CHAPTER 2 is entitled: The Bible—A Book From God
The following 3 questions are addressed in this chapter.
In what ways is the Bible different from any other book?
How can the Bible help you cope with personal problems?
Why can you trust the prophecies recorded in the Bible?
On the face of it, there is little that Christians would disagree with in this chapter. The chapter emphasises the uniqueness and centrality of the Bible. On page 18 it says:
The Bible is a gift from God, one for which we can
be truly grateful. This unique book reveals things that
we could never find out otherwise. For example, it tells
us about the creation of the starry heavens, the earth,
and the first man and woman. The Bible contains reliable
principles to help us cope with life’s problems and
anxieties. It explains how God will fulfill his purpose and
bring about better conditions on the earth. What an exciting
gift the Bible is!
Though we can find ourselves saying ‘Amen’ to much of what this chapter says, the keen eye’d amongst us will spot the subtle way that Watchtower theology is being introduced to the reader. Notice the sentence:
‘It explains how God will fulfill his purpose and bring about better conditions on the earth’
And this ‘throw away’ line on p20:
The first book of the Bible tells us how mankind’s
problems began. The last book shows that the whole
earth will become a paradise, or garden.
These, easy to miss, comments prepare the reader for what is to follow in Chapter 3; the WT belief in a ‘paradise earth’.
In Chapter 1, the prospective JW is introduced to the Watchtower god and told that he has a name ‘Jehovah’ This name of course, has to be used. In Chapter 2, and everywhere thereafter, the name Jehovah is used repeatedly to convince (indoctrinate) the reader that this truly is God’s name.
Pages 18, 19 says this:
The Bible is also a heartwarming gift, for it reveals
something about the Giver, Jehovah God. The fact that
he has provided such a book is proof that he wants us to
get to know him well. Indeed, the Bible can help you to
draw close to Jehovah.
The liberal use of the name Jehovah, not only in this book, but in all Watchtower literature, reinforces in the readers mind, the importance of using this name. Not only that, but it reinforces an attitude of superiority within amongst the group – after all – they alone are JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES.
The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (their Bible version), adds the name Jehovah throughout. Though they may feel justified in adding it into the Old Testament, there is not a single ancient New Testament manuscript that has been found containing the Tetragrammaton (YHWH). Therefore, the inclusion of the word Jehovah in the New Testament of the NWT is one of the most deceptive errors in Watchtower theology.
Under the heading: ‘A BOOK OF PRACTICAL WISDOM’ we read this:
Because the Bible is inspired of God, it is “beneficial
for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight.”
(2 Timothy 3:16) Yes, the Bible is a practical book. It
reflects a keen understanding of human nature. No wonder,
for its Author, Jehovah God, is the Creator! He
understands our thinking and emotions better than we
do. Furthermore, Jehovah knows what we need in order
to be happy. He also knows what pathways we should
The final comment here:
Furthermore, Jehovah knows what we need in order
to be happy. He also knows what pathways we should avoid.
is typical Watchtower language. The readers, believing they are learning about the Bible are slowly being introduced to the idea that they need to trust in, and follow, the Watchtower god ‘Jehovah’. Only ‘Jehovah’ knows what we need to be happy. Only ‘Jehovah’ knows what is right and the pathways we should avoid. But where can this ‘Jehovah’ be found? Where can I find out how to be happy and what I should avoid?
There is only one place… Jehovah’s organisation.
“[A mature christian] does not advocate or insist on personal opinions or harbour private ideas when it comes to Bible understanding. Rather, he has complete confidence in the truth as it is revealed by Jehovah God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and “the faithful and discreet slave.” Watchtower 2001 Aug 1 p.14
The poor unsuspecting would be converts believe they are learning what the Bible really teaches, but are actually being fed what the Watchtower organisation really teaches; and the Watchtower teaches that there is NO SALVATION outside of Jehovah’s organisation:
“Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.” Watchtower 1989 Sep 1 p.19
A quote from page 23 reveals the transition from Bible to Jehovah (and his organisation):
The wisdom found in the Bible is summarized
by God’s words through the prophet Isaiah: “I, Jehovah,
am your God, the One teaching you to benefit yourself.” Isaiah 48:17
Biblical wisdom is known and understood by acknowledging that Jehovah is your God and he is the one whose teaching will benefit you. This then puts a firm thought in the mind of the enquirer, Bible = Jehovah = Jehovah’s Organisation which in turn leads to a dependence on the organisation rather than the Bible.
In closing, the following quote seems fairly innocuous:
Reading God’s “word,” or message, in the Bible can
change our life. It can help us to examine ourselves as
never before. We may claim to love God, but how we
react to what his inspired Word, the Bible, teaches will
reveal our true thoughts, even the very intentions of the
heart. The Bible truly is a book from God. It is a book
that is to be read, studied, and loved. Show your gratitude
for this divine gift by continuing to peer into its
contents. As you do so, you will gain a deep appreciation
of God’s purpose for mankind. p26
Amen, Amen. Amen… but wait a minute. Those of us who have been there know that the Bible is never read or studied without the ‘aid’ of Watchtower literature. The moment anyone shows any interest in the Bible – the Jehovah’s Witnesses give them a book – NOT THE BIBLE! Oh that the Jehovah’s Witnesses would just read the Bible only. If they did it would surely not take them long to see that they have been deceived. It would not take them long to have a conviction that JESUS is LORD!
Let’s keep praying and sharing what the Bible really teaches with those who have been led away by ‘a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all’. (Galatians 1:6,7)