Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas
Book of JW’s “You can live Forever in Paradise on Earth”
WHAT IS APOPHATISM?
The term “apophatism” was introduced quite early in Christianity in an attempt to protect the divinity of God from heathen and anthropocentric perceptions. The first genes of apophatism can be detected in the New Testament. Apostle Paul, first of all, writes in his epistle to Romans referring to God’s justice towards irreverent people: “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)” Epistle to the Romans, 3:5 …
Apophatism derives from the Greek verb ‘apophasko’, which in Greek means
‘refuse’. Whenever the term refers to God it uses simultaneously both positive
and negative categories of words, for instance “hyper hypostasis”, “anonymous
name” etc. This way Christianity wants to show that God is an existence, beyond
and above creation and beings, and He cannot be identified or compared with any
of them. Thus, God’s hypostasis remains unknown for the finite human brain.
Ecclesiastical Father John of
Damascus (7th - 8th century A.D.) beautifully writes: “God is
unknown and incomprehensible, and the only comprehensible thing is this
inability to know Him and this incomprehension of His”.
Nevertheless, it should not be concluded that for apophatism God is an impersonal hypostasis with which humans cannot communicate. On the contrary, as St Gregory Palamas (1296 - 1359 archbishop of Thessalonica) stresses, God might be inaccessible as far as His hypostasis is concerned, but He communicates with man and creation via his unfinished actions. And not only does He communicate with man, but He also calls him to participate “body and soul” in these actions.
Something that man can achieve through the complete defeat of senses,
through the total concentration of mind with the repetition of the short well-known
prayer “Have mercy on me, oh! Lord, son of God” and other
practical actions. Only when man is purified can he enjoy the view of God –
although it still remains vague - and His immense love. But beware! According
to the Orthodox secret theology all these are not man’s achievements but God’s
Contrary to the Orthodox theology, the Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses
“Watchtower” deals with the spiritual things in a very materialistic way.
Neither God escapes such treatment.
Based on the 1st epistle of Apostle Paul to Corinthians, chapter 15, verse 44, which talks about the resurrection of the human body in an incorruptible and immortal situation during the Last Judgement (cf. verses 35-54 to prove it), the Community supports that God has a body and brain! which are spiritual. And since He has a body it says, He must be living somewhere!! And as it is written in their book “You can live Forever in Paradise on Earth”, page 36, they consider heaven as His place of residence.
Book of JW’s “You can live Forever in Paradise on Earth”, page 36
Of course, as we know from the natural sciences the sky does not exist. What
we see as the sky is simply a hallucination which is created by the solar
light, which passing through the atmospheric air diffuses, in other words
scatters colour blue more than the other colours.
Moreover, in the Holy Bible, the word heaven has a lot of meanings. In some cases it entails the magnificence of God, in other cases it is used with the meaning of the firmament reflecting the perceptions of people of that era about the world and the universe, and in other cases it is used in plural to refer to the angels.
Yet, if we want to follow the train of thought of the Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Watchtower”, that the sky is litterally God’s residence, then, should we suppose that God, before He created the sky, as is written in the book of Genesis of the Holy Bible, chapter 1, verse 1, was … HOMELESS?
THE RESIDENCE OF DEMONS!
And after God’s residence was resolved, the Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses got down to work, this time to discover the residence of demons! And what a triumph! Not only did they find it but they also discovered their base out of which they rush against people. And this base, according to the official publication of the “Watchtower” of the 1st November 1967, page 648, is not very far away. It is in the vicinity of the Earth, near us that is to say, on the moon, on Mars, on Venus, on a meteorite perhaps. That’s why they can reach us so easily. It only takes them a leap, and here the devils are beautiful and good, ready to induce us to sin! What the “Watchtower” has yet to explain, is how the astronauts have managed to escape those devils. How come no astronaut has been kept in captivity since the 60s, every time they have been visiting the moon uninvited? Hey mister! Where do you think you’re going? You’re invading someone’s house, without even asking first if you are welcome, you don’t even knock at the door.
“Watchtower” magazine of the 1st November, 1967 page 648
GROTESQUENESS AND RIDICULE IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD’S SPIRIT
Unfortunately, this is what happens to anyone who doesn’t have God’s spirit. He becomes the laughing stock, as he resorts to grotesque and ridiculous explanations. Demons are spiritual beings and as such, they do not need either a place of residence or any other type of material needs. Moreover, they are not sucject to the restrictions of time and space which determine the life we live. That is to say, an angel or a demon do not need to take planes or any other means of transport to move from one place to the other either here on Earth or in the universe. Meanwhile, if the “Wathctower” had read a few lines from the Holy Bible, it wouldn’t say such ridiculous things.
In the marvel that Evangelist Mark (cf. at Mark Gospel 5:1-13) narrates which Christ did in the country of Gadarenes, when He cured a person who had been possessed with demons, he notes that a legion of demons had entered into the possessed person! – a legion is a military department of the Roman army, consisted of 6000 men. And later on, on verse 13 he says, that Christ, after demons had requested it, allowed them to enter into a herd of swine that grazed around there which consisted of 2000 animals. That’s why we stressed earlier that the paramenters underlying human life are not in effect for the spiritual beings, but, who is able to hear all these we have to tell them? The “Watchtower” or the miserable flock of people that follow it, most of whom are totally illiterate, unable to read and write, yet, filled with demonaical arrogance, and ready in no time to deliver a lesson about God and the Writ, since as they say, they know all these things like the back of their hand.