch.

(Hebrews 11:5) Enoch walked with God. Then he couldn’t be found, because God took him from this life. NIRV

 

Sincerely in Christ,

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Brother Eli

 

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Where Can There be More Evil?

Evil is evil when done evilly. Justice is injustice if rendered impertinently. The Bible tells us that where justice is, there is also evil.

(Ecclesiastes 3:16) Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

This does not apply to everywhere in the universe. The verse tells us it is “under the sun” or on earth. Of course, this is not the case in heaven where God reigns. It is one of the intentions in the prayers taught by the Lord Jesus Christ to His apostles “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

(Matthew 6:9-13) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

If only God’s will will be done in the entire earth as it is in heaven, the earth will surely be a very nice place to live in.

There are places on earth which can be considered hostile to live in, physically and spiritually: Physically, because they are plagued with crime and moral decadence; and spiritually because of governmental and religious corruptions.

I am a sexagenarian and had lived with awareness in almost every aspect of human life for half a century. In my native country, about four decades ago, you can walk on the main thoroughfares of any metropolitan area with confidence and feeling of safety. Of course, there are isolated cases of misdeeds, especially among drunken standbys, but they are almost negligible. Just run as fast as you can, when, by chance, they want to make you a plaything of their drunkenness, and you are saved! I experienced this incident once in my forty years of roaming around Metro Manila streets, even in the wee hours of the morning.

Now, as I look around me, I see my people fighting and killing one another. I see them raping our own women; butchering our own children; and destroying our own homes. What possible power could have deprived them of this decency that they will now violate the sanctity of Filipino women? What possible power could have twisted the hearts and minds of our people that they will now fight and kill each other? In sheer desperation, I tried to find answers from the Holy Scriptures and these are what they have to say:

(Proverbs 29:2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

The Hebrew word translated “groan” is:

אנח

‘ânach

aw-nakh’

A primitive root; to sigh: – groan, mourn, sigh.

This is the Biblical reason why people of my country, even those who had left in search for greener pasture groan and sigh.

But what makes wicked rulers?

Partiality and bad influences!

(Exodus 23:8) And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. RSV

(Deuteronomy 16:9) You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality; and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.

But what can influence a ruler to show partiality and subverts the cause of the righteous? They are religious leaders and influence peddlers.

In our country religious leaders use their flocks to influence the power-hungry politicians. In blatant defiance of our constitution, religious leaders dictate whom to vote upon their members in threat of being excommunicated if they disobey.

(2 Peter 2:1-3) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…

These religious leaders exploit their members as their ‘merchandise’ and ‘medium of exchange’ to crooked officials to gain favor and respect. Biblically, religious leaders are agents of hell and satan who are the most venomous makers of evil people.

(Matthew 23:15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Religious leaders are the most influential corruptors of people in government. It is highly logical because even these political leaders have their religious leaders too.

No less than the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines has observed this.

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ARCHBISHOP SAYS CHURCH’S ROLE IS FAITH, NOT POLITICS

…Arroyo, plagued by accusations of vote-rigging, survived three

impeachment attempts brought against her in parliament by the

opposition last July. Analysts agree that the church helped her to

stay in power.

“During the vote to impeach Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a congressman

accepted that last-minute calls by Erano Manalo, head of the

Iglesia ni Cristo, kept him from signing the impeachment

complaint”, said Baylon.

The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ, INC) is a religious group

that declared its support for Arroyo during the last week of the

2004 election campaign, which Arroyo won by a contested 1 million votes…

… Besides INC, another religious group that is actively involved in

politics is the Catholic movement El Shaddai. “They can also

deliver millions of votes,” added Quezon III.

Further, the role of the church was instrumental in the failure of

the opposition’s attempt to take the battle from the courtroom to

the streets…

http://ins.onlinedemocracy.ca/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6575&theme=Printer

 

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Nothing is more evil than doing evil in utter awareness that what you are doing is evil with an evil intent!

(Jude 1:15) to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” NKJV

But where can there be more evil?

In the minds and in the hearts of leaders: political or religious.

(Jeremiah 17:9-10) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

And what is the root of these evils that plagues the minds and hearts of ungodly leaders?

Money and power!

(1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

To stay in power, Herod ordered the butchering of children upon learning the birth of the King of the Jews.

(Matthew 2:1-2, 7-8, 16) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him…

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also…

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

To stay in power, somebody hungry of power may go to the extent of murdering people.

May God Almighty save and bless my country!

 

Sincerely in Christ,

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Brother Eli

 

The Truth About the Debate against Sam Jordison

Recently, I received a response from Sam Jordison asking why our supposed debate have not been organized. The response goes like this:

“Why did you chaps never manage to organize that debate in the end? I’m still very keen. In the meantime, I thought you might like to know that my new book has been released…”

The talk of a debate against Jordison started when a reader of mine asked me what can I say about an article by (Jordison) calling the Bible as a “readable mess”. I, in turn, answered with an article. Jordison’s first comment on that article was:

“…I’m not sure if I’ll be coming back here as I’m finding the experience a bit – uh- unsettling, but do feel free to post on my blog again… I’m sure we can have an interesting discussion.”

Although he said this, Jordison did came back and visited my blog — this time to promote his book.

“…Hey, listen, I wrote a book you chaps might find interesting:
The Joy Of Sects. You should be able to pick up a copy from amazon.co.uk…”

After that, I made a follow-up article also dedicated to Sam Jordison. Surprisingly, he (Jordison) took his time out to visit and post a comment (again) on my “unsettling” blog. The comment goes like this:

“Hello again,

This article is very interesting too…

…I’ve been getting some comments on my blog about running a debate with Bro Eli and I’d be happy to accept… as long as “logistics” all work out and co… The moderator of this blog is welcome to email me so we can arrange details…”

This was when I learned that brothers in faith actually posted a challenge on his website for him to have a debate against me. I have learned that brethren from London tried to arrange everything for the said debate to transpire.

I would like to make this clear to my readers that I am, with God’s help, always willing and ready to any discussion or debate wherein I will have an opportunity to prove the existence and the magnificence of the Almighty God that I have been serving all my life. This fact is known to every brother and sister in faith in the Church of God, International.

Since the planned debate was provoked few months ago, brothers in faith have been working for the realization of such event, but much to my dismay, an email was forwarded to me by a brother in London which came from Mr. Jordison himself asking for payment and expenses that he will encounter. It is explained by the email hereunder:

“…Have you found a suitable time and date (about the debate)?

…I’d also like to discuss payment, travel expenses and co if possible… Much better to get these things down in email so there’s no confusion than on the phone… What are your terms/ budget etc. I can’t imagine that the whole event is going to be anything less than personally humiliating from my point of view so I’d like some compensation…”

In my four decades of preaching the Gospel, with God’s help, I never asked for a fee from anybody. To this, my witnesses are innumerable.

(2 Corinthians 11:7) Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

Abasing* is humbling oneself before God and before fellowmen.

[*ταπεινόω

tapeinoō

tap-i-no'-o

From G5011; to depress; figuratively to humiliate (in condition or heart): - abase, bring low, humble (self).]

This is a virtue that was not learned by preachers who preached for the sake of money and gain.

(Micah 3:11) The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? None evil can come upon us.

Abasing or humbling oneself is one of the most important admonitions of the Bible.

(James 4:10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

(Luke 14:11) For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

This is the best example that was shown when the Lord Jesus Christ took the form of a man.

(Philippians 2:5-8) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

A preacher, by not asking for profit, abases himself. This is the first rule Christ gave His apostles when He sent them to preach.

(Matthew 10:7-8) And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

But there are those pretending to be of God preaching because of money or material gain.

(John 10:12) But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

The hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

The first century Christians did not (in any manner) took anything from none Christians in preaching the word of God.

(3 John 1:7) Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

The apostle Paul went to the extent of working with his hands to sustain his needs in preaching the Gospel.

(Acts 20:33-35) I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

And these sacrifices for the Gospel’s sake He has done with gladness.

(2 Corinthians 12:15) And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Look for a preacher now in this dispensation who spends his own earnings to finance the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will find most of them amassing wealth by perverting the Gospel.

(2 Corinthians 2:17) For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. RSV

And the apparent result is their failing effort to hide their riches and luxuries coming from the very little resources of poor members.

(Jeremiah 5:26-27) For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

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It is a great disappointment for me to hear that Sam Jordison, who will futilely disprove the existence of God and expose to people the ‘garbage’ in his mind, is asking for a fee.

(Isaiah 55:2) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

I would rather add my last cents to my contributions for the poor children of the earth than to spend it to somebody like Sam Jordison; as always for the praise and glory of my God!

Sincerely in Christ,

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Brother Eli

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To God Be the Glory Forever and Ever!

This is a reply to a comment made by a certain Mr. Renato Salvador on my article posted last October 24, 2007 entitled “The Origin of Humankind”. His comment is as follows:

In every way normal for a person who is an admirer of a person, it is hard not to share your testimony and sentiments toward someone you believe is worth the praise. And that is me for Bro. Eli Soriano. I don’t know but it may be too much already to speak this way or even dull the readers of my true positive feeling toward you Bro. Eli. Before, I dismiss those comments and praise I was reading here about you because there are marks that I believe are testimonies of members from your organization. Now, I believe, I cannot blame them. If it is really worth the praise then there is no way I should object that. In reading some of your most personal sentiments here like this recent article you’ve written, it was so clearly written, vivid and probing. It gives me a whirlwind of thought how you’ve come up with such amazing simple story about a piece of your life, and turn it into some kind of miracle, that touches inside of me. Yes, while writing this comments, tears are streaming down my face. I could not stop it. And I believe, only a person sincere enough could move me to tears like you do.

Renato Salvador

Dear Brother Renato,

It is never a sin to praise and honor anybody to whom praises and honor is due.

(Romans 13:7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Even the inspired writers of the Holy Scriptures like the evangelist Luke used terms in praise to erring man.

(Luke 1:1-3) Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus…

Certainly, Theophilus, as the name denotes, is a Gentile, to whom, by Hebrew standards, does not merit any praise or honor at all, but the evangelist called him “most excellent”. The “most excellent” here certainly does not mean most excellent of all human being, but, maybe among his peers. Respect and honor is due to all men by Christian standards.

(1 Peter 2:17) Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

In the Old Testament, respect and honor was commanded by God to be given to parents.

(Deuteronomy 5:16) Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Obviously, this commandment was changed when the apostle Peter wrote to the Hebrews, observer of the Old Testament laws, to “honor all men”, not only parents.

(Hebrew 8:13) In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

(Hebrew 7:12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

I can not see any reason why it will be a sin if members of the Church of God International will honor and respect the person of Brother Eli Soriano.

(Hebrews 13:7) Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

(Hebrews 13:17) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Now, I am obliged by the situation to teach this part of truth in the Christian doctrine! Never in my forty-three years in the ministry did I teach nor encourage anybody to treat me like somebody; for the fact remains until now, (this is my belief and God is my witness) I am nobody.

(Ephesians 3:8) Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ…

If the great apostle Paul believed that he is less than the least of all saints in his times, I believe that I am less than the least of all saints of all times.

My conscience is guided by the meekness taught by the Lord Jesus.

(Luke 17:10) So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

If after doing ALL, a servant must confess that he is an unprofitable servant, then after having just started doing what I ought to do, I can say that I am even less than an unprofitable servant. Most of the times, I refused to be called ‘sir’ as other religious leaders love to hear from their members. Sir is an old archaic word which means ‘lord’.

sire [sīr]

transitive verb (past and past participle sired, present participle sir·ing, 3rd person present singular sires)

father offspring: to father young, especially animals

noun (plural sires)

1. male parent of four-legged animal: the male parent of a four-legged animal, especially a domesticated animal such as a stallion or bull

2. Sireaddress to king or lord: a respectful form of address for a king or lord (archaic)

[12th century. Via French < Latin senior]

The whole congregation to whom I speak weekly is the witness to this fact.

When I started writing articles for this blog site, letters with praises keep pouring in, whose writers I do not know personally. I do not even know if they are members (or not) of the Church of God, International. I have always wanted to forbid them to neither thank me nor honor me in any manner. I do not feel comfortable being praised or honored by men who look up to me as their leader; but verses in the Scriptures have held my hands to write anything to stop them. For years, I have been practicing to incline my conscience towards the Scriptures.

(Acts 24:16) And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

It is God who said that a Christian must honor all men. I am a man, although ‘nobody’, but the least, still is a man. I do not want (nor ever will want) to have a conscience of offense towards God who permits any man to be honored. God is not a God that grabs all honors. He even knows how to honor and respect man.

(Psalms 138:6) Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

But after all things have been said and done, it is our duty as erring human who know our own infirmities and shortcomings to give back to God all praises, honor, and glory forever. Amen.

(1 Timothy 6:16) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.

To my readers, may I advice you once and for all to always thank and honor God for whatever truth or wisdom you may learn in reading the articles of this blog site, after all, this is the conscience of the great “men of faith” from whom I have learned this virtue of regarding myself as nobody!

(Acts 13:14-15) Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein…

It is vanity to honor and deify mortal men!

Sincerely in Christ,

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Brother Eli

 

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The Origin of Humankind

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As I travel to different places of the world, I noticed not only the difference in skin colors, but also, the shape of nose, the shape of the eyes, the height, and the hair of people in four continents of the earth that I have reached.

I am a man of many questions in my mind because I am a keen observer of almost everything that I have been privileged to see. I believe my curiosity is one of the factors that led me to a deeper search of truth that I satisfactorily found in the Bible.

If the entire human race came from one family, why is it possible that there are races that stand taller than others having eyes, noses, and hair very much different from another?

The answer to these questions is very well elucidated both in the Bible and in Science. Biblically, the ordinary human can produce ‘giants’.

(Genesis 6:2-4) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

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The cross-breeding of the sons of God with the daughters of men produced these giants!

Scientifically, giants or men of extra-ordinary height and size can be caused by what is called pituitary growth hormone excess, also known as “pituitary gigantism”.

The human body is an adaptable organism. It can adapt even to extremes in the environment. This ability to adapt itself to a given environment helps in the ‘shaping’ of his physical body. It can be noted that there are places where natives are noticeably with long protruding noses, while the opposite is very much apparent in other places of the globe.

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Quick Facts:

Climate clearly has put its imprint on the tint of our skin, the size of our noses, and other physical traits…

…Amid such discussions, however, a consensus exists that climate has influenced the evolution of the human physique.

Skin color, for example, is determined largely by the amount of melanin, a dark pigment, in the outer layer of the skin. (Carotene imparts a yellow tint.) In sunny climates close to the Equator, natural selection has favored dark, melanin-rich skin, which protects its owner by absorbing harmful ultraviolet rays before they penetrate to lower layers. But some ultraviolet light must penetrate the skin so that the body can produce Vitamin D. Thus, at higher latitudes, where sunlight is less intense, pale skin with little melanin is the norm.

Among dark-skinned people, moreover, there are great variations in skin color. The drawback of dark skin is that, like dark cloth, it absorbs more heat from the sun than does lighter skin. In prehistory, anthropologists explain, those who roamed the savannah “traded off” some protection from ultraviolet rays for the reduced heat retention of lighter skin. For forest-dwellers, living in less extreme heat, a darker complexion was an evolutionary advantage.

Melanin also determines eye color. The human eye appears blue when there is no melanin in the outer iris, and turns darker as melanin increases. In the iris, as in the skin, melanin absorbs light, protecting the eye from glare. Thus, dark eyes are generally favored by nature. In Europe, however, almost 50 percent of the population has blue, green, or gray irises, Such people may see further in dim light, but scientists still do not fathom the evolutionary logic of blue eyes – or blond hair, for that matter. The eyes of the Chinese, Japanese, Eskimos, and other people of Mongoloid descent – one third of the world’s population – are protected by epicanthic folds. These folds, composed of fatty tissue, probably evolved among their forebears inhabiting the Arctic in order to insulate the eye against freezing, and to provide an additional shield against glare from snow and ice. Even the human nose adapts to climate.

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Inside the nose, a series of wet, mucus-lined air chambers “conditions” inhaled air before it reaches the throat and the delicate air sacs of the lungs, warming it to about 95 degrees Fahrenheit and raising its relative humidity to 95 percent. Humans in cold climates – or in hot, dry ones – thus have the greatest need to condition the air they breathe. Natural selection in such climes generally favors larger noses with more mucus lining: flattened, to protect against frostbite, in frigid environments; long and narrow in arid regions. In a like manner, the size and shape of the human form help the body regulate internal temperature. Over thousands of years, cooler climates tend to produce larger people. The reason: Their extra mass helps them retain heat. Although large people also have more skin surface from which heat can escape, the tradeoff still works to their advantage. As the body grows larger, mass becomes greater relative to skin area. The Alakaluf Indians on the frigid southern tip of South America, for example, are 25 percent taller than the Ituri Pygmies of Central Africa. Yet, the Alakalufs are more than two times heavier – and thus store much more body heat. Variations in body shape complicate the picture. A tall, skinny man has more surface area – and heat loss – than does a shorter, huskier man of the same weight. Thus, cold territories closest to the North and South Poles tend to be populated by stocky folk. In southern Africa, Pygmies, the world’s shortest people, dwell very near the Nilotic tribes (e.g., the Dinka), the tallest. But the Nilotic tribes live in the dry, open savannahs, the Pygmies, in the shaded forests. The Nilotics’ environment puts a premium on having more skin surface to release heat, thus their extremely tall, slender build. And, occasionally, there appear uniquely adapted humans, A notable example: the Khoikhoi women of the open African savannah, who have thin torsos suited to the hot climate, but also protruding buttocks (steatopygia) containing storehouses of fat to draw upon in times of famine. Just as it is difficult to prove a correlation between past climatic change, and, say, the demise of an ancient civilization, so today’s anthropologists are not certain that all their inferences about climate and human evolution are well founded. Very few of the world’s peoples in all their variety now inhabit the same territories where, long ago, their ancestors presumably developed certain characteristics in response to climate. Often, notes Grover Krantz, anthropologists resort to “pulling people out of areas where their… traits don’t fit the environment and putting them back where they do fit”. http://eng.1september.ru/2003/29/1.htm

 

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The information that was written in the Bible that the human race came from only one family is very much scientifically true. The scattering abroad of the family of Noah in different places of the habitable earth eventually and gradually produced different physical features among them depending on the kind of environment they settled to live.

(Acts 17:26) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation…

Many theories including the infamous Darwinian Theory of Evolution was taught and believed even by reputed scientists; but a fact remains — that we were created by a great God, from the first man and woman; we came from one family (not from apes); with only one language and tongue, which was later confounded by God, for His will to populate the earth with humans be fulfilled.

(Genesis 3:20) And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

God is not the author of confusion, but is a God of order and truth.

(1 Corinthians 14:40) Let all things be done decently and in order.

To believe in the theory of evolution is to believe in accidents, for the theory of evolution can only be explained by accidents that allegedly happened in nature, and perhaps in the brains and minds of evolutionists!

 

To God be the glory!

 

Sincerely in Christ,

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EFS

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God is Not the Author of Confusion

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(1 Corinthians 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

But would you believe that in order to execute God’s will for people to populate, fill, and subdue the earth, God ‘confused’ the only one language of people living on earth in those times? This is how the story goes.

(Genesis 11:1-8 ) And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

God’s command to the family of Noah to repopulate or replenish the earth is ecologically sound. People must not only inhabit a particular place and let the other places of the earth be dominated by beasts and wild animals. Humankind, and not beast, must subdue the earth.

(Ezekiel 14:13,15) Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts…

Because of their apparent resistance on God’s will, God confused their language. That event that happened in the Tower of Babel saw the birth of different nations and languages in the human family. The rest is history.

Historically, there are four groups of ancient languages.

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Quick Facts:

Linguists divide the Semitic languages into four groups. The North Peripheral group is represented by the Assyro-Babylonian language, or Akkadian. The oldest attested Semitic language, with the oldest Semitic literature, Akkadian was spoken in Mesopotamia between about 3000 bc and 600-400 bc and used as a literary language until the 1st century ad.

The North Central group includes the ancient and modern Hebrew language; ancient tongues such as Ugaritic and Phoenician; and the Aramaic language, including Syriac, or Christian Aramaic.

The South Central group consists of literary or Standard Arabic and the modern spoken Arabic dialects (see Arabic Language). Maltese, an offshoot of Arabic, is spoken on the island of Malta and, because of its location, has been heavily influenced by Italian.

The South Peripheral group consists of the South Arabic dialects, now spoken in parts of the southern Arabian Peninsula (and in ancient times by peoples such as the Minaeans and Sabaeans); and the languages of Ethiopia. The latter include Ge’ez, or classical Ethiopic, now surviving only as a literary and liturgical language; Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia; and regional Ethiopian languages such as Tigré, Tigrinya, and Gurage.
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Because of the confusion that happened, they were forced to scatter to all the habitable face of the earth. A group that does not understand the language or the speech of another group, was forced to depart and separate themselves as a group.

Another question arises: If humankind came from only one family, why the difference in color, physical features, etc.

The Bible tells us the root-cause and not necessarily the results. The results can be obtained in reality. Apparent reality can be traced back to the root-cause.

Mathematically, the more than six billion people that now populate the entire earth came from a much smaller stock in the early 19th century, about six hundred million, and further, from eight souls that survived the great flood.

(1 Peter 3:20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Is there, by any chance, that a family may grow up to a huge global population of different colors, breeds, cultures, and physical features? The answer is, reality; but how?

The color of the skin is influenced by the environment. In places where there is abundance of scorching sunlight, people’s skin can turn darker.

(Songs of Solomon 1:6) Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

It may take a thousand years for the complete blackening of the skin of a particular race. No wonder there are now in reality black people because the human family have existed on earth for many thousands of years.

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Quick Facts:

Jablonski and Chaplin proposed an explanation for the observed variation of untanned human skin with annual UV exposure. By Jablonski and Chaplin’s explanation, there are two competing forces affecting human skin tone:

1. the melanin that produces the darker tones of human skin serves as a light filter to protect against too much UV light getting under the human skin where too much UV causes sunburn and disrupts the synthesis of precursors necessary to make human DNA; versus

2. humans need at least a minimum threshold of UV light to get deep under human skin to produce vitamin D, which is essential for building and maintaining the bones of the human skeleton.

Jablonski and Chaplin note that when human indigenous peoples have migrated, they have carried with them a sufficient gene pool so that within a thousand years, the skin of their descendants living today has turned dark or turned light to adapt to fit the formula given above–with the notable exception of dark-skinned peoples moving north, such as to populate the seacoast of Greenland, to live where they have a year-round supply of food rich in vitamin D, such as fish, so that there was no necessity for their skin to lighten to let enough UV under their skin to synthesize the vitamin D that humans need for healthy bones.

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Quick Facts:

The belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Seventh-Day Adventists that the human family is only about six thousand years old is wrong. It is belied by physical evidences obtained recently by archaeologist.

The Bible shows that we are nearing the end of a full 6,000 years of human history. Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 13-14 of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

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The Mayan culture is believed to have existed in the American continent some thirty-five thousand years ago.

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Ancient Mayan Civilization

Perhaps as early as 35,000 years ago, nomadic people came from Asia to the Americas across the frozen Bering Strait. In the course of many millennia, their descendants settled in and adapted to different environments, creating many cultures in North America, Central America, and South America. The Mayan culture emerged in the lowland area of the Yucatán Peninsula and the highlands to the south, in what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, western Honduras, and Belize. Many aspects of this culture persist in the area despite nearly half a millennium of European domination. All evidence, whether from archaeology, history, ethnography, or linguistic studies, points to a cultural continuity in this region. The descendants of the first settlers in the area have lived there for at least three millennia. http://www.country-studies.com/belize/ancient-mayan-civilization.html

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The question about different skin colors can biblically and scientifically be explained; But what about the different physical feature? All this on our next article.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

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Brother Eli Soriano

 

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