“MAKE SURE OF ALL THINGS
HOLD FAST TO WHAT IS FINE.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Jehovah’s people have used encyclopedias, secular sources,
and reputable books and documents – to discover the pagan
origins of Christmas, Easter, Hell Fire Torment, Infant
Baptism, the true origins of the cross as a phallic symbol
of sex worship, the mistranslation of Stauros and Xylon,
the pagan origins of Rosary beads, pagan origins of holy water.
Secular research has also helped Jehovah’s people to recognize
spurious scriptures that were added after the Bible was written.
When noting that the word “trinity” did not exist in the Bible,
God’s people turned to secular sources outside of the Bible to
investigate and find that the trinity and many other unbiblical
doctrines were adopted from the pagans by Rome and engrafted
upon the Christian Faith without any approval by God or his
Holy spirit. The list goes on and on – with all the many things
that Jehovah’s people have learned from sources outside of the
Bible – in their search of truth.
Therefore we should not be afraid to do research outside of the
Bible. There are still many other things to be found, by doing so,
that Jehovah’s people have yet to learn. To stop researching our
Faith would be a big mistake. If we have “THE TRUTH” than
there is nothing to fear from such investigations. If anything, our
research should do nothing, except to strengthen our faith and in
some cases to bring us to the realization that some of our views
are outdated or wrong and that gives us the opportunity to investigate
further and update our beliefs and doctrines.
To turn a deaf ear to newly found Truth is not only foolish, but
shows an excess of pride that we are not willing to admit that we
can make mistakes, and do need occasionally adjustments.
Pride is before the fall – but being humble and flexible are valuable
traits in the sight of God.
“Don’t suppress the Spirit,
and don’t stifle those who have
a word from the Master. On the
other hand, don’t be gullible.
Check out everything, and keep
only what’s good.”
I was recently told that Jehovah’s people
do not do any research outside of the Bible.
I was also told that it was wrong to do any
research myself – outside of the Bible in
connection with my religious beliefs.
The Boreans were complimented by
Paul for examining the scriptures daily
to make sure that what they were learning
from the apostles, was actually true.
They only had the Old Testament
(Hebrew Scriptures) at that time.
The Boreans were called “Noble” minded
because of their research.
“Now the Berean Jews were of more
noble character than those in Thessalonica,
for they received the message with great
eagerness and examined the Scriptures
every day to see if what Paul said was
We find in the Dictionary the definition
of “Noble” minded.
“Noble-minded people are people who are open,
people who are searching, who don’t assume that
they already know everything. Noble-minded,
yes, but not gullible.”
What part does research play in our belief
system ? Should we be leery or afraid of
research ? Is it wrong to research outside
of the Bible in our pursuit of spiritual
There are many things that we have changed in
our belief system because of research done
outside of the Bible. And what are these ?
There are several good examples.
At one time we celebrated Christmas and
Easter and bowed down before a cross.
We no longer do that due to research done
outside of the Bible.
Many once believed that Jesus died on a cross
because the bible used the word “cross” when
translating “stauros” and “xylon”. Yet due
to research outside of the Bible, we came
to realize that the word “stake” was a more
accurate translation of those two words that
literally mean “wood”, “tree”, or upright
pole or pale. We then began to realize that
Christ was impaled on a stake and not crucified
on a cross. History books outside of the
Bible offered even more support to this evidence.
We did not learn that Christmas and Easter were
pagan holidays from the Bible. Instead we learned
of their pagan origins and pagan practices by
doing research outside of the Bible.
Hellfire torment is another belief that has been
rejected by Jehovah’s people because of
research done by them in secular sources.
Many Bible use the word “hell” in translating
the word “Gehenna” mentioned in the Bible.
The Bible speaks of Gehenna as a place where
the fire never goes out – a place of eternal torment.
But upon researching the word “Gehenna” we
find that it was a place in Christ’s day where
garbage and refuse was burned. Even human
bodies of dead criminals were disposed of
there. The fires of Gehenna were kept burning
day and night. Christ used this ‘Gehenna’ as an
analogy of the complete and utter destruction of
the wicked on Judgment Day.
On the other hand we learned about “hades” and
“sheol” which are used in the Bible in conjunction
with burial of the dead. Through research outside
of the Bible we found that these two words mean
“to cover over” or to “conceal”.
Christ rested in “hades” for 3 days before he was
resurrected. The faithful man “Job” prayed to die
and go to sheol where he could rest and escape
from his pain.
So we see that our research outside of the Bible
has helped in our understanding of the scriptures.
It helped us to see that the belief in HellFire
Torment came from the pagans and was adopted
by the Roman Church during her days of Apostasy
and quest to rule the world.
There are many other religious beliefs
(too numerous to mention here) that have
been enhanced by doing research outside
of the Bible. Such research improves
our insight into the Scriptures.
So, yes, research outside of the Bible is very
helpful in helping us to understand the Bible better
and in supporting our unending faith in Jehovah
Also, since “Correctores” were hired by the
Apostate Roman Church in order to rewrite
certain areas of the Bible to support their newly
adopted beliefs, we realize even more so,
our need to do research outside of the Bible
in order to discern those spurious scriptures
that have crept their way into the Bible over
the years. A good example of this was their
removal of God’s Name “Jehovah” from the
Bible in almost seven thousand places. Also
their changing the word “Passover” to the
word “Easter” in honor of the Fertility goddess
named “Easter” or “Ashtoreth”. They even
changed many scriptures to support their
trinity god by making sly changes like
“the son of God” to “God, the son”.
Anyone who has ever read a Watchtower or
Awake magazine is well aware of the fact that
Jehovah’s people do use research outside of the
Bible in writing their articles. They even quote
the sources of their findings for the whole world
So the research that we do outside of our Bibles,
in conjunction with a sound mind, and deep respect
for the Bible and for Jehovah, can be of real value
to Christian servants of God.
Some are too PROUD to accept new ideas or new
teachings that did not originate from themselves.
Such Pride is false and can cause them to lose God’s
Favor. Here is the Bible’s Viewpoint on such Pride
in Comparison to The Humble Heart required to admit
that they were wrong or needed to update their beliefs
PRIDE VERSUS HUMILITY
Too proud to admit need to update your beliefs?
or Humble enough to learn new truths ?
“I will break down your stubborn PRIDE…”
(Leviticus) 26:19 (NIV)
“…PRIDE led to his downfall.
He was unfaithful to Jehovah his God…
(2 Chronicles 26:16) (ASV)
“for with PRIDE and contempt they speak arrogantly
against the righteous.
Jehovah Says – “I HATE PRIDE and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
“When PRIDE comes, then comes disgrace,
but with HUMILITY comes wisdom.
“Where there is strife, there is PRIDE,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
“PRIDE goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
“God will bring down their PRIDE
despite the cleverness of their hands.”
“…the PRIDE of your heart
has deceived you….”
“‘In the PRIDE of your heart you say,
“I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas.” But you are
a mere mortal and not a god, though you think
you are as wise as a god.”
“…praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven,
because everything he does is right and all his ways
are just. And those who walk in PRIDE he is able to
“The PRIDE of your heart has deceived you…”
“…PRIDE does not comes from the Father
but comes from the world.”
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition
or vain conceit. Rather, in HUMILITY
value others above yourselves.”
“…HUMILITY…comes from wisdom.”
“…All of you, clothe yourselves with HUMILITY
toward one another, because,“God OPPOSES THE PROUD,
but shows favor to the HUMBLE.”
“You Save the HUMBLE…”
“Jehovah sustains the HUMBLE…”
“JEHOVAH takes Delight in his people;
he crowns the HUMBLE with victory.
“JEHOVAH…shows favor to the HUMBLE…”
“the King of heaven…will HUMBLE all those
who walk in PRIDE.”
“Happy are the Meek and the HUMBLE –
for they will inherit the earth.”
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
(Matthew 23:12 )(NIV)
“Be completely HUMBLE and gentle;
be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
“God Opposes the PROUD
but shows favor to the HUMBLE.”
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded,
be sympathetic, love one another,
be compassionate and HUMBLE.”