(219) – PARADOXES

1.  We read in the gospel of John, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

If no man or woman born of flesh and blood, through human intercourse, is a child of God, why did Jehovah, in the Old Testament, have children born of blood, of flesh, and of the will of the man? (Deut. 14:1; 32:18-20; Is. 1:2; 30:9; 63:8).

And the very Jehovah begot the children of the flesh (Ezek. 16:20-21; 23:37).

The people of God need to know the truth.

2.  If God does not beget children who are born of flesh and blood, and of the carnal intercourse, as we read in John 1:12-13, why did Jehovah declare that he begot these children? (Ezek. 16:20-21; 23:37).

3.  If God, the Father, does not beget children from the human semen and of the carnal womb as we read in John 1:12-13 and 1 Pet. 1:23, which says, “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God”, why has Jehovah begotten Isaac in the flesh? (Gen. 18:10-14; 21:1-2).

4.  If Jehovah is the god who opens and shuts the wombs of the women to have or not children in the flesh, according to what we read in Gen. 20:17-18; 25:21; 29:31; 30:17; 30:22-23it is clear that all those who are born of flesh are born of Jehovah. Why, then, John declares that God, the Father, does not beget children in the flesh? (John 1:12-13).

5.  If a divided kingdom does not stand, as Jesus said in Matt. 12:25, why did Jehovah divide the kingdom of Israel in two, in the days of Reoboam, son of Solomon? When they were divided, the kingdoms began to fight, destroying one another (1 Kings 11:1-12; 14:30; 15:6-7, 16, 32).

6. The faithful Christians need to recognize what is behind the veil of the Old Testament (2 Cor. 3:14).

If the demon possessed, that is, all of those who have malignant spirits are a work of Satan and not of God, and for that reason the Father God sent his Son to the world to set them free, why did Jehovah make Saul, king of Israel, to be demon possessed? (1 Sam. 16:14-15; 18:10-11; 19:9-10).

7.  If God, the Father of Jesus, wants all men to be saved, for he is love and loves everyone (1 Tim. 2:3-4; 1 John 4:7-8; John 3:16-17), the question is the following: Why did Jehovah harden the heart of Pharaoh and of the Egyptians to later send plagues, and kill all the first-born and the armies of Pharaoh in the sea? If Jehovah hardened their hearts, they were not guilty, but Jehovah was guilty (Ex. 4:21; 7:3; 9:12, 34, 35; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8).

There is a dark detail that we must register here: “Israel also came into Egypt; thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And He caused His people to be very fruitful and made them stronger than their adversaries. HE TURNED THEIR HEART TO HATE HIS PEOPLE” (Ps. 105:23-25). The story proves that Jehovah condemned Egypt and Pharaoh, never thinking about saving them. This goes against 1 Tim. 2:3-4; 4:10; 2 Pet. 3:9.

8.  If God, the Father, is not a respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11; Acts 10:34), and Jehovah declared this in the law (Deut. 10:17), why did Jehovah show partiality to peoples and races? Moses tells us:“That you may understand how Jehovah makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel” (Ex. 11:7). “For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God; and Jehovah has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deut. 14:2). The Father of Jesus is God of all the people. “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also” (Rom. 3:29).

9.  We read in the law that Jehovah gave at Mount Sinai, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin” (Deut. 24:16). Nine hundred years later the prophet Isaiah said, “Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter because of the iniquity of their fathers” Is. 14:21) What Christians need to know is: Was it Jehovah who spoke by the mouth of Isaiah or not? For Isaiah contradicts the law of Jehovah. And Isaiah declares that Jehovah spoke through his mouth (Is. 16:13-14; 20:2; 37:21-22; 38:7-8). Does Jehovah have different weights and different measures?

10.  The barbarous peoples practiced human sacrifices of both children and adults to placate the wrath of their gods. Jehovah, in his law, condemned such sacrifices. “Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death, the people of the land shall stone him with stones” (Lev. 20:2-5). To give his offspring to Molech means to burn his child, that is, cause him to go through the fire (Lev. 18:21; 2 Kings 16:2-3; 21:6; 23:10; Jer. 19:5). Jehovah, nevertheless, accepted human sacrifices to placate his wrath. Jehovah said to Moses, “And Jehovah said to Moses, ‘Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before Jehovah, so that the fierce anger of Jehovah may turn away from Israel’” (Num. 25:4). The doubt that comes to the one reading the Old Testament is: Did the barbarous peoples imitate Jehovah or was it the other way around?

11.  We read in Ex. 15:3 that Jehovah is a man of war. Jehovah was the god of war of the Israelites, in the same way as Mars was the god of war of the Romans. He was called Jehovah Zebaoth (The Lord of the Armies). As the god of the wars, he had a secret book, THE BOOK OF THE WARS OF JEHOVAH (Num. 21:14). In this black book of Jehovah are the names of the hated nations. Jehovah fought these nations or tribes forever. The first of them was Egypt, for 400 years before Jehovah had told Abraham that he was going to fight against it (Gen. 15:13-14). The second one was Amalek. “Jehovah has sworn; Jehovah will have war against Amalek from generation to generation” (Ex. 17:16). Two nations formed the third group, Moabites and Ammonites (Deut. 23:3-4).

The New Testament has another message: God does not have adversaries or enemies. Man makes himself an enemy of God. And God, then, sends his only begotten Son to reconcile his enemies and save the lost. Paul says, “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Rom. 5:10). In the Old Testament Jehovah was an enemy of men (Ex. 23:22). Later he became an enemy of his people(Lam. 2:1-5; Is. 63:10).

12.  Jehovah forbids the priests to marry prostitutes (Lev. 21:13-15). To Jehovah, to marry a prostitute meant to profane one’s offspring. How come he commands Hosea to marry a prostitute? The very Jehovah profaning the prophet Hosea’s offspring? (Hos. 1:1-3). How is this?

13.  The apostle John declares that God is light and that there is no darkness in him (John 1:5). Jesus is also light, and wherever he walked there was light (John 8:12; 12:46). It was different with Jehovah: wherever he was, there was darkness. Moses says that: “And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. Then Jehovah spoke to you from the midst of the fire” (Deut. 4:11-12). If Jehovah were light, Mount Sinai would shine because of his presence, but that was not what happened. Is Jehovah the god of darkness? (Ex. 20:21; Deut. 5:22-24; Ps. 18:11).

14.  Jehovah forbid his people to marry foreign women (Ex. 34:15-16); Deut. 7:1-4; Josh. 23:11-13; Ezra 9:1-2), and afterwards Jehovah allowed these abominable unions (Deut. 21:10-14)? After that, how could Jehovah counsel men to send their wives away, whenever they were displeased with them?

15.  “And Jehovah said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make [other gods] with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in every place where I record my name I will come unto thee and I will bless thee” (Ex. 20:22-24).

If Jehovah was the one who commanded sacrifices and burnt offerings on the altars of stone, and who, through this ritual, meant to bless his people, why do we read in Jer. 7:21-22 that Jehovah denied this ritual saying that he never spoke on the subject?

 

by PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA

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