God’s Kingdom – the end to mankind’s suffering!

By ET

When Jesus was on earth he gave a sign to look for, a sign that would show this Kingdom or heavenly government was near, had arrived and was about to act.

Jesus foretold world war, food shortages, earthquakes, disease and plagues that would affect the whole world at the same time. For the detail please refer to Matthew chapter 24 and 25, and Luke chapter 21.

What is this Government doing now?

  1. During this time Jesus foretold that his government would engage in a world wide education work, note the words he quoted from Isaiah 2: 2 – 4 “In the final part of the days, The mountain of the house of Jehovah Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, And it will be raised up above the hills, And to it all the nations will stream. 3 And many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, To the house of the God of Jacob. He will instruct us about his ways, And we will walk in his paths.” For law will go out of Zion, And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem. 4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.”
  2. The result is millions from all nations and backgrounds have learned truths from God’s Word the Bible. They have used its principles to become better people; better husbands, better wives, thus better parents. They have left behind hatred and anger and focus on that Kingdom Government with Jesus as the King.
  3. The impact: To abolish false or unacceptable religions which have misled billions of people, exploiting their position to gain riches and power, failing to teach the Truth – the hope for all humanity is the Heavenly Kingdom Government leading to a fulfilling life.
  4. Another impact of the Kingdom: It promises to end all human rulership. These Human governments continue to dominate individuals to their injury and oppose God’s rulership through Jesus by causing division and hatred amongst its subjects.
  5. The consequences of this action: all wicked people who refuse to obey God’s righteous laws and are determined to do bad will as Proverbs 2: 22: “As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth, And the treacherous will be torn away from it.” The bible truth is that wicked people those separating themselves from and his government will be destroyed, so will the Governments and the religions who oppose The Kingdom of God.

What will God’s Kingdom do for humankind in the future?

Here are 5 benefits of God’s Kingdom – the heavenly Global Government:

  1. It will eliminate sickness and Death, Revelation 21: 4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
  2. It will ensure true peace and security, Micah 4: 4 “They will sit, each one under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one will make them afraid, For the mouth of Jehovah of armies has spoken.”
  3. It will provide meaningful work Isaiah 65: 22, 23 “They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. 23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them.
  4. It will solve all environmental problems Isaiah 35: 1 “The wilderness and the parched land will exult, And the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron.”
  5. It will also teach us all what we need to do to live forever under this righteous government John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Jehovah God wants all to enjoy these Kingdom blessings. How do we learn more about his purpose for us? How can we take advantage of the provision made through that Global Education work? Begin by visiting JW.org (available in hundreds of languages and translating the the bible or parts of the bible in over 1000 languages), request a free, personal or family on-line bible study course, follow the online lessons or ask for someone to contact you who can explain as Philip the Evangelizer did with the Ethiopian Acts 8: 35 “Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he declared to him the good news about Jesus.”

Give God something to bless as you search for the Truth and develop an understanding of the only hope for humankind, God’s Kingdom Government is ruling and it is time for us to act now!

Passive Christianity

The world is seeing the unprecedented rejection of God, his standards, the means of communication – the bible and of course his Kingdom.

Jesus taught the Disciples to pray for “God’s Will to be Done” but what is God’s will? 1 Tim 2: 4 “whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth”.

How many Christians actually have an understanding of that accurate knowledge about “God’s Will”? Too few have clear answers to pressing questions, like “why is there so much evil and suffering?” “Why do we die?” “Does God Exist and how can you build faith in something or someone unseen?”.

These questions aren’t that challenging – the bible answers them clearly. For example Does God exist? In Romans chapter 1 verse 20 we are encouraged to look at the material planet around us, the place we live and ask what qualities are evident in the life on earth? The bible doesn’t compel anyone to believe in God or follow his guidance – it is a matter of free will.

Exercising that free will has consequences and this is where Christians have become passive, they fail to explain this simple point. Galatians 6: 7 highlights the principle that is clearly evident in life – what we sow we reap. Sow cabbage seeds we get cabbages, plant fruit trees and they produce fruit not wheat or potato. Humans who fail to gain the accurate knowledge of God and fail to respond to Jesus teaching as Christians are passive!

Therefore the principle “you reap what you sow” a passive Christian does nothing! and, therefore, is not displaying the true Christianity. Why because as we pray for God’s Will to be done we are motivated to action. Note the Bible writer Pauls admonition at Romans 10: 13 “For “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah [God’s Name] will be saved.”14 However, how will they call on him if they have not put faith in him? How, in turn, will they put faith in him about whom they have not heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach?”

Salvation is only possible if Christians act in harmony with this admonition. Jesus told his followers to preach the Good News of Gods established kingdom and demonstrate God’s desire that everyone who wants salvation has the choice. Notice the Apostle Peter a key person known to Christians of all denominations stated at 2 Peter 3: 9 “Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.”

As Active or Proactive Christians we are COMPELLED to ACT NOW!

Right now those who have no knowledge of true Christianity are seeking to enjoy a “Family Christmas” somehow they feel they deserve it because of everything they have sacrificed. Have they asked the question “if I choose to celebrate Christmas this year with my friends and family who am I exposing to a higher risk of COVID 19 infection? Just weeks away from the roll out of a vaccine?” Who will they blame when family members of friends get sick, some may die, others because of the economic impact may lose their employment and homes? The Government? God? or themselves?

This freedom of choice enables many to act selfishly, Jesus never said celebrate my birthday, he only said of his final meal “keep doing this”.

Passive Christians haven’t a clear knowledge of the teachings, or the consequences of their actions, failing to hear and heed bible counsel will lead to the inevitable outcome. Jesus explains it well in Matthew 7: 21 – 28. Not everyone claiming to be a Christian will be saved because their faith isn’t built on accurate knowledge. Because they can’t save themselves everyone who lives around in the same circumstances are destined to be excluded – yes their faith (house) will be destroyed.

Therefore, we must act – Paul stated we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction but we are moved by our faith to advocate God’s Kingdom and his King the one we follow Jesus Christ.

In the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins Jesus discussed two groups of Christians those waiting for the bridegroom to return and those who slept and let their lamps burn low. While they weren’t paying attention the Bridegroom returned and shut the doors to wedding feast. These are sleeping or Passive Christians.

It isn’t my place to tell anyone if they are Passive or Active but Jesus stated clearly “by their fruits you will know them”.

Based on God’s Will what do you as a Christian understand is the most vital choice we make now! Our lives depend on the choice we make and based on that choice we will be a position to discuss salvation with those we meet.

We will save ourselves and those who listen to us.

Passive Christians are a danger to humanity.

The End of Suffering

Contributed by ET

The bible tells us that suffering will only end when God’s Kingdom is ruling this earth.

Jesus showed his followers through a series of miracles just what blessings his Fathers Kingdom will bring. These included restoring health, providing sufficient food, even raising the dead.

His followers though wanted to know when this would happen – so he gave them signs to look for. These signs would be like a fingerprint identifying the last days refer to Matthew chapter 24; Luke chapter 21;

Matthew 24: 7 states that “Nation will rise against nation”. The primary example of this occurred in 1914 when war broke out on a scale that had never been previously seen. The “Great War” or World War 1 is often referred to as the turning point in modern history because we have continued to see civilians affected by the catastrophic actions of the armies who fight. The collateral damage and continuous warfare are a clear sign of the time Jesus refers to.

“Earthquakes” Not just earthquakes but “Great Earthquakes” are a part of the fingerprint. We have witnessed the devastating effects of these events on local people.

“Food Shortages” These are occurring worldwide due to war, extreme weather, pandemics, poor government management which results in the poorest of society having little or no access to nourishing food and clean water.

“Disease and Epidemics” Sadly today we are witnessing the return of diseases and the emergence of new lethal and debilitating effects, illustrated by the global impact of COVID 19 which has taken more than £1,000,000 lives.

“A Worldwide Preaching Work” Jesus specifically mentions in the Gospel signs that the “Good News of God’s Kingdom will be preached. Today we know that this “Good News” is available in over 1,000 languages and accessible in more than 240 lands and islands of the globe. Truly and modern miracle.

This “fingerprint” the “Signs” are a clear indication that Gods Kingdom is near!

To discover more of the wonderful benefits of that Kingdom rule please refer to “What can the Bible Teach Us?” Chapters 8 & 9.

Contact Jehovah’s Witnesses to discuss the evidence of the Kingdom in action today by requesting that someone call or complete the online lessons that focus on clear Bible Teachings and follow the explanation of the scriptures in your copy of the Bible.

As this “Fingerprint” becomes more visible there is a clear consequence for those seeing but not understanding the sign. Study the Bible answers to all the really big questions that religions say are a mystery because God hides nothing from those rightly disposed to the truth. (Acts 13: 48)

Why is there so much Suffering?

By ET

All of us, earth wide, are suffering. This is due to many reasons, such as ill health, financial problems, injustice and the effects of warfare.

But Why is this so?

In the beginning the bible tells us there was only one ruler, Jehovah God. He provided a beautiful paradise home, perfect health and meaningful work.

So what went wrong? Our first parents rejected Jehovah God’s rulership, causing them to lose everything God had provided and as a consequence they lost this for us too.

From Human rulership over other humans we have seen things deteriorate to where they are now, so that even the best human governments cannot solve those serious problems mentioned at the start that cause suffering.

God’s Kingdom

However Jehovah God has set up a Kingdom or Government that will remedy those problems. In the Bible book of Daniel 2: 44 it states that God’s Kingdom will “never be destroyed” “it will stand forever”!

This is the heavenly Kingdom or government that millions contiue to pray for daily in the Lords or Our Father Prayer recorded at Matthew 6: 9, 10 “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.”

Through this Kingdom Jehovah God will restore to humankind all the things our first parents lost.

But When Will This “Kingdom Come”?

Jesus gave signs for us to look for, in Matthew chapter 24 and 25; Luke chapter 21 – he stated that we will worldwide war, earthquakes, food shortages, disease and epidemics and of course the world wide preaching of the Good News of God’s Kingdom. We see this on a global scale now.

If you would like to learn more about these signs and how we can be certain of the nearness of God’s Kingdom by visiting JW.org and review the magazine What Is Gods Kingdom?

God’s Kingdom – where do you stand?

Elections affecting local populations are designed to keep representation of the individual at the heart of government. Has any Government really been able to achieve that?

Establishing an education system that is free to all, sufficient food and worthwhile work for everyone? How about housing and dealing with crime, public health and mental wellbeing? All of these objectives elude governments! Why? Basically the ruling party has to ensure they keep their voters happy.

What is the difference with God’s Kingdom?

3 key points:

  • Dedicated citizens
  • Focus on Peace and Unity
  • Everlasting Kingdom

Voting for God’s Kingdom requires every individual to maintain a standard of conduct that puts others in first place, that advocates look to be kind, considerate, loving, law abiding even when laws don’t appear to make sense. Find out more about how to vote for God’s Kingdom with your life following this link.

It brings peace and unity to those who act as advocates of it and this will cover the whole earth.

It is a kingdom that will rule forever. No short term immediate fix at the cost of the silent majority. Our lives in God’s hands will be so different.

One big problem for Human Governments

The fact that bad government is limited to a fixed term in the sense of the lifetime of leader it also means that good government is limited.

Power corrupts we are told but that isn’t the full truth. Power enables, facilitates and rewards citizens when in the right hands and exercised in the right way.

So all human government is short lived. Contrast that with the thought recorded at Daniel 2: 44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,”

God’s Kingdom reduces the human governments to nothing.

Who is the king? Let Jesus answer in his own words at John 18: 36, “Jesus answered: “My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.”

We need to decide who we will support God’s Kingdom or those who set themselves against God’s Kingdom, a simple choice Philippians 1: 28 “and in no way being frightened by your opponents. This very thing is a proof of destruction for them, but of salvation for you; and this is from God.”

Jesus gave signs for those interested in serving under a king who is looking for the best conditions for his subjects and one of the key he raised as identifying this time before sudden destruction comes is Matthew 24: 14 “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Yes the Kingdom is Good News for humanity but the choice is do we vote for it with our lives – those who reject forfeit life, those who advocate it gain everlasting life. Read more in the article linked here – When Will God’s Kingdom Rule the Earth?

Free will still counts – many say that the destruction of those who don’t want God’s rulership is unkind, unloving and unjust. That isn’t the case. Recently a Hire Purchase company recovered a vehicle a young person had started payments on. The young person decided they no longer wanted to pay the premiums and started to enjoy the vehicle on that basis. When he put it in for service at the only place it could be serviced the company took steps to recover their vehicle.

Was this unreasonable? Should they give the young person the car without requiring that the young person keep up the repayments? Of course not!

The young person exercised their free will and decided not to pay for the vehicle, the consequence had to play out, the vehicle was recovered.

How is that similar to us? We exist because of basic principles of science, if we fail to accept the origin of those principles when held to account are we in a position to prevent the creator from balancing things out. Of course not.

So be clear we have a choice to make, the consequence is simple – life or death, peace and unity or discord and the continued abuse of power.

Which would you prefer? I cast my vote 45 years ago and have never regretted accepting the Kingdom of God and it is time for us to say loud and clear “Let it come!”

Where are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Since the Lockdown we have not seen the Witnesses on an y of the main streets or calling at our homes, so have they given up? Has COVID19 achieved something that Hitler, Stalin, Putin and some many other governments has been unable to do. Silence Jehovah’s Witnesses!

The decision to protect lives

In March 2020 the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses took the decision to suspend all public meetings and their public ministry to reduce the risk of infection. When the governments relaxed the restrictions the Governing Body decided that based on the evidence presented recognized that the risk hadn’t reduced and the meetings, public ministry would remain suspended until at least the new year.

Does that mean they stopped preaching and teaching? or meetings and assemblies?

Never! The Ministry goes on, the international letter writing, phone contact and personal ministry continues at an increased pace.

The Meetings and Assemblies have been managed since the lockdown and restrictions through online conference calls with large meetings for hundreds running at the regular time. The Public are welcome. So contact your local congregation via JW.org which is available in hundreds of languages.

Increased Activity

November will see a Global Campaign that highlights the only solution to the issues and problems that face us all. Yes God’s Kingdom! that millions pray for every day. Matthew 6: 9 the Lords prayer.

What will that Kingdom Achieve? Can the national Governments thwart Gods Purpose? Where do we stand on accepting Kingdom rulership, advocates or do we support human rulership?

What did Jesus mean when he said “My Kingdom is no part of this world”? Millions of those with a faith in God fail to recognise that Kingdom and the impact it has on their future. Have you considered what is likely to happen to those who oppose God? It can’t end well.

More active than ever

Every Jehovah’s Witness is making this time count, activity has increased, because people are asking what is going to happen? Why is this happening? Is this God’s revenge? and millions are without hope.

Your life and my life depends on our personal decision to follow that kingdom or ignore the impending face off. It won’t end well for the feeble humans who like an ant on a road try to stop oncoming traffic. In the future there will be nothing left to remind survivors of them.

Are you Marked for Survival by Gods anointed King – there is still time to act.

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Why Do We Suffer?

Another in the series – “Will Suffering End?”

At some point in our livesall of us are affected by tragedy, illness, death of loved ones, and unforeseen events. Like everyone around the earth at the moment, due to COVID19 and accidents, bad weather, natural disasters, war and violence we cannot escape suffering. This prompts many to ask:

Why do these things happen?

  • Some put it down to Fate – things we have no control over. Others
  • Karma, this is punishment for previous sins.
  1. Is this reasonable?
  2. Were we meant to suffer?
  3. Does our suffering prove that God doesn’t care for us?

Let’s turn to the source of understanding provided by God as religion explains. The Bible definitely states that God created humans to enjoy life. Note the words at Ecclesiastes 3: 12, 13: “I have concluded that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during their life,13 also that everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.”

No mention of suffering there and this is not an isolated verse, look at the words of chapter 5: 18, 19 and Isaiah 65: 21, 22. Certainly the most coherent source of God’s purpose has to be his word.

So what changed?

It is simply explained in the bible. The first two humans decided to choose independence from God and they wanted to “do their own thing” “go their own way”. Which free will allows them to do, however that choice was made for all their family to follow.

That first human couple chose independence from God the source of life as a result they brought suffering and death to all of Humankind.

It is the same as making a choice that affects your unborn children, exposing them to a genetic defect that only gets pass down with each new generation until someone makes a difficult choice or a cure is found.

So the consequence of this first poor choice is explained in Romans 5: 12 “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned” This inherited trait leads to suffering and death.

So we need a cure and the only cure that can be offered is by God because he is the source of life and he set a value on our lives Romans 3: 23, 24 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24 and it is as a free gift that they are being declared righteous by his undeserved kindness through the release by the ransom paid by Christ Jesus.”

What does this achieve?

Only Jehovah God can address the causes of suffering. This is achieved by his Kingdom that is described as a real government over the whole earth, note the promise at Revelation 21: 3, 4 “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Find out more about God’s promises for our future then follow the link to JW.ORG (available in 1,024 languages so share the information with friends and family anywhere in the world.)

Looking for the answer to What Is God’s Purpose for US? or a free copy of the Bible to download and read or read online choose from this selection or looking for someone to explain what God’s promises are for you and your family request a visit (it may be virtual at the moment but you will be contacted personally).

The truth of God’s care and promises for you and your family (the human family world wide) is clear and now the bible is the place for comfort for all those who are searching for real answers to why there is suffering.

Preparing for Harder Times

As we continue experience going issues with COVID19 and watch it devastate economies, communities, families and faith. How are we (Christians) preparing for the harder times prophesied by Jesus and the Apostle Paul (Matthew 24: 7 – 14; 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5;)

Our faith is being challenged in so many ways – for example direct action by the state has limited the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia – follow the link JW-Russia.org. This is an example of the direct fulfilment of Jesus words at Matthew 24: 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name.

So how do we build our faith and resilience to face these difficult times?

Keep On the Watch!

Jesus explained that those who saw and understood the sign of his would Matthew 24: 42 “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

We should expect these things because as verse 8 informs us: “All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.

So we begin by recognizing that we live in challenging times, that the evidence points to Christ’s presence in Kingdom Power and God’s Kingdom has started to rule amidst its enemies.

Three parts to preparation

  1. John 17: 3 – Get to know Jehovah God and his Son Jesus – personally.
  2. Romans 6: 12, Accept the value of Christs Sacrifice because through it we are being saved. Note the verse: “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned
  3. 1 Peter 3: 21 for those who accept the ransom that has been paid we dedicate our lives to God and get baptized. Note the verse: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Never hide your faith

As a young person the hardest lesson to learn was that everyone knew I was different for a reason and they expected me to live up to that. Something I really struggled to do. However, one point that became apparent the less I tried to hide my faith the easier it became to live up to it.

Many years on and it is a privilege to be known for being a person not only with a faith in god but a person “of faith”.

Here is why – 1 John 5: 3 “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,” and verse 4 provides this assurance “because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.

Keeping Gods commandments now means that when our faith is tested we prove that Hebrews 10: 39 is true in our case: “Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.”

SO we prepare now for difficult times ahead and those we experience today so that we know that it will be said we did “JUST SO!” and that we have “CONQUERED THE WORLD”

Need to build that strong faith – start by regular bible reading download a schedule, need a bible in your language then look at the New World Translation and the range of languages it is available in. Download a free copy.

Need assistance then free online lessons because without knowledge of God – Jehovah and his Son Jesus Christ we have no hope for salvation and preparing for an uncertain future is like staring into the abyss.

Do not rely on humans, governments or science, turn to the only source of truth the Bible and let it set you free.

Disturbing Times

The Media creates a real climate of fear throughout the world with the reporting on the Pandemic.

The clear stark warning to Christians is don’t get sucked into the propaganda. Looking to governments and politicians to sort these things out.

Man can’t control the weather, natural world nor can he harness the resources of the planet to work to the collective advantage. People looking to people for answers is exactly as Jesus said it would be. Yes Matthew 15: 14 resonates – 14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” oh and how many ditches they can find. Stumbling from one crisis to another.

Leadership

They laugh at those having real faith, who see beyond the lies and double speak of all forms of leadership today. I echo the sentiments of the wise man who wrote in Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.”

The global threats know no borders, resources will run under borders, problems have become cyclical, humanity isn’t improving at sustaining life its getting better at prolonging a pointless existence.

Where do you look for leadership? Values and moral direction? Why not start with the Bible? With the word of God.

Lets take one principle – the bible teaches us to value life more than anything because without we are nothing. So when there is a simple approach to resolving a problem why opt for a complicated multi tiered system of restrictions? Life before commercial interests nothing more principled.

We have prayed for God’s Kingdom since Jesus demonstrated the “Our Father” – it is time to find out just what that kingdom is and what it has to offer. When people go to the polling stations in November in the USA they are voting for a short term solution. When we vote with our lifestyle choice to advocate God’s Kingdom we vote for Life! Everlasting Life!

Do not let fear and disturbing times rob us of the promise of true peace, freedom and security.

Read more by following this link What Can the Bible Teach Us?

Christian Responsibilities – COVID19

This looks like a strange title for a post, however, it is wholly appropriate as we head towards a second peak.

Here in the UK we here so much about commerce, the economy and normality. Many insisting on being allowed to “take their chance” with the Virus.

I have been surprised by the number who express themselves in such a heartless and uncaring way, failing to understand the basic concept of life.

Although science and evolution operate on the premise the it is “survival of the fittest” it isn’t the reality of UK society.

The Golden Rule

Jesus’ words at Matthew 7: 12 “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them…” set a pattern for Christians.

Note it isn’t “do not do to others what you don’t want them to do to you” as is often stated, this is taking the first step, treat others how you want them to treat you FIRST.

So society started to reform and health and education became the entitlement of all citizens and residents. The UK set a standard. The need to adjust and understand that standard is critical now.

Caring for the sick, elderly, and those who contract COVID19 is all of our responsibility. The Government has made that point. (Romans 13: 1)

A Christ would ask not how Jesus would have conducted himself, he would have healed those with the virus, but how the Apostles and first century Christians would have behaved.

I personally do not want to contract the virus, therefore, if I do, I am determined not to pass it on to others. 14 days, 28 days, 90 days of isolation if that is necessary then that is the way to handle this.

Exercising Free will

Can anyone really tell you what to do? Can anyone really stop us doing what we want to do? We have Free Will we can choose. But remember the principle in Deuteronomy 30: 19 “I take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you today that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curse; and you must choose life so that you may live, you and your descendants,”

This illustrates the point for every free choice we make there are consequences. In the case of those who rushed back from vacations, if you tested positive on your return all those you came into contact with who had not been abroad would also have to isolate. Some may lose their employment, others may require long term health care.

Going back to the original principle of the Golden rule in action this is not the way we would want to contract the virus.

How could a Christian carry on their worship if they became aware that because of their personal choice someone sickened and later died because of “their rights”?

So here is the challenge going forwards as we head towards more restrictions – “How do we deal with isolation?”

How can Christians remain happy and positive in difficult circumstances? Be content and generous also put people before things, the economy and personal rights.

Never lose sight of this truth James 4: 8 “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you”.

It is not too late to find the answers to life’s big questions, so take the opportunity to study the Bible, Jesus Words and the promise of so much more than we have today.

May the God of all Comfort Jehovah provide you peace in these turbulent times.