God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is identical to Jesus in his works, and Jesus is identical to the Father in his works. Whatever one does, the other also similarly does. Let us read a few texts: “Jesus therefore answered them, “Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise” (John 5:19). “For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires” (John 5:21). “For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself” (John 5:26). “Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?’” (John 10:32). “Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake’” (John 14:8-11). This is why we read in the letter to the Hebrews: “His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance” (Heb. 1:3). If Jesus or the Father did the same works that Satan does, it would have been not only absurd, but also a monstrosity that would have ended the Church soon in its first years. Surely the Church would not exist today, and the name of Jesus would have been erased 2,000 years ago. Here it is the coherence between the Father and the Son. Therefore, we ask:
1. If the work of tormenting pertains to Satan and to the malignant spirits, as we read in Matt. 8:6, Luke 6:18 and Acts 5:16, why did Jehovah torment the poor sinners in the Old Testament? “If you shall reject my statutes, and if your soul abhors my ordinances, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant” (Lev. 26:15-16).
2. If God the Father is in favor of men, and also of sinners (Rom. 5:8), and the devil is the adversary of the Christians (1 Pet. 5:8), why was Jehovah the adversary of his people when they sinned? “He has bent his bow like an enemy, he has stood with his right hand as an adversary, has killed all that were pleasant to the eye: In the tent of the daughter of Zion he has poured out his wrath like fire. The Lord is become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel” (Lam. 2:4-5).
3. If the destroyer is Satan, and as strange as it may seem he was created by Jehovah (Is. 54:16; Job 15:21), why did Jehovah devastate his people instead of helping them? (Lev. 26:33; Ezek. 30:12). Devastating is a very poor method of teaching and educating. It looks like those employed in torture chambers.
4. Oppression is tyranny, suffocation. Oppressor is the merciless and cruel tyrant. The devil is the oppressor, and Jesus came to deliver the oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). If the oppressor is the devil, why was Jehovah the author of oppression? “Jehovah will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart; and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only OPPRESSED AND ROBBED always, and there shall be none to save you” (Deut. 28-29). “The fruit of your ground, and all your labors, shall a nation which you don’t know eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always” (Deut. 28:33). The true oppressor is that one who delivers into the hand of the oppressors.
5. The apostle Peter declares by the Holy Spirit that Satan, or the devil, is the lion that devours souls. “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (Pet. 5:8). Paul reveals that the devourer of souls is the lion, or the devil, in 2 Tim. 4:17. If the devil is the devouring lion, why did Jehovah devour like a lion? Let us read the words of Jehovah by the mouth of the prophet Hosea. “Therefore I am like a lion to them. Like a leopard, I will lurk by the path. I will meet them like a bear that is bereaved of her cubs, and will tear the covering of their heart. There I will devour them like a lioness. The wild animal will tear them” (Hos. 13:7-8).
6. Paul declares in 1 Cor. 5:5 that the destroyer of the flesh is Satan. If the devil is the destroyer of the flesh, why does Jehovah declare the same thing? Jehovah said: “I will destroy man whom I have created from the surface of the ground” (Gen. 6:13). And he said also: “The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:7). “Destroy” is the most common word used by Jehovah in his unjust retaliation projects devised for men who, according to him, is a worm or maggot (Job 25:6). (Texts on destruction: Deut. 28:20, 45,48,51,61 and 63. In verse 63 Jehovah declares that he feels pleasure in destroying.)
7. Jesus affirmed that all those who came before him were thieves and robbers (John 10:8). And added: “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (John 10:10). What does “steal” mean? To rob of goods by force, to plunder, pillage, devastate, and to destroy. To steal is to plunder. Jehovah used his people Israel to plunder. Israel plundered the cities of Sihon, the king Heshbon (Deut. 2:30-36). Jehovah led them to plunder the cities of Og, king of Bashan (Deut. 3:1-7). When they destroyed Jericho, the silver and the gold were plundered for Jehovah (Josh. 6:18-21). The blessing of Jehovah consisted in that he would war for Israel, destroying the people, and send them to plunder afterwards (2 Chr. 20:1,17 and 25. Read 2 Chr. 14:14 and Ezek. 26:1-12). Now, Jehovah also destroyed and killed men, as we saw on the 6th item. Therefore, he was a thief and a robber.
8. If darkness is the place of the fallen principalities and powers; if darkness is the slavering power of sin over men, for it is written: “This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil” (John 3:19); then Jesus commanded Paul, saying: “open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts. 26:18). If darkness is the place of eternal condemnation for the wicked (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), why would Jehovah hide in darkness? (Ex. 20:21). Why was there terrible darkness on Mount Sinai where Jehovah was? (Deut. 4:11-12; 5:23). David expressed himself in this manner: “He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies” (Ps. 18:11). And why did John, the apostle of love, declare, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5)?
9. If Satan, proud and scornful, declared to Jesus that he had received all the kingdoms of this world and their glory, it is obvious that the kingdoms of this world are all of them tyrannical and corrupt, full of murderous schemes, full of flatterers, intrigues fill the dark corridors. History registers facts and treasons so diabolic that it is difficult to say that the devil was lying. So, if this is the story of the kingdoms, why did Jehovah declare himself, so proudly, the owner of this world (Ps. 24:1)? And the worst is that he declared to be the great king of this dark world (Ps. 47:2-8; 22:28; 99:1; 96:10: etc.). It is then difficult to not believe in what Jehovah declares so exultantly: “I AM KING” (Jer. 46:18). Well, Jehovah is the one who controls the wars and the killings, the plunders, and the very corruption (Is. 13:3-18).
10. As we said in the beginning, Jesus and the Father are one concerning the works. Now, Jesus has not practiced any of these dark works of Jehovah, and he declared that the good works that he has done, the Father did them through him. Therefore, Jehovah is not the Father.
BY PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA