FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD, FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD
WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Jehovah’s Witnesses in more than 230 lands are knocking on people’s doors and on the streets, asking related question. It is interesting to know that no one has spoken to hates friendship. They have their own personal choice of friendship with God or People What does that tell us about humans? That love and friendship are basic human needs. Even a six month old baby cries out loud not because he or she is hungry but because they need attention. Love and friendship are what parents are ready to give all the time. Teenagers alike always ask for the permission to go and visit their friends. And as people grow older they need friendship more than ever before. We may ask why is it so ? This is because Jehovah our creator designed us to need love and want friendship. When this need goes unfulfilled, we are unhappy and this results in serious problems. One Psychiatrist, Dr Rakoff has this to say: “Lack of friends leads more often to suicide than does either poverty or unemployment. People who are lonely and in despair are prime candidates for depression and suicide.” Even though most people are not successful in keeping friends but it is something they are always in need of. So what type of love and friendship does the scripture encourage to seek? Proverbs 17:17 Because friendship is something we can not do without some tend to seek for it where ever they can find it. Clear warning for us James 4:4
What is the “WORLD” the scripture refers to ? This is a world of human society ruled by Satan and refusing to worship the only true God Jehovah. Revelations 12:9 also refers to this world of people as the inhabited earth mislead by Satan. And 2 Corinthians 4:4 helps us to see that these people choose that part because Satan blinded their mind of reasoning. As we know he is using various parts of earthly organizations to achieve his purpose. Some of them are: False Religion- scriptural misinterpretation.
The second… Political Governments- nationalizm
And the third… Commercial System- advertising.
Also our Creator in a large way has helped us to identify these worldly friends and characteristics. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 What about immorality and loose conduct? This is what they promote on TV and everywhere. This helps us to see why Jehovah warns us not to love or befriend this world and the people who prefer its friendship. We all know that Jehovah’s standard and warnings is for our protection from the corrupt influences we just mentioned.
But the question is: In what way and manner do we heed this warning? Or how do we shun friendship with the world? Well it shouldn’t be looking down on people or adopting a superior attitude towards them, but by imitating Christ and his apostles. With a humble attitude, they always reached out to these ones to help them make changes in their life by educating them in God’s way. In imitation of early Christians we did not go building camps and cities or monastery to avoid being influenced. Rather we imitate Apostle Paul who did everything possible to help save people lives. 1Corinthians 9:19, 22 This involved acts of kindness and being a good neighbor, something that can not be found in today’s world. One experience from Spain, Has this to say:- “One thing we don’t want to do is to love the world or seek it’s friendship in way that displeases God, to share in its desires. To harbor its ambitions and to display...
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