Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses

When it comes to abuse cover-ups in Jehovah’s Witnesses, children are not the only ones who suffer. Women are also encouraged not to report domestic violence abuse, requiring two witnesses, just as elders counsel children who have been sexually abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Watchtower policies keep victims trapped. If you’re struggling with abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses, these articles on our site and the following video “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Domestic Violence – Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness Women”  by ExJW Critical Thinker may give you some encouragement and hope. Continue reading “Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Have Mormons found evidence of Hebrews in America?

For years, Mormons have been looking for archaeological evidence to support their Book of Mormon. Occasionally, they will promote some type of archaeological artifact that is similar to something built or written by Hebrew people to try to validate their claim that the Book of Mormon people were indeed from the land of Israel. Continue reading “Have Mormons found evidence of Hebrews in America?”

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What is the Jehovah’s Witness Memorial?

Celebrating the Memorial Meal of Bread and Wine

Every year on Nisan 14 (the day before the Passover on the Jewish Calendar), Jehovah’s Witnesses gather to observe the anniversary of the death of Jesus. It is similar to the Christian celebration of “Maundy Thursday” or the “Last Supper” that Jesus partook with His disciples just before He died to atone for our sins. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christ’s Resurrection or Easter, this is the only event they celebrate in His life. They call it “an observance of the Memorial of Jesus’ Death.” Continue reading “What is the Jehovah’s Witness Memorial?”

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Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?

The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (YHWH)

The name “Jehovah” is a name for God that is derived from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton or Four Consonants (YHWH) which are translated “LORD” (all capital letters) in the Old Testament text of most modern Bible translations. The name “Jehovah” was chosen by some Bible translators because the original Hebrew text does not contain vowels (only consonants) and the Jews have not pronounced God’s name for hundreds of years to avoid violating the 3rd Commandment to Keep God’s Name Holy. So nobody today knows how to pronounce it. Continue reading “Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?”

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If God’s Name wasn’t known until Moses why is His name mentioned throughout Genesis?

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ARGUMENT: God’s Name was Known Before Abraham

I have a question about Exodus 6:2-3 where God states “I am the LORD; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name, LORD (YHWH), I did not make myself known to them.”  When I mentioned this passage to my Jehovah’s Witness friend, he countered by pointing out that all three of these men DID call on God’s Name. Genesis 12:8 says that Abraham “Built an alter there and called upon the name of the LORD (YHWH).” Genesis 28:16 says that “Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD (YHWH) is in this place, and I did not know it.’  In my New American Standard Bible, “LORD” is in all capital letters, so I’m assuming that represents the four consonants of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton “YHWH”. Is that right? What is your understanding of how the Exodus passage reconciles with the Genesis passages containing God’s name? Continue reading “If God’s Name wasn’t known until Moses why is His name mentioned throughout Genesis?”

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How do we know the books chosen in the Bible were correct?

MORMON QUESTION:

I have a problem with the acceptance of the Bible, which I believe has as many questions about its origins as the Book of Mormon.  I have a problem with Emperor Constantine and the college of cardinals who chose which books to keep in the Bible and which ones to leave out of the Bible. Continue reading “How do we know the books chosen in the Bible were correct?”

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What happens to the people who never hear the Gospel?

MORMON QUESTION:

If God is a loving God, how can Jesus be the only way to be saved when not everyone has had the chance to hear of Him? Only the Mormons answer this question for me because they claim that everyone will be given a second chance to hear the Gospel in the Spirit Prison. Continue reading “What happens to the people who never hear the Gospel?”

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Do you know if Jesus was born on December 25?

The Bible doesn’t give a date for the “birth” of Jesus. Some claim it was in the Spring or Fall because shepherds were in the fields, but this is a misunderstanding of the Jewish winters that actually had shepherds in the fields around Jerusalem in the winter because winters in Israel are mild with light snow in the mountains. Continue reading “Do you know if Jesus was born on December 25?”

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When did Jesus become the Christ?

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that it was at Jesus’ baptism when the Holy Spirit came down as a dove that Jesus became the “Christ.” (See the Watchtower’s book, Holy Spirit–The force behind the coming new order, 1975, p. 90.) But this belief is inconsistent with the Biblical testimony that says that Jesus was proclaimed the “Christ” at His birth!  See these verses below: Continue reading “When did Jesus become the Christ?”

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What is Jesus Doing Now?

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS QUESTION: “What is Jesus doing now?”

Some Jehovah’s Witnesses ask this question in an attempt to prove their end-time chronology.  Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses completely misinterpret Daniel’s vision of the Tree at Daniel 4:10-16 for a prophetic set of years from 607 B.C. to 1914 C.E.   Continue reading “What is Jesus Doing Now?”

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Why Do Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls Not Have Windows?

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WHY DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESS KINGDOM HALLS NOT HAVE WINDOWS?

“As I’ve been driving across the United States, I’ve noticed a bunch of Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses that do not have windows. Most of the Christian churches have windows. So, why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses have them? Is it to keep their people from looking out the windows while they are trying to brainwash them? Is it to keep others from looking in and observing their meetings?” Continue reading “Why Do Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls Not Have Windows?”

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Can we personally interpret Scripture? – 2 Peter 1:20

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2 PETER 1:20: “…no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”

MORMON ARGUMENT:

The Mormon Church claims that its “prophets” and “apostles” have been ordained to the “Melchizedek” and “Aaronic” Priesthoods. Mormons assert that these “priesthoods” grant the Mormon Church the “authority” to receive new “revelations” from God and to “interpret” current revelation as proclaimed in their Scriptures (The KJV Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price). In an attempt to establish the concept that a Christian cannot understand Scripture apart from the teachings of their Church, Mormons often quote 2 Peter 1:20 which states: “…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Continue reading “Can we personally interpret Scripture? – 2 Peter 1:20”

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Are the wicked tormented after death? – Matthew 25:46

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AT DEATH DO THE WICKED GO TO ‘ETERNAL PUNISHMENT’ OR ‘EVERLASTING CUTTING-OFF’? –-Does Matthew 25:46 support the Watchtower’s view of annihilation?

MATTHEW 25:46:

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Are human souls unconscious after death? – Ecclesiates 9:5

Mark and LolyEcclesiastes 9:5: “the dead do not know anything…for their memory is forgotten.”  – Are human souls unconscious after death?

ECCLESIASTES 9:5-6: “For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under  the sun.” 1.

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Is Water Baptism essential for Salvation?

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IS WATER BAPTISM ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION?

Some religious groups that claim to be Christian, including Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach that in addition to professing faith in Jesus Christ, one must also be physically baptized for salvation.

This belief, also called “baptismal regeneration,” forms the basis for a works plus faith doctrine that requires physical water baptism to be performed upon a new convert by authorized personnel within the religious institution before members consider the convert “saved.” There are several problems with this belief. First of all, when Scripture expounds on the salvation process, rarely is physical water baptism even mentioned. Instead, emphasis is given to faith (belief/trust) in Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and repentance (confessing and turning away from sin) to make Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. Secondly, as the following Scriptures explain, salvation is said to be “by faith” alone, apart from the works of human righteousness. Notice that baptism is not even mentioned in any of these verses: Continue reading “Is Water Baptism essential for Salvation?”

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101 Translations of John 1:1: “…And the Word was God.”

 

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101 Translations Of John 1:1: “…and the Word was God.”

Below is a list of 101 English translations of the New Testament verse of the Bible identified as John 1:1. The versions represent the work of scholars from a wide variety of religious groups.

The time frame covered is approximately 700 years with the oldest translation coming from circa 1300 A.D. The translations are presented in alphabetical order based on the name of the Bible version from which they are taken. Please note that the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, The New World Translation, version of this verse on page 11 where its translators inserted the word “a” into the text, does not agree with these translations of the verse listed below. The actual, original Greek text below is followed with 101 English translations: Continue reading “101 Translations of John 1:1: “…And the Word was God.””

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The Gospel in the New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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THE GOSPEL IN THE NEW WORLD TRANSLATION by Jim Ward

The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) is the Bible that was translated and published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc., and is the preferred Bible of use for the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s).

One of the things the translators of the NWT had to do to make the NWT fit with the theology of the JW’s was make every attempt to remove the Gospel of grace from its pages and replace it with their works based theology. In many places they did in fact succeed in doing this. John 1:12 and John 3:16 are two examples where the New World Translation takes the takes the beautiful word ‘believe’ and renders it as ‘exercising faith’ even though the Greek word used in bother verses is pisteuo and means: to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ):–believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with. Continue reading “The Gospel in the New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Why Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are Not Christians

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WHY THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS – Answering the Question: “Why do you say that Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians. Don’t they believe in Jesus?”

The Mormon religion (officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS) and the Jehovah’s Witness organization (also known as the Watchtower) both share a common foundational doctrine: They claim that Christianity became corrupt at the death of the New Testament apostles. They assert that through their religion alone, God has restored the lost and corrupted elements of the Christian faith so that only those who practice their religion possess the purest form of Christianity. Continue reading “Why Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are Not Christians”

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