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originally posted by: whereislogic
a reply to: Akragon
I'll let Jesus answer that clear and succinctly:
15 For I set the pattern for you, that just as I did to you, you should also do.
CHRISTENDOM’S churches have human leaders, such as the pope of Rome, the patriarchs and metropolitans of the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the heads of other religions. Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize no human as their leader. They are not disciples or followers of any man. This is in line with Jehovah’s prophetic utterance concerning his Son: “Look! As a witness to the national groups I have given him, as a leader and commander to the national groups.” (Isa. 55:4) The international congregation of anointed Christians and their “other sheep” companions want no leader other than the one Jehovah has given them. (John 10:16) They subscribe to Jesus’ statement: “Your Leader is one, the Christ.”—Matt. 23:10.
5. How did Christ act as Leader during his earthly ministry?
His disciples followed him as he traveled the length and breadth of the land, preaching the good news of the Kingdom. (Luke 8:1) He trained them in the preaching work and took the lead in preaching and teaching, setting a fine example. (Luke 9:1-6)
6. In what way did Christ prove to be a Shepherd and Leader?
6 Jesus pointed to another aspect of his leadership by comparing himself to a loving shepherd. Oriental shepherds literally lead their flocks. In The Land and the Book, W. M. Thomson wrote: “The shepherd goes before, not merely to point out the way, but to see that it is practicable and safe. . . . With [his] staff he rules and guides the flock to their green pastures, and defends them from their enemies.” Showing that he is a true Shepherd and Leader, Jesus declared: “I am the fine shepherd; the fine shepherd surrenders his soul in behalf of the sheep. My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:11, 27) True to his word, Jesus died a sacrificial death in behalf of his sheep, but Jehovah “raised him up to be leader and Saviour.”—Acts 5:31, New Jerusalem Bible; Heb. 13:20.
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: whereislogic
Lol no... That doesn't clear up anything... Not that i needed clarification on this issue
There is only one answer... And yes the bible doesn't clearly teach reincarnation... But it is very clearly alluded to in many passages including the one in question
HE is the door... And going in and out of said door can only mean one thing
Pretty simple actually
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: windword
God's word is what I believe. Just because you can't tell the difference in Jesus telling them he is elias that should come as the fulfillment of the scriptures does not mean John the Baptist was a reincarnation. and you deny what Gabriel tells John's father about John from the Mouth of God before Jesus or John were even born.
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: ctophil
I would argue that there most definitely are "punishments".... but they happen in life, not "after death"
In His meeting with Nicodemus, Jesus told Nic that he needed to be born again. Nic asked if that meant he had to emerge from his mother's womb a second time (reincarnation). Jesus FAILED to pick up the ball and run with it, and that is why I don't believe in reincarnation. Well, one reason...