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Jehovah's Witnesses vs. Christianity

 

For the Jehovah's Witness, the Watchtower Society is God's voice on Earth.   They are expected to follow the Watchtower's teachings with unquestioning obedience.   Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that reading the Bible alone, without guidance and interpretation from the Watchtower, will lead a person astray.   Failing to obey the Watchtower Society will result in being disfellowshipped.

 

Part of being an obedient Jehovah's Witness involves going door to door, to teach Watchtower doctrine. Accordingly, Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to be able to answer questions and objections to their religious beliefs by learning to do the following:

1.  Disprove the full deity of Jesus Christ.

2.  Prove that Jesus Christ was a created being.

3.  Demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is neither a person, nor God; but rather God's "active force."

4.  Teach that the doctrine of the Trinity is unbiblical and is rooted in paganism.

5.  Argue that the resurrection of the Jesus was spiritual and not physical. 

6.  Point with pride to the fact that they are the only group that refers to God by the name "Jehovah."

We can be confident that the Watchtower Society does not speak for God because:

1. Jehovah's Witnesses misinterpret key verses of Scripture to support their own authority.

2.  Jehovah's Witnesses have a track record of false prophecies.

3. The Watchtower Society has repeatedly changed its position on important issues throughout their existence.

 

 

 

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

The Watchtower Society claims that Jesus was spiritually -- rather than bodily -- resurrected from the dead.

 

 

Rather than a spiritual resurrection, Jesus physically resurrected from the dead and was seen by many eye witnesses.   "He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.   After that, He appeared to more than five hundred    of   the    brothers   at    the    same    time"

(1 Corinthians 15:4-6).

 

The Watchtower Society teaches that the New World Translation (the preferred "translation" of Jehovah's Witnesses) is the best edition of the Bible that we have today.

 

The New World Translation is not a translation at all. Rather it is a re-write -- an attempt to make the Bible agree with aberrant Watchtower doctrine. Biblical linguists give the NWT a universal "thumbs down."

 

The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that they are the only ones to use God's proper name -- "Jehovah."

 

When Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9, He began with, "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name, . . .'"  Referring to God as our "Father" is a designation that describes both God's identity, and the nature of our relationship with Him.   As a point of fact, He is our Father.

 

The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that using God's "correct" name is necessary for salvation, making them alone the true followers of God.

 

Salvation is not dependent upon our using a particular name for God.   It is dependent upon our accepting the free gift of grace from the Lord Jesus Christ.   "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

The Watchtower Society teaches that Jesus was created by God as the Archangel Michael.

 

Scripture clearly distinguishes between Michael the Archangel (a creature) and Jesus (the creator of all things), "All things were created by Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16).

 

Watchtower  adherents  also  believe  that Jesus'  second  coming  was  a  "spiritual" or "secret"  second  coming  that  actually took place in 1914.

 

Jesus' second coming has yet to happen.   But when it does, "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30).

 

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that The Holy Spirit is not a person, but is only the "force" or "power" of God.

 

Scripture identifies the Holy Spirit as having all the attributes of both deity "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them'” (Acts 13:2), and personality -- mind, emotion, and will "Then Peter said, 'Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  Didn't’t it belong to you before it was sold?   And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?  What made you think of doing such a thing?  You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” (Acts 5:3-4).

 

The Watchtower points out that the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible.   They contend that Scripture would not speak of God in a way that is impossible to comprehend.   They teach that the doctrine of the Trinity is rooted in paganism and is the work of the devil.

 

While the word "Trinity" is not in the Bible, the concept is in the Bible.   Scripture indicates:

1.  There is one God,

2. There are three persons called God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and,

3.  Each person is eternally distinct from the other two. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

 

According to Jehovah's Witnesses, salvation is based on both works and total obedience to the Watchtower Society.   A Jehovah's Witness can never be sure about their salvation during their lifetime. They believe "salvation" only removes Adam's original sin; leaving Watchtower followers to work for salvation themselves.

 

 

Salvation is not based on works, rather it is a free gift of God; received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

The Watchtower teaches that man does not have a separate "immaterial nature" known as the soul.   They believe that the "soul" is actually the life-force within a person, that becomes inoperative at the moment of death. They believe there is no conscious existence after death.

 

 

The word "soul" refers to the immaterial nature that consciously survives death.   "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body" (Philippians 1:21-24). "We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8).

 

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Hell is not a place of conscious eternal suffering, but simply refers to the grave.

 

Hell is not the grave, rather it is a place for those who have rejected God's love to receive the just penalty for their sins.  “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth" (Luke 13:28).

 

     

 

 

 

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