violate their Christian neutrality and buy political membership cards in Malawi’s Congress Party. As Christians, they are “no part of the world.”—Pp. 72, 73.
● What are some common fallacies that parents should avoid in the training of their children?
The idea that their children are “little angels”; the Bible shows that all are born with a tendency to do what is bad. The belief that it is a kindness to give to their children all the things the parents did not have when they were young; it is wiser to give gifts in proportion to the child’s ability to appreciate them and use them properly.—Pp. 80, 81.
● Upon what false assumption is the claim made that Mary is the mother of God?
It is based on the wrong assumption that Jesus is God. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, so Mary was the earthly mother of God’s Son.—P. 104.
● Whom does the Assyrian king Sennacherib picture today?
Satan the Devil.—P. 141.
● The destruction of sacred pillars of false worship in Hezekiah’s day fits what aspect of the work of Jehovah’s witnesses today?
It fits the polemic aspect of their work of exposing the war-mongering, nationalistic, idol-worshiping leaders of false religion as being rejected by Jehovah.—P. 151.
● Why do true Christians avoid Easter celebrations and customs?
Easter is rooted in paganism and ancient sex worship.—P. 168.
● What are two qualities that Christians must cultivate in order to avoid thinking more of themselves than necessary?
Submissiveness and humility.—P. 182.
● What is “the resurrection on the last day” of which Martha spoke at John 11:24, and when does it take place?
It is the general resurrection in which thousands of millions will be brought from their tombs to earthly life. It takes place after the battle of Armageddon.—P. 200.
● What can be done to prevent festive occasions from degrading into revelries?
Sensual dances and loud, noisy music should be avoided. A reasonable hour should be set for the festivities to end. Keep conversation upbuilding, in harmony with Bible principles.—Pp. 215, 216.
● Why is Melchizedek, the ancient king-priest of Salem, important to us today?
He is a prophetic figure of Jehovah’s heavenly King and great High Priest, Jesus Christ.—Pp. 235, 240.
Questions From Readers
● When Jesus Christ was a man on earth, did he wear a beard?—K.A., U.S.A.
Biblical evidence is the most reliable testimony to be found on this question, and a recent careful review of what it says indicates that Jesus did indeed have a beard.
Jesus, born a Jew, “came to be under law” and he fulfilled the Law. (Gal. 4:4; Matt. 5:17) This was in order that he might pave the way for the abolishing of the Law and for release of the Jews from the curse of the Law, the condemnation of death that it brought against them. (Eph. 2:15; Gal. 3:13) Like all other Jews, Jesus was under obligation to keep the whole law. One of the commandments of the Law was: “You must not cut your side locks short around, and you must not destroy the extremity of your beard.” (Lev. 19:27) God doubtless gave Israel this law because among some pagans it was the practice to cut the beard in a certain fashion in worship of their gods. (Jer. 9:26; 25:23) Nevertheless, that law did not mean that a beard was not to be well kept, for in the Near East a well-groomed beard was considered a symbol of dignity and respectability.—2 Sam. 19:24.
During extreme grief, shame or humiliation, one might pluck hairs from his beard or leave the beard or the mustache untended. (Ezra 9:3) In several prophetic statements, the shaving off of the beard was used figuratively to illustrate great mourning because of calamity. (Isa. 7:20; 15:2; Jer. 48:37; Ezek. 5:1) Significantly, a prophecy concerning Jesus’ suffering states: “My back I gave to the strikers, and my cheeks to those plucking off the hair.” (Isa. 50:6) Hanun the king of Ammon grossly insulted the ambassadors kindly sent by David by cutting off half of their beards. Because of their great humiliation, David told these men to