Education for Entering Paradise
Would you like to live in Paradise? If your answer is ‘Yes,’ you will
be thrilled to know that when Jesus spoke of today’s troubled system
and "the sign" of its approaching destruction, he added, "This
generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur."
Some, at least, of the generation that saw the "beginning of pangs of
distress" in 1914 will live to see Paradise restored on earth. (Matthew 24:3-8,
However, it is a sad fact that most people today are on the broad road
that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13, 14)
There is little time left for them to change. How thankful you can be
that Jehovah has provided warning in time! Because Jehovah wants you to
have life, he will help you to take the right steps.—2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:23.
Your urgent need now is accurate knowledge. (1 Timothy 2:4; John 17:3)
Where can you get this? Can it be found in just any religion? Some
people say all religions lead to the same goal, just as all paths on a
mountain lead to the summit. How mistaken they are! In order to find the
right path, mountaineers use maps, and they hire guides. Likewise,
there is only the one religion of truth that will lead to everlasting
life, and guidance is needed to find it.—Acts 8:26-31.
This brochure has been provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses to help you.
It has already helped you to understand some basic Bible truths, has it
not? No doubt you have confirmed for yourself that each point is based
on God’s inspired Word. Now, to progress toward your goal, you must
continue to learn. Just as a proper secular education is necessary to
fit a person for a place in everyday society, so a proper Bible
education is necessary to equip one for entering the society that will
survive to live in the Paradise earth. (2 Timothy 3:16,
17) Satan may try to distract you by causing close associates to
oppose you or by tempting you into selfish materialistic or immoral
ways. Do not give in to Satan. Your safety and the whole future of you
and your family depend on your studying the Bible further.—Matthew 10:36;
Besides continuing your present Bible study, there is another way to
learn. People in your neighborhood who are interested in Bible education
regularly attend the local Kingdom Hall meetings. All who attend are
there to take in instruction from the Bible and are sincerely trying to
become better people. They readily welcome newcomers, saying, "Come, you
people, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah [his place of worship]
. . . and he will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk
in his paths." (Isaiah
2:3) Good reasons for attending Bible meetings are explained in Hebrews 10:24,
25, which reads: "Let us consider one another to incite to love and
fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some
have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you
behold the day drawing near."
As you associate with Jehovah’s organization, you will find the
atmosphere very different from that of temples and churches. There is no
soliciting of money, no backbiting or quarreling, and no discrimination
because of family background or financial standing. The most
outstanding quality among Jehovah’s Witnesses is love. First, they love
Jehovah, and second, they love other people. These are marks of true
13:35) You should attend their meetings and confirm this for
yourself. No doubt you will be impressed by their unity. There are more
than three million Witnesses worldwide in over 200 lands. Yet, Witnesses
throughout the earth follow the same programs at their meetings. And
because of simultaneous printing in many languages, at their weekly
meetings most of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the world study the same
Scriptural subjects within a few hours of one another. The unity of
Jehovah’s organization is a modern-day miracle in this divided world.
As you associate regularly with Jehovah’s people, you will need to
clothe yourself with "the new personality" and cultivate the fruitage of
God’s spirit—"love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness,
faith, mildness, self-control." (Colossians 3:10,
12-14; Galatians 5:22,
23) This will bring you deep contentment. You may have problems to
overcome from time to time because you live in a corrupt world and also
because of your own imperfections. But Jehovah will help you. His Word
assures those who are sincerely trying to please him: "Do not be anxious
over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with
thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of
God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental
powers by means of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6, 7)
You will be drawn by Jehovah’s love, so that you will want to serve
him. Jehovah’s Witnesses will be happy to show you how you can dedicate
your life to this loving God and become one of his privileged witnesses.
Yes, it is a privilege. Just think! As a worshiper of Jehovah, you can
reach out for the goal of everlasting life in a paradise here on earth.—Zephaniah 2:3;
Continue, then, to study and to grow in love and appreciation of
Jehovah God, his Son, and the heavenly government of righteousness. In
describing the government of God and the blessings it will shower on
mankind, the Bible prophecy says: "Look! The tent of God is with
mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And
God himself will be with them." "God himself," who is exalted so far
above the selfish, ruinous man-rule of this day, will be very close as a
kind Father to all those who love and worship him in that new system.
Indeed, there will be only the one religion, the true worship of Jehovah
God, and his worshipers will enjoy the intimate relationship of
children to the Father. What a loving Father he will show himself to be!
"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."—Revelation 21:3, 4.
Thus the great miracle of establishing a paradise earth under a
perfect heavenly government will have been accomplished. It is as
certain as the fact that the sun will rise and set tomorrow. For the
promises of Jehovah God, Creator of heaven and earth, are ever "faithful
and true." He it is who declares from his throne in heaven: "Look! I am
making all things new."—Revelation 21:5.
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