Jesus made a very simple statement that every Christian should grade themselves on.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. – John 14:15 (KJB)
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The phrase, “love me” occurs nine times in the Bible. This first time it occurs is in the account of Jacob and his wives.
“And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.” – Genesis 29:31 (KJV)
There is one thing that Leah wanted from her husband, Jacob – that he would love her.
When Samuel died, Saul took an action to make right with God. He put away those with a familiar spirit (spirit guides) and the wizards. Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. – 1 Samuel 28:3 (KJV, emphasis mine) Saul is trying to please God by his good works. He is seeking favor with God by doing what he thinks is right. However, God is not impressed with man working for his salvation. God requires repentance, which Saul hasn’t and never will do.
There is a verse (among several) that is missing from the New World Translation that is vital for people in the Jehovah’s Witnesses to consider. That verse is Acts 8:37. The reason this verse is so important is that it speaks to Jesus being God, something that the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny. From the Jehovah’s Witnesses website: However, we take Jesus at his word when he said: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) So we do not worship Jesus, as we do not believe that he is Almighty God.