(450) – THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL 6

Jehovah pronounces himself god, in other words, testifies of himself: “For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy” (Is. 57:15). Jehovah himself declared: “I am God” (Is. 43:12). And Jesus declared the following: “If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid” (John 5:31). The one who testifies of Jesus Christ is God the Father, Jesus said: “It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true” (John 5:32). And the same John wrote: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God’s testimony which he has testified concerning his Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn’t believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have God’s Son doesn’t have the life” (1 John 5:9-12). Jehovah, testifying of himself, dealt out condemnation and death to all men. And Christ, who did not testify of himself, was condemned in our place and gives us eternal life (Gal. 1:4). The one who testifies of himself reveals pride; the humble can be seen only when others testify of him. The proud and touchy man takes offense in any thing (Lev. 10:1-2; 2 Sam. 6:6-7). The humble is like a dumb sheep when it goes unjustly to the slaughter (Is. 53:7). No arrogant or proud are holy. We are going to offer various biblical arguments to prove that Jehovah is not holy:

  1. Jehovah was offended by king Saul and put in him an evil spirit (1 Sam. 16:14-15). The Hebrew text says torments, but the defenders of Jehovah changed it to trouble. Where have you heard of a saint placing evil demons in needy sinners? Jesus, who is really holy, does not send evil spirits, on the contrary he delivers all the oppressed (Mark 1:23-26).
  2. Jehovah supports the lie. When Israel was planning to kill Ahab, the king of Israel, he asked the opinion of the angels. An evil spirit came out from among them and said: “‘Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ One said one thing; and another said another. A spirit came out and stood before Jehovah, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ Jehovah said to him, ‘How?’ He said, ‘I will go out and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ He said, ‘You will entice him, and will also prevail. Go out and do so’” (1 Kings 22:19-23). The one who supports the lie has never been holy.
  3. Jehovah kills innocent children when their parents sin: “Prepare for slaughter of his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, that they not rise up and possess the earth” (Is. 14:21). This commandment was given to the Chaldeans, but Jehovah uses the same measure with his most dear servants. David was the closest servant to Jehovah, who witnessed the following: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). For when David committed adultery and homicide, Jehovah said: Because with this deed you gave opportunity for Jehovah’s enemies to blaspheme, and also the son that will be born will die. David, knowing that Jehovah loved him, fasted and prayed seven days. But Jehovah did not forgive; on the contrary, he killed the newborn baby (2 Sam. 12:14-20). When he killed the child of David, Jehovah committed an injustice, and the unjust is not holy.
  4. Jehovah keeps wrath and vengeance against those he dislikes for thousands of generations. The problem that presents itself in this attitude of Jehovah is the eternal wrath. Amalek made war with Israel in the desert when they left Egypt, and Jehovah said: “Jehovah has sworn: ‘Jehovah will have war with Amalek from generation to generation’” (Ex. 17:16). Four hundred and fifty years later Jehovah gave the following order to Saul: “I have marked that which Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don’t spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and nursing baby, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1 Sam. 15:2-3). Wait there. Nine or ten generations had passed, and Amalek had already been dead for 400 years, and Jehovah was still turning the matter over and over in his mind with hatred and vengeance for over almost 500 years? He orders the death of people that did not have any remembrance of what had happened and were, therefore, innocent of the crime of their predecessors? A god that broods vengeful hatred for four centuries is far from being holy (1 Sam. 15:1-3).
  5. When Moses refused to go to Egypt and deliver Israel, claiming that he was not eloquent but was slow of speech and slow of tongue, Jehovah said to him: “Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn’t it I, Jehovah?” Has Jehovah made the speaking and also the dumb? Does he make the seeing and also the blind? The god who does these things is not righteous or holy (Ex. 4:10-11).
  6. One of the special punishments of Jehovah was to prostitute the wife of the disobedient sinner: “You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use its fruit” (Deut. 28:30). Jehovah says, in the case of Israel’s apostasy: “Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to those who shall possess them: for everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8:10). And at the end of the history of Israel, Jehovah decreed evil, saying: “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city will be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished” (Zech. 14:2).

The one who does these things claims to be holy. But this is a lie. Therefore Jehovah is the father of lies, has never been holy, and will never be.

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

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