What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?

by Jack Wellman on December 23, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Is the Jesus that Jehovah’s Witnesses worship the same Jesus of the Bible?  Does it make a difference?  What are the differences in what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe than those that Catholics and Protestant churches believe?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Jesus vs. the Jesus of the Bible

Is Jesus the same Jesus that is taught in the Bible that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in, teach about, and worship?  Catholic and Protestant churches believe that Jesus has always existed (John 1), that He has no beginning (John 8:58, Micah 5:2), that He was not a created being; He was, is and always will be.

Christians believe that Jesus and the Father are One and are both God (John 5:18, John 10:30-31) but Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus was created.

The angels worship Christ (Hebrews 1:6) but if Jesus is not God, then some angels and humans are sinning because they are commanded only to worship God and not created beings (Matthew 28:9, Revelation 19:10). If, as Jehovah’s Witnesses claim, that Jesus was created, then He should not be worshiped.

Jesus is called Immanuel (Matthew 1:23), which means “God with us” and so by definition, Jehovah’s Witnesses are saying that He became God, however by definition, God is self-existent and never had a beginning nor will He ever have an ending and so they are worshiping a being that they believe was created and thus, not strictly God.  The disciple Thomas acknowledged that He was Lord and God and worshiped Him (John 20:28). Jesus never rebuked Thomas for doing this.

The Deity of Jesus

There is nothing more important that we can do than point them to the ever-existent Jesus Christ …

The Bible is clear about the full deity of Jesus.  Paul wrote in Colossians 2:9,For in Him dwells all the fullness of God bodily.” As God, He is omniscient (John 1:48, 2:25, 14:30, 21:17, etc.).  No created beings can not be omniscient for this is only an attribute that can be held by God.

Only God can forgive sins and so this is why Jesus did (Mark 2:5-7, Eph 1:7) but no created being can forgive sins.

Only God is able to grant eternal life (John 10:28, 17:2, etc.).  No humans can grant anyone eternal life.

Jesus, as God, is also the Creator of all things (Col 1:15-17).  No created beings can create out of nothing (John 1).

Only Jesus, as God, can miraculously heal and have the power to do so (Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26, etc.).

Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that Jesus first preexisted as the Archangel Michael, although these are two distinct personages.  Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that after His ascension, He again became Michael to sit on the throne next to God to await the end of the seven “times of the Gentiles.”  The fact is that Michael and all the angels were created beings (Colossians 1:16-17, Job 38:4-7) but not so with Jesus Who was hailed as the Messiah before His physical birth even took place (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:16-18; 2:4; Luke 2:11, 26).

Different Bibles

Unfortunately, Jehovah’s Witnesses use different Bibles from those of Catholics and Protestants and the differences are critical.  Jehovah’s Witnesses use the New World Translation (NWT) and The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures (KIT).  These translations are deceptive and have been found with major doctrinal error to fit their theology.  One example is that they have inserted the word Jehovah hundreds of times in the New Testament when in fact there is not one single appearance of the use or word Jehovah in the original Greek.

A major distortion of the original text is found in John 1:1 which says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The New World Translation has incorrectly inserted the word “a” to make the text read “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was “a” God, and the Word was God”.  Not only have they inserted a word that was not in the original Greek (“a’) but they have taken out a word that was in the original Greek text (“with”). The suggested “a” means that there is more than one God.  Using the word “a” suggests that there have been, are currently, and will later be, many additional gods. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 along with John 1 reveal that that God is limited.  There are no others gods before God Himself (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8) and there is only One True God as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 8:6, for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”

Conclusion

We should not treat Jehovah’s Witnesses any differently than we would someone who is not saved. We must pray for them, love them, witness to them, and endeavor to show them Who the Jesus of the Bible is and how He is different from the Jesus that they worship. There is nothing more important that we can do than point them to the ever-existent Jesus Christ Who is God of very God and has always existed from time without beginning to time without end.  He is the Alpha and the Omega.(Revelation 21:6, 22:13).  He is God Who had no beginning.  He was, is, and is to come (Revelation 1:8). The very definition of God is that He has always existed and was not created.  A god can not be a created being.  Only God has no creator and only God is Creator.

If we better understand what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, we can more easily share the good news of Jesus’ divinity, of His power to grant eternal life, of His authority to forgive sins, and allow them to inherit eternal life.  This article is not intended to “brow beat” anyone in a tone of superiority, but to grant that God might draw them to Himself (John 6:44) and that they might repent, have their sins forgiven, and inherit eternal life by the only name which we are given to be able to do so (Acts 4:12).  If we strive to become more like Christ, then we must also desire fervently in love to save those who are lost.  To have the same heartfelt desire to save them from the coming wrath of God (Revelation 16, 21, 22).  There is only one Name that can save those who are perishing (Acts 16:30-31) and that name is the Name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior.  He desires that all would be saved and come to place their trust in Him. That is also our passionate desire for all those who are not yet saved, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is why this endeavor has been undertaken.

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APAI INAI December 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I don’t know how come you said Jehovah Witnesses claim that ‘Jesus was created’. Can you show me a writing about the claim?Jesus is Jehovah’s son(NIV John11:27 ..you are Christ, the son of God..or Matthew 3:17).He is the Spirit son.

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Jack Wellman December 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Thank you Apai for your comment. Where can you show me in the Bible that Jesus is the “Spirit son?” Please give me the book, chapter and verse from the Bible. Can you show me where Jesus is the “Spirit son?”

Now, where do I come to say that Jehovah Witnesses claim that “Jesus was created?” From your own books. In their book entitled Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life on page 62 they write,

“As we have previously learned in this book, Jesus had a prehuman existence. He is called God’s ‘only-begotten Son’ because Jehovah created him directly.”

On the JW’s official web site in the article Is God Always Superior to Jesus? they write,

“God is always the superior, Jesus the lesser one who was created by God.” (www.watchtower.org/library/ti/article_06.htm)

Although it is true that God the Father is always superior to Jesus (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Hebrews 13:8), it is a lie to say Jesus was created by God. This is a man-made doctrine nowhere taught in all of Holy writ (Proverbs 30:5-6). Jesus was never created (Hebrews 13:8, NWT). He has always been (John 8:58, NWT). This is evident in the words of Hebrews 7:3.

JW’s use the truth of Jesus’ first born status as an argument for His supposed creation. On the JW’s official web site in the article Who Is Jesus Christ? they write,

Jesus lived in heaven as a spirit person before he came to earth. He was God’s first creation, and so he is called the “firstborn” Son of God. (Colossians 1:15; Revelation 3:14) Jesus is the only Son that God created by himself. Jehovah used the prehuman Jesus as his “master worker” in creating all other things in heaven and on earth. (Proverbs 8:22-31; Colossians 1:16, 17) [www.watchtower.org/library/rq/article_03.htm]

So you see that how I came up with it. It is from the Jehovah Witnesses’ themselves and their writings and in their doctrines.

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Patricia Schneiders December 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

Again, Pastor Jack, God has truly blessed you with writing skills!
Pray that the next time JW’s come to my door, or when I see them walking along the streets, that the Holy Spirit will make me bold enough to witness for Jesus. God bless you! Patty

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Jack Wellman December 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thank you Patty. I so agree. I would suggest that you all agree to kneel and pray through Jesus’ name…through Jesus Who is God and has always been God and I would imagine that they would refuse to do this since they believe that Jesus was once the Archangel Michael and as an angle, was thus created.

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Chevelle Montoya December 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Jack,

I wanted to ask if you knew anything about the “lost gospels”?I saw a program on them last night and I think that it has given alot of people ammunition to say that we have been “decieved”, through the Bible.

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Jack Wellman December 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Great to have you here Chevelle. I do know much about these supposed “lost gospels” and the reason that they were “lost” was that they were rejected by the church as heresy and false and not from the original apostles of the church. There is actually an article that we have written about these at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-are-the-apocrypha-books-should-they-be-in-the-bible/

National Geographic have programs about these “lost gospels” but they leave out much of what is important. For example, the National Geographic Society claim that the gospel of Judas is one of the books intended for the New Testament. Really! That is outrageous. In this “gospel”, Judas claims that he was instructed to betray Christ. This conflicts with all of the other 4 gospels and so we know it to be heretical and that is why it was rejected during the cannonizing of the books of the New Testament. It was lost…intentionally! They are the ones that are actually deceived.

For an article that addresses specifically the Lost Gospel of Judas, please check this out at:

http://voices.yahoo.com/is-lost-gospel-judas-biblical-origin-5210051.html

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Chevelle Montoya December 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank you Jack, I had suspected that they were “amping” something that wasn’t really there. They went on to even say the canonizing of the texts we see in the Bible were for political purposes, but I think the program, which was on Science channel, didn’t realize that the Bible is very indifferent to societal policies and cultural norms. Thank you again Jack, you are a trusted source of information to me, especially when I feel everyone is lying to me about the Bible. I have come across so many people who twist scriptures, make up theories in their head about Jesus, and who just overall hate the people who love Jesus and follow his word while claiming to be a Christian at the same time.

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Jack Wellman December 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you Chevelle. You are spot on with your comment that many say that they are Christian but never bear the fruit that reveals this as factual. I am assured you are though just from your comments & your hunger to know God better. Jesus said in Matt 7:21-23 something that should strike fear in everyone that professes faith in Christ but does not posses it, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

How terrifying that will be to some. He not only declares that He doesn’t know them but that He NEVER knew them. I thank God for you standing firm on the Word of God the Bible for God can not lie.

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Chevelle Montoya December 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thank you for encouragement! I am not even sure how I got here or to stand on the truth of God. I know that it was not my own doing, because I was being led down a very unrighteous path and I was close to not believing in God at all. I remember telling my mother this and she said “I know, thats why I used to stand in your room at night while you slept and prayed over you”. She also told me I was always “seeking the Truth” and that she knew I would be led the right way, even if it seemed that I was being led somewhere else. I am so blessed to have a praying mother and to have a thirst for knowing God. Many of the people who surround me are so blinded or indifferent, or too hard of heart to want to follow God and His word. I am also blessed to have found this site, I was beginning to think I would have to travel down the road of Truth alone.

Patricia Schneiders December 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! This is for Chevelle Montoya, if that’s OK?
Chevelle, I was in the same boat as you were, about ‘being led down an unrighteous path.’ At age 15, I asked my Mom if I could stop going to Mass, (I was baptized & raised Catholic, became a Christian when I married my hubby in a Presbyterian Church.) Not that I had stopped believing in God and His Son, Jesus, but I was woefully, spiritually empty. And stayed that way for years. But, Jesus NEVER let go of me…and as I write this, I can truthfully SHOUT that I’m filled with His Holy Spirit, Chevelle! As for this post, ‘What Christians Want To Know,’ only discovered it on Facebook this year. It’s been a God-send and a lifeline for me! It has renewed my interest in reading Scripture, seeking God’s truth in relation to my life. God bless and love you, oodles, Chevelle! Patty Schneider
Pastor Bob, have re-read above article…thank you so much for doing your research and setting us straight. You really do your ‘homework,’ don’t you? Hee-Hee! You’d suggested that I ask the JW’s to KNEEL and pray, etc. This may be a silly question, think I already know the answer…but I have really bad arthritis in knees (as well as feet, hands, shoulders & back,) so I can’t KNEEL. So, it would be OK to SIT and pray, right? Told you it was a silly question~! (Someone close to me tells me to ‘work through the pain.’ Yeah, sure. My physical therapist doesn’t. Sorry, didn’t mean to ramble on, I know how busy you are with others. God bless you, oodles, Pastor Bob! Patty

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Chevelle Montoya December 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi Patricia and thank you. You are so right, it was as if he’d never let me go. Thank you so much for your comment. I hadn’t stopped either but I had neglected it for awhile. I went to college and it is somewhat an unsaid rule that you should neglect and give up on your beliefs once you get educated. This attitude made me realize man often use knowledge as a subsitute for God, and may have been the reason that many of the people teaching me were so against God’s word or were trying to change what it actaully said. It made me understand the Adam and Eve story even more and several scriptures as well.

The thing that got me to open my eyes and start to look into myself about believing was when I was sitting in an Asian Philosophy class and we were discussing the Upanishads. I was presenting the last part of the text to the class, but my mission was to prove how it was untruthful, especially since it had mentioned that having children was a detriment to the self. I wanted to show my peers that we were actaully taking this class (at least I wa taking the class) in hopes for a better future for our children.However, my professor proceeded to cover it up and lighten what I was saying by twisting my words meaning to again say that children were not important. I became very alarmed and I realized that this was what they always did! And he did so with the Bible as well, saying it was a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and that many of the principles in there were from the Bhagavad Gita. He would also say (lie) that “you can’t read the Bible literally”. I am not sure how I was able to discern lies like this, but I did! It upset me very much and I spent much of my time in that class, noting down how he would twist the words of the text, rather than paying attention to the text itself.

However, that alone did not get me to see. A couple of months later, a friend of mine was telling me how the Bible had error and the text was to disregarded becasue it no longer fit with modern times. She went on to say something about homosexuality and how it may have been in the Bible only so the population of humans would not be diminished and that people those laws no longer applied because there was close to 8 billion people on the planet.

I was so incredulous to the attitude and the lies she spoke about the Bible. She had assumed that I knew nothing about Christianity or the Bible and that she could tell me anything. I had known from a long time ago that the Bible had been very indifferent to cultural norms and that it never advocated for or against it. The stories and meanings had a greater purpose than that. I truly began to seek then and haven’t stopped since. I read everyday so that I may understand and I actually have begun to understand.

Thank you for your response and I know that it is not directed at the actually topic of the article, but I didn’t know how else to get in contact with Jack.

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Patricia Schneiders December 28, 2012 at 3:21 am

Pastor Jack, this is for Chevelle Montoya again. OK?
Hi, Chevelle. Whenever you leave a comment on the ‘What Christians Want To Know’ post for Pastor Jack or the other writers of the articles, just use the ‘Comment Box.’
Thank you so much for sharing your story with me! The Holy Spirit must have been working through you during that Asian Philosophy class in college for you to RECOGNIZE the LIES. I truly love this post, ‘WCWTK.’ As I told you before, only discovered it this year. Have a real problem applying Scripture to my daily life as I have a bi-polar disorder. Get depressions often, which have lasted too long for comfort~! During those times, I find it most difficult to read Scripture, let alone even pray, except to ask Jesus, “PLEASE, lift this danged depression!” The last depression started when my beautiful Mom passed on in 2009. Grief turned into severe depression. Shrink tried adjusting meds, to no avail. Then, miraculously, it disappeared one fine morning about 3 1/2 months ago! Was the longest depression I’ve ever experienced. I hate this illness, but wonder if it isn’t my ‘cross’ in life? (We all have ‘crosses’ to bear, right, Chevelle?) I love Jesus with my whole heart and soul! God has truly blessed me and my family.
Chevelle, do you have Facebook? (That’s how I found ‘WCWTK.’) Let me know, OK? I would love to keep in touch with you, a fellow Christian. My personal email address is: schneider93@comcast.net
Take good care, Chevelle, and God bless you!
Patty Schneider

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Chevelle Montoya January 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks for the email and I do have a facebook. I will email to you my facebook adress. Thanks again for your response. :)

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Patricia Schneider February 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

This is from December 26, 2012…so sorry, meant to say, ‘Pastor Jack!’ Patty

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Andrea December 29, 2012 at 12:52 am
Renuka Bhardwaj December 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thanks Pastor Jack! That was very informative article.

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Robert January 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Well done once again, my friend.
You have done a wonderful job of speaking the truth in love. You have shown that we do not simply want to knock or mock those of other faiths, we want them to know the truth…and Jesus Christ. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Claudia February 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Are you Jehovah witnesses?

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Jack Wellman February 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

No, I am not Claudia but I know enough about them to not be one and it is all from the Bible that the disagreements exists and not from my own opinion. Are you a J.W.?

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Claudia February 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

No I am not.

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Claudia February 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

If children have angels, where do the angels go when the child is beaten , raped, and throwen away like garbage. I know angels are real the bible says I might be entertaining one and would never know. I just have a problem with children being harmed. I try not to question God, but the evil needs to stop against our babies.

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Jack Wellman February 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

That is a great question and where the Bible is silent, I must be too. I don’t know Claudia. I do know that those do such things will face the fierce wrath of God and no one ultimately gets away with anything. I agree, I believe that evil will stop someday when the Evil One is stopped and that is at Christ’s return. I am sorry for my pathetic answer but some things I just don’t know and have to admit it. I am glad you have a broken heart for those who can’t defend themselves Claudia. I wish we had more godly women like you in this world. I too was abused when I was young in the 60’s but no one believed me!

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Chevelle February 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Jack,

It’s Chevy again. I just wanted to know have you ever read Francis Collins “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief”? If so, what do you think about it?

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Jack Wellman February 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

No Chevelle…I have not read that. Please tell me what you think about it. It sound highly interesting. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for recommending this.

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Claudia February 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I do not read anything That is not in the holy Bible.

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Chevelle February 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Claudia,

Clearly this is a Christian website. I wanted an opinion on a book that has to do with Christianity and Science. The Holy Bible is a very important book, but the fact that it is the only book that YOU read has nothing to do with what I asked.

Thank you,
Chevy

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Patricia Schneider February 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

Pastor Jack, I’m really concerned about CLAUDIA.
Today in my WCWTK email, Claudia says she’s blocking her emails from WCWTK site ’cause she thought it was a Christian site.
How can we reach her? Claudia sounds truly troubled, I’m afraid for her, physically as well as spiritually. SOMETHING’S awfully wrong here.
I’ve been praying for Claudia ever since I read her comment.
Yours in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman February 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I am with you Patricia and will try to do as you suggest. Thank you for caring for others. You show the Holy Spirit is in you for you have compassion for others and for that I thank God for you my friend. I have been and will continue to try to reach this woman who is in her hour of the dark night of the soul.

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Chevelle February 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Hey Patty,

Part of this may be my fault. I was quite snappy in one of my replies to her. I hope Jack is able to reach her.

Chevy

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Jack Wellman February 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Chevelle…please don’t blame yourself. I believe something much deeper has her thinking in such a way and there is more going on than we might realize. Let us all join together, you Chevelle, Patty, and myself in praying for this lady for we all think alike in this respect: We have compassion for this woman and want no harm to come to her. Thank you all ladies. You are all so very, very special to me.

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Patricia Schneider February 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

As Pastor Jack said, DON’T blame yourself, Chevelle. I read all Claudia’s short comments, but the last one that I received this morn sent shivers down my spine! The gal needs God’s love and guidance desperately. Not trying to over-dramatize, (yeah, I do get emotional, being part Irish will do that~!) It’s just that there are so many avenues to reach folks about Jesus, and the eternal life He promises if we turn to Him. Not to mention, the help we receive in our daily lives. I really believe God gave us the knowledge of technology to use for good…HIS PLAN. Right?
Blessings from Jesus, Chevelle….Patty

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Patricia Schneider February 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack, for your reply to Chevelle & me. I pray Claudia reaches out to you again, someone on this site!
Yours in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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British Christian April 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

Thank you for this interesting article. I plan to use it as the basis for my personal study in the coming weeks; I wonder if I might post any questions that arise as I do? I would value your comments. I am more interested in refining my personal understanding of Jesus’ position than in the beliefs and teachings of any particular denomination.

My reason for this post is to alert you to a small inaccuracy in your article which I fear may attract unfair criticism.

I tend to use multiple translations in my study, and after reading this I found the free online version of the NWT for comparison. According to that, the NWT renders John 1:1 this way:

“In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

It’s only a minor difference, but the word ‘with’ doesn’t seem to have been removed. I hope that’s useful.

Thanks again.

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Jack Wellman April 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thank you kindly sir. You have a keen eye. Point well taken. I’ll see if I can edit that and I do appreciate your input sir.

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Randy June 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hello. I’m confused. I overheard one of Jehovah’s Witnesses telling one of my friends that God’s name is Jehovah. My friend had her King James bible on hand and they (the Witnesses) had her look up Psalms 83:18. That scripture says that God’s name alone is Jehovah. If Jehovah is the same person as Jesus would it be wrong to refer to God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost as Jehovah? I am also confused by a comment here that Jesus the Son is less than God the Father. How is it that God could be less than himself? Thank you for your consideration.

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hello Randy….Jehovah is only ONE of His names…He is also called LORD, YHWH (Yahweh), I AM (means the self-existent One), and many others. I would not be confused by a some human comment that says that Jesus the Son is less than God the Father. Depend upon the Bible as your guide and not overhearing JW’s or comments by readers. Jesus said in John 10:30 that “Iand the Father are one.”

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jehoida July 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

Thankyou for explanation, pastor Jack, i just wanted to know about the intrepretation of 1cornthians 8:6. it kinda looks like it supports JW’s doctrine. please not i am not a jw or trying to criplle your efforts to teach scripture.

Thank you and God bless you

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Jack Wellman July 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thank you Jehoida. We can never take one verse to build a belief or doctrine on since that is the way cults are established. 1 Cor 8:6 says “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” and this is true. In the previous verse, Paul is writing that “although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords” so the point Paul is making is that there is one true God and not the many “so-called” gods in heaven or many “lords” but One Lord, and that is Jesus Christ.

JW’s use this one verse and take it out of context to make it a pretext but there are several places in the New Testament where it says, like in Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Here the writer uses a proper noun in that these three are capitalized like the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Since all three are capitalized and they are separately identified by “and” we see that these are three distinct personages and not one. They are all one in essence but three distinct. Let my family right now has my wife, my daughter, and myself. We are all one…one family, one “Wellman” (our last name) but three distinct persons. Make sense?

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jehoida July 12, 2013 at 12:12 am

Thank you pastor Jack, what you wrote makes sense. in addition in a christian apologetic website i also read that the verse stated here also states that there is “one” lord making GOD the father not “our lord”. JW’s response to this was that GOD the father relinquished his authority to son. But the bible states that GOD the father is indeed also the lord. and if GOD is not lord then JW’s dont have the right to call their congregation”GOD’s congregation” .The site in fact included many verses, which i didnt jot down, unfortunately. My question is do you agree with this explanation of the verse? Do you think GOD is not Lord? because how can we say GOD is complete with out his Lordship? Thank you, and i hope i am not asking too many questions at the same time.

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Jack Wellman July 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I would love to know where the Father is said to relinquish His role to the Son, Jesus. “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ‘For God has put ALL THINGS in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘All things are put in subjection under him,’ it is plain that he [God] is excepted who put all things under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son will subject himself who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

“Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens; but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies a stool for your feet.’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:29-36

The risen Lord Jesus himself told his beloved disciple John that he sits on his Father’s very own throne:

“He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21

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henriette gobi November 2, 2013 at 2:15 am

does JW believe in angels

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Jack Wellman November 2, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thank you Henriette for your question. I am sure that they do but their Bible is a corruption of the original and they do believe in angels but they believe in a different Jesus than what is described about in the living Word of God.

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rocky April 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

hi jack,i need some clearance on this question..is Jehovah and Jesus two different beings or is Jehovah Jesus?

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Jack Wellman April 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

Thank you Rocky for your question sir. JW’s believe that Jesus Christ was a perfect man, and that He is a person distinct from God the Father. However, they also teach that before His earthly life, Jesus was a spirit creature, Michael the archangel, who was created by God and became the Messiah at His baptism. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus is a mighty one, although not almighty as Jehovah God is. According to John 1:1 in their Bible, The New World Translation, Christ is “a god,” but not “the God.” They teach that Jesus “was and is and always will be beneath Jehovah” and that “Christ and God are not coequal”. The Christ of the New Testament is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Isaiah wrote about seeing Jehovah in Isaiah 6:1-10. In John 12:31-42, we are told that Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory and spoke of Him In Exodus 34:14 we are to worship no one but Jehovah. In Hebrews 1:6 the angels worship Christ. In Isaiah 44:6 Jehovah is called the first and the last (confirmed in Revelation 1:8), but in Revelation 22:13 Christ is the first and the last. In John 8:58 Jesus said “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

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