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Matthew 12:46-50 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Family of Messiah

Matthew 12:46-50 – The True Family of Messiah

|| Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21

MT12:46 While still speaking to the crowds, look! his mother[1] and brothers[2] were waiting outside to speak with[3] Jesus. MT12:47 Someone called to Jesus, “Look! Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to speak to you.” MT12:48 Jesus responded and told this person: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” MT12:49 Now Jesus pointed at his disciples and said: “Look here! My ‘mother’ and my ‘brothers.’[4] MT12:50 For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father[5] – these are my brother and sister[6] and mother.”

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[1] His mother: The mother of our Lord is rare in the Gospels and often unnamed (Matthew 1:18; 13:55; Mark 3:31; Luke 2:48, 51; 8:19; John 2:5, 12; 19:25, 26). Nothing indicates she was a follower or even a believer at this time. She is differentiated from his “disciples.” Jesus even elsewhere infers that he may have not been honored or respected as a prophet even among his own family early on.

[2] Brothers: Jesus has four brothers so named: James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?” (Matthew 13:55, 56) The number and names of his sisters are never mentioned. Later, at least one (James) became a power in the Christian Church. See the word James in Acts, 1 Corinthians, and Galatians. The epistle of James is attributed to this brother.

[3] Waiting outside to speak with: We never discover the reason. One may speculate but it is useless: family business, a share in his honor. Few sons would have acted in this manner without serious cause. Compare John 7:3, 5.

[4] My ‘mother’ and my ‘brothers’: The Nazarene’s real ‘family’ is spiritual and related to him by faith. It is very possible that none of his fleshly family were among his disciples, or following him. Perhaps this is the reason for the terse ignoring of his family. At least twice family members wanted him to perform miracles for their benefit (John 2:1-12; 7:3, 5). It is only the beloved apostle John who brings this out. Hebrews 2:10-13 indicates Jesus Christ and the members of his Church are originating with The God. A point to note is that if Jesus were “God” then his followers would be brothers of God, not sons. William Barclay notes: “It was one of the great human tragedies of Jesus’ life that during his lifetime, his nearest and dearest never understood him.… When Jesus set out on his public mission, his friends tried to restrain him, for they said he was mad (Mark 3:21). He seemed to them to be busily engaged in throwing his life away in a kind of sanity.… ‘A Christian’s only relatives,’ said one of the early martyrs, ‘are the saints.’” (page 52)

[5] Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father: The word “will” is from the Greek THELMA and may be rendered determination, choice, desire or wish. What is the “will of the Father”? Surely this is connected to His “eternal purpose”? Jesus uses the phrase twice in Matthew. See notes on Matthew 7:21. Only in John 6:40 is the How of doing the will of the Father explained: “For this is the will of my Father: Everyone who observes the Son and deeply believes in him will have everlasting life.” This is put another way in another context when some ask Jesus what the work of God is so that they may do it. The Nazarene responds: “This is the work of The God that you deeply believe in the One He sent forth.” (John 6:29) Faith or conviction is right at the center of the Father’s will. This belief or faith surely involves a knowledge of the Messiah’s teachings or “doctrine.” (John 7:17 KJV)

“The will of God” is discussed by Paul, Peter, and John. How the Church is involved in His will: to serve for the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:9-13). God’s will is something to continually comprehend: be careful how one walks in the world (Ephesians 5:15-20). God’s will includes His sanctification which requires abstaining from fornication, illicit passions, and adultery (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8). Prayer and thankfulness are part of God’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). God’s will includes doing God and loving the brotherhood (1 Peter 2:15-17). God’s will may include suffering (1 Peter 4:19). There are three things that are not part of God’s will: fleshly desire, covetousness, and bragging about materialism (1 John 2:15-17). Perhaps God’s will is best summarized by His commandment: to have faith in His Son; and, love one another (1 John 3:23).

[6] Sister: Jesus has been silent on female followers until now. Though no woman is ever called a disciple in the Gospels, there were women who were “with” Jesus’ entourage of disciples. These “ministered to Jesus and his disciples from their belongings.” (Luke 8:2, 3) The truth is the Nazarene had spiritual ‘sisters’. In time, throughout the Gospel Age of the Church female disciples of Jesus out number the men. In the New Creation – the Seed of Abraham – there are no females – nor males – for all are “sons” and one in Christ (Galatians 3:26-29).

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Preceding

Matthew 1:18-25 – Genesis of Jesus Christ

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:1-4 A Wilderness Temptation

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 2 Prayer and neighbour love

Matthew 7:13-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #3 Matthew 7:21-23 The ones Jesus never knew

Matthew 12:1-8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Something Greater than the Temple

Matthew 12:9-21 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Is It Lawful to Cure on the Sabbath?

Matthew 12:22-30 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: the Charge of Demonism

Matthew 12:31-32 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Blasphemy against the Pneuma

Matthew 12:33-37 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment Day

Matthew 12:38-42 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Signs in Jonah and the Queen of the South

Matthew 12:43-45 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: A Generation Seven Times Worse

Gates to different belief systems in this world

False teachers and false prophets still around

Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God

Back from gone #4 Your inner feelings and actions

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Additional reading

  1. Truth, doubt or blindness
  2. Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
  3. When we think of Jesus let us strive to realise what he means to us
  4. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  5. False opposite true worship which exalts the God of Israel
  6. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  7. To will being present in us but to do it not always evident
  8. Material gain to honour God
  9. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  10. Salvation and Righteousness
  11. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken

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Related

  1. On Religion and Reasons: Why Fast for Lent?
  2. Some thoughts on Lent
  3. My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God
  4. Use what you have
  5. Don’t worry about it.
  6. God’s Children
  7. The children of God
  8. Bestowed Upon Us…
  9. What Makes You a Child and Heir of God?
  10. Sons of God

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #6 Valse leraren en geestelijke hoererij

Erg genoeg en spijtig genoeg moeten wij vast stellen dat de grote meerderheid van christenen ver afgeweken zijn van het Ware Geloof.

Als men weet dat Dé Allerhoogste Goddelijke Schepper zich aan de mens openbaar heeft gemaakt, zich zelf een volk heeft gekozen en hen duidelijk heeft gemaakt dat Hij hun Enige God hoort te zijn, waar geen afbeeldingen van mogen gemaakt worden en die niet duld dat andere godheden aanbeden worden of zaken worden afgesmeekt, dan zien wij bepaalde kerken waar men wél beelden van hun god aan de muur heeft hangen en waar ook beelden van mensen hangen, die ze heiligen noemen en waar zij wél dingen van afsmeken of hopen dat zij bepaalde dingen voor hen kunnen verwezenlijken, ook al zijn ze al lang geleden gestorven. Aan die kerkgemeenschappen kunnen wij zien dat zij afgeweken zijn van de teksten die zijn overgeleverd door de mannen van God, de profeten en Bijbelschrijvers of Schriftstellers.

Opmerkelijk is ook dat wij vele kerkgemeenschappen zien waar men eerder de woorden van de schrift heeft aangepast aan hun leven en hun tijd in plats van zich aan te passen aan de woorden van de Bijbel en hun leven op te bouwen zoals de eerste christenen probeerden naar Jezus leerstellingen te leven en God te dienen op de wijze dat God verlangt.

Uit de Schrift komen wij te weten dat er een tijd zal komen waar het kaf en het koren duidelijk zichtbaar zullen worden en van elkaar gescheiden zullen worden. Valse leraren zullen ontmaskerd worden. Het onderscheid tussen de groepen zal steeds duidelijker worden (Openb. 18:1, 4) De Universele Kerk zal meer en meer haar ware gezicht gaan laten zien. De Bijbel spreekt van Babylon de hoer en van de duivel die meer en meer heviger te keer zal gaan. De satans of tegenstrevers van God zullen meer en meer gepikeerd geraken dat er meer verkondigers opduiken die Gods Waarheid verkondigen. De Schrift vertelt ons namelijk dat het één van de tekenen der eindtijd zal zijn dat er meer verkondigers het Goede Nieuws zullen komen te verkondigen en alle moeite zullen doen om anderen ook heet licht der waarheid te laten zien.

Die instelling die zogezegd de ware kerk moest zijn zal ontmantelt worden door vele schandalen, waarbij het letterlijk hoereren ook blootgelegd zal worden. De laatste jaren doken er dan ook meer en meer schandalen in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk op.

Sinds de 19de eeuw gingen veel meer gewone mensen bewust de bijbel onderzoeken en zich aan te sluiten bij andere Bijbelonderzoekers. Deze Studenten van de bijbel vormden geloofsgemeenschappen met namen als Bijbelstudenten of Bible Students of wensten te verwijzen naar hun broederschap met Christus of aan te tonen dat zij onderdeel maakten van de Stad van Jezus Christus, Christadelphia of van een broederschap als Filadelphia of Christadelphians of Broeders in Christus.

Onder de Bijbelonderzoekers waren er die de leiding namen om te sturen en ondersteuning te geven aan diegenen die er bewust van waren van de noodzaak en belangrijkheid van het predikingswerk. Zij gingen de nadruk leggen op een persoonlijk aandeel aan de prediking van het Koninkrijk. Getrouwe christenen vonden het belangrijk om van deur tot deur te gaan om de Waarheid te verkondigen.

Naar de jaren zestig toe van de vorige eeuw werden vele christelijke leiders zo bang voor de naam van God dat zij er zelfs op stonden om die Heilige naam beter weg te laten. Zij die van God hielden en beseften hoe belangrijk die Naam wel is gingen verder om die Naam te verkondigen. Meerdere groepen zetten zich in om Gods Naam uit te dragen. Zo zijn de Getuigen van Jehovah wel de meest gekende groep van Bijbelonderzoekers. Die uitdragers van de Naam van God werden als om meer geschoffeerd. Op allerhande manieren wenst men ze nog steeds zwart te maken. Hiertoe worden vele leugens uit de kast gehaald om hen zwart te maken en om met hen te spotten. Andere niet-trinitarische bewegingen worden te samen met hen op dezelfde lijst van ongewenste ‘sekten’ geplaatst.

In het Christendom zitten de Universele Kerken, van het katholicisme en Protestantisme, nog lekker hoog op hun troon. Zo hoog gezeten en aanzien als de Grote Kerk en als Rijke Kerk en Politiek sterke kerk, zien zij zich nog onaantastbaar. Als koningen en koninginnen kunnen hun leiders nu nog zetelen, zoals in de Schrift vermeld.

„Ik zit als koningin, en ik ben geen weduwe, en ik zal nooit rouw zien” (Openb. 18:7).

Die grote instellingen in het christendom voelen zich inderdaad nog erg zeker. Zij zijn zelfs in de veronderstelling dat ze ’als een koningin zitten’ op de klasse van politieke leiders. Op dit moment zijn degenen die door het onkruid worden afgebeeld in Jezus parabels niet bepaald aan het wenen. Maar daar komt binnenkort verandering in.

Aan de hechte samenwerking tussen diegenen die leiding hebben in het christendom en de politieke leiders komt binnenkort een eind

Eeuwenlang hadden protestantse denominaties verwezen naar het Babylon uit Bijbelse profetieën, met de vinger wijzend naar de Rooms Katholieke Kerk. De vele Bijbelonderzoekers kunnen ook als een strekking in het protestantisme aanschouwd worden, maar in tegenstelling tot vele protestanten houden zij niet aan een drievoudige godheid maar aanbidden zij slechts één Ware God, de God van Israël. Met de jaren gingen meer Bijbelonderzoekers geleidelijk beseffen dat vele kerken van het christendom bij het hedendaagse Babylon horen. Dit omdat ze allemaal leugens onderwijzen zoals o.a. de leer van de Drie-eenheid.

Al in 1891 werd bijvoorbeeld in het derde deel van Millennial Dawn over Gods verwerping van het hedendaagse Babylon gezegd:

„Het hele systeem — een systeem van systemen — is verworpen.”

Er werd aan toegevoegd dat iedereen

„die het niet eens is met haar valse leerstellingen en gebruiken nu opgeroepen wordt om zich van haar af te scheiden”.

Die afscheiding is ook waar Jezus en zijn apostelen naar wezen … het niet van de wereld zijn … het durven afstand nemen van populaire maar valse leerstellingen. Dat afstand nemen van die kerken waar niet kosher wordt geleefd is voor zeer veel mensen zeer moeilijk. Het grotendeel van de mensen wil ook vasthouden aan de gangbare tradities en is ook bang om anderen te laten merken dat zij zich hebben aangesloten bij een kleine kerkgemeenschap die er de voorkeur aan geven om constant met dat Woord van God bezig te zijn.

De Bijbelonderzoekers leerden en leren nog steeds, dat geloofsgenoten waar mogelijk voor aanbidding bij elkaar moeten komen. Voor ware christenen is het niet genoeg om valse religie te verlaten zij moeten zich ook gaan verenigen met anderen die het Ware Geloof willen aanhouden. Zij moeten beseffen dat men niet op zichzelf moet blijven en in zijn eentje moet zitten de Bijbel te lezen of te studeren. Men moet beseffen dat het belangrijk is om ook samen te komen om deel te nemen aan ware aanbidding.

In de Nieuwe Wereld beseften vele uitwijkelingen van Europa hoe kerken hen misleid hadden en hoe zij meerdere dingen hadden moeten aan nemen omdat het zogezegd onbegrijpbaar was voor een mens en omdat het een dogma was. De in de 19de eeuw rondtrekkende bijbelonderzoekers voelden aan hoe opbouwend hun bijeenkomsten waren die zij in de verschillende nederzettingen konden bijwonen.

In juli 1880 bracht broeder Russell bijvoorbeeld verslag uit van een rondreis die hij had gemaakt om lezingen te houden. Hij vertelde hoe opbouwend alle bijeenkomsten waren geweest. Vervolgens spoorde hij de lezers aan om briefkaarten op te sturen over hun vooruitgang. Sommige daarvan zouden in het tijdschrift gepubliceerd worden. Het doel?

„Laat ons allemaal weten (…) hoe de Heer jullie voorspoed geeft, en of jullie geregeld samenkomen met hen die hetzelfde kostbare geloof hebben.”

Een groep Bijbelonderzoekers in Kopenhagen in 1909

Russell met een groep Bijbelonderzoekers in Kopenhagen (1909)

De Bijbel bestuderend kwamen meerdere mensen tot meer inzicht dat de beschrijving die de bijbel van Babylon de Grote geeft, past bij de valse religie als geheel, als een collectief lichaam. Hoewel de duizenden godsdiensten die de wereld telt niet officieel één wereldorganisatie vormen, zijn ze wat hun doel en daden betreft onafscheidelijk verbonden. Zoals door de immorele vrouw in Openbaring wordt afgebeeld, heeft de valse religie een reusachtige invloed op regeringen. Net als een vrouw die zich niet aan haar huwelijksgeloften houdt, heeft de valse religie zich geprostitueerd door verbintenissen aan te gaan met de ene politieke macht na de andere.

„Overspeelsters, weet gij niet dat de vriendschap met de wereld vijandschap met God is?”,

schreef de discipel Jakobus.

„Al wie daarom een vriend van de wereld wil zijn, maakt zich tot een vijand van God.” — Jakobus 4:4.

Op vele plaatsen waar Bijbelonderzoekers kwamen verkregen zij weerstand en werden zij regelmatig beschimpt. Vandaag zijn zij nog steeds een bespotte groep, waarvoor velen graag een ommetje maken of de deuren niet openen, om niet te moeten spreken met zulk iemand.

Johannes 15:19: 19 Als jullie een deel van de wereld zouden zijn, zou de wereld aan jullie gehecht zijn als iets van haarzelf. Omdat jullie geen deel van de wereld zijn+ maar ik jullie uit de wereld heb uitgekozen, daarom haat de wereld jullie.+

Geen deel uit makend van de wereld is voor de Bijbelonderzoekers of Bijbelstudenten belangrijker dan ongehoorzaamheid aan God Zijn Woord. Voor ons is de liefde voor God het voor op liggende.

1 Johannes 2:15: 15 Heb de wereld niet lief en ook de dingen in de wereld niet.+ Als iemand de wereld liefheeft, is de liefde voor de Vader niet in hem.+

Wij beseffen dat onze weg niet altijd makkelijk zal zijn doordat onze voorkeur voor de vriendschap met God niet zo veel vrienden van deze wereld zal opleveren. Wij beseffen dat wij om vrienden van God te zijn, ons moeten losmaken van elke emotionele gehechtheid aan de huidige goddeloze wereld, en dat wij ons moeten ontdoen van al de valse leerstellingen.

God houd niet van valse aanbidding en zij die van God houden willen God niet tegen de borst stoten. Naleven van God Zijn geboden is veel belangrijker dan het na leven van mensen hun leringen en regels.

De diverse „christelijke” en heidense sekten die deze wereld rijk is maken er aanspraak op organisaties te zijn die de ware aanbidding beoefenen. Maar in haar zucht naar macht en materieel gewin heeft ze vriendschappelijke betrekkingen aangeknoopt met de heersers van deze wereld, en „de koningen der aarde hebben hoererij met haar bedreven”. Haar onreine, smerige handelwijze in verband met haar hoererij is in Gods ogen verfoeilijk en heeft tot veel bloedvergieten en grote benauwdheid op aarde geleid (Opb 17:1-6; 18:3). Derhalve zal God het voor hoereerders bestemde oordeel aan haar voltrekken: vernietiging. (Opb 17:16; 18:8, 9).

Laat iedereen beseffen dat wij best de valse leraren links laten liggen en dat wij de woorden in de Bijbel nemen zoals zij er staan. Als er dus “zoon van God” staat, laat ons dan ook lezen en denken “zoon van God” en niet zoals velen u proberen diets te maken dat u (zou) moeten geloven dat het om een “god de zoon” gaat. Als u volgeling van Christus wil zijn, dus een christen zijn, moet u de zelfde God aanbidden als Jezus en moet u zijn leerstellingen volgen en niet deze van die zo vele mensen die als zogenaamde theoloog de bijbel duidelijker zouden kunnen maken dan God Zijn woord zelf.

Besef ook dat als u zich laat dopen en opgenomen wordt in het Lichaam van Christus, dat dit inhoud dat u zich bereid voelt om onder Christus Jezus te staan. Bij zulk een overgave in een doop hebt u dan ook als christen aan Jehovah opgedragen om zodoende onder de Gave van Genade in het nieuwe verbond te zijn opgenomen. Zij die zich als christen uit geven en valse leerstellingen aanhouden en zich met het huidige samenstel van dingen verontreinigen, plegen geestelijk overspel.  (Jakobus 4:4.)

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Voorgaande

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #1 Stromen van gelovigen

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #2 Een Zoon als gids en Geschriften als leidraad

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #3 Van een bepaalde wereld zijnde

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #4 Ambitieuze mannen, verdraaide woorden en akkoorden met wereldleiders

Valse profeten en leraren als roofzuchtige wolven in schaapskleren #5 Valse leraren en afvalligen

Andere aanpak in de organisatie van de diensten # 3

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Aanverwante lectuur

  1. Wetenschappers, filosofen hun zeggen, geloven en waarheden
  2. Filosofen, theologen en ogen naar de ware kennisgever van bestaan van God
  3. Bedenkingen: Gods eigen Volk
  4. Joodse Wetten en Wetten voor Christenen
  5. Kerkshoppen: “Arrogant tegenover kerklidmaatschap”
  6. Benedictus XVI treedt af
  7. Christelijke, geestelijke zaken kunnen leiden tot hoogmoed
  8. Kerkzijn in een ik-gerichte tijd
  9. Jongmense wil nie meer sit en luister nie
  10. De Ware Kerk
  11. Kleine gemeenschap in ongeïnteresseerde wereld
  12. Intenties van de ecclesia
  13. Stichter van een beweging
  14. Wie kan zich beroepen op C.T. Russell
  15. Biblestudents & T.C.Russell
  16. Bijbelonderzoekers en Russelism
  17. Bijbelonderzoekers, Bijbelstudents, Jehovah Getuigen, Russell en denominaties
  18. Bijbelonderzoekers niet steeds Getuigen van Jehovah
  19. Volharding en Bijbelstudenten
  20. Christadelphia
  21. Is uitleg over christadelphians op Katholieke website correct
  22. Goed Nieuws brengen met en door voorbeeld
  23. Is de Beleidvolle Slaaf van de Getuigen van Jehovah Gods enige instrument
  24. Niet alle Getuigen behorend tot Getuige van Jehovah
  25. De naam van Jehovah gebruikend maar geen getuigen met die naam
  26. Bijbelvorsers uitkijkend om meerdere lezers te bereiken
  27. Eenheid van spreken onder de loep genomen
  28. Een terugblik op Christadelphianisme en de Broeders in Christus in België
  29. Gebed ter bescherming en versterking van de verkondigers van het Goede Nieuws
  30. Belangrijkheid van Gods Naam
  31. Gods volk onderweg – Het leven in de gemeente
  32. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #9 Omgang met anderen
  33. Verzoening en Broederschap 3 Verenigen onder de Hoeksteen
  34. Verzoening en Broederschap 4 Deelgenoten in Christus
  35. De Ekklesia #10 Addendum 1: een moderne theocratie?
  36. Is God een Drie-eenheid
  37. Heilige-drievuldigheid of drie-eenheid

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Not withholding the Good News

When on holiday probably you may meet different people on places where you have not been before and where you shall not come again soon. It are places where probably nobody knows you. When you are there it is with your attitude, your example, the way you treat others around you, how you act and speak that you shall give an impression of what and who you are.

Geographic features of Southern European countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea

When being a Christian it is very important that you give others the right impression. The last few weeks from the South of Europe we got a lot of images in the new of protestors against the many tourists who behave badly. Over the years we also have seen pictures of visitors to those places in the South of Europe behaving badly, which makes us understand why so many of the locals are fed up with those impolite visitors, drunkard and order disruptors. A big problem with the consumerism and growing tourist industry is that at many places some hotel-owners think they have to provide enough entertainment for their customers and provide all day long noise which may disturb the local inhabitants.

'National embarrassment': Ding Jinhao, from Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu Province, wrote: 'Ding Jinhao was here' over hieroglyphics on the wall of an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor

‘National embarrassment’: Ding Jinhao, from Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu Province, wrote: ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ over hieroglyphics on the wall of an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor

At the coasts of Europe we do find many places where there is a lot of noise going on until late at night, with all sorts of events which disturb not only locals but also several other people who came to have some rest.
Many tourist places also have problems with vandalism and litter from tourists. This not only a problem for Europe, as we can see how many cultural and important historic sites are damaged by visitors.

Banners reading ‘No tourism apartments’ hang from balconies in Barcelona.

Banners reading ‘No tourism apartments’ hang from balconies in Barcelona. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters/Reuters

As Christians we should show our respect to the inhabitants of the places we are going to visit and should treat those places with respect, having eye for nature and keeping those places clean and not making unnecessary noise.

But at those places where we come it would not be bad to be a witness of our faith and to show others how when we all would come under Christ could be living in a peaceful world full of respect for all around us.

In the Holy scriptures we are counselled fair dealing with our fellow-men. When we are able to travel we should be pleased that we can belong to those who can afford it. In the Book of Proverbs we can find the precept that expresses the great Scriptural thought that the so-called possession of wealth is but a stewardship; that the true owners of what we call our own are those to whom, with it, we may do good. Not to relieve them is a breach of trust.

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27 NIV)

Summer Visitors by Maurice Prendergast (1897)

Summer Visitors by Maurice Prendergast (1897) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At our holiday resort we should show the right attitude and may not withhold good from those to whom it is due. When it is in the power of your hand to do good, to help others, to give some extra, you should do it. But this is not only for material wealth. You also can contribute with spiritual help. You can use the occasion to talk about your believes and to show your faith to others. At those resorts, hotels, campings or places where you stay to relax you make take advantage of your free time to share your faith with others. Sharing is part of showing your love for others. Sharing the Good News of the coming Kingdom is a necessity. We do have to warn people of the coming dangers. We should make them aware of the coming Great War, a horrible situation wherefore we should prepare us, making sure that we shall be spiritually strong enough to stand the many temptations, dangers and horrors. “A warned man is worth two” you should think and out of love you should warn.

You should remember the sayings from the Bible, the Law of God. You should remember what you have heard in your ecclesia (or church) and faith community. You also should practise what you remember and let all obedience be from the heart.

“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.” (Proverbs 4:5 NIV)

“Let thy heart keep my commandments.”

“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden.” (Deuteronomy 4:23 NIV)

When we are there at those places of holiday making we should not forget God but be with Him and trust Him. All actions we undertake should be in praise of the Most Highest. And how can we not do it with spreading also His Words? There, for sure, there shall be moments to chat and to have little conversations also about what you believe, where you stand for, and how you have put your hope on the son of God and are looking forewards to his return.

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Preceding articles

Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses preach?

Glory of God appearing in our character

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Additional reading

  1. Loving and having respect for the woman
  2. Respect for all
  3. Is being a humanitarian enough to convey the full love of Christ?
  4. 7 Ways To Become A Better Christian
  5. Crisis man needed in this world
  6. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
  7. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  8. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  9. Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
  10. High time to go out telling the world about Jesus
  11. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
  12. Preaching by example
  13. A Christian has to have eyes and ears and a tongue to use in good ways
  14. Proclaiming: a task given to Christians
  15. Go! Proclaim! Testify!
  16. Go and make disciples of people of all the nations
  17. Scriptures and Thoughts about: Proclaim
  18. Preaching Christ Is Not Enough
  19. To proclaim the day of vengeance
  20. Witnesses of Christ and of his gospel
  21. Witnessing because we love

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'F**k tourism': Vandals deface Paris' Sacré Coeur basilica

People walk past grafittis reading “Come on stand up great star hunters” written on the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the Montmartre area in Paris on March 19, 2014. (AFP Photo / Martin Bureau) / AFP

Further reading

  1. Fire in Greek refugee camp was intentional and will happen again: Eyewitnesses (Middle East Eye)
  2. The Tinderbox That Is The Balkans
  3. 7 cringe-worthy cases of tourists defacing natural and cultural landmarks around the world
  4. ‘Ding Jihao was here’: Chinese tourist, 15, defaces 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple and his family issue national apology
  5. Vandal tourist seen destroying pieces of Great Wall of China by kicking it Kung-Fu style
  6. China instructs its citizens on how to behave abroad
  7. Ancient Egypt Temple Vandalized by Chinese Tourist Graffiti
  8. Barcelona anti-tourism activists vandalise bikes and bus
  9. Damaging selfie: Student breaks 19th century statue in Milan while taking pic of himself
  10. Gov’t slammed over reaction to Irianna verdict, Athens vandalism by protestors
  11. “Go away!”, frustrated Venice locals tell tourists
  12. ‘F**k tourism’: Vandals deface Paris’ Sacré Coeur basilica
  13. Vandalism and tourism settings: An integrative review
  14. Rome, Italy
  15. 5 Things to do in Rome | Fariha Ansari Javed
  16. When in Rome don’t sit, dip, eat, drink in fountains
  17. A weekend in Venice
  18. Abruzzo. The Italian region ready to be revealed
  19. Discover Malta
  20. Malta & Gozo
  21. Portugal
  22. How to mimic George Clooney’s motorcycle adventure through Spain
  23. Visiting Lisbon last year
  24. E28 Tram Lisbon: tourist jam
  25. Meteora, Greece
  26. Athens, Greece
  27. A few hours to spare in… Athens
  28. France and its Fantastic Summer Festivals!
  29. A tourist in the U.K.
  30. What is Respect Nowadays? (1 min read)
  31. Do to others…
  32. Agape

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Belgian Biblestudents website 2016 in review

First article for the 2005 November opening of the WordPress site of the Belgian Bible Students - Eerste artikel bij de opening in november 2005 van de WordPress site van de Belgische Bijbel Studenten

First article for the 2005 November opening of the WordPress site of the Belgian Bible Students – Eerste artikel bij de opening in november 2005 van de WordPress site van de Belgische Bijbel Studenten

After our (real) start on WordPress in October 2010 we generated in the first two years not so many viewers, taking it until April 2012 before we really left MSM and Bijbelvorsers Blogspot (started in 2005) aside and started presenting ourself on this other platform. That step forwards on the Mount Everest brought us 3 200 views in 2012 with only 27 new posts.

In 2013 the amount of postings increased up to 87 new postings giving us 7 600 views. One year later there was a little dip with only 63 new postings getting 6 697 views from 4 666 visitors. It seemed we were not so much liked in that turbulent year, having only 19 likes and 19 comments.

2015 got us back on track after some difficult year, not to say the least. 7 683 views from 5 168 visitors where good for the 93 newly published articles.

After 4 247 home page views in 2015, that page could attract 4 285 views, bringing the total views for 2015 up to 8 922 for 5 821 visitors willing to give us 54 likes and 26 comments.

We are pleased we may have found 79 followers in the year 2016 and viewers from all over the world, having most coming from the United States of America 2 909, followed by the Netherlands with 1 213 views and 1 108 views from Belgium. Next comes Great Britain with 524 and France with 226 views, though it was a French article that got most of the views, namely ‘l’ Élection de Matthias’ with 446 views, getting its English version ‘The Election of the apostle Matthias’ 363 views.

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Personal bible study (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2016 most energy went into the writing of the comparison of English Bible translations, with the series “Old and newer King James Versions and other translations”. With that series and the article From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah we do hope English people who think the King James version is the only one true Bible Translation come to see that God always has protected His own Word and that as well in English as in other languages God provided serious good translations of His Divine Word.

Many people may confuse us with Jehovah’s Witnesses and be not pleased with their and our preaching. Therefore 2016 was also a year to reflect on the Witnessing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well on our witnessing, plus on picturing the Governing body. We also gave the word to a former elder of that denomination.

We looked how not only human teaching or human doctrines defiled God’s Word in certain Bible translations and certain Christian denominations, but how 2016 was also the year such human thinking has brought secularism to be very dangerous for freedom of religion and freedom of thought and played with morals and values, (in particular the French values)but that human teachings shall pass away. Though there shall always exist people who shall try to do their utmost best to worship the Only One True God in the best way to please that Host of host.
Concerning that worship we ave our view on Christian worship music and on the lifting of hands at a service, towards the Most High. In a Dutch article we also tackled this subject at From Guestwriters. (Zingen over moeilijkheden en lijden ook noodzakelijk in kerkgemeenschap)

In 2016 also at Stepping Toes we looked at the Bible how it tells us how from nothing and chaos came order, just by the impeccable Word, the Voice in the Void, which brought everything into being but would be also the essential guide for mankind. (Word-Verbum-Logos-Ereyga) and at From Guestwriters we talked about that masterly copied and reproduced Word to feed the minds, to bring the most important translation…

In April we also looked at Stepping Toes at a nice resume of what we have to remember to do and what we should not or may not do, in the article Displeasures and Actions of the Almighty God.

In 2016 we also started to present writings which are from guest-speakers, so that other voices could be presented and gave you some other or equal insight.
As such you may find writings presented by Guestspeaker, presenting also different Guest-writers or re-blogged articles, and Relating to God who shall offer specific articles about our relation to the Most High.

Now we have put the first 5 years on WordPress behind us and look forward to the coming next five years in which we shall continue to present the Nazarene Commentary, looking at that very important Nazarene teacher who was born 2020 years ago, and who should receive our full attention, him being the Way to God.

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We do hope you may accompany us on our further road-trip looking forward to the return of our master and our intentions to live according God’s Wishes so that we all can enter the Kingdom of God as loving brothers and sisters in Christ.

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2010 – 2014 in review

Belgian Bible Students review of 2015

From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah

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Additional reading

  1. At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
  2. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  3. From Guestwriters 2016 in review

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Other reviews for 2016

  1. 2016 highlights 
  2. 2016 in Review
  3. 2016 in Review (by Conor)
  4. 2016 in Review …..
  5. Looking Back at 2016…
  6. 2016: A Series of Unfortunate Revelations
  7. So That Was 2016..Year in Review
  8. Year In Review – 2016
  9. 2016: The Big Review
  10. My Year in Review: 2016
  11. Build and Believe
  12. (One Year Blogiversy and 100 followers special) 2016 in review and looking into the future
  13. My One Word for 2017: Onward
  14. How 2016 Measured Up . . . for Prayer
  15. Change (a reflection on 2016)
  16. Most popular posts of 2016
  17. Thank you 2016

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From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah

Whatever language is your native tongue or first language, God has taken care every person wherever in the world shall be able to read His Word and shall be able to come to understanding.

We also know the importance of the preaching of that Word of God. Coming closer to the end-times the Word of God shall be preached all over the world. To do that, God uses lots of people. They may come from all sorts of walks of life and from all sorts of denominations. One main same crunch and likeness point is that they are real lovers of God who want to show the world Who God is and which way we have to go to reach the goal God has set in front of mankind.

It are those lovers of God, who are willing to study God His Word and prefer God His Word above the words of mere human beings, that want to show the world how Jesus is the Way to God and not to himself, like some trinitarian Christians may think. Jesus knew very clear Who God was and that he is lower than this Mighty God Who knows everything, whilst Jesus had to learn everything and did not know a lot of things, even had no knowledge of very important things at the end of his life and after he was resurrected from the dead.

All over the world you may find sincere Bible Students of different denominations, but all with the same goal, to worship One and Only One True God, the God of Israel.

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Evangelisation by going from door to door by the Jehovah’s Witnessess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People may know the Jehovah Witnesses very well and may not see that there are also many other lovers of God who preach for that same Jehovah, because He is the Elohim Hashem Adonai Whose Name is Holy and should be praised. Many others than the Witnesses of Jehovah witness for Jehovah. The Jehovah’s Witnesses also should know they are not the only ones preaching in the name of God.

Christians should also know that it are not only Christians who worship God, because that is too often a wrong thought of many Christians. In the world there are many religions where people try to build up a relationship with God. They all may have their own peculiarities, but they are looking for the same Spirit, the Eternal Divine Creator. Some of them still may not know His real Name, and use titles which also belong to Him. Others may use a name or title not familiar in an other culture or language.

What is important that wherever people are in the world, whatever language they speak, is that they come to know the Most High Divine Creator.

2016 has been a very particular difficult hoar year where several groups did everything to blacken religion and in extremis those religions where there are people who try to worship only One True God in the best way they can think of. In Europe, Asia and America Jews were bullied and felt threatened. Muslims did not have it easy either by some so called Islamic groups blackening their religion and having so many people getting afraid of everything that smells of the Islam world.

The fear ISIS brought over Europe was so much damaging to the Muslim community that it got envisioned as something from the devil by many Christians and atheists. Many citizens could not at all bring up any respect for the way how those people wanted to commit themselves to their faith.

The Muslim faith came to be in such a bad light that everything close to a Mohammedan has gotten a bad smell. For that reason it is not bad Christians better to revise their view and should have a closer look to the real sincere Muhammadan or real Muslim.

Lots of people did everything to get religious people to become divided. Lots of so called Christians started to oppose Muslims, calling them names and even attacking them. The other way round certain Islamic countries took adversary to Christians who also used God’s title Allah.

It is nice that we may find you here as one of our readers. Perhaps you also know other sites of International Bible Students or do you also visit other sites of Bible Scholars, like Bijbelvorsers. In March we also presented already some new websites for 2016 which make an effort to bring people to God. As such for English readers there is the site and blog Relating to God.

We also do find it important that we as children of God come to know other creatures of God and come to understand the way of thinking of such other human beings.

For this reason we would like to present to you two new websites which also try to bring people to the One and Only One True God.

The first one, which started at the end of November, may be from an awkward person asking lots of questions. As Lastige Vragensteller or Troublesome Inquirer, he poses many questions but dares also to look at the many answers Muslim and Christian writers may offer to humanity and compares it by what he can read in what those religions say what their Holy Writings are. As such you shall be able to compare Quran verses with Bible verses and perhaps find some light shed on what Muslims might believe right or wrong and on what Christians might believe right or wrong according to their own writings.

That inquirer is not afraid to question both religions and to notice how in Islam Faith as well as Christian Faith there are groups which do not adhere the teachings of who they say they are following. For him it is clear that there are false teachers as well in the Muslim as in the Christian world and that we should be very careful before we judge one or the other group, knowing that there is such thing as not true Islam and not true Catholicism or not true ‘Christianism’ in Christendom opposed to Christianity which always should be pure, with people following the teachings of Jesus.

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The other new website which stared only a few days later, in December, also wants to tackle the differences in Christendom and/or Christianity with the thought of the Jewish rabbi Jeshua, who is by English speaking people mostly called Jesus. Immanuel Verbondskind looks at that Christ from the Christians and concludes that there are many Christians who have taken Jesus as their god, though that master teacher never claimed to be God, and as every Jew only worshipped One Singular and not a Tri-une god.

Comparing the writings on which Jesus based his teachings, namely the Tanakh, with the Torah, the Writings and the Prophets, Immanuel Verbondskind also looks at the second group of Writings (the Kethuvim Beth or Messianic writings) and notices how many Christians have gone far away from what is really written in the original texts, often also having wrong ideas because they do not understand the Jewish way of thinking.

For this writer and his blog it is of utmost importance to return to the original texts and to keep to the infallible Word of God, which is handed over to mankind by the pen of several by God chosen men, scribes and prophets. for that reason he also first looks at how we do have to come to read those precious Scriptures which god gave to mankind to come to know Him.

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Both blogs focus on God’s Word and say that Voice of God should be the Guidance in our life and not the dogmatic teachings of people.

As a young wanderer Immanuel Verbondskind shall look at the way of speaking of the different religious entities, which both claim to worship One God. He shall look at the religious penmen or theologians and shall uncover their teachings which are not in line with the Biblical teachings. Though for him is it clear that Christians concerning God should be in line with Jews, but Christ Jesus can never be the God of the Jews, like it also never was the God of Abraham nor the God of Jesus himself.

So many Christians have lost the track and have come to believe more the false teachings of a three-headed god, because they did not listen to God, not to God His sent one, the son of man and son of God, rabbi Jeshua or  Jesus Christ and do not come to see the Plan of the Master Maker God.

Reading the Holy Scriptures is essential to come to the Truth. At this website we do expect to have several quotes from the Holy Scriptures to be presented and to be looked at, when speaking about certain Jewish traditions and Christian traditions which have nothing to do with God יהוה (YHWH = Yod Heh Vav Heh = Jehovah) His Word but where imposed to man by ‘theologians‘ or rebbe.

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We do hope you may find interesting articles at those two sites which each looks from a different angle at Christianity.

Enjoy reading and get inspired to take up your bible and to compare what is said with what is written in the Bible.

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Many churches

Good or bad preacher

Male domination and tyranny giving opportunities to defile the Name of God

Our openness to being approachable

You Are The Truth

Helping websites to prepare for the last days

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Additional reading

    1. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
    2. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
    3. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
    4. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
    5. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
    6. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
    7. Maybe it is About Me
    8. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
    9. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
    10. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
    11. Engaging the culture without losing the gospel
    12. Why the church keeps losing it’s grounds.
    13. Looking for a biblically sound church
    14. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
    15. Bible in the first place #1/3
    16. Jewish and Christian traditions of elders
    17. Three new sites to discover the real Jesus
    18. A Place for Questions
    19. New websites for 2016 to take in mind and to visit
    20. The Evidence, You Decide website

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  1. Denominations
  2. Examining Christianity’s Roots & Denominations
  3. Denominations & A map of the most common Christian denominations by county
  4. Denominaitons & Largest 25 Denominations/Communions from the 2012 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.
  5. Is Roman Catholicism Just Another Denomination?
  6. One Voice
  7. The Bigger Picture
  8. The urge to merge: A few notes about Presbyterian agencies
  9. Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today
  10. Token Minorities in Reformed Churches
  11. The Church Should Maintain Theological Distinctions
  12. Loyalty Today
  13. Dedicated to God, Not a Denomination
  14. Diversity, Unity, Liberty…Love
  15. Why Prayer Meetings Fail
  16. Aren’t They all Churches of Christ?
  17. Don’t Ever Call Me a Baptist
  18. Who is a Heretic?
  19. Christianity & individualistic communities; the perfect exclusivity storm
  20. Your church isn’t THE church: tribal denominationalism
  21. Is Our Jesus Unnecessary? The Long Erosion of the PC(USA)
  22. Her God, His God, Your God, My God
  23. Christian traditions: Where do we fall short? II – One Body
  24. The Not So Assemblies
  25. An Agnostic Christian Socialist’s Confession of Faith
  26. Church of Christ: Part 1
  27. Church of Christ: Part 3 – What’s Going to Happen?
  28. Why Should Churches Connect?
  29. A Church of their Word

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