Page 5: On the contrary, the soul is tangible, concrete, physical.
Correction: The soul is the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
Page 5: "The soul that is sinning - it itself will die," says Ezekiel 18:4. Clearly, death is the common end of human souls, since all of us sin.
Correction: People's souls who have been martyred are in heaven.
When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Revelation 6:9.
Page 5: Similarly, King Solomon wrote that the dead "are conscious of nothing at all."
Note: Dead bodies are certainly not conscious at all.
Page 6: Surely Jesus would have rejoiced if his friend was enjoying a wonderful new existence; instead, we find him weeping publicly over this death. Surely, if Lazarus' soul had been in heaven, reveling in blissful immortality, Jesus would never have been so cruel as to summon him back to live a few more years in the "prison" of an imperfect physical body amid sick and dying mankind.
Correction: Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe and that Jesus may be glorified.
When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." John 11:4.
"And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him." John 11:15.
Page 6-7: Instead, Lazarus said nothing about any experiences he had had while dead. Think of it - silent on the one subject that is the focus of more human curiosity than any other: what death is like! That silence can be explained in only one way. There was nothing to tell. The dead are asleep, unconscious.
Correction: The focus of John chapter 11 is Jesus Christ not Lazarus.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." Matthew 22:32.
Page 8: So the dead who are sleeping in the grave are as safe as a baby in its mother's womb. They are soon to be "born," brought back to life on a paradise earth! What hope could be better than that?
Correction: The dead are not in some type of purgatory.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27.
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:22-23.
Correction: Jesus Christ is a better hope! Titus 2:13.
Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Page 9: The apostle Paul was an outstanding preacher of the good news of God's Kingdom.
Correction: The news of the kingdom of God is Jesus Christ.
But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome." Acts 23:11.
But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:23-24.
Page 13: We must make an effort to know our own heart objectively.
Correction: We need to know the word of God.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.
Page 13: Are we willing to face up to our weaknesses, acknowledge them, and then work at conquering them?
Contradiction: Why is the Watchtower advocating what Paul couldn't do?
Page 13: The apostle Paul had his own trials and tests, as he testified in his letter to the Romans: "I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, there dwells nothing good; for ability to wish is present with me, but ability to work out what is fine is not present.
Page 13: To remain holy we must overcome our shortcomings.
Correction: We must put on the righteousness of God.
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. Romans 3:21-22.
Page 14: Now the vital point in Paul's case is that he acknowledged his weaknesses.
Note: Paul acknowledged his weaknesses and put his faith in Jesus Christ.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26.
Page 15: To present to God a holy sacrifice, we must let the power of reason, not the emotions, dominate.
Correction: The holy sacrifice to God is our faith.
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11:4.
Page 31: Jehovah's Witnesses believe that in 1914, Jesus was enthroned as King of God's heavenly Kingdom, the one to lead in the coming battle against wickedness on earth.
Note: The date 1914 is based on the bogus date of 607 BCE for the fall of Jerusalem.
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