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But the truth is that we all die because we inherited death from Adam in our Genetics.- Romans 5:12
   Adam was punished for his deliberate sin,

  Genesis 2:17 '' But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” 

   Adam did not die immediately, but took around 900 years. This is within a day of 1000 years ( 2 Peter 3:8  However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.) 
   Death was thus programmed into Adam 's genetics.


So you see,  because of Adam our first father's sin, we are in a very diabolical condition. In fact the survival of the human being is threated by the increasing genetic degradation which I have tried to explain in the above post.

    Now, we can offer sin and guilt offerings for our sins that we may have a relationship with God. However everlasting life on our own merits alone will never come beause no matter how hard we try, we still sin.
(  Hebrews 10:1   'For since the Law has a shadow of the good things to come, but not the very substance of the things, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make those who approach perfect.')


And the reward for sin

    Romans 6:23  For the wages sin pays is death. 

This is why we die.


  And 

Psalms 49:7 ' None of them can ever redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him,'

   In other words, thanks to Adam, we are each like in a deep pit from which no matter how we try to conform to God's standards, we as sinners are still condemned. 
    As the Mosaic law stated:
 
Leviticus 18:5  ' You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions; anyone who does so will live by means of them. I am Jehovah. '

   But only a perfect man can keep the Mosaic Law.

Romans 7:14–20. 14  For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.15  For I do not understand what I am doing. For I do not practice what I wish, but I do what I hate.16  However, if I do what I do not wish, I agree that the Law is fine.17  But now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that resides in me.18  For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, there dwells nothing good; for I have the desire to do what is fine but not the ability to carry it out.19  For I do not do the good that I wish, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice.20  If, then, I do what I do not wish, I am no longer the one carrying it out, but it is the sin dwelling in me. 

   Hence, the Mosaic Law was the standard required by God for us to gain life. The Mosaic Law was righteous and good-

    Romans 7:12  'So the Law in itself is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. '

   But only a perfect man could keep it. Such a perfect man would have to be without sin, otherwise he would be under condemnation of death like us - i.e...
   Romans 6:23  'For the wages sin pays is death. '

So we needed someone without sin to keep the Mosaic Law perfectly.This is why Jesus said

   Matthew 5:17.  “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill."

    So Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic Law by his perfect obedience to God.

This is why after he died

    Colossians 2:14   'and erased the handwritten document that consisted of decrees and was in opposition to us. He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake.'

   Thus 

1 Corinthians 9:21  '....I am not without law toward God but under law toward Christ....'


    Because only a perfect man could keep the Mosaic Law, then

Galatians 3:24, 25 ' So the Law became our guardian leading to Christ, so that we might be declared righteous through faith.25  But now that the faith has arrived, we are no longer under a guardian. '

  Thus the Law shows each of us who are under sin, how badly we needed God to send a Redeemer who he made Christ (Acts 2:36 ''  Therefore, let all the house of Israel know for a certainty that God made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you executed on a stake.” )

  Now
     1 Corinthians 15:45   'So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living person.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit."

   The last Adam (or 2nd Adam) is Christ.

   This is because as a perfect man who kept the Mosaic Law perfectly, Jesus was not under the condemnation of death (Lev 18:5 ; Rom 6:23) Jesus also was the equivalent of the perfect man Adam, before Adam sinned.
   So when Jesus died, he bought back (for us who look to him as 'a father' in place of Adam) what Adam lost,...the opportunity of everlasting life in Paradise on earth.

   This is why Jesus sacrifice is called 'a corresponding ransom.'

1 Timothy 2:6 ' who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all'.

 We also see from this, that because Jesus was the exact equivalent of Adam, Jesus could NOT be God because God is infinite.

  Some other principles that help us see that Jesus had to balance the scales of God's justice is

   Exodus 21:23, 24.  ' ... life for life,24  eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,'

  God our Magnificent heavenly Father gave His Special Son who was His first creation before anyone or anything else (John 3:16 ; Prov 8:22-31 ; Colossians 1:15 This is another discussion). This Special Son it was who had the closest most intimate relationship with God his Father for billions of years before he was sent to earth for us.
   This Special Son is the one God gave at great unbearable pain to Himself.

   God Himself could not die for us because God CANNOT die ( Habakkuk 1:12) 

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  and of course the sacrifice could be only the equivalent of the man Adam before he sinned.

 


?Also, Christ's ransom only covers repentant sinners who worship Jehovah God his heavenly father 
  "in spirit and TRUTH" - John 4:23,24

Willful sin has no forgiveness -

  Hebrews 10:26–31. 26  For if we practice sin WILLFULLY after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left,27  but there is a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a burning indignation that is going to consume those in opposition.28  Anyone who has disregarded the Law of Moses dies without compassion on the testimony of two or three.29  How much greater punishment do you think a person will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God and who has regarded as of ordinary value the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has outraged the spirit of undeserved kindness with contempt?30  For we know the One who said: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again: “Jehovah will judge his people.”31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. '

Regarding Sin and Increasing Human Imperfection as Shown By Decreasing Life Span Over Generations

The Scripture at Romans 5:12 states,

"That is why, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death through sin [because the wages sin pays is death- Romans 6:23], and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned."

Adam and Eve were created perfect (Deut 32:4) without sin. Being without sin, they had no infirmities, no genetic flaws. They were whole in mind and body. They had the prospect of living forever on this earth in perfect health under their loving Creator's rulership and guidance.

When they diliberately sinned, they lost all this. They lost perfection and began to deteriorate and die. From God's standpoint, they were as good as dead from the moment they sinned. But Adam was so strong that it took 930 years of physical deterioration to finally die. (Gen 2:17 ; Gen 5:5)

After this, Adam could only pass, onto his children, the imperfection of his own body.

Look please at the following list of life-spans of people in the Bible book of Genesis:

Adam - 930 years Genesis 5:5
Seth - 912 years Genesis 5:8 . . . . . Methuselah - 969 years Genesis 5:27 
Noah - 950 years Genesis 9:29
Shem - 600 years Genesis 11:10,11
Eber - 464 years Genesis 11:16,17
Peleg - 239 years Genesis 11:18,19
Nahor- 148 years Genesis 11:24,25
Terah - 205 years Genesis 11:32
Sarah - 127 years Genesis 23:1
Abraham - 175 years Genesis 25:7
Isaac - 180 years Genesis 35:28,29
Jacob- 147 years Genesis 47:28
Joseph- 110 years Genesis 50:26

This decline in life-span is the result of increasing imperfection (as the copying error in our genes increases) in humans from one generation to the next.

Actually, this itself is proof that the Bible truly is God's Word because the writers could not have fabricated this, as they had no knowledge of genetics.
Also, notice the sharp decline after the deluge. This is because the water vapor canopy, in the upper atmosphere, was removed resulting in the deluge. (Gen 1:6-8) The removal of this canopy since then, has resulted in increased harmful cosmic radiation reaching us, increasing our genetic degradation.

This effects every human who has ever lived. None are able to escape it.

Thankful we can be because our dear Heavenly Father Jehovah God provided the ransom sacrifice of his Special Son Jesus Christ. 

??? Interestingly, the increasing imperfection over generations can be illustrated in a simple way........

Take a document and make a photocopy of it.
Then make a photocopy of this copy.
Make a photocopy of this latter copy.
Keep going in this process, and eventually you get to a point at which you won't even be able to read it anymore.

This is exactly the diabolical situation we are in, until God uses the merit of Jesus ransom sacrifice on all obedient humans in the new world after Armageddon.
- 1 Timothy 2:6?


p.s.
Human imperfection is so great today that there are people with an aging desease who are like elderly persons even though very young in age.

Also, much grievious illness and deformities in children of even distantly related parent happens often.

I have read that if God does not intervene by bringing in his righteous new world, that the human race will become extinct in 100 years due to genetic mutations. This is yet another evidence that we are living in the last days.


This idea that humans are better off today, genetically, is false.  We gain some 3 to 20 deleterious mutations each generation now.   There is not much time left for humans because the medical industry is failing at a phenomenal rate and doctors now the 3 leading cause of death. 

 

 

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But the truth is that we all die because we inherited death from Adam in our Genetics.- Romans 5:12
   Adam was punished for his deliberate sin,

  Genesis 2:17 '' But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” 

   Adam did not die immediately, but took around 900 years. This is within a day of 1000 years ( 2 Peter 3:8  However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.) 
   Death was thus programmed into Adam 's genetics.


So you see,  because of Adam our first father's sin, we are in a very diabolical condition. In fact the survival of the human being is threated by the increasing genetic degradation which I have tried to explain in the above post.

    Now, we can offer sin and guilt offerings for our sins that we may have a relationship with God. However everlasting life on our own merits alone will never come beause no matter how hard we try, we still sin.
(  Hebrews 10:1   'For since the Law has a shadow of the good things to come, but not the very substance of the things, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make those who approach perfect.')


And the reward for sin

    Romans 6:23  For the wages sin pays is death. 

This is why we die.


  And 

Psalms 49:7 ' None of them can ever redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him,'

   In other words, thanks to Adam, we are each like in a deep pit from which no matter how we try to conform to God's standards, we as sinners are still condemned. 
    As the Mosaic law stated:
 
Leviticus 18:5  ' You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions; anyone who does so will live by means of them. I am Jehovah. '

   But only a perfect man can keep the Mosaic Law.

Romans 7:14–20. 14  For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.15  For I do not understand what I am doing. For I do not practice what I wish, but I do what I hate.16  However, if I do what I do not wish, I agree that the Law is fine.17  But now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that resides in me.18  For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, there dwells nothing good; for I have the desire to do what is fine but not the ability to carry it out.19  For I do not do the good that I wish, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice.20  If, then, I do what I do not wish, I am no longer the one carrying it out, but it is the sin dwelling in me. 

   Hence, the Mosaic Law was the standard required by God for us to gain life. The Mosaic Law was righteous and good-

    Romans 7:12  'So the Law in itself is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. '

   But only a perfect man could keep it. Such a perfect man would have to be without sin, otherwise he would be under condemnation of death like us - i.e...
   Romans 6:23  'For the wages sin pays is death. '

So we needed someone without sin to keep the Mosaic Law perfectly.This is why Jesus said

   Matthew 5:17.  “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill."

    So Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic Law by his perfect obedience to God.

This is why after he died

    Colossians 2:14   'and erased the handwritten document that consisted of decrees and was in opposition to us. He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake.'

   Thus 

1 Corinthians 9:21  '....I am not without law toward God but under law toward Christ....'


    Because only a perfect man could keep the Mosaic Law, then

Galatians 3:24, 25 ' So the Law became our guardian leading to Christ, so that we might be declared righteous through faith.25  But now that the faith has arrived, we are no longer under a guardian. '

  Thus the Law shows each of us who are under sin, how badly we needed God to send a Redeemer who he made Christ (Acts 2:36 ''  Therefore, let all the house of Israel know for a certainty that God made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you executed on a stake.” )

  Now
     1 Corinthians 15:45   'So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living person.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit."

   The last Adam (or 2nd Adam) is Christ.

   This is because as a perfect man who kept the Mosaic Law perfectly, Jesus was not under the condemnation of death (Lev 18:5 ; Rom 6:23) Jesus also was the equivalent of the perfect man Adam, before Adam sinned.
   So when Jesus died, he bought back (for us who look to him as 'a father' in place of Adam) what Adam lost,...the opportunity of everlasting life in Paradise on earth.

   This is why Jesus sacrifice is called 'a corresponding ransom.'

1 Timothy 2:6 ' who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all'.

 We also see from this, that because Jesus was the exact equivalent of Adam, Jesus could NOT be God because God is infinite.

  Some other principles that help us see that Jesus had to balance the scales of God's justice is

   Exodus 21:23, 24.  ' ... life for life,24  eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,'

  God our Magnificent heavenly Father gave His Special Son who was His first creation before anyone or anything else (John 3:16 ; Prov 8:22-31 ; Colossians 1:15 This is another discussion). This Special Son it was who had the closest most intimate relationship with God his Father for billions of years before he was sent to earth for us.
   This Special Son is the one God gave at great unbearable pain to Himself.

   God Himself could not die for us because God CANNOT die ( Habakkuk 1:12) 

    Hello guest!


  and of course the sacrifice could be only the equivalent of the man Adam before he sinned.

 


?Also, Christ's ransom only covers repentant sinners who worship Jehovah God his heavenly father 
  "in spirit and TRUTH" - John 4:23,24

Willful sin has no forgiveness -

  Hebrews 10:26–31. 26  For if we practice sin WILLFULLY after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left,27  but there is a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a burning indignation that is going to consume those in opposition.28  Anyone who has disregarded the Law of Moses dies without compassion on the testimony of two or three.29  How much greater punishment do you think a person will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God and who has regarded as of ordinary value the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has outraged the spirit of undeserved kindness with contempt?30  For we know the One who said: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again: “Jehovah will judge his people.”31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. '

Regarding Sin and Increasing Human Imperfection as Shown By Decreasing Life Span Over Generations

The Scripture at Romans 5:12 states,

"That is why, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death through sin [because the wages sin pays is death- Romans 6:23], and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned."

Adam and Eve were created perfect (Deut 32:4) without sin. Being without sin, they had no infirmities, no genetic flaws. They were whole in mind and body. They had the prospect of living forever on this earth in perfect health under their loving Creator's rulership and guidance.

When they diliberately sinned, they lost all this. They lost perfection and began to deteriorate and die. From God's standpoint, they were as good as dead from the moment they sinned. But Adam was so strong that it took 930 years of physical deterioration to finally die. (Gen 2:17 ; Gen 5:5)

After this, Adam could only pass, onto his children, the imperfection of his own body.

Look please at the following list of life-spans of people in the Bible book of Genesis:

Adam - 930 years Genesis 5:5
Seth - 912 years Genesis 5:8 . . . . . Methuselah - 969 years Genesis 5:27 
Noah - 950 years Genesis 9:29
Shem - 600 years Genesis 11:10,11
Eber - 464 years Genesis 11:16,17
Peleg - 239 years Genesis 11:18,19
Nahor- 148 years Genesis 11:24,25
Terah - 205 years Genesis 11:32
Sarah - 127 years Genesis 23:1
Abraham - 175 years Genesis 25:7
Isaac - 180 years Genesis 35:28,29
Jacob- 147 years Genesis 47:28
Joseph- 110 years Genesis 50:26

This decline in life-span is the result of increasing imperfection (as the copying error in our genes increases) in humans from one generation to the next.

Actually, this itself is proof that the Bible truly is God's Word because the writers could not have fabricated this, as they had no knowledge of genetics.
Also, notice the sharp decline after the deluge. This is because the water vapor canopy, in the upper atmosphere, was removed resulting in the deluge. (Gen 1:6-8) The removal of this canopy since then, has resulted in increased harmful cosmic radiation reaching us, increasing our genetic degradation.

This effects every human who has ever lived. None are able to escape it.

Thankful we can be because our dear Heavenly Father Jehovah God provided the ransom sacrifice of his Special Son Jesus Christ. 

??? Interestingly, the increasing imperfection over generations can be illustrated in a simple way........

Take a document and make a photocopy of it.
Then make a photocopy of this copy.
Make a photocopy of this latter copy.
Keep going in this process, and eventually you get to a point at which you won't even be able to read it anymore.

This is exactly the diabolical situation we are in, until God uses the merit of Jesus ransom sacrifice on all obedient humans in the new world after Armageddon.
- 1 Timothy 2:6?


p.s.
Human imperfection is so great today that there are people with an aging desease who are like elderly persons even though very young in age.

Also, much grievious illness and deformities in children of even distantly related parent happens often.

I have read that if God does not intervene by bringing in his righteous new world, that the human race will become extinct in 100 years due to genetic mutations. This is yet another evidence that we are living in the last days.


This idea that humans are better off today, genetically, is false.  We gain some 3 to 20 deleterious mutations each generation now.   There is not much time left for humans because the medical industry is failing at a phenomenal rate and doctors now the 3 leading cause of death. 

 

 

It would be a interesting discussion to show, how we can cope with the claim of modern population genetics , that the origin of mankind is not a single pair but rather a population. On the claim of out of africa theory a population of 2000 individuals. For my opinion i think we have had a greater range of genetic variation from one human pair bevor the flood caused on much longer livetime. Than we have to see the flood as a bottleneck. The Family of Noah provides in this way a much higher genetic variety from one ancestor as we can see today. I think this could explain the reason why the population genetics came to the point that we must have a bigger population as origin of mankind.

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      Prenons un exemple: Il y a quelques dizaines d’années, un jeune homme fréquentait l’université de Saskatchewan, au Canada. Au programme de sa formation figurait la biologie, et on lui a enseigné l’évolution. Après avoir été diplômé, il s’est spécialisé dans la physique nucléaire, profitant d’une bourse pour continuer ses études à l’université de Toronto. Au cours de ses études, il a constaté dans la structure des atomes révélaient des témoignages stupéfiants d’un ordre et d’une finalité extraordinaire . Mais personnes ne répondait pas à ces questions: Qui a conçu tout cela? Quand? Et pourquoi? Sans ces réponses, pouvait-il utiliser sagement ses connaissances dans un monde remplis interrogations ? Qu’est-ce qui le guiderait? Le nationalisme? Le désir de gratifications matérielles? Avait-il acquis la vraie sagesse?
      Peu après avoir été diplômé, cet homme ainsi que sa femme se sont mis à étudier la Bible avec les Témoins de Jéhovah. Dans la Parole de Dieu, ils ont peu à peu trouvé les réponses qui leur manquaient. Ils ont appris à connaître le Créateur, Jéhovah Dieu. En étudiant ce qui est arrivé à Moïse à la mer Rouge, à Daniel et à ses compagnons à Babylone, ils ont appris l’importance de craindre Dieu, et non les hommes (Exode 14:10-31; Daniel 3:8-30). Cette crainte pieuse mêlée d’un amour sincère pour Jéhovah a commencé à les animer. Rapidement, leur vie a changé. Enfin cet homme connaissait Celui dont il avait étudié l’œuvre en biologie. Il a progressivement compris le dessein de Celui dont il avait constaté la sagesse dans ses cours de physique. Au lieu d’employer sa connaissance à élaborer des instruments de destruction, il a choisi, avec sa femme, d’aider autrui à aimer Dieu et son prochain. Ils ont entrepris le service de prédicateurs du Royaume de Dieu à plein temps. Par la suite, ils ont suivi les cours de Galaad, l’École biblique de la Société Watchtower, et ont été nommés missionnaires.
      Bien entendu, tout le monde ne peut pas être missionnaire. Mais tous nous pouvons bénéficier de la sagesse fondée sur la crainte de Jéhovah. Si nous cultivons cette sagesse, nous ne consacrerons pas le meilleur de notre vie à étudier les philosophies humaines, qui n’échafaudent que des suppositions sur le but de la vie. Nous nous appliquerons à l’étude de la Bible, livre inspiré de Jéhovah Dieu, la Source de la vie, celui qui peut nous donner la vie éternelle (Psaume 36:9; Colossiens 2:8). Au lieu de nous rendre esclaves d’un système commercial chancelant, au bord de la ruine, nous écouterons Jéhovah, qui nous conseille de nous contenter de la nourriture et du vêtement, et d’accorder à nos relations avec lui la priorité dans notre existence (1 Timothée 6:8-12). Au lieu de nous comporter comme si notre avenir dépendait d’une belle situation dans le monde actuel, nous croirons la Parole de Jéhovah, qui nous affirme que le monde est en train de passer, de même que le désir du monde, alors que celui qui fait la volonté divine demeure pour toujours. — 1 Jean 2:17.
      Dans le livre de Proverbes 16:16, Salomon nous encourage par cette déclaration certaine: “Acquérir la sagesse [la sagesse qui commence par la crainte de Jéhovah], oh! combien cela vaut mieux que l’or! Et acquérir l’intelligence est préférable à l’argent.” Poussés par cette sagesse et cette intelligence, nous considérerons l’accomplissement de la volonté de Dieu comme le premier centre d’intérêt de notre vie. Et quelle activité Dieu a-t-il confiée à ses Témoins en cette période de l’histoire humaine? Faire connaître son Royaume par la prédication et aider les personnes sincères à devenir de vrais disciples de Jésus Christ (Matthieu 24:14; 28:19, 20). Il s’agit d’une activité dont on retire une satisfaction véritable et un grand bonheur. C’est donc à propos que la Bible dit: “Heureux l’homme qui a trouvé la sagesse, et l’homme qui acquiert le discernement.” — Proverbes 3:13.
      Elle nous retient de commettre le mal
      Un deuxième bienfait que nous procure la crainte de Dieu est qu’elle nous retient de commettre le mal. Celui qui respecte profondément Dieu ne détermine pas par lui-même ce qui est bien et mal. Il ne tient pas pour mauvais ce que Dieu déclare bon, ni ne considère comme bon ce que Dieu déclare mauvais (Psaume 37:1, 27; Ésaïe 5:20, 21). De plus, celui que motive la crainte pieuse ne se contente pas de savoir ce que Jéhovah déclare bon ou mauvais. Une telle personne aime ce que Jéhovah aime et elle hait ce que Jéhovah hait. En conséquence, elle agit en harmonie avec les préceptes divins. Ainsi, comme le dit Proverbes 16:6, “par la crainte de Jéhovah, on se détourne du mal”. Cette crainte pieuse devient une motivation puissante qui permet d’atteindre des résultats qu’on n’obtiendrait pas même si une personne commence tout juste à l’éprouver, la crainte pieuse peut lui donner le courage de ne pas faire quelque chose qu’elle regretterait le restant de ses jours. Au Mexique, par exemple, une femme enceinte a demandé à une chrétienne Témoin de Jéhovah ce qu’elle pensait de l’avortement. La chrétienne lui a lu plusieurs versets bibliques, puis lui a tenu ce raisonnement: “Pour le Créateur, la vie est très importante, même la vie de ceux qui ne sont pas encore nés.” (Exode 21:22, 23; Psaume 139:13-16). Des examens laissaient entendre que le bébé serait anormal. Néanmoins, après ce qu’elle avait vu dans la Parole de Dieu, cette femme a décidé de garder son enfant. Son médecin a refusé de la revoir, et son mari l’a menacée de la quitter, mais elle a tenu bon. Elle a finalement donné naissance à une magnifique petite fille, normale et en bonne santé. Par gratitude, elle a recherché les Témoins et s’est mise à étudier la Parole de Dieu avec eux. Moins d’un an après, son mari et elle se faisaient baptiser. Quelques années plus tard, à une assemblée de district, tous deux ont été enchantés de rencontrer la chrétienne qui avait parlé à la femme la première fois. Ils lui ont présenté leur jolie fillette de quatre ans. Incontestablement, le respect de Dieu et le désir puissant de ne pas lui déplaire exercent une grande influence.
      La crainte pieuse peut nous garder d’un grand nombre de mauvaises actions (2 Corinthiens 7:1). Cultivée avec soin, elle est capable d’aider quelqu’un à mettre un terme à des péchés cachés, connus de lui seul et de Jéhovah. Elle peut l’aider à se libérer de la dépendance de l’alcool ou de la drogue. Un ancien drogué d’Afrique du Sud a raconté: “Au fur et à mesure que j’apprenais à connaître Dieu, la crainte de le décevoir ou de lui déplaire grandissait en moi. Je savais qu’il m’observait, et je désirais ardemment son approbation. Cela m’a incité à me débarrasser de la drogue qui était en ma possession en la jetant dans les toilettes.” La crainte pieuse a aidé des milliers de personnes de la même manière. — Proverbes 5:21; 15:3.
      La crainte salutaire de Dieu nous préserve également de la crainte de l’homme. La plupart des humains connaissent, à des degrés divers, la crainte de l’homme. Les apôtres de Jésus Christ l’ont abandonné et se sont enfuis lorsque les soldats se sont emparés de lui dans le jardin de Gethsémané. Plus tard, dans la cour du grand prêtre, désarçonné et en proie à la crainte, Pierre a nié faire partie des disciples de Jésus et même le connaître (Marc 14:48-50, 66-72; Jean 18:15-27). Mais grâce à l’aide qu’ils ont reçue, les apôtres ont retrouvé leur équilibre spirituel. Par contre, aux jours du roi Jéhoïakim, Urie, fils de Schémaïah, fut terrassé par la crainte au point d’abandonner son service de prophète de Jéhovah et de fuir le pays, ce qui ne l’empêcha pas d’être capturé et tué. — Jérémie 26:20-23.
      Comment vaincre la crainte de l’homme? 
      Après nous avoir prévenus que “trembler devant les hommes, voilà ce qui tend un piège”, Proverbes 29:25 ajoute: “Mais celui qui se confie en Jéhovah sera protégé.” La réponse tient donc dans la confiance en Jéhovah. Cette confiance s’appuie sur la connaissance et l’expérience. L’étude de sa Parole nous démontre que les voies de Jéhovah sont droites. Nous découvrons des événements attestant qu’il est digne de confiance, que ses promesses sont sûres (y compris celle de la résurrection), qu’il est amour et qu’il est tout-puissant. Lorsqu’ensuite nous agissons conformément à cette connaissance, accomplissant ce que Jéhovah demande et rejetant fermement ce qu’il condamne, nous commençons à constater dans notre propre cas qu’il prend soin de ses serviteurs avec amour et que l’on peut compter sur lui. Nous acquérons personnellement la certitude que sa puissance est à l’œuvre pour que s’accomplisse sa volonté. Notre confiance en lui s’accroît, de même que notre amour pour lui et notre désir sincère de ne pas lui déplaire. Cette confiance est bâtie sur un fondement solide. Elle est un rempart contre la crainte de l’homme.
      Notre confiance en Jéhovah, alliée à la crainte pieuse, nous rendra fermes en faveur du bien dans le cas où un employeur menacerait de nous renvoyer si nous refusions de participer à des pratiques commerciales malhonnêtes (voir Michée 6:11, 12). Grâce à cette crainte pieuse, des milliers de chrétiens persévèrent dans le vrai culte malgré l’opposition de membres de leur famille. Elle donne aussi aux jeunes le courage de se faire connaître comme Témoins de Jéhovah à l’école, et elle les affermit face aux moqueries de leurs camarades de classe qui méprisent les principes bibliques. Ainsi, une adolescente Témoin de Jéhovah a dit: “Ce qu’ils pensent m’est bien égal. L’important, c’est ce que pense Jéhovah.”
      La même conviction donne aux vrais chrétiens la force de rester attachés aux voies de Jéhovah lorsque leur vie est en jeu. Ils savent qu’ils risquent d’être persécutés par le monde. Ils sont conscients que les apôtres ont été fouettés et que même Jésus Christ a été frappé et tué par des hommes méchants (Marc 14:65; 15:15-39; Actes 5:40; voir aussi Daniel 3:16-18). Mais les serviteurs de Jéhovah sont assurés qu’il peut leur donner la force d’endurer, qu’avec son aide ils peuvent remporter la victoire, que Jéhovah récompensera sans faute ses fidèles, si besoin en les ressuscitant dans son monde nouveau. Leur amour pour Dieu ajouté à la crainte pieuse les pousse puissamment à éviter toute action qui pourrait lui déplaire.
      C’est parce qu’ils étaient animés d’une telle motivation que les Témoins de Jéhovah ont supporté les horreurs des camps de concentration nazis dans les années 30 et 40. Ils ont pris à cœur le conseil de Jésus consigné en Luc 12:4, 5: “D’autre part, je vous le dis à vous, mes amis: Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps, et qui après cela ne peuvent rien faire de plus. Mais je vais vous indiquer qui vous devez craindre: craignez celui qui, après avoir tué, a le pouvoir de jeter dans la Géhenne. Oui, je vous le dis, Celui-là, craignez-le.” Par exemple, Gustav Auschner, un Témoin qui avait été interné dans le camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen, a écrit plus tard: ‘Les SS ont exécuté August Dickmann et ont menacé de nous passer tous par les armes si nous refusions de signer un document par lequel nous abjurions notre foi. Pas un seul n’a signé. Notre crainte de déplaire à Jéhovah était plus forte que la crainte de leurs balles.’ La crainte de l’homme mène aux compromis, mais la crainte de Dieu nous affermit pour faire le bien.
      La préservation de la vie
      Noé a connu les derniers jours du monde antédiluvien. Jéhovah avait décidé de détruire le monde d’alors en raison de la méchanceté des humains. Toutefois, en attendant, Noé a vécu dans un monde où régnaient la violence, l’immoralité sexuelle choquante et le mépris de la volonté divine. Noé a prêché la justice, et pourtant “ils ne s’aperçurent de rien jusqu’à ce que le déluge vînt et les emportât tous”. (Matthieu 24:39.) Noé n’a cependant pas renoncé à l’activité que Dieu lui avait confiée. Il fit “selon tout ce que Dieu lui avait ordonné. Ainsi fit-il”. (Genèse 6:22.) Qu’est-ce qui a permis à Noé, année après année et jusqu’au déluge, de toujours agir comme il convenait? Hébreux 11:7 répond: “Par la foi, Noé, divinement averti de choses qu’on ne voyait pas encore, fit montre d’une crainte pieuse.” Pour cette raison, sa femme, ses fils, leurs femmes et lui ont été sauvés du déluge.
       Notre époque ressemble de bien des manières à celle de Noé (Luc 17:26, 27). De nouveau un avertissement est lancé. Révélation 14:6, 7 parle d’un ange qui vole au milieu du ciel et invite les gens de toute nation et tribu et langue à ‘craindre Dieu et à lui donner gloire’. Quel que puisse être le comportement du monde autour de vous, obéissez à ces paroles, puis transmettez l’invitation à autrui. À l’instar de Noé, agissons avec foi et manifestons une crainte pieuse. Par cela, des vies peuvent être sauvées: la vôtre et celle de nombre de vos semblables. Lorsque nous considérons les bienfaits dont profitent ceux qui craignent le vrai Dieu, nous ne pouvons que souscrire aux paroles du psalmiste divinement inspiré qui chanta: 
      “Heureux est l’homme qui craint Jéhovah, dans les commandements de qui il prend grand plaisir!” — Psaume 112:1.

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