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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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How Can I find The True Religion?

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True religion teaches the truth that is based on the Bible, not on human philosophies. (John 4:24, 17:17)


This includes religious truths about the soul and the hope of everlasting life on a paradise earth. (Psalm 37:29 - Isaiah 35:5, 6 - Ezekiel 18:4) It also does not hold back from exposing religious falsehood. (Matthew 15:9 23:27, 28)




True religion helps people to know God, including teaching them his name, Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18 - Isaiah 42:8 - John 17:3, 6)


It does not teach that he is incomprehensible or aloof; rather, it teaches that he wants us to have a relationship with him. (James 4:8)




True religion highlights Jesus Christ as the one through whom God grants salvation. (Acts 4:10, 12)


Its members obey Jesus' commands and strive to follow his example. (John 13:15 15:14)




True religion promotes unselfish love. (John 13:35)


It teaches respect for all ethnic groups and welcomes people from all races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds. (Acts 10:34, 35) Moved by love, its members do not go to war. (Micah 4:3 - 1 John 3:11, 12)



True religion is completely neutral in political affairs. (John 17:16 18:36)


However, its members respect and obey the government where they live, in harmony with the Bible's command: "Pay back Caesar's things to Caesar [representing the civil authority], but God's things to God." (Mark 12:17 - Romans 13:1, 2)




True religion is a way of life, not just a ritual or a formality. Its members adhere to the Bible's high moral standards in all aspects of life. (Ephesians 5:3-5 - 1 John 3:18)


Rather than being grim, though, they find joy in worshipping "the happy God." (1 Timothy 1:11)




True religion focuses on God's Kingdom as mankind's only hope. Its members actively tell others about that Kingdom. (Matthew 10:7 24:14)




True religion has no paid clergy, and it does not give high-sounding religious titles to any of its members. (Matthew 23:8-12 - 1 Peter 5:2, 3)




Those who practice true religion will be in the minority. (Matthew 7:13, 14)




Members of the true religion are often looked down on, ridiculed, and persecuted for doing God's will. (Matthew 5:10, 12.)


True religion is not just `the right religion for me'


There is a danger in choosing a religion based solely on how it makes us feel. The Bible foretold a time when people would "surround themselves with [religious] teachers to have their ears tickled." (2 Timothy 4:3) In contrast, the Bible encourages us to follow "the religion that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father," even if that religion is unpopular. (James 1:27)


When we match up the characteristics of the true religion to every religion ever created. We end up with Jehovah's Witnesses.



(Matthew 24:14:) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


The Kingdom message is reaching all corners of the globe. In 2010 alone, Jehovah"s Witnesses spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming this good news in 236 lands. Over the past decade, they have produced and distributed more than 20 billion items of literature.




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True religion teaches the truth that is based on the Bible, not on human philosophies.

You are absolutely right; true religion is based on the Bible, not on human philosophies. One of the things the Bible teaches is that Jesus is God and that he is equal to the Father.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

(John 1:1-3 ESV)

The New World translation of the Bible tries to conceal this fact by translating John 1:1 as "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god," to support the Jehovah's Witness belief that Jesus was a lesser god created by the Father. But verse 3 says that all that was made was made by the Word. This shows that he himself was not created by the Father and therefore he must be God in the same way the Father is.


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True religion helps people to know God, including teaching them his name, Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18 - Isaiah 42:8 - John 17:3, 6)


I don't believe God's name is Jehovah. I won't bother proving it here, but if true religion is teaching people that God's name is Jehovah, then there's no true religion in the NT as the NT never even uses the word.


James 1:27 tells us what true religion is: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. None of your unattributed copy-and-past about true religion passes beyond JW doctrines into what true religion really is.

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True religion is not found in the authority of any earthly institution, least of all those organizations that claim to have a monopoly on the truth. True religion is the love of God and of your neighbor. It's the love of God that keeps you away from sin and the love of neighbor that leads you to help the needy.


There are denominations that do better than others with sound doctrine. If you want to have found doctrine, put away all doctrine that comes from someone's special revelation outside the Bible. Instead, study the Bible without prejudice -- alas, this is not something that most people who say they study the Bible can do.


I think Timothex is trying to meet obligatory JW missionary goals by posting here. The JW has more children leaving leaving their denomination than any other denomination (the only thing keeping JW from shrinking is their intense missionary work). JW parents might consider this verse: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it. Maybe you're not training up your children right if most of them depart and never come back.


Also, a neighborly warning, this forum's host holds closely to reformed orthodox doctrine. He's not spending his money and time to maintain this forum to give a platform for the preaching of the doctrines of dubious pedigree.

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