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    Fiction can be defined as stories about people and events that, though untrue; are plausible; viz: realistic.

    Fantasy can be defined as stories about people and events that are not only untrue; but implausible; viz: unrealistic.

    For example: a story about a boy like Pinocchio is unrealistic; while a story about a boy with autism is realistic. The difference between Pinocchio and a boy with autism is that the one is compatible with normal reality; while the other is far removed from normal reality.

    I have yet to read even one of Jesus Christ's parables that could not possibly be a real-life story. They're all actually quite believable. Now; if he had told one that alleged the moon was made of green cheese; we would have good reason to believe that at least that one was fantasy; but none of them are like that. At best; Christ's parables might qualify as fiction; but never fantasy because none of them are so far removed from normal reality that there is no possible chance of it ever being true.

    Luke 16:19-31 is commonly alleged to be a parable; which of course implies that the story is fiction; and some would even say fantasy. But the parable theory has a fatal flaw. Abraham is not a fictional character: he's a real-life man; held in very high esteem by at least three of the world's prominent religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And he's also the friend of God (2Chrn 20:27, Isa 41:8). I simply cannot believe that Jesus Christ-- a man famous among normal Christians for his honesty and integrity --would say something untrue about a famous real-life man; especially about whom it's said is one of his Father's buddies.

    And on top of that, the story quotes Abraham a number of times. Well; if the story is fiction, then Jesus Christ is on record testifying that Abraham said things that he didn't really say; which is a clear violation of the commandment that prohibits bearing false witness.

    There is something else to consider.

    The story of the rich man and Lazarus didn't originate with Jesus Christ. No, it originated with his Father. In other words: Jesus Christ was micro-managed.

    †. John 3:34 . . He is sent by God. He speaks God's words

    †. John 8:26 . . He that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him.

    †. John 8:28 . . I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught me.

    †. John 12:49 . . I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

    †. John 14:24 . .The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me.

    So, by implying that Luke 16:19-31 is false, the parable theory insinuates that God is a person of marginal integrity who can't be trusted to tell the truth about people, not even about His own friends, which is ridiculous seeing as how Titus 1:2 and Heb 6:18 testify that God cannot lie.

    FYI: Luke 16:27 reveals that people in the rich man's situation suffer anxiety worrying about their relatives.

    Can you just imagine the shock, the horror, and the terror that kicks deceased Jehovah's Witnesses in the guts when they find themselves in the same situation? Well; that's all they need to instantly realize that traditional Christianity has been right about hell all along and the Watch Tower Society is a Judas goat.

    But that's not the worst of it. Just think of all the Jehovah's Witness parents who have actually trained their own children to follow mom and dad down there. How does one bear the torment of something like that on their conscience?

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    The Watch Tower Society uses the passage below to substantiate its doctrine that people go out of existence when they die.

    †. Ps 146:4 . . His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish.

    The Hebrew word for "thoughts" is 'eshtonah (esh-to-naw') which means: thinking.

    Unfortunately, Ps 146:4 is the only place in the entire Old Testament where 'eshtonah appears so we can't compare its uses in other contexts. However, according to Webster's the word "thinking" is an ambiguous word with quite a variety of meanings to choose from; including, but not limited to: concerns, anticipations, conceptions, opinions, imaginations, visualizations, ideas, epiphanies, plans, schemes, fantasies, arguments, deliberations, and the like.

    For example: consider all those people who perished in the World Trade Center, in the Japan and Indonesia tsunamis, and the Haiti earthquake. None of them woke that day planning on it being their last on earth. No, on the contrary; they had people to see, places to go, and things to do: but before the day ended; whatever was on their minds lost its importance-- their priorities went right out the window and became no more significant than green cheese on the moon. All their plans, their dreams, their schedules, their schemes, their problems, their ambitions, their loves, and their aspirations went right down the tubes as they were suddenly confronted with a whole new reality to cope with.

    So then, an alternative to the Watch Tower Society's theology is that people don't go out of existence when they die. Their cognitive processes don't stop working; no, Ps 146:4 only means that whatever was on their minds while they were alive is now out of mind; viz: null and void.

    Take for example Michael Jackson. While working on a new world tour, Jackson died in his sleep. As a result; his tour perished on the spot. Michael's dream went right out the window.

    The "spirit goes out" refers to the breath of life that God blew into Adam's nostrils in the book of Genesis. That breath (a.k.a. life force) served but one purpose and that was to energize Adam's body (cf. Jas 2:26). But there is much more to human life than a body. For example: where does human nature come from? That is a great mystery.

    How does the human brain, a 3-pound lump of flabby organic tissue, produce the phenomena of memory, consciousness, individuality, and self awareness? Why does Man have a sense of justice, of fair play, and a desire for revenge? Why does he prefer to be right rather than wrong? Why be right and/or wrong at all? Why does Man want his life to count for something? Why isn't Man amoral like the other creatures? Butterflies are free, why aren't we?

    Those kinds of questions cannot be answered on a physical level. There is an element to human life that is above and beyond an organic explanation.

    One of the strongest proofs that people continue to exist beyond the demise of their bodies is Jonah. While the prophet's corpse reposed in the tummy of a fish, Jonah went to a place that he described as the bottoms of the mountains. From thence he prayed for recovery; and was granted his request.

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    It's both tragic and ironic that the Watch Tower Society's missionaries go worldwide advertising a kingdom that they themselves will not be allowed to enter. Here's why.

    At John 3:3-12, Christ and a Jewish rabbi named Nicodemus discussed what Christ labeled "earthly things". The primary earthly thing discussed was the kingdom of God. The other earthly thing discussed was the spirit-birth requirement to enter it. In other words: the kingdom of God on earth, and the spirit-birth requirement to enter it, are joined at the hip.

    Rank and file Watch Tower Society missionaries (a.k.a. the earthly class) are not spirit-born now, nor do they ever expect to be-- not in this life, nor in the next; yet they hope to enter the kingdom of God on earth. However, seeing as how the spirit-birth requirement to enter it is a must rather than an option; then they will not succeed.

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    Q: Doesn't the wisdom of Solomon say there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in sheol? (Eccl 9:10)

    A: When studying the book of Ecclesiastes, it doesn't take long to catch on that his philosophy is based upon what can be seen through the eyes of empirical evidence and human experience. In other words: Ecclesiastes is a worldly view rather than a spiritual view. So, in order to obtain a spiritual view of reality, one must resort to the revelations of an inspired prophet rather than the reflections of an educated intellectual.

    Jonah 2:1-7 is very tricky. There are actually three prayers mentioned in it. One was prayed from the belly of the fish, one was prayed from the belly of sheol, and one was prayed at the point of Jonah's death. Very tricky.

    Long story short, Jonah said that sheol is at the bottoms of the mountains. (Jonah 2:6)

    The bottoms of the mountains are not located in the tummy of a fish; they're located in the depths of the earth.

    He also said "As for the earth, its bars were upon me for time indefinite." (Jonah 2:6)

    The bars of a fish are its ribs, the bars of the earth are its mantle.

    What I'm getting at is: although sheol probably includes one's grave, it's not limited to that because while Jonah's body was on ice in the fish's tummy, he was imprisoned at the bottoms of the mountains.

    Jesus Christ likened his experience to that of Jonah's.

    †. Matt 12:40 . . As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    Jesus Christ's corpse wasn't buried in the heart of the earth. It was interred on the surface of the earth. In point of fact, his grave wasn't even located in the earth's soil: it was above the soil in a rock-hewn tomb. So then:

    Was Jonah in the belly of a fish three days and three nights?

    Yes.

    Was Jesus Christ in the belly of a tomb three days and three nights?

    Yes.

    Was Jonah at the bottoms of the mountains?

    Yes.

    Was Jesus Christ in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights?

    Yes.

    The only possible means by which all the above could be true for both Jonah and Jesus Christ, is if the men and their bodies parted company and went separate ways when they died.

    How do I know that Jonah died? Easy.

    "you proceeded to bring up my life" is the language of resurrection; but there's more.

    "But out of the pit you proceeded to bring up my life, O Jehovah my God."

    The Hebrew word for "pit" sometimes indicates not only a literal hole in the ground, but also the putrefaction that dead bodies undergo in the grave. For example Psalm 16:10

    "For you will not leave my soul in sheol. You will not allow your loyal one to see the pit."

    Peter applied that passage to Jesus Christ when he said:

    "Moreover, even my flesh will reside in hope because you will not leave my soul in hades, neither will you allow your loyal one to see corruption." (Acts 2:26-27)

    According to the wisdom of Solomon, the dead are inactive in sheol and they have neither knowledge nor wisdom; but Jonah had enough wits about him in sheol to pray an intelligent prayer.

    "I called out of my distress to Yhvh, and He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of sheol; thou didst hear my voice." (Jonah 2:2)

    The apparent contradiction between Solomon and Jonah is easy to resolve when it's taken into consideration that the book of Ecclesiastes is inspired philosophy, while the book of Jonah is inspired prophecy.

    So then; people have a choice to make. Do they listen to Solomon the philosopher or do they listen to Jonah the prophet? Abraham recommends listening to the prophet. (Luke 16:27-31)

    Q: You're saying Jonah went to hell?

    A: Sheol/Hades essentially identify the afterlife world of the dead; both the good dead and the bad dead. In point of fact, according to Luke 23:43 Christ's section of hades/sheol was a pleasant situation.

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    People can pray their way out of sheol?

    A: Jonah's circumstances were special. God commissioned Jonah to go and cry against Nineveh. Long story short, Jonah refused. However; God was determined to change that man's mind even if He had to kill him to do it. Well; again, long story short, God won and Jonah-- no doubt grumbling every step of the way --finally marched off to Nineveh like he was supposed to do in the first place. And best of all, Jonah's nautical experience became a very valuable asset for people seriously interested in knowing what to expect in the afterlife.

    Q: So if New York City's sand hogs were to tunnel deep enough into the earth they'd find sheol/hades?

    A: The afterlife isn't physical; it's supernatural. So if the sand hogs were to tunnel down to the bottoms of the mountains to find sheol/hades they would fail because the supernatural world is non physical: viz: it cannot be detected by sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch. In other words: their tunneling machine could pass right through the very heart of the netherworld and not even know it.

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    †. John 3:34 . . For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's spirit is upon him without measure or limit.

    According to Jesus Christ's God-given message as per John 3:3-8, a physical man is defined as the product of natural human birth. This is far more serious than the typical non spirit-born Watch Tower Society missionary is capable of realizing.

    According to Paul the apostle's teachings at 1Cor 2:11-16, the physical man cannot relate to God, cannot perceive God's thoughts, and cannot accept the things of the spirit of God because to the physical man, the things of the Spirit are absurd and he cannot get to know them because they are examined spiritually as opposed to examined soulically.

    REBUTTAL: One thing you fail to realize is that a person need not be spirit born to be spiritual. There are a large number of references to this throughout the Bible, including Moses, Joshua, David, and many others who were spiritual and about whom it is never said they underwent spirit birth.

    RESPONSE: Well; quite obviously that ship has sailed and it's time to wake up and get your bearings. People today are not in the Old Testament era. They're in the New; and there's no going back; so everyone now is pretty much stuck with the God-given words spoken by Jesus Christ and the inspired teachings of the apostle Paul. So then, even if 1Cor 2:14 wasn't applicable back in the Old Testament's day, it sure is now; and all the clever sophistry and humanistic reasoning and rationalizing in the world is not going invalidate those men nor circumvent them.

    Now, we should address the Society's rebuttal that "it is never said they underwent spirit birth". The Watch Tower Society's rebuttal is called an argument from silence; which is essentially a kind of logic that concludes if something isn't clearly stated, then it's inferred from the silence that there was nothing to state. But I infer from the God-given words spoken by Jesus Christ, and from Paul the apostle's inspired teachings, that the Old Testament's luminaries were all spirit-born to a man regardless of the Bible not explicitly saying so.

    Don't you see? The spirit birth about which Jesus Christ spoke was not a new thing. In point of fact, Nicodemus was supposed to know all about it without Jesus having to explain it.

    †. John 3:10 . . Are you a teacher of Israel and yet do not know these things?

    The Watch Tower Society's missionaries have a decision to make: Did Jesus Christ and Paul the apostle know what they were talking about or not? And if they did; then why are the Society's missionaries listening to the Watch Tower Society instead of listening to Jesus Christ and Paul the apostle?

    Well; I'll tell you why. It's because Jesus Christ and Paul the apostle spoke for the things of the Spirit of God; therefore their teachings are unreasonable to Watch Tower Society missionaries by the simple fact that they are products of natural human birth instead of supernatural spirit birth.

    †. John 6:6-7 . . What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit. Do not marvel because I said you people must be born again.

    Well; it's no marvel to me. I mean, how else are people with a physical mind ever going to relate to God on a meaningful level? With the 3-pound lump of flabby organic tissue housed within their bony little skulls? HAW!

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    †. John 14:26 . . But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you.

    The Watch Tower Society's missionaries are taught to believe that God's spirit is alongside assisting them to identify, and to understand, the correct interpretations of the Bible. However, the Society's missionaries are also taught that only a special guild of 144,000 anointed Jehovah's Witnesses actually have the Spirit inside them rather than alongside and that is very serious. Here's why:

    †. Rom 8:9 . .You are in harmony, not with the flesh, but with the spirit, if God's spirit truly dwells in you.

    Seeing as how God's spirit does not truly dwell in the Society's missionaries, then they are, by default, in harmony with the flesh. That only makes things worse. Here's why:

    †. Rom 8:5-8 . . For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those in accord with the spirit on the things of the spirit. For the minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace; because the minding of the flesh means enmity with God, for it is not under subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God.

    Bottom line: Non anointed Watch Tower Society missionaries displease God, and He displeases them; viz: it's mutual; yet the Society's non anointed missionaries go door to-door brazenly passing themselves off as God's friends and allies.

    I think it probably goes without saying that people who do not have the anointing are ill equipped to spot the people who really do; viz: it takes one to know one.

    That being the case; then the hewers of wood and haulers of water-- the great crowd; a.k.a. the earthly class --are pretty much stuck with taking the Society's word for it that the core doctrines they carry with them door-to door were formulated by anointed Witnesses.

    Here's a plausible scenario:

    Millions of so-called Jehovah's Witnesses are subpoenaed to stand trial on the same date at the Great White Throne event depicted at Rev 20:11-15. The first one on the docket is Charles Taze Russell. Within minutes it becomes apparent to everyone present that the founder of the Watch Tower Society wasn't anointed.

    Next up is Joseph Franklin Rutherford; another key player in the Watch Tower Society's structure. Within minutes it becomes apparent to everyone present that he too wasn't anointed.

    Where does that leave his followers?

    Well; if an axe is laid to the root of a tree, won't the whole tree fall? Yes; it will. In other words: every so-called Jehovah's witness in the gallery will turn pale and clammy with panic knowing that whatever befalls Russell and Rutherford will also befall them; just as whatever befalls Muhammad will befall every Muslim who believed in him.

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    †. 1John 2:26-27 . .These things I write you about those who are trying to mislead you. And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.

    The anointing provides people with some valuable advantages to which people who lack it of course have no access.

    1• Protects people from deception

    2• Enables people to grasp Jesus Christ's teachings the way he wants them grasped

    3• Makes it possible for people to remain in union with him.

    The point is: according to Watch Tower Society theology, only 144,000 special Jehovah's Witnesses have the anointing. There aren't that many living Witnesses who have the anointing though because when anointed Witnesses die, their passing doesn't create vacancies; viz: 144,000 is the maximum.

    What that means is: the vast majority of living Witnesses don't have the anointing. We're talking about some serious numbers here. Currently, there are approximately 8.2 million living Witnesses. Even if all 144,000 anointed Witnesses were alive today, that would leave 8,056,000 Witnesses roaming the earth in our day who 1) have no protection from deception, 2) are unable to grasp Jesus Christ's teachings the way he wants them grasped, and 3) are not in union with him.

    Needless to say: when people are not in union with Jesus Christ; then they are not on his side. There is no neutral ground in this. They're either for Jesus Christ or they're against Jesus Christ.

    †. Matt 12:30 . . He that is not on my side is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters.

    It is really disturbing to think that there are a minimum of 8,056,000 Watch Tower Society agents out there passing themselves off as Yhvh's servants when they are not even working in cooperation with His beloved son Jesus Christ.

    You know who the worst kind of liar is? It's someone who lies to themselves. In other words: Watch Tower Society missionaries who sincerely believe themselves in union with Jesus Christ without the anointing, are the worst kind of liar because they literally have themselves fooled into believing something that isn't true. Ironically, they themselves are actually "one of those who are trying to mislead you".

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    Q: Why does the Watch Tower Society refer to the Word in John 1:1 as a god in lower case rather than a god in upper case?

    A: The Watch Tower Society's doctrine is based upon an imaginary grammatical technicality.

    The common Greek word for "god" is theós. When it's modified by the little Greek definite article "ho" the Society translates theós with an upper case G. But when the article is absent, they translate theós with a lower case g. In other words: in the Society's theological thinking; ho theós pertains to the one true God, while theós by itself pertains to nondescript gods; unless the context dictates otherwise.

    However, according to Dr. Archibald T. Robertson's Grammar Of The Greek New Testament, page 767: in regards to nouns in the predicate; the article is not essential to speech.

    In other words: when theόs is in the predicate, "ho" can be either used, or not used, without making any real difference. Bottom line? A translator's choice whether to capitalize either of the two theόs in John1:1 or not to capitalize them, is entirely arbitrary. So an alternate translation of John 1:1 could look like this:

    "In the beginning, the Word was, and the Word was with god, and god was the Word."

    Or:

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

    But no matter whether the Word is an upper case god or a lower case god, he is still a god; which presents a bit of a problem for the Watch Tower Society.

    There are only two classifications of gods in the Bible: the true and the false. There is no middle ground. Now according to John 17:3 and 1Cor 8:5-6, there is only one true god; which means all other gods have to be false gods. So then, if the Word of John 1:1 is not the one true god, then he is, by default, a false god.

    The Society tries to squirm out of this dilemma by claiming that when theós is unmodified by the article "ho" it refers not to deities; but to so-called mighty ones. Well; were that so then why don't they translate John 1:1 like this:

    "In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a mighty one."

    They can't translate it that way because in order to do so they would have to adulterate the Greek. So instead of translating theόs as a mighty one; they simply interpret it that way. In other words: they spin it; which can be defined as twisting something around to favor a particular point of view.

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    †. John 20:28 . . Thomas said to him: "My Lord and my God!"

    The Watch Tower Society's Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures translates a portion of that verse as "The God of me and the Lord of me" In other words: both "lord" and "god" are upper case.

    Many moons ago; I asked some Watch Tower Society missionaries to explain to me why the Society translated theós with an upper case "G" in that verse seeing as how in Watch Tower Society theology; only the one true god should be referred to with capital letters. Well; they were too inexperienced to explain and my question left them stumped.

    The fact of the matter is: by the Society's Greek translation rules; its translators had to use an upper case "G" because whenever theós is modified by the Greek definite article "ho", then the upper case is required.

    Well; personally it matters little to me whether Jesus Christ is an upper case god or a lower case god just so long as we can all agree that he's at least a god. But curiosity compels me to make further inquiry.

    If Jesus Christ was Thomas the apostle's God, then why isn't he the Society's God? I mean: if Thomas would speak to Jesus Christ and address him as "my God" then why can't the Society speak to Jesus Christ and address him the very same way? Isn't Jesus Christ their God too? If Jesus Christ was the apostle Thomas' God, then shouldn't Jesus Christ be everybody's God?

    Was Thomas out of line? Well if Thomas was out of line, then why didn't his master correct him? I mean: addressing someone other than the one true god as "my God" is a conduct that under normal circumstances would be regarded as idolatry, and maybe even blaspheme. Those are some pretty serious sins.

    REBUTTAL: Addressing the resurrected Jesus, the apostle Thomas exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28) This and other accounts were "written down that [we] may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God." (Copied and Pasted from Jehovah's Witnesses Questions And Answers)

    RESPONSE: Well; therein is the rub isn't it? If Jesus Christ really and truly is the one true god's offspring, then by simple biological rules, Jesus Christ is also the same species as the one true god.

    In other words: if the one true god were to reproduce-- which apparently He did --then He would produce more of Himself just as Adam produced more of himself when he reproduced. In Adam's case; a human begot a human; while in God's case; the one true god begot the one true god.

    This is an inescapable scientific principle. It's the way that the birds and the bees work; and everybody past puberty knows it; except maybe the Watch Tower Society. Apparently they're all late bloomers and still a little wet behind the ears.

    Thomas somehow knew that Christ was God's actual offspring. Exactly how Thomas came about that information I don't know but he obviously had an insight into the Divinity that the Watch Tower Society has been deprived.

    I close by saying that the gospel of John is wasted on people who fail to pick up on Jesus Christ's unique relationship with the one true god. If they come away from the gospel of John thinking that Jesus Christ is just another nondescript son of God as per Psalm 82:6, Job 38:7, John 1:12, and/or 1John 3:1-2; then there is nothing more that can be done to convince them otherwise. Sad to say: even Thomas the apostle's response bounces off them like a sonar ping. Instead of listening to Thomas, they bury him with mountains of clever sophistry, twisted semantic double speak, and humanistic half truths.

    FYI: Thomas was a Jew. As such he was under contract with God in accordance with the covenant that Yhvh's people agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Thomas, therefore, was forbidden to have any other god but the one with whom his people contracted.

    †. Ex 20:1-3 . . And God proceeded to speak all these words, saying: "I am Jehovah your God, who have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves. You must not have any other gods against my face.

    "against my face" is a combination of two Hebrew words that essentially refer to God's competitors. In other words: it is not Jehovah's wishes to have a market share of His people's affections; no, He'll settle for nothing less than 100%.

    †. Mark 12:28-30 . . Now one of the scribes that had come up and heard them disputing, knowing that he had answered them in a fine way, asked him: "Which commandment is first of all?"

    . . . Jesus answered: "The first is: Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah, and you must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength.

    According to Deut 27:26 and Gal 3:10, Jews failing to comply with that commandment are curse-worthy; and I entertain no doubts that Thomas was fully aware of it before he spoke.

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    On page 1129 of the Watchtower publication Aid To Bible Understanding; a mediator is defined as one who interposes between two parties at variance to reconcile them: an intercessor.

    Here's a question that someone wrote in to the "Questions From Readers" section of the April 01, 1976 issue of Watch Tower magazine, asking:

    "Is Jesus the mediator only for anointed Christians? (a.k.a. the 144,000)

    The answer given in the magazine is YES.

    The magazine's answer is corroborated on page 1130 of Aid To Bible Understanding where it says that the 144,000 are the only ones who have the mediator; a.k.a. Jesus Christ. (1John 2:1)

    Intercession for the earthly class-- the hewers of wood and the haulers of water, a.k.a. the great crowd --is accomplished on the coattails of the 144,000 anointed Witnesses; viz: Jesus Christ is an indirect, second party mediator for the rank and file via the kindly patronage of the Watchtower Society.

    It's sort of like buying insurance from Allstate. The company doesn't sell direct; its business is conducted through brokers. In essence, that's what the Society presumes itself: Jesus Christ's brokerage.

    So then; when a member of the earthly class either defects or is dis-fellowshipped, it breaks the pipeline to the mediator that he enjoyed within the Society's fold; and he right quick loses all contact with God; and finds himself in grave danger of the Tribulation.

    Bottom line: According to Watch Tower Society theology; it is impossible for non-anointed people to be on peaceful terms with God apart from affiliation with the Society's anointed class, a.k.a. the faithful and wise steward.

    In other words: Christ's mediation as per 1Tim 2:5 is accomplished via a hierarchy that begins with Christ's association with the anointed class; and from thence to the rest of humanity. Removing the anointed class from the chain of command; cuts humanity off from Christ.

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