The Chapter starts by asking 4 key questions
- 1 How can you become God’s friend?
- 2 In what way does Satan’s challenge involve you?
- 3 What Conduct displeases Jehovah?
- 4 How can you live in a way that pleases God?
Taking point 1 the Chapter tries to answer this question by asking what qualities do you look for in a friend and then links this to the qualities that were demonstrated by a number of biblical characters that as a result became a close friend of God? These include Abraham, David & Daniel.
A question to a Jehovah’s Witness: I agree that God would be pleased by these qualities but is that what really draws people closer to God?
The issue here is the Chapter only speaks of “moral” qualities but as we know from the scriptures that more importantly we need the new birth.
Consider 1 John 4:7, 8 where it says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves, is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God. For God is love and then look at 1 John 5:1 which clearly explains the Rebirth as “Whoever believes in Christ is born of God”
In summary we could conclude that to become God’s friend we need to be a friend of Christ in a very personal way.
Point 2 brings out how Satan challenged God that man would not stand faithful when under true tests and used Job as a fine example showing that man can be tested but stay faithful and that this was down to the Love that Job had for Jehovah. It then goes on to say that Satan has not stopped and continues to test mankind, so we as individuals will also be tested and that by our integrity to Jehovah and being morally pleasing to God will prove Satan wrong.
Question to a Jehovah’s Witness: Is it by being obedient to the Father the way that you can be pleasing to him. At 2 John 1:6 it explains “And this is love that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
Now look at John 15:14 where Jesus was speaking “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” So clearly for us it is about being obedient and acceptable to Christ.
On point 3 the Chapter talks about that we should “shun” what Jehovah hates, which on the surface looks fine and certainly would agree whole heartedly that the list of qualities mentioned are to be avoided.
The last point then summarises the Chapter by talking about developing Godly qualities, and here this looks fine and agree that we should do our best to cultivate these qualities.
A question to a Jehovah’s Witness: Do you believe that the Watchtower Organization is the best example in displaying these qualities?
Consider the following 2 major aspects of the WT’s moral position.
1 Child Abuse in the Organisation.
There have been reported many thousands of cases which the Org have simply filed in their offices and have not to this day reported them to the Authorities.
Of the few cases that ever surfaced there was the case of victim Candice Conti in the US and more recently an elder named Gordon Leighton in the UK who was found guilty of child abuse, but it took over 3 years before this went to court.
You may suggest there are always going to be cases where some individual’s will commit these offenses as we are all imperfect, but is this a valid point here? Consider the WT‘s policy on Child Abuse: Unless there are 2 witnesses present, the accusation of abuse is not treated as valid and therefore the authorities in the majority of the cases are kept secret and only reported to a district representative who has absolutely no professional qualification to deal in these matters. How is this morally correctly?
For many years the JW Org has allowed lying in events of “Theocratic war strategy”
See link http://www.rickross.com/reference/jw/jw84.html for further details
Question to a Jehovah’s Witness: If Lying is listed as a quality that Jehovah hates, how can it be acceptable to make exceptions? Nowhere in the Bible are their cases.
Apart from the moral concerns raised here, again we must emphasize the real key to please God is in fact accepting his Son through the New Birth, and by this you will receive his spirit which will move you to do what is pleasing to him, his will,
Our concern here is the chapter is completely devoid of any reference to Christ and the importance of rebirth. It also suggest s that your quest as a Christian is centered on your works, and this is further supported by the belief that this is a key factor in your hope of everlasting life.
Is this what the Bible really teaches? There are many verses in the Bible that clearly sais otherwise, one of the best is in Romans 10:9, 10 where it could not be any clearer:
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”