Based on my recent article, “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a Cult?” I received a rather interesting and extensive comment from a Jehovah’s Witness named Greg. Therefore, I decided to respond to several points embraced by Greg that I strongly disagree with along with supporting Biblical references. Greg says that Jehovah’s Witnesses hold the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters regarding a Christian’s life, and when a belief is in conflict with the Bible, they go with the Bible as the standard for the truth. A point well taken. A significant, difference, however, is their Biblical translation. The Witnesses use the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT), a translation published in 1961 by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, a Jehovah’s Witness organization. NWT is solely for the use and benefit of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Thus, I believe that the NWT translation is basically consistent with Witness doctrine rather than sound Biblical principles. For example, The New World Translation has been criticized for its rendering of John 1:1. Most English translations render this verse: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” By contrast, the NWT renders the verse: “In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” This translation supports their doctrine that Jesus was not God.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus is Very Different from the Scriptures
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach and preach a Jesus who is extremely different from the Jesus of the Bible. Jehovah’s Witnesses regard Jesus as the first and only being directly created by Jehovah God. They believe that Jehovah God has never had any personal contact with creation but was indirectly responsible for the creation of all beings by empowering Jesus to bring the physical universe into existence. However, as previously noted, our Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (1 John 1:1-3)
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus Deny the Deity of Christ
Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus is not all powerful, that He is not all knowing, and that He is not even all present. Here is what our Bible says, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6-7).
Jesus is Not to be worshiped
Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that Jesus should not be worshiped, and although they admit that Jesus should be honored, they refuse to honor Him to the same degree God the Father is honored. This position severely conflicts with what Jesus says in John 5:23, that it is God’s will for “all to honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” Here is what the Bible also says, “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11). “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.” (Matthew 28:9). Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that prayers should not be addressed to Jesus, but here is what the Bible says, “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60).
Jehovah’s Witnesses Deny the Physical Resurrection of Jesus
Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that Jesus rose bodily from the grave teaching instead that He rose in a “spirit body.” Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection can’t be seen as a victory over physical death when, in fact, this is inconsistent with what the Bible reveals. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 says, “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” Here is additional evidence: Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said. (John 2:19-22). “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”” (Luke 24:39).
As noted in my previous article, in my view, Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be regarded as true Christians and basically is a cult. They claim to be Christian yet deny essential Christine doctrine.
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