Jehovah`s Witness/Minding the Spirit
QUESTION: Hey Brother Eddie,
We had an assignment from our Sunday School President last sunday in regards to "MInding the Spirit." He gave us this as an assignment and ask us to do an over-view on it for this coming sunday. He gave us a hint and told us it had something to do with how God percieves us as individuals. That's all he would say. I haVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS NOT TO PUT A LOT OF TRUTH IN WHAT HE TELLS US. wE HAVE CAUGHT HIM ON NUMEROUS OCCASSIONS TELLING US COMPLETE UNTRUTHS. One time, he told us that the only reason children die, was because God wanted more angels and the reason children were selected was because they are easier to train to do what he wants them to do. Is this B>S> or what?
Anyways, if you can give me some insight I would very much appreciate it. And if you don't mind, I will tell them that I contacted Jehovah's Witnesses. If that's O.K. with you?
Thanks and keep up the good work,
ANSWER: Hi Jim,
Thanks for asking but I'm a bit puzzled. Am I correct to assume that the Sunday School you mentioned is one of those non-denominational schools being conducted in Christendom? If so then then it explains why what the Sunday School President said didn't made sense. It didn't made sense because they are not based on the scriptures.
In any case let's address first your subject as there's another question sent to me that is similar to yours: Minding of the Spirit.
What does the expression “the minding of the spirit” mean?
Before we answer the question, let's read first where the expression "minding of the spirit" came from. At Romans 8:6. the apostle Paul said:
“. . .For the minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace;” (Romans 8:6)
In short what he was saying was to be controlled, dominated, and impelled by Jehovah’s active force - His holy spirit. That is, we let God’s spirit operate on us. This we can do by reading and studying the Bible then by obeying God’s law wholeheartedly and applying them in our lives, and by praying for God’s spirit.
Thus Romans 8:6. is telling us that, to do anything, whether it is good or bad, one must set one’s mind on it. So if you constantly set your mind on the things of the flesh, you will soon develop a mental attitude or inclination that is totally focused on the things of the flesh. Their sentiments, interests, and affections usually become completely occupied with such things. And what things are most people occupied with today? Is it spiritual things or fleshly things?
This, 1 John 2:16 explains it clearly for us when the apostle John said:
“Everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.”
These desires involve such things as promiscuity, prominence, and possessions. Books, magazines, newspapers, movies, TV shows, and the Internet are flooded with material of this sort, primarily because that is what most people set their minds on and really want. However, “the minding of the flesh means death” in spiritual sense now and physically in the near future. Why? Because as Rom. 8:7, 8 says "the minding of the flesh means enmity with God, for it is not under subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God.”
On the other hand, “the minding of the spirit means life and peace”, in that we're assured of everlasting life in the future as well as inner peace within ourselves and most of all peace with God now!
By regularly setting our minds on the things of the spirit and allowing a spiritual inclination and attitude to develop in us we put our mind “under subjection to the law of God” and is “in harmony with” his thoughts. Thus when we are faced with a temptation, we will not be uncertain about the course we should pursue. We will be moved to make the correct choice, one that is in harmony with the spirit.
I can add more to this but the point is clear if one is being led by the spirit or if one minding the spirit not the flesh.
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QUESTION: No follow up Eddie, just a great big thanks. You JW's sure do know how to answer a question using scriptures. This is one of the reasons your religion is a mile apart from the rest of the church's.
Your welcome Jim,
BTW, can you ask your Sunday School teacher this question:
Last year alone, there are about a million or more babies aborted in the U.S.A, and many more die due to neglect, due to sickness, due to accidents and due to murder and abuse. Is God responsible for these death also?
If so why does the scripture say then that "God is Love" (1 John 4:9)?
Why would God take children away (from their parents) if the scripture say:
“. . .“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. . .” (John 3:16, 17)?