complete knowledge of God’s creation cause us to lose faith in him and his Word? Should we let questions about preying animals prey on us?
The Bible explains that in the paradise in Eden God gave to “every wild beast of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens . . . all green vegetation for food.” (Gen. 1:30) Later all of the basic kinds of land animals lived in Noah’s ark for a whole year without devouring one another. And evidently drawing on the conditions that existed in Eden and that will be restored in the future, God’s Word says: “The cow and the bear themselves will feed; together their young ones will lie down. And even the lion will eat straw just like the bull. And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of the cobra . . . They will not do any harm or cause any ruin in all my holy mountain.”—Isa. 11:7-9.
Surely the grand Creator who made the heavens and all that is in them, who arranged the perfect balance and order of the stars and who knows how harmony and peace existed in Eden, can restore paradise conditions. Bringing about a “balance of nature” wherein animals do not kill one another is not beyond His ability, is it? So, let us look forward to that time with confidence and trust.
It was the Lord Jesus Christ who put it into the hearts of his followers to expand, to spread world wide the teachings that he had heard from God. So the disciples of Jesus went out beyond the Jewish realm, and there was wonderful expansion, the good news being preached “in all creation that is under heaven.” (Col. 1:23) Today the good news of God’s kingdom is going to all corners of the earth, and Jehovah’s witnesses feel great urgency because of Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:14. They know this is the time to watch oneself and one’s teaching. (1 Tim. 4:16) They fully realize that they will not save themselves by being interested only in themselves; so they work in the interest of others, preaching and teaching them God’s truths. As they accomplish their ministry during September, they will be offering the book The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life, for only 25c.
DOES TRUTH ‘PAY OFF’?
Truth and integrity are almost forgotten virtues. So much so, in fact, that many persons are beginning to wonder if they are practical in our modern society. It is just another reason why many discredit the Bible, like the proverb that says: “It is the lip of truth that will be firmly established forever, but the tongue of falsehood will be only as long as a moment.” (Prov. 12:19) How is that so today, they say, when just the opposite seems to result? But the Bible also says: “Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap.” (Gal. 6:7) What is the truth? What does it mean to you? Read the 192-page hardbound book The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life. Send today. It is only 25c.
ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER FIRST
October 1, 1969, this year falls on Wednesday, on which day at 10 o’clock in the forenoon the annual meeting of the members of Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania will be held at the Society’s office located at 4100 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All members of the corporation should be certain that the Secretary’s office has their present addresses so that the letters of notice will reach them shortly after September 1.
Proxies will be sent to the members along with the notice of the annual meeting. The proxies are to be returned so as to reach the office of the Secretary of the Society not later than September 15. Each member should complete and return his proxy promptly whether he is going to be at the meeting personally or not.
“WATCHTOWER” STUDIES FOR THE WEEKS
September 14: A World Without Faith. Page 525. Songs to Be Used: 71, 91.
September 21: Faith and Determination Needed to Please Jehovah. Page 531. Songs to Be Used: 32, 88.