WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
9 But now man who would bear God's image, standing as His theocratic representative, would be authorized to exact the blood of a criminal for a murder. And, of course, every living creature that killed a man or woman would be required to pay for this with its life . About twenty-four centuries later the governing body of the Christian congregation recognized that this law of the sacredness of blood applied to Christ's followers also. Hence they wrote to Christians who before becoming believers had eaten or drunk blood from another creature : "Keep yourselves free from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things killed without draining their blood and from fornication . If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper ." (Acts 15 :1929; 21 :25, NW) How few religionists in Christendom keep this rule today! 10 The rainbow should remind us of this rule, rather than of a so-called "pot of gold" at its end . The first rainbow that man ever saw was after the Flood when Jehovah made this covenant with humankind . He said: "The bow shall be in the cloud ; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living soul of all flesh that is upon the earth . . . . This the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the 9 . Under this covenant how would man act "in the image of God", and how did the Christian congregation recognize this covenant? lo . So of what should the rainbow remind mankind, and what will be one of the reasons for the slaughter at Armageddon?
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