WORLDLY WISDOM VERSUS GODLY WISDOM

Truth is relative

—people make their own truth.

[God’s] word is truth.”—John 17:17.

To determine right from wrong, trust your feelings.

The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate.”—Jeremiah 17:9.

Do your own thing.

It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23.

Wealth is the key to happiness.

The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things.”—1 Timothy 6:10.

Should the true religion be identified by a single teaching (such as Baptist, Pentecostal), by its geographic origins (such as Roman, Southern, Church of England), by its imperfect founder (Luther, Calvin, Wesley) or by the form of rule it employs (such as Presbyterian, Episcopal, Congregational)?

—Isaiah 43:10, 12; Acts 11:26.

Scripture and Science

Written nearly 3,500 years ago, the opening verse of the Bible described the origin of the universe, saying:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) In harmony with this statement, scientists now acknowledge that the universe did have a beginning, a genesis.2

The source of matter in the universe, says the Bible, is

"the abundance of [God’s] dynamic energy." (Isaiah 40:26) Today, some 2,700 years after that was written, modern science has discovered that all matter is basically materialized energy.3

At a time when men believed that the universe was made up of the few thousand stars they could see with unaided eyes, the Bible compared the number of stars to the grains of sand on the seashore. (Genesis 22:17) In the past this comparison was said to be greatly exaggerated, yet today the evidence shows that the number of stars is indeed incalculable.4 Similarly, far in advance of modern science, the Bible accurately described the earth as a

"circle," or globe, that is ‘hanging upon nothing.’—Isaiah 40:22; Job 26:7.

The Bible states that Adam, the first man, was created

"out of dust from the ground." (Genesis 2:7) We now know that our human body is composed of a number of different chemical elements, all of which are found in the earth. Amazing insight is also evident in the Bible’s comment that ‘parts of a developing embryo are written down in a book.’ This was 3,000 years before modern science discovered the genetic code, which, like a book, contains all aspects of a growing human embryo.—Psalm 139:14-16.

Heaven

A. Only 144,000 go to heaven

A limited number; to be kings with Christ.  Re 5:9, 10; 20:4

Jesus was forerunner; others chosen since.  Col 1:18; 1Pe 2:21

Many others will live on earth.  Ps 72:8; Re 21:3, 4

144,000 in special position no others have. Re 14:1, 3; 7:4, 9

  BOY VERSUS MAN

A child      A real man

can often be . . .      endeavors to be . . .

rude.      respectful.

—Romans 12:10.

self-centered.      self-sacrificing.

—1 Corinthians 10:24.

focused on having fun.      responsible.

—Galatians 6:5.

ruled by his emotions.      in control of his emotions.

Proverbs 16:32.

An unhappy single person usually becomes an unhappy married person. Why? Because happiness is determined more by one

’s outlook than by one’s circumstances. (Proverbs 15:15) Those who tend to look negatively at their lot in life usually focus on what’s missing in a relationship rather than on what’s present in it.