JEHOVAH AND THE JEHOVIAN
JEHOVAH AND THE JEHOVIAN
1. 1 Jehovah is a God of battle; a God of vengeance; a God of raging elements and cataclysms.
2 And His wrath, when He is roused to anger by the weakness and the waywardness of His creations, knows no bounds.
3 He is the God of the whirlwind and the raging storm. He is the God of fire. And all men quake with terror in the presence of Jehovah's wrath.
4 His right hand is mighty to raise up all that are fulfilled according to His laws, and His left hand is mightier still to strike down all that fall short of His demands, and His heel brings a crushing vengeance upon all that fall beyond redemption.
5 Because His love is great, and limitless for those who do His will and are His people, so is His punishment ruthless and harsh upon those who fall from grace. He tolerates no deviation, allows no lapse. And therein lies the manifestation of His love. For love IS ruthless, and will not allow that which is subject to it to wander one step from the path of true fulfil- ment, nor to forget for one instant the deadly perils of damn- ation which are a constant threat to its survival.
6 Jehovah's demands are great, but so are His rewards for those whom He chooses to raise up. Of His people He demands all. He demands their life blood; and He inflicts upon them every dismal failure and deprivation in order to test the extent of their loyalty to Him. No easy pleasure-filled life for the Jehovian; his is the harsh road of expiation, the road of strin- gent self-sacrifice.
7 For to Jehovah, success in human terms. pleasure and satisfact- ion by the standards of humanity, are snares that lure a being from the straight and narrow path of purity and self-denial. They are the traps that can cause a being to turn from his God and worship life as man knows life; the transitory shallow habitation of a human form.
8 And Jehovah sees the danger to His people. He sees the honeyed road to ultimate damnation. He sees the ease whereby a being can slide into the fatal pattern of success and the pursuit of success, and follow it to disillusionment, death and the fires of Hell. He sees the choice that a being must make between his God and the worldly satisfactions that lie within his reach. He sees the tender traps of sensuality, and He knows the vulner- ability of His people.
9 So Jehovah discourages success in human terms. He chooses to bring failure and loss to His creations, to give them pain, to deprive them of the delights of the world in which they live, so that they shall not be seduced into a wild and single-minded pursuit of satisfaction, but shall remember always the God who gave them life, remember that He exists, not in the p1easures of the world, but in the wonders of the unlverse beyond the world, and that He is not to be found in the comforts of the body's self-indulgence, but in the freedom of the soul from all caring of the body's cries for satisfaction,
10 And Jehovah knows the power of the trap. And Jehovah, where He can, gives His people little by which they might love for themselves their human existence. He ensures their gladness of a life beyond their painful sojourn in the human game. He gives them every cause to remember with joy that after life with humanity has been endured, then life with God can be enjoyed.
11 He denies His people all self-indulgence. He fears for them. He fears for their seduction into worship of the body. He fears that the IMMEDIATE sensation, however shallow or tempor- ary, the immediate demand for self, will win precedence over the deeper though more distant knowledge, and will drag His people down to the inevitable end of such a victory; stagnat- ion and eternal imprisonment within a wholly human scale of values.
12 And Jehovah has no time for frippery. The only beauty for Him is the beauty of the purified soul; a stark uncluttered spirit- uality. In physical terms beauty onIy exists for Jehovah in as much as it reflects this state. Austerity to Him is beauty.
13 Man's worship of science Jehovah abhors, He sees His creation drawn into a web of self-made rules and regulations which govern and direct its life, not on the lines of the laws of its God, not stemming from the code which Jehovah gave to it, but arising directly and inexorably from the relentless march of scientific progress.
14 Jehovah sees man becoming the servant not of Him his creator, but of the machine his creations. He sees man ruled by chemistry, dictated to by the latest remedies for the latest ailments, the newest mechanical devices by which he can make his life more comfortable, the latest chemicals by which he can make himself more desirable, and the latest scientific conjur- ing tricks by which he can become more materially prosperous.
15 Jehovah sees man drawn by hls single-minded pursuit of scient- ific discovery into greater and greater needs to satisfy, to please, to beautify, and to preserve his human existence at the expense of his soul. And at the same time He sees man using that same desperate pursuit of science to bring about his own ultimate destruction, and deluding himself that he is doing it in order to preserve himself FROM destruction.
16 Jehovah has watched man set out to destroy himself by disobeying every commandment that Jehovah gave him. And He knows that the End has come. The game is almost over for His creation. He seeks now to preserve only the few who still remain His people; the remnant who are loyal to Him and have followed Him through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
17 And of these He demands nothing less than total dedication. He demands a link so strong and so direct that nothing can break it. He demands no deviation from His rigid laws. He demands pain and suffering; expiation to the full for every sin. He dem- ands great dignity and boundless courage from His people, so that they may rise above the incessant PETTY demands of human nature; seeing the glory of GOD so clear and all-encompassing around them, that human needs appear as nothing beside it.
18 To this end Jehovah manifests in might and majesty before His people, so that His people may see how vast and magnificent is the great Universe beyond the human self, when compared to the tiny confines of the space and scope within it.
19 And Jehovah seeks to purify the Universe; to wipe away every stain that can be found upon the face of all existence. And His people know His purpose. Even if they are not CONSCIOUS that He is the source of their own drive towards purity and spir- itual fulfilment, they nevertheless feel it within them, and they feel their part in it.
20 They feel the need to purify themselves and everything with which they come into contact. And they see and feel Jehovah's utter ruthlessness. They know that nothing will be spared in that great drive to cleanse all things of ugliness and taint.
21 And they know that Jehovah spares Himself the least of all; that no pain nor deprivation that might come to them is even a faint shadow of the agony and self-denial that is suffered by their God in the name of His great enterprise. They know that their God is totally dependable. They know that His promises never fail, for they are no more idle than His threats to those who turn against Him. They know that if they have the courage and endurance to give all to Him; to serve Him, to follow His laws, to trust Him, to suffer for Him and with Him; then salv- ation will be theirs.
22 For the true Jehovian knows his God, not always by name, but by instinct.
2. 1 And the true Jehovian is like his God. He is strong-willed and single-minded. He tends to set himself a narrow path to follow and then attempts to follow it doggedly, sometimes obstinately in the face of opposition or influences that seek to sway him from his purpose. He is not a person whose resolve is easily broken, and he can prove a powerful adversary to any who cross him or try to prevent him from having his way.
2 The Jehovian may sometimes be stolid and silent, but when he comes out into the open he is frank and often aggressive. He may take his time before stating his position, but when he does it is done directly and unequivocably. He does not give his loyalty easily or his friendship freely, but if a Jehovian IS your friend, then he is a reliable friend. Do not necessarily depend upon his capabilities, but count on his loyalty.
3 Jehovians are not generally capable people. They may be bril- liant but they are seldom clever. They may have superb brains, they may be inspired, they may be impressive or strong, but they are not vel'y often efficient, nor are they precise in their work.
4 They have little subtlety about them. They are not devious or cunning. Their attitudes are too straight, direct and single- minded for any real strategy to be possible. If they have a strategy, it is one of going straight to the heart of a matter without any overture or preliminary. This can be very disarm- ing.
5 The Jehovian is not basically a sensualist. He has little time for the pleasures of the flesh. If he indulges them, he does so with a simple directness in keeping with his nature. He thrives on rigid control and discipline. He takes it well because he likes to live within the security that it offers him, and also he uses it effectively on others, giving them an equal sense of security through it.
6 He makes a good soldier, because he believes in the value of rules and regulations, of fixed routine and firm discipline. Also he is not adverse to war if he sees it as the only way to follow his conscience.
7 The Jehovian is not always successful. He fails frequently and often dismally, but generally he continues upon the path which he has set for himself, using failure to strengthen rather than weaken his resolve.
8 In the field of politics the Jehovian is generally drawn inst- inctively to the right. Progress and change in human terms, whatever may be his conscious protests to the contrary, are anathema to him. He sees them as dragging mankind further and further away from the basic purity of spirit, that once he knew and lived by, and that now is becoming more and more clouded by the advance of science and materialism.
9 Intense patriotism is often worldly expression of the Jehov- ian's drive towards the basic spiritualiy of man. Almost he makes his country the earthly manifestation of his God, and gives his life to its service.
10 Again despite protests to the contrary, he does not basically believe in human rights. His rationalisation of this may be a belief in the survival of the fittest, and a conviction that the weak must not be permitted to sap the strength of the strong and thus drag them to their level. But deep down, whether he knows it or not, he sees humanity as HAVING no rights. He sees it as beholden totally to its creator, who bestows upon it gifts and blessings as He chooses, but more often punishment and retribut- ion for its sins.
11 And he sees human beings bringing punishment upon their own heads with full knowledge of the consequences of their actions. Consequently the Jehovian has an intense and highly developed sense of responsibility. He believes implicitly that a man creates his own destiny; that he makes his own bed, and there- fore he must lie in it.
12 The Jehovian knows that to take the victim and simply to remove his suffering in the name of humanity, to eliminate hardship in the name of human rights, to feed the starving in the name of human kindness, is to validate the spiritual weakness that originally brought about the hardship and the suffering. His instinct is to say to a victim: "Get up off your knees. Be strong and resolute. Take charge of your own destiny."
13 A man who does this the Jehovian will help and support with the greatest possible generosity and self-sacrifice. But a man who crawls about helplessly complaining of his lot and bleating for sustenance and a lessening of the burden, him the Jehovian scorns.
14 And the true Jehovian is as ruthless with himself as he is with others. He does not spare himself any more than he spares them. If he suffers he knows it is because of what he has done wrong or failed to do right. This knowledge gives him both the strength and the courage to rise above the sufferinq. And the true Jehovian is without doubt both strong and courageous.
3. 1 The fallen Jehovian is the one who is plagued by doubt, the one who loses hold of his conviction, the one who sees the world around him steeped in materialism and sensuality, and wonders if perhaps joy IS to be found in pursuit of these commodities. He is the one whose resolve weakens under the stress of failure, who becomes the victim whom previously he scorned.
2 He spreads an atmosphere of failure and loss around him, so that all within his orbit feel the weight of it. He is sullen and obstinate. He uses his strength, not to plough through diffic- ulties with inexorable single-mindedness, but to dig in his toes, suppress his feelings and shut himself off from those around him.
3 His efforts to test the possibility that self-indulgence is the solution leads him only into shame and self-disgust. His sense of failure increases. He no longer accepts responsibility for his condition encouraging others to do the same. Instead he suffers and complains of his suffering, and he blames everyone and everything but himself for his misery.
4 That is the fallen Jehovian; the brave soldier who has lost his nerve, the crusader wno has lost his faith, the pioneer who has lost his certainty, the resolute campaigner who has lost his resolve, the relentless one who relents.
4. 1 The extreme Jehovian is rigid and puritanical; ruthless, often harsh and brutal. He pursues his course blindly and relent- lessly, looking neither to right nor left, allowing nothing to enter his world which might draw him out of it into what is for him the human quagmire of sensual pursuit.
2 Often he is so single-minded as to appear bigoted. He clings to his purpose like a limpet clings to a rock. His tastes are simple and fundamental. He likes his environment stark and austere. Art has little meaning for him, except in as much as it expresses his inner feelings of the vast magnificence of all existence, the cold ruthlessness of eternity, and the isolated starkness of the universe.
3 His sense of justice is strong and unswerving, and what he sees as injustice will bring him into the open like a raging storm, with retribution and redress upon whomever he feels is respons- ible. He makes many enemies, but his courage is boundless, and opposition, far from undermining his resolve, increases it.
4 He is outspoken and forthright, particularly when his prin- ciples are at stake. He tolerates no deviation from the way which is to him the only way. He is a ruthless tyrant with undying love for those who behave according to what he sees as right.
5 He is blind in many directions. There is so much that he does not see. But what he does see, what he focuses his attention upon, what he directs all his intensity of feeling towards, at the deliberate expense of every hing else, that he sees with an astounding clarity. He knows it with an incredible certainty, and he follows it with a relentless energy that appears to be limitless.
6 Determined, intrepid and inflexible; that is the true Jehovian.
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