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…from Eichenlau, a topograic name from Middle High German eichen ‘oaks’ + ‘loch, lo ‘brush’, ‘undergrowth’, reinterpreted through folk etymology as Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’.
(Source: Dictionary of American Family Names c2013, Oxford University Press.)

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This is my personal web log, or BLOG, if you wish. Yes, it does amaze me that the millennial generation feels that this pseudo-brevity of speech somehow makes them sound more intellectual, but, then again, there was a time that we too were alien abductees in the eyes of our parents and grandparents back in our day; “Far out,” “Cool man,” “Groovy baby,” and so on. Older people viewed Elvis as a subversive and the Beatles, well, they weren’t just aliens, they were from another dimension entirely.

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Whey, Back When

Little Miss Muffet, sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey!

Foregoing the part about the icky spider and such, I have to wonder how many people today, especially the younger generation, even know what curds and whey are (or should that be, what curds and whey ‘is‘)?

We, that is my wife and I, recently began experiencing a new found liking for Cottage Cheese, i.e. curds and whey, which is, like so many things on the market today, supposed to be good for you. Merriam-Webster says that whey is: “the watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat.” Now I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough ‘lactalbumin’.

In reality, cutting a fresh, juicy peach into numerous wedges and piling them on a plate next to a cup of cottage cheese that is coated with light smattering of salt and lots of pepper, is my idea of a very good lunch! However; what I feel it most likely the primary reason that I love cottage cheese served in this fashion is because of my grandfather, John Matthew, aka “Pop” Eichenlaub, and his odd, but sometimes delicious, depression-era meals.

The Old House
1410 9th Avenue. Altoona, PA. Old PRR Row … c1953

Having humble beginnings, well, to be honest, it was more poverty than anything, but you can call it humble if you wish; we enjoyed odd foods like coffee-soup, poor-man’s gravy, and the like, which were the staples of my early life. Pop had a meager pension from the railroad and our father, Jim, had a meager amount of change left over from his miniscule laborer’s paycheck when he returned from the barrooms; so what food we had was usually scarce, and well, shall we say, we ate “low on the hog” as it were.

Although it is now gone; back then the “Government Surplus Food Program” or “Commodities program,” was part of what we most often depended upon to keep us alive. Everyone from that era recalls the “Government Cheese”, that at one time was titled “The perfect food.” Back in the early 1950’s, my mother would hold my hand as we waited in line at some large, barn-like building from which we obtained a box of food in which there was always five pounds of “American Cheese.” How often this happened, I am uncertain, but it was often enough to keep us going.

  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter, dried beans, jelly
  • Canned fish and various meats
  • Evaporated and nonfat dry milk
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Fruit juices and beverages
  • Rice, macaroni, spaghetti

The list above is far more than I recall ever seeing in a box, but we did receive some of them, and what we did receive often required a ‘tolerant’ palate. By that I mean to say, that even as a child who knew no better, the smell of the canned meat was nauseating; very similar to the odor of today’s dog food. The peanut butter was a hardened mass of half ground peanuts beneath inches of oil which, after much stirring, became a somewhat tasteless, pasty goo. Oh, and that HUGE bag of puffed wheat, about half the size of a bed pillow; a breakfast cereal that swam on top of the watered-down confectioners milk like tiny, inflated-organic balloons that disappeared like cotton candy on your tongue. Puffed Wheat was a food that was 99% air so that one child could consume the entire bag in five or six servings..

Which brings us back to cottage cheese.

Although not mentioned in the list above, I recall the large sack of flour from which my mother used to bake bread. As today’s kids like to put it, “OMG” was that amazing! The smell of her bread baking would float through the air and make the entire continent hungry; it was so nice! Well, back then, butter was often unaffordable, or maybe in short supply, not sure which, or perhaps both, but old Pop would spend some pennies on a tub full of cottage cheese that became the most delicious companion to the freshly baked bread. Again, “OMG”!

Old Pop loved his canned tomatoes; whole tomatoes, peeled, uncut, and sweetened. He emptied the tomatoes into a bowl; popped open the cottage cheese, and then fill our plates with a portion of each. We then coated the cottage cheese and tomato with salt and pepper; sliced huge slices of freshly baked bread, and then forked small bites of cottage cheese and tomato onto the bread in succession, savoring each bite, which to me, rivaled even Marcel Proust’s savory description of petite madeleines, dipped in tea.

So it was, in those days, where bits of bread were soaked with coffee, over which canned evaporated milk and sugar were poured to make “coffee soup” (believe it or not, you can find ‘modern’ recipes for it on the web). Or where bacon was fried to an almost black char, then cooled and crumbled into the hot, melted fat, to which flour was added and stirred until a thick gravy formed and was poured over the bread pieces and sprinkled it with apple vinegar for a savory, and filling meal. Despite all of this deliciousness, to me, it was always about the curds and whey on fresh baked bread, along with Pop’s amazing canned tomatoes!

The Flag; The Cross; The Stake…A Moot Point

Just recently I saw a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt that was emblazoned with a giant religious cross in the background, and in the foreground is an America flag; essentially side by side with a caption that read: “I always stand for the flag, and kneel for the cross.”

Now, it’s logical to think that this gentleman feels that he is being very noble in his professing belief in God and country, and most others likely agree that this is the case. Unfortunately, the one whose opinion matters most is not yours or mine, but that of our Creator; God! Does our God view this as a noble gesture, or is it quite the opposite of nobility, and actually an ungodly and unlawful act in God’s eyes? Is this more so the expression of man’s ignorance and lack of understanding of God’s requirements, as well as his lack of knowledge of what the Bible has to say about such a presentation and proclamation?

Consider this, if you would, please? First of all, to “stand for the flag” presupposes that the flag is somehow more important than anything God has to say in the matter, something we are forced to believe from birth. It also presupposes that this country alone is “doing the will of God” and has the right to raise itself to a level that is equal to or above the Creator, and therefore “expresses the will of God.” Again, something we are forced to agree with from birth. Of course, every other nation of the world presupposes the same things about God and their countries; some even have many, many gods to back them.

The second supposition is that the ‘cross’ represents true Christianity, but this is not likely to be the case, either. There is evidence that Christ did not die on a cross, but rather, was hung on an upright pole, or stake similar to a large fence post or perhaps something more like a telephone pole. His hands were overlaid, i.e. one on top of one another and then nailed through the palms to support the weight of the body. The arms being pulled above his head put excessive strain on the heart, causing a much faster death. The feet were nailed, but in order to expedite death, the legs were broken so that the full weight of the person would come to bear on the arms and cause the heart to literally burst from the pressure.

You can research that for yourself if you would, but you may recall that, in the Biblical account, when the Roman soldiers came to Jesus and were about to break his legs, they saw that he was already dead. (Actually fulfilling the prophecy, “Not a bone in his body will be broken.”) When they pierced his side with the spear, both blood and water poured out, proving that his heart had burst. Yes, sadly, Jesus died of a broken heart, and that heart breaks over and over again as we ignore the things he taught his disciples, and continue in our wrong thinking; i.e. thinking that this, or any other country of this world is doing God’s will.

The 10 Commandments of God are still valid, or are they?

Exodus Chapter 20:4-6 (Please read all three)

New World Translation (NWT)
4 “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing loyal love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.


New International Version (NIV)
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

New King James Version (NKJV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Now, beside the myriad of scriptures beyond those few, there are many to prove that the God of the Bible, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), does not hold this or any country of the Earth in greater esteem than any of the others. In fact, Satan even offered ALL the kingdoms of the world to Jesus, trying to entice him away from his Heavenly Father, Jehovah. In the Bible book of Luke the account reads: 5 So he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. 6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Regardless of that; this SECOND COMMANDMENT should be sufficient for us to understand that JUST BECAUSE THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES IT, DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT! Again: “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,”

Bowing to ANYTHING, whether you are “saluting” a flag, or “bowing” to a cross; AN IDOL IS AN IDOL. Jesus taught his disciples to be aware of the fact that the WHOLE WORLD is under Satan’s dominion. Every government, every church, every facet of mankind is subject to the daily torments of Satan and his demonic followers: Revelation 12:12 “12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.

Everyone Has A Tattoo…

It takes more than a little bit of genius to know, or perhaps, better said, to recognize, that you are not one. I mean, okay, so you can solve a puzzle; perhaps a riddle or two; you can connect dots into mysterious patterns, or make the lines meet without crossing one another; even even tango with Fibonacci, but with all of that, what do you have? Does a passing score truly mean you’re a genius? A genius at taking tests, perhaps? I worked with several of those! It begs the question; where is all of this genius being put to use and what are the fruits of all of that brain power? True genius is expressed thought productive results is it not, and is most often expressed in a particular field of endeavour?

Like the beauty of artwork in the eye of the beholder, perhaps what we title ‘genius’ is very much the same? Our deficit, is their gain; we’re short so they appear to be tall? You have perhaps heard of, and/or recall the old quote attributed to Albert Einstein regarding The Tree Climbing Fish:
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid
Well, by clicking on that quote above, you will be taken to “Quote Investigator,” where you will find that, this supposed quote of the “genius” Albert Einstein, was actually not his quote at all.

The article points out, in fact, ” The earliest evidence of a close match known to QI appeared in 2004, and that is decades after the death of Einstein in 1955.” Claiming that this “allegory” has been in circulation for a hundred years, the article goes on to say, “There is no substantive evidence that Einstein made this statement. It does not appear in the comprehensive collection of quotations “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein” from Princeton University Press.” (quoteinvestigator.com) So why attribute it to him? Obviously to give it some credence and to make it sound so much more than it was intended to be. To be sucked up by do-gooders who feel every child is a genius in his or her own right.

The fact of the matter is, NOT everyone is a genius and not everyone will have a field in which they express genius, as evidenced among the masses of humanity today. Some of us are just plain mediocre. Myself, for example, the one person I know so intimately that I am certain that I am not a genius, that is, although I do have a bit more ingenuity than many when it comes to mechanics and problem solving, which some have referred to it as genius, still, I know that there is too much to learn about life in general, too many things I cannot do or even begin to comprehend to ever begin to classify myself, or anyone else I know for that matter, to be a true genius.

Genius can also be misguided as history has so often proved. Take, for example, the case of Charles Darwin and his ridiculous “theory” of evolution! By comparison, alien abduction is more plausible and has less “holes” in the stories than Darwin’s bunk. I would even go so far as to include the so-called father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Shere guesswork paraded as plausible science. In their cases, and others like them, their so-called genius led them over the hill and got them lost in the forest of thinking. This is where one of the very good and actual quotes that Albert Einstein did coin applies: “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

We all, do we not, “take the doctor’s word for it!” So to speak? Too often, simply because we see PHD, or MD behind a name, we assume they know what they are talking about. We might even assume that they are a genius. But then we come to recognize that they, like us, are human and far to often mistaken in their reasoning and thinking. So many times has mankind been bamboozled (whether or not intentionally) by those who appeared to be so smart; such a genius! Men and women who have set themselves on the pedestal of superiority and fed us their brilliant oratory, often leading people to, quite literally, “drink the Kool-Aid.”

So why do we want, or look for ‘genius’? Why do we classify people s such? We all know that people, in general, are followers; mere lemmings who, caught up in the crowd, simply run along blindly. You salute your flag unquestioningly, you march off to war without reasoning, you are, perhaps, entranced with the latest fashion and hair designs, you purchase your art because of the signature rather than the work itself, or any of the other myriad of things that pleases the crowd, the most common of which is the fanaticism behind sports, and sports figures, movie stars, rock stars, etc., and so on! “It’s what everyone is doing! So cool!” Children are often pushed by their parents toward these things! There are even schools for children to become Youtube Stars!

Personally, I have read enough of history, observed enough behavior over the past sixty seven years, to know how memetics work, in that, if The Rolling Stones have a tattoo, then EVERYONE has to have a tattoo. If the Pope says it’s true, well then, EVERYONE says it’s true. The primary issue with this is that lemmings cannot figure out WHO to believe anymore; who is being truthful and who is being disingenuous! Consequently the tide keeps shifting, like flocks of birds in the sky, swinging violently enmasse in all directions. A few months ago the populace hated Muslim immigrants, now they hate Mexican immigrants; with every shift in news media opinion, so shifts the opinions of the populace. A constant folie à deux, a group-egomania that causes confusion, depression, animosities, and descension.

Of course, there is no greater manipulator of this facet of human behavior, than that one which the lemmings have put into power. He knows exactly which hate-groups to entice. He feeds just enough opinion to aggravate his constituents, and throws just enough intimidation into the mix to stir the pot and get it boiling, whether by outright lies and misinformation, or simply ‘tweeting’ his opinions; then he walks away, calling himself a genius. He should have a cast on each arm from so much patting himself on the back.

No, there are very few “geniuses” in the world, if they actually do exist beyond, as I said, those who express a reasonable amount of genius in specific areas of their lives. Given the choice, however, of who to follow in this world, I choose nobody. There is no religious leader, politician, sports figure, movie star, scientist, philosopher, or any other of the so-called geniuses that I wish to be like, to emulate, or to claim as one worth following.

There is only one whom I would be ‘like’ if I could, and his standards are so high above me that I cannot begin to approach His level, in neither His genius, nor His truth.

Love Songs For Darcy

You were just a few years old
Not many days ago, It seems
When I sat you on my arm
And we danced to love songs
And I sang along, to you,
and for you.

You dance now, and sing along
To songs of your own
My little girl
Married and grown
A woman with a child
To sing her own songs to.

But, still
When I think of you
Or look into your eyes
We will always be dancing
You and me, and I will always
Sing love songs for you.

James Eichenlaub 2001

For The Love Of Money!

Old John Bushwhacker is outside our window at the moment with his high-powered hedge eating machine, belching smoke and an effluvium of noise and stench that seeps into the world to gag even the most lascivious of creatures, the dung beetle, who can tolerate the worst of smells, but not this one, because it seeps into the very fabric of life: the air, the water, the soil, the dung beetle itself, and the machines’ toxic stench builds up and up and up until decades from now I will have to call my attorney and make a lawsuit against old John Bushwhacker and the makers of the damned noisy, belching machine of his, that, by this time, not only deafened him but gave him cancer and neuropathy and a host of other illnesses that has him lying on his bed with no one to care for him, and no one to care that he’s dying, and all for the sake of making a few dollars! Buy a pair of hedge clippers, John! Get a little exercise and trim down that overhang that keeps you from ever seeing your genitals. It’s obvious that the few dollars you do make go primarily to the grocer and the beer distributor!

Heavenly Gate Hotel! All are welcome!

All new arrivals must check in at the front desk. No need to ring the bell, we’ll be waiting for you, and we expect you will be traveling light! Lots of vacancies, even though no one ever checks out! Activities around the hotel include: well, that’s up to you! Right? I mean, this is Heaven, you can do whatever you like! Right? Well, almost! So, then, what will you do? Have a piña colada? No? Sit on a cloud, perhaps, playing a harp and just daydreaming? Sorry, no vestal virgins here! No fountains full of Jack Daniels! So, what’s your plan?

It is so amazing that everyone wants to go to heaven, or so they think, anyway, but, any thought of what is to be done after arriving? Not usually! If heaven is the answer to all of our problems, then WHY is everyone so afraid of death? Give me a stroke or a nice, quick heart attack while I’m sleeping! What more could a guy ask for? I’m ready to check in!

Or is it, perhaps, that we are frightened by the LIE that the churches feed us of a place of EVERLASTING TORMENT? Perhaps that is motivator for not giving up this life we currently have? Of course, there is no such place, another pure fabrication of Catholicism by twisting the words of the one person who knew the most about heaven and what it meant to be there, and what there was to do there, and he knows a lot more than that and is willing to share.

Think about it! GOD IS LOVE! Would a God of LOVE give you a life you didn’t ask for, torment you the entire time you are living that life, and then tell you, like it or not, do as I say or I will torture you FOREVER AND EVER AND…

Well, you get the picture. Or do you?

Someone once asked this: Did your parents ever catch you at something you were not SUPPOSED to do; like a crime so heinous that you had to spend a day, or maybe even days in the house, or in your room? Probably have, right? But, have you ever done something so heinous that your parents switched on the burner of the kitchen stove and held your hand over the burner until the flesh began to melt away? No! Absolutely not! Why not? No right-minded parent would ever consider doing such a thing, and if they did, they would be in prison a long-long time!

BUT…the churches claim that their God does these things to billions of people, and FOREVER, at that! Ah, but God is different than parents, right? According to the churches, our Creator who gave us life is willing to melt our flesh from our bones repeatedly, from the moment of our death, throughout eternity! Does that make a lot of sense to you! “The wicked must be punished, shouldn’t they?”

HOW UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! The Bible I read, every version, every translation, says, “God is a god of Love,” and that, “Jehovah is a God, merciful and gracious, abundant in loving kindness and truth.” Not a God of torment and torture. If you want to know how I know that fairy tale is NOT TRUE, there are those who teach truth, and not the hypocritical lies of the churches. Take a look at this: w73 4/15 pp. 232-241

www.jw.org

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggerman, Thief”

What does that title have to do with anything spiritual, or theocratic, or anything related to what we become as we age and learn? Oddly, when I thought about how to respond to some recent events in relation to my own spirituality, that saying was the first thing that popped into my mind. Look it up and you may be able to relate it, as I did, to the current topic.

There is an old saying that goes: “Never discuss religion or politics in polite company,” and there is sage advice being offered therein. My own thought is this: “Before you try to convince another person of your beliefs, whether simply politic, or religious, consider the fact that you may soon make for yourself a new enemy.” In other words, people do not like their beliefs being questioned or undermined as it causes them insecurity and spawns fear, and fear turns quickly into anger, and anger into resentment.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a long time ago I used to preach from door-to-door, and one of the lessons I learned was to convey Bible messages gently. Someone described challenging other’s beliefs as “yanking the rug out from under them.” Nobody likes hitting the floor unexpectedly. Ours is a God of peace and love, is it not? Or is it? It all depends on the situation.

My cousin is a Scientologist, and as she recently asked me to mention this fact, she said: “Don’t forget to make sure the viewers (i.e. readers of my postings) know I am the 1st Scientologist in the family. And proud of it. I know it will be helping mankind repair this messy planet’s ethics.”

Do I agree with her, and do I believe she is correct in her thinking? I do not.

My son is an existentialist, somewhat along the line of the Scientologist, but without the Scientological precepts of the thetan and the eight dynamics, or impulses toward survival, etc. He recently sent a book for me to read, which I did, on the subject of Conquering the Internal Nature; Raja Yoga, to try to help me find inner peace and some semblance of happiness. He did this in response to a text message that I sent to him in regard to my rapidly fading peace of mind.

Do I agree with Raja Yoga, or the existentialist beliefs of my son? I do not.

However, I take no offense toward either of their actions to help me, and I respect that both are set in their own course toward their pursuit of eternity.

And this is why…

Rather than go into a lengthy dissertation of my belief in the Bible and why I know it is far and above everything else mankind has to offer in regard to the pursuit of life, inner peace, and happiness; suffice it to say that the knowledge I gained, and came to understand, is from the oldest, most widely read book in the world.

The Bible contains the writings of those with whom The God; a God of unimaginable longevity and power, communicated directly, and they, in turn, penned the words we read today. This God; a living author who guards and maintains the accuracy of the record given, has put within us a spirit that can readily understand its contents, if only we throw aside all other preconceived and falsely taught notions of what it contains.

The Hindu belief system as well as the teachings of Scientology claim that the creator is a god in absentia; who is nothing more than a source of power by which we happen to exist, but over which, we, individually, will gain control as we meditate and pass through the circles which, by the way, exist in some form in both belief systems, as does the number eight. (I still have yet to understand the significance of each but will continue to research.)

The Bible record shows us that, when mankind rebelled against their creator by accepting the fallen angel, Satan, who the Hindu refers to as Iblis, and who mislead mankind even in the Hindu belief; according to the Bible, God, our Creator, Elohim, Jehovah, call the Creator what you will; Satan called God a liar when he told the woman, Eve, “You positively will NOT die.” The exact opposite of what the creator told her would happen if she disobeyed that one rule regarding eating from the Tree of Knowledge.

On this basis alone, i.e. judging from all that I know of the Bible and learned in regard to Scientology, and Hinduism; both the Hindu, and the Scientologist are mistaken in thinking that they are immortal. Man DOES NOT HAVE an immortal soul, and not even the Bible teaches such. In fact, in the King James version of the Bible (the most archaic English translation available to us) the Bible book of Ezekiel states, ” The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

This notion of immortality was concocted by false religion; the Roman hijackers of Christianity who in 325 AD “adopted” a corrupted form or Christianity as the state religion, and from that adulteration of Christianity, the schisms that became today’s churches teach and preach. The attempts to bend and twist Roman hedonism and demonic teachings to fit the Bible are what causes the confusion and makes the Bible nearly impossible to understand, and is what lead up to, and caused such bloodshed and torment for mankind down through the dark ages, and up to our very day.

Hinduism was formulated as late as the Vedic period, c1500-322 BCE, without God’s inspiration, or so says the Yogi, God left it to us to seek God on our own and to elevate ourselves to perfection, again, according to the Yogi. During that same time period, however; the Jews were in direct contact with the Creator via Moses and others of the prophets. God, The Creator, Lord, Elohim, Jehovah, taught Moses the history of creation and the logical succession and progression toward true enlightenment, the coming of the Christ, the savior of mankind. It is this Creator. whom we call Jehovah, that will elevate mankind and bring them back to the perfection they gave away through the deception of Iblis/Satan, at mankind’s beginning.

Then, during the “Great Awakening” of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, new religions sprang up everywhere across America, including Mormonism, Orthodox sectarianism, reformed churches, etc., and so on, and among which came the beginnings of Scientology, which began in the 1940’s with L. Ron Hubbard’s first thesis on Dianetics.

As to Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, no man formulated what I or they believe. No Charles Taze Russell, no Joseph Rutherford, et al. Those were merely men who began a campaign of Bible teaching and distribution, but the ‘religion’ itself, the Bible, Christianity, Christ Jesus and his teachings…they were still those same words communicated directly by the Creator to mankind all the way back to the very first man and woman, Adam and Eve.

That said, then, do I need to look further? Is our life really about elevating ourselves? Reaching new heights of ‘awakening’ and exerting our power and, as the Yogi says, “becoming God”? Do we, can we, truly become transcendent and go beyond the powers that are “normal” to mankind, or is that immortal being, that Iblis (Satan) still around? Are that creature and his cohorts perhaps responsible for those who ‘appear’ to exert power beyond what is normal? Powers which they (demons) still have and use.

Jesus teaching was, and is, about abandoning our selfish interests. “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself…” Jesus said. (Matthew 16:24) Jesus told those who claimed to ‘want the truth,’ that by gaining God’s spirit, they would be able to accomplish anything. “If you had faith the size of a mustard grain, you would say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea!’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6) The apostle Peter actually walked on water for a short distance. Apostles were given the ability to cure illnesses by a single touch of the hand. Prophets were also granted the use of some slight miraculous powers. Miraculous in the sense that God granted it. The did not “attain” to it by some meditation or self-indulgent practice.

Therefore, until I can see any significant reason to abandon what I know; to throw aside the only true communication mankind ever received from the creator of all things, I am not willing to abandon it simply because most people cannot understand it (or-if you wish-interpret it). When one will do as Jesus said, “disown himself” and recognize the corrupt nature of the churches teachings, and abandon all preconceptions and false beliefs, only then will the true power of the Truth be recognizable and useful.

Article #1 – Allow the Bible To Interpret Itself

The religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses is ‘True Christianity’

“…the Bible, when taken as a whole, must reveal a message harmonious and consistent with itself and with the character of its Divine Author.”

Aging…the sentence of death that ‘time’ imposes upon us all, makes it my duty to you, my family, to investigate and identify “what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil.” as was so eloquently put. My understanding of the Bible is not someone’s “interpretation” of its contents, but is simply the contents presented and learned as a whole. Looking into any book with preconceived notions, you will misunderstand, or, if you wish, misinterpret its contents. Read/study the sixty-six books of the Bible casting aside what the so-called preachers/priests tell you is in it, and learn the truth for yourself. Ask and it will be given, knock and it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7)

By TRUTH, we mean to say that this source of information must be, 1) truly a work that is both inspired by and protected by God, our Creator, 2) recognizable in its entirety as a harmonious and complete message and, 3) must be presented so as to prove that all other schisms of religion, so-called Christian and otherwise, are doubtlessly invented by men and angels and are not those of God (Elohim…Jehovah), the Creator that gave us the words of the prophets and the apostles for us to prepare ourselves for life eternal in the Kingdom of, and by, God.

First of all, you and I were led to believe that Charles Taze Russell was the “founder” of the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is absolutely not the case. The links above and below will explain and can be corroborated by many witness and non-witness sources.

The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” is nothing more than a title for a group of people who wish to be recognized separately and above the churches and other schisms of Christianity, and apart from all other of the world’s religions. Jehovah’s Witnesses are a group, an organization, not a religion. This has to be understood before anything else can make sense. The “religion” of Jehovah’s Witnesses is, however, true Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ, himself, and his apostles.

” When we read the Scriptures, we should take into account the context and the overall tenor of the Bible.”

(Let Us Compare Scripture With Scripture – WT Study Ed. 2006)

When you have questions and issues at work, sometimes the answers can be simple; i.e. you ask a colleague, or consult a reference a manual. Sometimes, however, the answers require extensive research, which often means using multiple sources and/or references. So why then, should understanding our Creator’s publication, The Bible, be any different?

Given there are sixty six separate books within the total bibliography of the Bible, and knowing they all play a part in understanding the book in its entirety, why would anyone try to formulate a belief system by using only parts of the whole? (e.g. “The old testament,” or “The new testament.”) Also, since this work is the only book provided to us by our creator, why would we go to any other books, especially those concocted by humans or angels, to corroborate its contents, when it, itself, is complete and unique.?

The sixty six contiguous books are recognized throughout the centuries of man’s existence as part of the Bible’s cannonic whole. Each book is known to pertain to the others within the overall volume in very specific ways, and in light of this, for anyone to say, “I live only by the *gospels,” is to say, “I am ignorant and know very little about anything.” Somewhat akin to learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and then calling yourself a mathematician. (*The gospels are what some call the first four books of the Christian Greek scriptures; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.)