Exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses Cult
Jehovah’s Witnesses, JW’s, Russellism
Founded in 1870 by Charles Taze Russell
As cults go, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are right up there with the wackiest! Whether it’s JW’s, SDA’s, Catholics, Anglicans, Calvinists, OSAS deceivers, etc, they must be exposed as countless millions are being deceived right to hellfire. Do you care? If so, let’s get started so you have the information you need to rebuke such filth a Holy God will puke out on judgement day. Even if you are a newer Christian, you will see within a few minutes how demonic this cult really is. It amazes me that people can actually believe these blatant, despicable, godless lies about the Saviour of the World. Simply, they have not the Spirit of God and are perishing. Keep in mind, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, but won’t initially tell people when they knock on their doors as they try to get them in their cult. This is astounding heresy, and, believe it or not, there are 8,457,107 members in 120,053 congregations in 140 countries. Let’s try to pull some out of the fire!
Exposing the Jehovah's Witnesses Cult - JW - RussellismJoin us as we go through the great heresies of the Jehovah's Witnesses cult. Study notes here https://goo.gl/H8wpdp. We not only biblically refute their fundamental "doctrine", we give you questions to ask them to help evangelize to them!
A HIGHLY RECOMMEND book for Christians to read to help understand how the OT was a foreshadow of the NT and how harmonious they truly are https://goo.gl/ESgx7z
Then read What is Biblical Perfection https://goo.gl/vepJ4P.
Exposing the SDA cult https://goo.gl/MjTWvQ
The lie of Imputed Righteousness https://goo.gl/2CAkyB
God does not hear sinners https://goo.gl/wNFLZv
Jesus is NOT a friend of sinners https://goo.gl/tdbd8A
The “Romans 7 Wretch” and “saved in sin” lie https://goo.gl/rC5Ha2
A Christian has NO “filthy rags”! https://goo.gl/15VNZe
What is “tithing”? https://goo.gl/hJvsTF
“Paid Pastors”? https://goo.gl/JxJYoj
12 of the Top Apostate & Anti-Biblical False Doctrines that JW’s Teach
|Christ is not equal to God because He is a creature – John 1:1-5 Word = Logos = Christ *|
|Christ was first of God’s creations – John 1:1-5 Word = Logos = Christ *|
|They teach the eternal punishment of the lost is annihilation – Wicked will be eternally destroyed – Annihilationism heresy!|
|They believe man has no spirit – The Spirit of Life Genesis (2:7 & Ecc 12:7). Then the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21)|
|Christ died on a stake, not a cross – Mat 27:32 / Luk 23:26|
|Christ was raised from the dead as an immortal spirit person – John 1:1-5 Word = Logos = Christ *|
|Christ’s presence is in spirit – He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)|
|Earth will never be destroyed or depopulated – 2 Peter 3|
|The human soul ceases to exist at death – Luke 16:19-31|
|Hell is mankind’s common grave – Mat 25:46 – Mar 3:29 – Example of Eternal Fire in Jude 1:7|
|Only a little flock of 144,000 go to heaven and rule with Christ – Matt 25:45-46 / John 3:15 / John 12:25 / Jude 1:21-23|
|The 144,000 are born again as spiritual sons of God – HUH??|
- “Him they compelled go bear his cross – John says John 19:17 that Jesus went forth “bearing his cross.” Luke says Luke 23:26 that they laid the cross on Simon, that he might bear it after Jesus. There is no contradiction in these accounts. It was a part of the usual punishment of those who were crucified that they should bear their own cross to the place of execution. Accordingly, it was laid at first on Jesus, and he went forth, as John says, bearing it. Weak, however, and exhausted by suffering and watchfulness, he probably sunk under the heavy burden, and they laid hold of Simon that he might bear “one end” of the cross, as Luke says, “after Jesus.” The cross was composed of two pieces of wood, one of which was placed upright in the earth, and the other crossed it after the form of the figure of a cross. The upright part was commonly so high that the feet of the person crucified were 2 or 3 feet from the ground.” (Albert Barnes Commentary)
Jehovah’s Witnesses trace their roots back to the Seventh Day Adventists. They do not often admit this to outsiders; nor do many JW’s know the details themselves similar to all other cults, they simply are not Bereans and never go to the bible to find the Truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses are accustomed to defending themselves against the charge that they are a newer religious cult. They will often respond that theirs is the most ancient religious group in the world, older than Catholic and Protestant “churches”. In fact, they claim that “Jehovah’s witnesses have a history almost 6,000 years long, beginning while the first man, Adam, was still alive,” that Adam’s son Abel was “the first of an unbroken line of Witnesses,” and that “Jesus’ disciples were all Jehovah’s witnesses too.” (Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, pg. 8-9).
An outsider listening to such claims quickly realizes, if they have even a bit if discernment and bible knowledge, that the cult has simply appropriated unto itself all the characters named in the Bible as faithful witnesses of God. By such extrapolation the denomination is able to stretch its history back to the beginnings of the human family, at least in the eyes of deceived adherents who are willing to accept such arguments to their destruction. Outside observers generally dismiss this sort of rhetoric and instead reckon the Witnesses as dating back only to Charles Taze Russell, who was born on February 16, 1852, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
That movement however began with William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher who, in the year 1816, began proclaiming that Christ would return in 1843. His predictions of the Second Coming or “Second Advent” captured the imagination of thousands in Baptist and other mainline churches. It’s been told that as many as 50,000 followers put their trust in Miller’s chronological calculations and prepared to welcome the Lord, while, as the appointed time approached, others watched nervously from a distance. Recalculations moved the promised second advent from March, 1843 to March, 1844, and then to October of that year. Alas, that date too passed uneventfully!
After the “Disappointment of 1844” Miller’s following fell apart, with most of those who had looked to him returning to their respective churches before his death in 1849. But other disappointed followers kept the movement alive, although in fragmented form. Their activities eventually led to the formation of several sects under the broad heading of “Adventism” including the Advent Christian Church, the Life and Advent Union, the Seventh-Day Adventists, and various Second Adventist groups.
The cult known today as the Jehovah’s Witnesses was birthed in Pennsylvania in 1870 as a “Bible study” led by Charles Taze Russell. Russell called his group the “Millennial Dawn Bible Study” and those who followed him were called “Bible students.” Charles T. Russell began writing a series of books he called “The Millennial Dawn”, which ultimately became six volumes(which he authored, seven total) before his death and contains much of the “theology” Jehovah’s Witnesses hold to now. The “Watchtower Bible” and “Tract Society” was founded in 1886 and quickly became the vehicle through which the “Millennial Dawn” movement began proselytizing. Group members were sometimes called “Russellites”, which was not prefered. After Russell’s death in 1916, Judge J. F. Rutherford, Russell’s friend and successor, wrote the seventh and final volume of the “Millennial Dawn” series, “The Finished Mystery,” in 1917. That was also the year that the organization split. Those who followed Rutherford began calling themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
There is so much more about their “beginning” but it’s not needed here to prove them to be top-notch hereticks.
They believe that Jesus did not rise from the dead. Russell says His body either dissolved into gases or is still preserved somewhere.
They believe that God is not triune (i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). A great heresy denying God Himself as ONE GOD, THREE PERSONS. Full teaching here.
They believe that man has no spirit.
They believe the Holy Spirit is not a person of the Godhead, just a “life force” of God. Similar to the lie of “oneness“.
They exercise mind control over members.
They believe that man must work to be part of “God’s system of things”.
They believe that only the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation will live in heaven with God.
They believe all dead people will have a second chance for eternal life at the millennium. If you do not prove worthiness at this time, you’ll be destroyed. A warped “purgatory” maybe? Don’t believe these lies. Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but after this the JUDGEMENT.”
The believe the blood of Christ does not forgive sins, it gives us a “chance” to live again.
They believe Jesus is the archangel Michael – That Jesus is a created being. Same as the SDA’s!
They believe Jesus is just an agent of God, nothing more.
They believe that Jesus’ second coming occurred invisibly in 1874. Russell’s successor, Rutherford, says this was confirmed by the creation of the first labor organization in 1874.
They believed Russell when he said that in 1914 the millennium would occur and righteousness would be restored to the earth. As 1914 approached, he, and his successor, changed the date to 1915, 1916, 1924, 1928, and on and on to the present day! When you ask a Jehovah’s Witness about this, they’ll give you the party line, “Well, the Watchtower is reaching different levels of enlightenment.”
If you become a Jehovah’s Witness and then leave them because of their blasphemous false teachings, you will be literally shunned. Your family that remains in the organization will not be permitted to even talk to you!
They truly believe “The Watchtower Society” is the only source of truth on earth today and your soul will be destroyed if you refuse their organization.
The Watchtower Society and its followers are all prophets of God today and the Governing Body is directed by angels from God.
The Watchtower and Awake magazines originate with and are treated as equal to the Bible.
Jesus was not the Christ (Messiah) until age 30, even though their own bible says in Luke 2:11 “because there was born to you today a savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
They deny the bodily resurrection. After Jesus was buried in the tomb, Jehovah dissolved his body into gases and it disappeared forever.
Jesus rose invisibly in three days, so Jehovah had to “materialize” a fake body for him complete with fake nail prints so His disciples would believe it was really Jesus risen.
They deny the personality of the Holy Spirit (viewed by the Watchtower organization as “God’s active force,” similar to radio waves)
They deny man consciously survives death.
They deny the bodily, visible return of Christ (Christ’s “return” was only His “turning his attention” invisibly toward earth in 1914, and there was an invisible “rapture” of the dead members of the 144,000 in 1918.)
The cross is a pagan symbol of sex worship, and that all buildings or persons displaying the cross are likewise pagan. Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that Jesus died on a cross but a stake. However, recent “new light” in the Watchtower now admits they are not certain about the cross, but will continue to deny it anyway. Further, the watchtower originally claimed it was a cross.
No one goes to heaven but 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses.
They teach Christ is the mediator for only the 144,000, not the average Jehovah’s Witness.
Teach only the 144,000 must be “born again”, not the average Jehovah’s Witness.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob etc. were to be back on earth as perfect humans in 1925. The Society built a palatial home called “Beth Sarim” for them BUT when the patriarchs failed to show up, the President of the Society moved in.
Their light gets “brighter and brighter,” allowing for many changes and “about faces”on their doctrines. Yesterday’s error is today’s “truth.” Often the “light” bounces back and forth from old to new views and back again! (Might we call this discarded truth… “black Light?”)
Blood transfusions are rejected and if a Witness receives one willingly, it results in his eternal death. However, the society allows Hemophiliacs to consume blood for medical purposes to save their life.
- Only persons who use the true name of God, Jehovah, will have their prayers heard by God. No salvation is possible without using the name “Jehovah.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Watchtower organization is God’s “spirit led” spokesman:
Regardless of what Bible verses you show them that contradicts their beliefs, they place their confidence in the magazines and books.
The idea that the “organization” is a prophet is hidden from prospects and new converts. But if you ask the right questions, you can get them to admit it, unless they feel you are not “mature enough” to accept it yet. Getting them to admit this first:
Do you believe the Watchtower organization was prophesied in Matthew 24:45?
If so, doesn’t that mean that they are directly guided by God what to publish?
If the Watchtower is a “Spirit led prophet” of God doesn’t that make it equally authoritative and infallible as the Bible?
Can you think of any examples of a prophet who was not inspired?
Jehovah’s Witnesses are ultimately taught the Watchtower was prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:45
Watchtower organization = “faithful & sensible slave whom God put in charge”
Jehovah’s Witnesses = “of his household”
Watchtower magazine = “food at the proper time.”
Weekly Watchtower study: Every church worldwide studies same thing, at same time
Informed Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Watchtower magazine claims inspiration by God in its teachings.
The JW’s typical opening pitch & questions to ask them:
Be ready when the JW’s come to your door and say:
“We speak the truth in Love…”
“How would you feel if proof is given that what you believe is wrong? For example, say that you were in a car, traveling for the first time to a certain place. You have a road map, but you have not taken the time to check it carefully. Someone has told you the road to take. You trust him, sincerely believing that the way he has directed you is correct. But suppose it is not? What if someone points out the error? What if he, by referring to your own map, shows that you are on the wrong road? Would pride or stubbornness prevent you from admitting that you are on the wrong road? Well, then, if you learn from an examination of your Bible that you are traveling a wrong religious road, be willing to change. Avoid the broad road to destruction; get on the narrow road to life.” You Can Live Forever In Paradise On Earth, pages 32-33
Below are many questions that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not like to be asked but need to be answered because they know the answer proves their wicked doctrine wrong! Have these handy for that next “knock” on your door. Souls are at stake!
If the organization did not actually prophesy the end in 1925 and 1975, then how come so many Witnesses left the faith immediately afterwards?
“They lost roughly three-quarters of the movement between 1925 and 1928, then suffered huge losses after 1975, when the end didn’t come as they had implied over and over again,” said Jim Penton, an ex-Witness who writes entries on Jehovah’s Witnesses for the Encyclopedia Americana.
If the Watchtower organization rejects others calling them “inspired” yet the Watchtower organization does call themselves “God’s Spirit-directed Prophet” what is the difference? Is there such a thing as an “uninspired prophet”?
Has the Society ever taught anything scripturally incorrect?
Might the Society be teaching anything scripturally incorrect now?
Since the Organization has received “new light” regarding the 1914 generation, and completely changed their view on this, does this mean that all the former Jehovah’s witnesses who were disfellowshipped years ago for the same view the organization is now teaching will automatically be accepted into fellowship again? Were these ex-JW’s in fact disfellowshipped for truth and knew things that the governing body did not?
Can Jehovah’s Witnesses hold and discuss openly with other Jehovah’s Witnesses opinions that differ from orthodox Watch Tower doctrine?
Can individuals read & understand the Bible alone, or do they need an organization and it’s publications to do so?
How do you prove from the Bible that 1935 was the year for the selection to heaven stopped due to being filled?
Were ANY of the publications that stated 1935 as the year, INSPIRED?
Was the Writer of those articles INSPIRED?
WAS J.F. Rutherford INSPIRED WHEN he gave that talk in DC stating that 1935 was the date?
Ask for “Inspired Word of God” Bible text that says that in 1935 the door was shut. Don’t settle for anything less than the real “Inspired Word of God,” not some knock off brand called the Watchtower publication.
What is the difference between a Catholic appealing to “what the organization tells him” about December 25 being the date of Jesus’ birthday and a JW appealing to “what the organization tells him” about the date 1935? Is it not hypocritical when you chide the “poor deluded Catholic” that his faith cannot find a Bible passage to support it, when the same goes for you and 1935?
How do you know that there were any vacancies, if any, in the 144,000 class if Jesus offered this to first century Christians? How can the organization know the exact number of vacancies today without any records from the first century?
Why are you called, “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and not “Christians”? Since Jehovah’s Witnesses appeal to Isaiah 43:12; 44:8 for scriptural support that they should be called, “Jehovah’s Witnesses” then what was the “new name” prophesied in Isaiah 62:2? Can’t be “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, for God already used it 20 chapters earlier. Could the new name be “Christian” after our savior “Christ”?
Why would the name God gave to His people not be “Christians” since Acts 11:26 says, “The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”? Why is the name “Jehovah’s Witness” found nowhere in the New Testament, if that is God’s divine name for His people under the new covenant? Why would God wait almost 2000 years to suddenly start using the name “Jehovah’s Witness”. Does this mean that first century Christians were not known as “Jehovah’s Witnesses”?
If the name Jehovah is so important, then why is it never used in the entire Greek New Testament? If men edited out the name of God, “YHWH” when they copied the New Testament, as only the Watchtower organization claims, then how can we have any confidence in any of the New Testament? Should we discard the New Testament or the Watchtower organization as unreliable?
If the name “Jehovah” is so important, then why does Acts 4:12 say, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [verse 10] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”? Would this not have been the logical place for God to have used the name “YHWH”?
What is the correct spelling of God’s proper name “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”? If Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain that “Yahweh” is more proper, why do they misspell it “Jehovah”? If the name of God is so important, then should you not only pronounce it correctly, but spell it correctly too? Is not spelling more important than pronunciation?
Since the Jehovah’s Witness organization currently rejects most of the teachings of its founder Charles Taze Russell (who was president of the organization from 1879-1916), and since they also reject “Judge” Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who succeeded Russell as president from 1916 – 1942, how can we be sure that in 25 more years, Jehovah’s Witnesses won’t also reject the current president, Milton G. Henschel (1992 – present), as they did Russell and Rutherford?
What kind of confidence can anyone have in an organization that rejected its founder and first two presidents for the first 63 years of its existence? This represents about 53% of the time they have existed!
Since the Watchtower organization claims “apostolic succession” who was it that “passed the torch of God’s Spirit” to C.T. Russell when he founded the organization? What was the name of this individual?
In the NWT, every time the Greek word “proskuneo” is used in reference to God, it is translated as “worship” (Revelation 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 19:4, John 4:20, etc.). Every time “proskuneo” is used in reference to Jesus, it is translated as “obeisance” (Matthew 14:33, 28:9, 28:17, Luke 24:52, Hebrews 1:6, etc.), even though it is the same word in the Greek. Especially compare the Greek word “prosekunhsan” used with reference to God in Revelation 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, and 19:4 and used with reference to Christ in Matthew 14:33, 28:9, and 28:17. What is the reason for this inconsistency? If the NWT was consistent in translating “proskuneo” as “worship”, how would the verses above referring to Christ read? (see Greek-English Interlinear)
The NWT translates the Greek word “kyrios” as “Jehovah” more than 25 times in the New Testament (Matthew 3:3, Luke 2:9, John 1:23, Acts 21:14, Romans 12:19, Colossians 1:10, 1Thessalonians 5:2, 1Peter 1:25, Revelation 4:8, etc.). Why is the word “Jehovah” translated when it does not appear in the Greek text? Why is the NWT not consistent in translating kyrios (kurion) as “Jehovah” in Romans 10:9, 1Corinthians 12:3, Philippians 2:11, 2Thessalonians 2:1, and Revelation 22:21? (see Greek-English Interlinear)
To what was Jesus referring to by the term “this temple” in John 2:18-19? See John 2:21?
If the Holy Spirit is God’s impersonal active force, why does he directly speak and refer to himself as “I” and “me” in Acts 13:2?
The NWT translates the Greek words “ego eimi” as “I am” every time it appears (John 6:34, 6:41, 8:24, 13:19, 15:5, etc.), except in John 8:58 where it is translated as “I have been”. What is the reason for the inconsistency in this translation? If “ego eimi” was translated in John 8:58 the same way it is translated in every other verse in which it appears, how would John 8:58 read?
In Revelation 22:12-13, Jesus Christ, the one who is “coming quickly”, says of himself, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”. In Revelation 1:17-18, Jesus says, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore”, refers to himself as the first and the last. Revelation 21:6, in speaking of God, says, “…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end …”. God is also referred to as the “first” and the “last” in Isaiah 44:6 and Isaiah 48:12. How can this be since by definition of these words there can only be one first and one last?
John 1:3 says that Jesus made “all things”, but in Isaiah 44:24, God says that he “by myself” made the heavens and the earth and asks the question “Who was with me?” when the heavens and the earth were created. How can this be since if Jesus was created by God, then he would have been with God when everything else was created?
Colossians 1:16, in talking about Jesus, says that “… All things have been created by him and FOR HIM”. If Jesus was Michael the Archangel at the time of creation, would an angel have created all things for himself? Isaiah 43:7 says God created “everyone … for my OWN glory…”.
The Watchtower Society teaches that the 144,000 of Revelation 7:4 is to be taken literally. If chapter 7 of Revelation is to be taken literally, where then does the Bible say that the 144,000 will come from? (See Revelation 7:5-8).
If the soul is the body, why does Jesus make a distinction between the body and the soul in Matthew 10:28?
The NWT translates John 1:1 as “… and the Word was WITH God, and the Word was a god”. How can the Word (Jesus) be “a god” if God says in Deuteronomy 32:39, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is NO god WITH me…”?
Jesus Christ is referred to as “Mighty God” in Isaiah 9:6 (“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God…”). Jehovah is referred to as “Mighty God” in Isaiah 10:20-21. How can this be if there is only one God (I Corinthians 8:4, Isaiah 43:10, 44:6)?
If Jesus was executed on a torture stake, with both hands together over his head, why does John 20:25 say “…Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails…”, indicating that there was more than one nail used for his hands?
Jesus uses the phrase “Verily I say to you, …” over 50 times in the Bible. In the NWT, the comma is placed after the word “you” every time except in Luke 23:43, where the comma is placed after the word “today”. Why is the comma placed after “today” instead of after “you” in this verse? If the translation of this phrase in Luke 23:43 was consistent with the translation of this phrase in all the other verses in which it appears, and the comma was placed after the word “you”, how would it read? (see Greek-English Interlinear)
The NWT translates the Greek word “esti” as “is” in almost every instance in the New Testament (Matthew 26:18, 38, Mark 14:44, Luke 22:38, etc.). Why does the NWT translate this Greek word as “means” in Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, and Luke 22:19? Why the inconsistency in the translation of the word “esti”? If the NWT was consistent and translated the Greek word “esti” as “is” in these verses, what would these verses say? (See Greek-English Interlinear.)
In John 20:28, Thomas refers to Jesus in Greek as “Ho kyrios moy kai ho theos moy”. This translates literally as “the Lord of me and THE God of me”. Why does Jesus, in John 20:29, affirm Thomas for having come to this realization? If Jesus really wasn’t the Lord and THE God of Thomas, why didn’t Jesus correct him for making either a false assumption or a blasphemous statement?
If Christ will not have a visible return to earth, then how will he be seen by “ALL the tribes of the earth” (Matthew 24:30) and by “EVERY eye” (Revelation 1:7) when he returns?
If the Holy Spirit is God’s impersonal active force, how could he:
Be referred to as “he” and “him” in John 16:7-8 and John 16:13-14
Bear witness – John 15:26
Feel hurt – Isaiah 63:10
Be blasphemed against – Mark 3:29
Say things – Ezekiel 3:24, Acts 8:29, 10:19, 11:12, 21:11, Hebrews 10:15-17, Revelation 2:7
Desire – Galatians 5:17
Be outraged – Hebrews 10:29
Search – I Corinthians 2:10
Comfort – Acts 9:31
Be loved – Romans 15:30
Be lied to and be God – Acts 5:3-4
What is the meaning of Revelation 14:9-11, which says, “… If anyone worships the beast … he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone … And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever …”. Where could “anyone” be “tormented … for ever and ever”?
John 1:3 says in reference to Christ, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”. How could Christ have been a created being if ALL things came into existence by him? If Jesus was a created being, then according to John 1:3, Jesus would have had to create himself.
If the spirit of a man has no existence apart from the body, why does Stephen just before his death in Acts 7:59, pray to Jesus to “receive my spirit”? How could Jesus receive Stephen’s spirit if a man’s spirit ceases to exist when the body dies?
If people are to have everlasting life on paradise EARTH, why does I Thessalonians 4:17 say, “…we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”?
If there are 144,000 spirit anointed people who have a heavenly hope, and a great crowd of people who have another hope of everlasting life on paradise earth, why does Paul say that there is only ONE hope (Ephesians 4:4), instead of two?
If there is no conscious awareness after death, how could the “spirits in prison” be preached to by Christ after his death (I Peter 3:18-20) and how could the good news be “declared also to the dead”? (I Peter 4:6)
In Philippians 2:9, the NWT inserts the word “other”, even though it doesn’t appear in the original Greek. What is the reason for inserting this word? Is the word “Jehovah” a name? See Exodus 6:3, Psalms 83:18, and Isaiah 42:8. How would the verse read if the word “other” had not been inserted? What does scripture say about adding words to the Bible? See Proverbs 30:5-6. (see Greek-English Interlinear)
Hebrews 9:28, speaking of Christ, says “… unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time…” How can Christ APPEAR a second time if he will not have a visible return to earth?
Amos 4:11 says, “I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.” How can Jehovah speaking in this verse refer to another person as God (“… as GOD overthrew of Sodom …”)?
In Revelation 19:1, where does it say that the “people” will be?
If Christians are persecuted for the sake of Jehovah’s name, why did Christ tell the first Christians that they would be persecuted for the sake of his (Jesus’) name instead of Jehovah’s (Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:13, Luke 21:12, 17, John 15:21, and Acts 9:16)?
In Colossians 1:15-17, the NWT inserts the word “other” 4 times even though it is not in the original Greek. Why is the word “other” inserted? How would these verses read if the word “other” had not been inserted? (see Greek-English interlinear)
In II Peter 1:1, the NWT inserts the word “the”. Why is it inserted? How would the verse read if the word “the” was not inserted? What does scripture say about adding words to the Bible? (See Proverbs 30:5-6).
In the sermon on the mount, when Jesus was addressing the “great multitude” (Luke 6:17), why did he tell them in Luke 6:22-23, “…your reward is great in heaven …”?
In Matthew 1:23, who is Matthew referring to here that has been given the name which means “God With Us”?
In Revelation 14:13, how can the dead be “blessed” and find “rest” if there is no conscious awareness after death?
If Jesus was executed on a torture stake, with both hands together over his head, instead of on a cross with both hands outstretched, why does Matthew 27:37 say that the sign “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” was “set up over his HEAD” instead of being posted above his hands? How could it have been posted above his head if his arms were stretched out over his head?
In Luke 4:12, the NWT translates “kyrios” (Lord) as “Jehovah”, which makes the verse read “…Thou shalt not tempt the Jehovah thy God.” Why is kyrios translated as “Jehovah” in this verse? Was the devil, in Luke 4:9-11, putting Jehovah to the test or JESUS to the test? See Greek-English Interlinear
The Bible says that ONLY God is our savior (Hosea 13:4, Isaiah 43:11, 45:21, etc.). How can it be then, that the Bible repeatedly says that Jesus Christ is our savior (Luke 2:11, Philippians 3:20, Titus 2:13, 3:6, II Peter 1:1, 2:20, 3:18, etc.)?
Referring to Isaiah 14:9-17, if there is no conscious awareness after death, how could Hell be “… moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…” (verse 9), how could the souls in Hell “… speak and say unto thee…” (verse 10-11), how could the souls in Hell “…see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man…” (verse 16-17), and how would you be aware that this was happening?
Hebrews 3:1 refers to “holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling”. In Mark 3:35, Jesus says, “whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother …”. Therefore, according to the Bible, whoever does the will of God is a brother of Jesus and a partaker of the heavenly calling. How can this be if the Watchtower Society teaches that only 144,000 people go to heaven?
Hebrews 11:16, in speaking about some of the faithful people of the Old Testament (Abel, Noah, Abraham, etc.) says, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly…” and, “… wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” The word “city” refers to HEAVENLY Jerusalem of Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 21:2. How can this be since according to the teachings of the Watchtower Society, the only people who will go to heaven are the 144,000 spirit anointed who have been chosen from people who lived after Christ died?
Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Where will the devil, the beast, and the false prophet be “tormented day and night for ever and ever”?
In Luke 24:36-39 and in John 20:26-27, Jesus showed his disciples the wounds in his body as proof of his resurrection. If Jesus’ body had been destroyed by God after he died, how could Jesus show the disciples his body which had the wounds in his hands, feet, and side and claim that he is not just a spirit, “for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have”? (Luke 24:39)
If Christ was created by God and was the wisdom of God (Proverbs 8:1-4, 12, 22-31), then before Jesus would have been created, God would have had to have been without wisdom. How is it possible that God could have ever been without wisdom?
Revelation 7:11 says that “the angels stood round about the throne” in heaven. Revelation 14:2-3 says “And I heard a voice from heaven … And they sung as it were a new song before the throne …”. Revelation 7:9 says, “… lo, a great multitude … stood before the throne…”. Revelation 7:14-15 says, “…These are they which came out of great tribulation … Therefore are they before the throne of God …”. Therefore, if “before the throne of God” means in heaven (Revelation 7:11, 14:2-3), and the “great multitude” is “before the throne of God” (Revelation 7:9, 7:14-15), where does that mean that the great crowd will be?
If Jesus Christ is Michael the Archangel , how can Matthew 25:31 say, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and ALL the holy angels with him, …”. Since “all the holy angels” would certainly include Michael the Archangel , is it possible that Jesus could return with himself?
In Luke 20:37-38, how could Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be “of the living: for all live unto him”, since they all died hundreds of years before Jesus said this?
If the soul dies when the body dies, how could the “souls” of Revelation 6:9-11, who were of those who had been “slain”, cry out “with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord…”?
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells his disciples to “teach all the nations …baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. Why would the disciples be instructed to baptize in the name of anybody or anything who was not God? Do Jehovah’s Witnesses follow the command of Jesus and baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”?
If the human soul IS the person, how could the soul go out of a person (Genesis 35:18) or come back into a person (I Kings 17:21)?
The Watchtower Society teaches that the earth will never be destroyed or depopulated. How can it be, then, that God says in Isaiah 51:6, “… the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner …”, and that Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away…”, and that John says in Revelation 21:1 that he saw “… new heaven and a NEW earth: for the first heaven and the FIRST earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”? II Peter 3:10-13
Referring to Luke 12:4-5, what would be left of a person after they were killed that could be thrown into hell?
Who or what does the spirit of Christ (Philippians 1:19, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:9) refer to? In Galatians 4:6, how is it possible that the spirit of Christ could come into our hearts? How is it possible that the spirit of CHRIST could reside in someone? If what the Watchtower Society teaches is true, how could Paul make this statement if Christ was a spirit person residing in heaven?
In John 8:56, Jesus says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad”. Since Abraham died hundreds of years before Jesus said this, how could Jesus say that Abraham “saw it and was glad”, if there is no conscious awareness after death?
In John 6:51, Jesus says that a person must eat “of this bread” in order to “live for ever”, and that “the bread that I will give IS my flesh”. In John 6:53, Jesus says “… Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” In John 6:54-55, Jesus says, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life…” and “… For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” Do you partake of the flesh of Christ , as Jesus commanded, in order to have life in yourself and in order to live forever?
Every true Christian would agree that we should follow the commands of God. In Mark 9:7, God the Father commands us to listen to Jesus. Do you follow this command and listen to Jesus? After all, Jesus died for your personal sins (I John 2:2, I Peter 2:24 ). Jesus tells us to go directly to him (Matthew 11:28 -30), and the Father commanded us to listen to Jesus. Why? Because JESUS gives us everlasting life (John 10:28 ), and so that JESUS will enter our house and be with us and give us the right to sit on his throne (Revelation 3:20-21). Do you pray to Jesus as Paul and the early Christians did (I Corinthians 1:2)? Do you partake of the flesh of Christ as Jesus commanded (John 6:51)? If not, then are you following the command of the Father who said “Listen to him”?