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What Does The Bible Really Teach? Chapter 1 Review

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Chapter 1 – What is the truth about God?

What the first 3 pages of this book show, is what life will be like in the paradise, the next thing the Jehovah’s Witnesses will show you in this book is whether or not this is possible for you. Of course without a God it would be impossible, so they will show you that YOU can be in paradise, but first they need you to believe in God. It is not un-common for the Watchtower to do this, if you read all their “bible study” aids (Live Forever book or knowledge book) they all start with a picture of paradise. This is actually a technic to get you interested in what you are about to read.

A lot of this chapter I would not have a huge issue with, as I agree with Jehovah’s Witnesses, there is a God. The first thing I take note of in paragraph 7 it reads “Worse yet, religious teachers sometimes lead people to think that God is hardhearted. How so? When tragedy strikes they say that it is God’s will. In effect such teachers blame God for bad things that happen.”   Other than the word of faith movement I have never heard of religious leaders that teach that God is “hardhearted”. While it is biblical that sometimes God allows bad things to happen to Christians like he did with Job, to say that some religious leaders teach God is “hardhearted” I would certainly question as to where the Watchtower got this information from.  This is just to try and elevate their own religion over others.

I also note something of interest in paragraph 12. It reads “For example, does it not bother you to see innocent people suffer? If you care about such injustices, be assured that God feels even more strongly about them.”    You would expect that Jehovah’s Witnesses would also feel the same then? Well no…if you read The Watchtower of June 1st 2003 under the sub heading “Giving that pleases God” note that on the grounds that Jesus said in Mark 14 “there will always be poor people” that they do not encourage their members to give to charity other than to the Watchtower. You will also see that during disasters they will always look after other Jehovah’s Witnesses, they will not help anyone else even though Jesus says “love your neighbour” and “love your enemy”.  I know this is just a side issue, but I just think it is ironic that they ask whether you care about innocent people suffering, when actually they teach not to help such people unless they are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In paragraph 14 they quote “we call God by his actual name and don’t just call him GOD” . They then criticise other groups that don’t call him by this name. From here they will then do one of 2 things… 1) Get you to turn to your Psalms 83:18 in your Kings James Bible where it is says “Jehovah” or 2) Criticise the fact that your translation does not use the name Jehovah.

Jehovah is NOT Gods actual name. The name Jehovah is a made up word. It first came about in the 15th century by a guy called Peter Galatinus who was a catholic. The divine YHWH had no vowels so he thought it a good idea to add some vowels to make the name easier to say. So he took the name YHWH and added the vowels from andonai (Hebrew name for Lord) when you add them together you get YaHoWaH so when translated it says Jehovah.

While it is not a sin to call God Jehovah, it is not correct to claim that Jehovah is Gods divine name.  Paragraph 14 says that the name Jehovah “appears in thousands of ancient manuscripts” However, the New Testament manuscripts DO NOT contain the name YHWH or Jehovah.  This has been added to their New World Translation. I believe this is to try to disprove the true deity of Jesus Christ.

They use the name Jehovah throughout the whole of this book, and in paragraph 16 & 17 they will show you how Jehovah is unique and how he created all things (Revelation 4:11).

So, why does the bible say that Jesus created all things?

You could at this point open up your Kings James and show them Colossians 1:14-16 “ 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:   15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”

Although there translation will be different you could ask them :-

How is Jehovah unique when Jesus is the image of him, surely that makes Jesus and Jehovah the same? When I look in the mirror and see the image of me, it is merely a reflection of me, not someone different.

They will however cover the subject of Jesus in chapter 4 of this book.

I 100% agree with paragraphs 18-21 about being able to draw close to God. However I would urge all Jehovah’s Witnesses to think about what paragraph 22 says “as you learn from the bible, you may find that some well-meaning people will urge to stop such studies. They may worry that you will change your beliefs. But do not let anyone stop you from forming the best friendship (with God) you can ever have”.

Please ask a Jehovah’s Witness or even a friend who maybe considering the teachings of the Watchtower the following. The above paragraph says “as you study from the bible” are you studying “what the bible really teaches” or are you studying a book that is showing an opinion of the bible?

If you want to study the bible why don’t you read it on its own without a book? I can assure when you do will see things very differently. If you do read the bible on its only without the use of the watchtower people of your congregation will encourage you to stop. But don’t let anyone stop you from forming the best friendship you can ever have. That friend is the truth, for Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and life. No one comes to the Father expect through me”. We get to God through Jesus Christ, not the Watchtower.


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  1. Christians teach the sovereignty of God. This is 100 percent different than the teaching God is a hardhearted God as The Watchtower would have you believe.

  2. I can see this is going to be a great series – thanks Jason Looking forward to more (please!)

  3. On page 9 , we find the Watchtower directing readers to the Bible to find ” satisfying , reliable answers ” to important questions people may have .

    That is a true statement .In it’s publications the Watchtower usually starts off this way — directing people to God’s Word ,the Bible . However , the Watchtower soon will disclose that there is a guide to use for finding those reliable answers and this guide is what God uses to teach mankind what the Bible does teach .This guide , this ” singular channel of reliable spiritual guidance ” , is the Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s witnesses , and it’s publications .[ W.t. mag May , 15, 1955 ; W.t. 12-1-1981 , p 27 ] .

    Jw’s have been told by their leaders in Brooklyn that it should be expected that the Lord would have a means of communication to His people on the earth , and that He has clearly shown that the magazine called The Watchtower is used for that purpose [ 1939 Yearbook of J.W.’s ,p 85]

    So the claim is made by Jw leadership the Watchtower teaches truths , not the personal opinions of men [ W.t. 2-1-1952, p 79 ] .

    Watchtower leadership have also claimed to be God’s prophet , who declares His truth — a modern day Ezekiel , Jeremiah [ W.t. 1-15-1959, 40 ] .

    But those that join the Watchtower Society will soon realize that they are not permitted to interpret the Bible for themselves as individuals . They must accept what W.t. leadership in Brooklyn say about what the Bible teaches or else be seen as seriously offending Jehovah God . [W.t. 2-15-1976, p 124 ] .

    So , according to the Watchtower , either use it’s publications as a guide to gaining an accurate understanding of what the Bible teaches , or be left to wandering around in the darkness .

    The following is but a tiny example of what the Watchtower prophet/ guide claimed were Bible based , scripturally supported teachings :

    – Jesus returned in 1874
    – O.T. worthies like king David etc were to be back on earth in 1925
    – 1881 , the door closed to further ingathering for the “bride ” class .
    – in 1941 there were only months left until Armageddon

    – The church does not need Jesus as their mediator
    – There are two classes of persons who will go to heaven upon their deaths -the “great Crowd”
    of Christians and the Little Flock of Christians .
    – The holy spirit no longer needed as a Helper to the church and was taken away after 1918
    – Jesus died on a cross
    – Jesus is not Michael the archangel , Michael worships Jesus — Heb 1:6
    – Jw’s warned against organ transplants , as this procedure was likened to “cannibalism ” . .

    This should serve as a wake up call for anyone considering trusting the Watchtower as a reliable guide to understanding the Bible . All these teachings claimed to be “Bible based” but they have been dumped , and they are only a small example of the erratic pattern the Watchtower has exhibited as Bible teachers — Eph 4:14 .

    It needs mentioning that Watchtower leaders are aware or their vacillating teaching track
    record , so it comes as no surprise that they have had to create an excuse for their behavior and so they use Prov 4:18 as the alibi . However , those who read the context soon discover that it has nothing to do with justifying doctrinal flip flops . Following is one example of the Watchtower’s type of “new light” , it’s from an ex Jw Elder , David Reed :

    Will the men of Sodom be resurrected ? According to the Watchtower the scriptures teach :
    – “yes” [ W.t. July 1879 p 8 ] ; but then is was changed to “no” [ W.t. 6-1-1952 p 338 ] but then this was changed back to “yes” [ W.t. 8-1-1965 p 479 ] , but then was changed back to “no” [ W.t. 6-1-1988 p 31 ] .

    While the Watchtower has claimed to be Jehovah’s exclusive reliable channel to teach His truth to man , the record reveals this claim to be hollow . The Watchtower is clearly a false prophet led organization . Deut 18:20-22 .

    on page 12-14 of this chapter it says that God’s personal name is “Jehovah ” and since the Watchtower uses that name therefore implying that it is God’s true organization . However , this claim is only a half truth .

    God’s name may be Jehovah , but those who use that name and claim to be prophets must be tested — 1 Jn 4:1 because some false prophets will also use Jehovah as God’s name — Jer 23:16,25 . Deut . 18:22 .
    An examination of it’s teaching track record reveals that the leaders of the Watchtower
    organization are also such false prophets .

  4. “It first came about in the 15th century by a guy called Peter Galatinus who was a catholic.”

    What about Raymundus Martini in 1270 AD, a Dominican Monk, in his book Pugeo del Fidei (Dagger of Truth). (Aid To Bible Understanding, 1971, p. 884-5).

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