Monday, April 28, 2008

Ezekiel Chapter 1 (Animated)

I think there is value in Bible literacy, even if you don't believe in it. Besides being culturally relevant, it has some bizarre and fascinating passages. Ezekiel chapter one is one of the strangest. Here it is presented visually with a kingdom melodies soundtrack. (Kingdom melodies are the official worship songs of Jehovah's Witnesses.) I'll leave it to you to decide if this passage is the result of divine inspiration or was inspired by something closer to home.

Ezekiel Chapter 1

This heavenly vision is very important to the doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses. They consider their constant revisions of doctrine to be pictured by the movement of God's heavenly chariot. If a member disagrees with a current teaching that is later revised (new light), they still accuse him of going ahead of "Jehovah's Organisation". This is considered apostasy and can result in disfellowshipping and shunning. It makes little difference if they later decide he was right after all. I find it offensive that a symbolic representation of God's throne would be used to bully people into accepting lies.

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