These 55 questions have been put together using information from many different sources. Each has been deliberately constructed to scripturally disproveWatchtower teachings with theWatchtower's own translation of scripture. All cited verses are taken from the NWT so the translation can't be questioned . If the Watchtower Society decides to change any of these verses (like it did with Heb 1:6), then the obvious question for the individual Jehovah's Witness is "why did the WTS change its own bible? Consider these "thought bombs" suitable for planting. If, as the JWs testifiy, "all Scripture is necessary and essential for teaching", and the Bible , as the inspired word of Jehovah, can not contradict itself, scriptural bases for majorWatchtower doctrineshave no solid ground.
55 QUESTIONS EVERY JEHOVAH'S WITNESS SHOULD BE ASKED
1. Jesus uses the phrase "Truly I say to you..."over 50 times in the Bible. In the NWT the comma is placed after the word "you" every time except in Lk 23:43, where the comma is placed after the word "today". Why is the comma placed after "today" instead of after "you in this verse? If the translation of this phrase in Lk 23:43 was consistent with the translation of this phrase in all the other verses in which it appears (see concordance), and the comma as placed after the word "you", how would it read?
2. What was Jesus' response to Thomas after Thomas referred to Jesus as "My Lord and my God!" in Jn 20:28?
3. In Rev 19:1, where does it say the"great crowd" will be?
4. If Christ was created by God and the wisdom of God (Prov 8:1-4 and Prov 8:22-31), then before Jesus would have been created, God would have had to have been without wisdom. How is it possible that God could have ever been without wisdom?
5. If the "holy spirit" is God's impersonal force, why is the holy spirirt referred to as "he" and "him" in Jn 16:7-8 and Jn 16:13-14?
6. In the NWT every time the Greek word "theos" appears it is translated as "God" (Mt 1:23, 22:32, Mk 15:34, Jn 4:24, 11:22, 20:28, Acts 17:24, Rom 5:8, 8:31, 1Cor 8:4, 6, 15:28, 2Cor 1:3, 5:19, 9:7, Gal 6:7, Phil 2:13,4:19, 1Tim 2:5, Heb 1:8, 9, 3:4, 11:16, 12:29, Jas 2:19, 1Jn 1:5, 4:9, 12, 16, 5:11, Rev 7:17, 21:7), except in Jn 1:1c where the same Greek word "theos" is translated as "a god" (see Gr-Engl Interlinear). Why the inconsistency in the translation? If the NWT was consistent and translated "theos" of Jn 1:1c the same way it is translated in all the other verses in which it appears, how would Jn 1:1c read?
7. In col 1:15-17, the NWT inserts the word "other" 4 times even though it is not in the original Greek (see Gr-Engl Interlinear). Why is the word "other" inserted? How would these verses read if the word "other" had not been inserted? What does scripture say about adding words to the Bible? (See Prov 30:5-6 ).
8. In 2Pet 1:1, the NWT inserts the word "the". Why is it inserted? How would the verse read if the word "the" was not inserted? What does scripture say about adding words to the Bible? (See Prov 30:5-6).
9. Mt 24:30 says : "And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then ALL THE TRIBES OF THE EARTH will beat themselves in lamentation, and THEY WILL SEE the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory". How will "all the tribes of the earth" lament and "see the Son of man coming" if Jesus returned invisibly iin 1914?
10. In the NWT, every time the Greek wod "proskuneo" is used in reference to God, it is translated as "worship" (Rev 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 19:4, Jn 4:20, etc.) Every time "proskuneo" is used in reference to Jesus, it is translated as "obeisance" (Mt 14:33, 28:9, 28:17, Lk 24:52, Heb 1:6, etc.), even though it is the same word in Greek (see Gr-Engl Interlinear). Especially compare the Greek word "proskuneo" used with reference to God in Rev. 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, and 19:4 and used with reference to Christ in Mt 14:33, 28:9 and 28:17. What is the reason for this inconsistency? If the NWT was consistent in translating "proskuneo" as "worship", how would the verses above referring to Christ read?
11. Referring to Lk 12:4-5, what would be left of a person after they were killed that could be thrown in Gehanna?
12. Col 1:16, in talking about Jesus, says that "...All (other) things have been created through him and FOR HIM". If Jesus was Michael the Archangel at the time of creation, would an angel have created all things for himself? Isa 43:7 says God created "everyone...for my OWN glory..."
13. Who or what does the spirit of Christ (Phil 1:19, Gal 4:6, Rom 8:9) refer to? In Gal 4:6, how is it possible that the spirit of Christ could come into our hearts? How is it possible that the spirit of Christ could reside in someone? If what the Watchtower Society teaches is true, how could Paul make this statement if Christ was a spirit person residing in heaven?
14. In the sermon on the mount, when Jesus was addressing the "great crowd" (Lk 6:17), why did he tell them in Lk 6:22, "...your reward is great in heaven..."?
15. In Mt. 1:23, who is Matthew referring to here that has been given the name which means "With Us Is God"?
16. If there are 144,000 spirit anointed people who have a heavenly hope, and a great crowd of people who have another hope of everlasting life on paradise earth, why does Paul say that there is only one hope (Eph 4:4), instead of two?
17. To what was Jesus referring to by the term "this temple" in Jn 2:18-19" See Jn 2:21.
18. Jesus Christ is referred to as "Mighty God" in Isa 9:6 ("For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us...And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, ..."). Jehovah is referred to as "Mighty God" in Isa 10:20-21. How can this be if there is only one God (1Cor 8:4, Isa 43:10, 44:6)?
19. If Jesus was executed on a torture stake, with both hands together over his head, why does Jn 20:25 say "...Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails...", indicating that there was more than one nail used for his hands?
20. The NWT translates Jn 1:1 as "...and the Word was WITH God, and the Word was a god". How can the Word (Jesus) be a "god" if God says in Deut 32:39, "See now that I-I am he; and there are No gods together With me...'?
21. In Rev. 14:13, how can the dead be "happy" and find "rest" if there is no conscious awareness after death?
22. Mk 13:24-26 says, "But in those days, after that tribulation,...they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds...". How can they "see the Son of man coming", if he returned invisibly in 1914?
23. What is the meaning of Rev 14:9-11, which says, "...If anyone worships the wild beast...he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur...And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever...". Where could "anyone" be tormented ...forever and ever"?
24. In Jn 8:56, Jesus says ,"Abraham your father rejoiced greatly in the prospect of seeing any day, and he saw it and rejoiced". Since Abraham died hundreds of years before Jesus said this, how could Jesus say that Abraham "saw it and rejoiced", if there is no conscious awareness after death?
25. Rev 22:12-13, in speaking of Jesus Christ, says, "...I am coming quickly...I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end". Rev 21:6, in speaking of God, says. "...I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.,..". God is also referred to as the "first" and the "last" in Isa 44:6 and Isa 48:121. How can tthis be? How can there be two firsts and two lasts?
26. If the holy spirit is God's impersonal active force, how could he: Bear witness - Jn15:26; Feel hurt - Isa 63:10; Be blasphemed against - Mk 3:29, Say things - Ezk3:24, Acts 8:29, 10:19, 11:12, 21:11, Heb 10:15-17, Rev 2:7; Desire - Gal 5:17; Be outraged - Heb 10:29; Search - 1Cor 2:10; Comfort - Acts 9:31, Be loved - Rom 15:30"...through the love of the spirit..."; Refer to himself as "me" - Acts 13:2; Be lied to and be God - Acts 5:3-4?
27. Rev 1:7 in speaking of Christ says "...and EVERY eye shall see him..."when he returns? How can this be if Christ returned invisibly in 1914?
28. The Bible says that only God is our savior (Hos 13:4, Isa 43:11, 45:21, etc). How can it be then, that the Bible repeatedly says that Jesus Christ is our saviour (Lk 2:11, Phil 3:20, Tit 2:13, 3:6, 2Pet 1:1, 2:20, 3:18, etc.)?
29. If the great crowd is to have everlasting life on paradise earth, why does 1Thes 4:17 say, "...we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR; and thus we shall always be with the Lord"?
30. If the soul is the body, why does Jesus make a distinction between body and the soul in Mt 10:28?
31. The NWT translates the Greek word "kyrios"(Gr-lord) as "Jehovah" more than 25 times in the New Testament (Mt 3:3, Lk 2:9, Jn 1:23, Acts 21:14, Rom 12:19, Col 1:10, 1 Thess 5:2, 1 Pet 1:25, Rev 4:8, etc). Why is the NWT no consistent in translating kyrios as "Jehovah" in Rom10:9, 1Cor 12:3, Phil 2:11,2Thess 2;1, and Rev 22:21 (see Gr-Eng Interlinear)?
32. If Jesus was executed on a torture stake, with both hands together over his head, instead of on a cross with both hands outstretched, why does Mt 27:37 say that the sign "This is Jesus the King of the Jews" was posted above his HEAD" instead of being posted above his hands? How could it haved been posted above his head if his arms were outstretched over his head?
33. The Watchtower Society teaches that the 144,000 of Rev 7:4 is to be taken literally. If chapter 7 of Revelation is to be taken literally, where does the Bible say that the 144,000 will come from?
34. Jn 1:3 says in reference to Christ, "All things came into existence through him, and apart fromo him no even one thing came into existence." How could Christ have been a created being if ALL things cme into existence through him? If Jesus was a created being, then according to Jn 1:3, Jesus would have had to create himself.
35. Referring to Isa 14:9-17, if there is no conscious awareness after death, how could Sheol "...become agitated at you in order to meet you coming in..."(v.9), how could the souls in Sheol"...speak up and sday to you..."(v.10-11), how could the souls in Sheol when "...seeing you will gaze even at you: they will give close examination even to you, (saying,) 'Is this the man..."(v.16-17), and how would you be aware that this was happening?
36. Heb 3:1 refers to "holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling". In Mk 3:35, Jesus says, "Whoever does the will of God, this one is my brother...". Therefore, according to the Bible, whoever does the will of God is a brother of Jesus and a partaker of the heavenly calling. How can this be if the Watchtower Society teaches that only 144,000 people go to heaven?
37. Heb 11:16, in speaking about some of the familiar people of the Old Testament (Abel, Noah, Abraham, etc.) says, "But now they are reaching out for a better (place), that is, one belonging to heaven..."and,"...their God for he has made a city ready for them." The footnote on the word "city" refers to HEAVENLY Jerusalem of Heb 12:22 and Rev 21:2. How can this be since according to the teachings of the Watchtower Society, the only people who will go to heaven are the 144,000 spirit anointed who have been chosen from people who lived after Christ died?
38. Rev 20:10 says, "And the Devil...the wild beast and the false prophet (already were); and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Where will the devil, the wild beast, and the false prophet be "tormented day and night forever and ever"?
39. In Lk 24:36-39 and in Jn20:26-27, Jesus showed his disciples the wounds in his body as proof of his resurrection. If Jesus' body had been destroyed by God after he died, how could Jesus show his disciples his body which had the wounds in his hands, feet, and side and claim that he is not just a spirit,"because a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you behold that I have" (Lk 24:39)?
40. The NWT translates the Greek words "ego eimi" as "I am" every time it appears (Jn 6:34, 6:41, 8:24, 13:19, 15:5, etc.) except in Jn 8:58 where it is translated as "I have been". What is the reason for the inconsistency in this translation? If "ego eimi" was translated in Jn 8:58 the same way it is translated in every other verse in which it appears, how would Jn 8:58 read?
41. Heb 9:28, speaking of Christ says, "...and the second time he APPEARS..."How can Christ appear "the second time," if his second coming was invisibly in 1914?
42. Rev 7:11 says that "before the throne" is in heaven where "all the angels were standing". Rev 14:2-3 says "And I heard a sound out of heaven...And they were singing as if a new song before the throne...". Rev 7:9 says, "...look, a great crowd...standing before the throne.,..". Rev 7:14-15 says, "...There are the ones that come out of th great tribulation...That is why they are before the throne of God...". Therefore, if "before the throne" means in heaven (Rev 7:11, 14:2-3), and "the great crowd" is "before the throne" (Rev 7-9:14-15), where does that mean that the great crowd will be?
43. The NWT translates the Greek word "esti" as "is" in almost every instance in the New Testament (Mt 26:18, Mk 14:44, Lk 22:38, etc.), See Greek-English Interlinear. Why does the NWT translate this Greek word as "means" in Mt. 26:26-28, Mk 14:22-24, and Lk 22:19? Why the inconsistency in the translation of the word "esti"? If the NWT was consistent and translated the Greek word "esti" as "is" in these verses, what would these verses say?
44. If Jesus Christ is Michael the Archangel, how can Mt 25:31 say, "When the Son of man arrives in his glory, and all the angles with im...". Since "all the angels" would certainly include Michael the Archangel, is it possible that Jesus could return with himself?
45. In Lk 20:37-38, how could Abraham, Issac, and Jacob be "all living to him (God), since they all died hundreds fo years before Jesus said this?
46. If the soul dies when the body dies, how could the "souls" of Rev 6:9-11, who were of those who had been "slaughtered" (i.e. killed), cry out "with a loud voice, saying: 'Until when Sovereign Lord..."?
47. In Phil 2:9, the NWT inserts the word "other", even though it doesn't appear in the original Greek (see Gr-English Interlinear). What is the reasaon for inserting this word? Is the word "Jehovah" a name? See Ex 6:3, Ps 83:18, and Isa 42:8. How would the verse read if the word "other" has not been inserted? What does scripture say about adding words to the Bible? See Prov 30:5-6.
48. In Mt 28:19, Jesus tells his disciples to baptize "people of all the nations ...in teh name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit." Why would the disciples be instructed to baptize if the name of any body or anything who was not God? Do Jehovah's Witnesses follow the command of Jesus and baptize "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit"?
49. If the human soul is the person, how could the soul go out of a person (Gen 35:18) or come back to a person (1Kings 17:21)?
50. The Watchtower Society teaches that the earth will never be destroyed or depopulated. How can it be, then, that God, says in Isa 51:6," ...the earth itself will wear out, and its inhabitants will die like a mere gnat...", and that Jesus in Mt 24:35, "Heaven and earth will pass away...", and that John says in Rev 21:1 that he saw "...a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the FORMER earth had passed away, and the sea is no more?
51. In Lk 4:12, the NWT translates "kyrios" as "Jehovah", which makes the verse read"..."You should not put Jehovah your God to the test." See Gr-Engl Interlinear. Why is kyrios translated as "Jehovah" in this verse? Was the devil, in Lk 4:9-11, puttiong Jehovah to the test of Jesus to the test?
52. Amos 4:11says, "I caused an overthrow among you people, like God's overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. And you came to belike a log snatched our of (the) burning: but you did not come back to me." is the utterance of Jehovah." How can Jehovah speaking in this verse refer to another person as God ("...like GOD'S overthrow of Sodom...)?
53. In 1Tm 2:5 Paul says. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Jesus Christ." Why does Paul refer to Christ as "a man" if according to the WTS, Christ was a spirit anointed person devoid of a body when Paul wrote this?
54. In Jn 6:51, Jesus says that a person must eat "of this bread" in order to live forever", and that "the bread that I give IS my flesh". In Jn 6:63, Jesus says "...Unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves." In Jn 6:54-55, Jesus says, "He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life..." and "...for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink." Do you partake of the flesh of Christ, as Jesus commanded, in order to have life in yourself and in order to live forever?
55. Every true Christian would agree that we should follow the commands of God. In Mk 9:7, God the Father commands us to listen to Jesus. Do you follow this command and listen to Jesus? After all, Jesus died for your personal sins. (1Jn 2:2,1Pet 2:24). Jesus tells us to go directly to him (Mt 11:28-30), and the Father commanded us to listen to Jesus. Why? Because Jesus gives us everlasting life (Jn 10:28), and so that Jesus will enter our house and be with us and give us the right to sit on his throne (Rev 3:20-21). Do you pray to Jesus as Paul and the early Christians did (1Cor 1:2)? Do you partake of the flesh of Christ as Jesus commanded (Jn 6:51)? If not, than are you following the command of the Father who said "Listen to him"?
Here's a closing thought from one of the Watchtower's key works, YouCan Live Forever on Paradise Earth, pgs. 32-33. Ponder it in light of the questions you've just been asked.
"How would you feel if proof is given that what you believe is wrong? For example, say that you were in a car traveling for the first time to a certain place. You have a road map, but you have not taken the time to check it carefully. Someone has told you the road to take. You trust him, sincerely believing that the way he has directed you is correct. But suppose it is not? What if someone points out the error? What if he, by referring you to your own map sows that you are on the wrong road? Well then, if you, learn form an examination of your Bible that you're traveling a wrong religious road, be willing to change. Avoid the broad road to destruction; get on the narrow road to life."
Good Catholic Information expresses his sincere gratitude toRandyWatters, Free Minds Inc., for putting together this invaluable piece. Randy has served on intervention teamsthat have helped rescue Catholics from bible based cults. A link to his website is featured in this one.
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