TO BE CHRISTIAN Fr. De Rosa Says They Are Not Christians and Explains Why
ROME, JUL 30 (ZENIT).- In an article to be published in the forthcoming
issue of the Jesuit magazine, "Civiltà Cattolica," Fr.
Giuseppe De Rosa contends that Jehovah's Witnesses are not Christians because
they have falsified Sacred Scripture. According to the article, they do
not have a proper religious life and, what is perhaps worse, suffer in
the organization from a kind of mental plagiarism, which leads them to
break all human relations with anyone who is not part of their organization.
The author gives a number of proofs to support his statements. For example,
the Witnesses cannot be classified as Christians, because they deny two
dogmas without which Christianity would not exist: the Holy Trinity and
Jesus' divinity, as the incarnate Son of God.
In spite of the fact that Jehovah's Witnesses call themselves the "only
true Christians," for them "Jesus is not God but the first creature
of God and they identify him with Michael, the Archangel," writes
Fr. De Rosa.
Moreover, "they have their own Bible, which is not the Hebrew-Christian
one," notes the article, and it is translated "in a way that
confirms the Witnesses' doctrine," falsifying "essential things,
making it say things it does not say or even say the contrary of what it
Moreover, the Jehovah's Witnesses do not have "religious practices
or a sacramental life." Fr. De Rosa specifically notes the case of
Baptism,which for the Witnesses is only an outward sign of a decision to
follow Jehovah. Once a year a meeting is held to commemorate Jesus' death.
The ceremony includes a solemn prayer, a hymn, a memorial of Jesus' Last
Supper, and the "passing of the symbols," that is, the bread
and wine, which, however, not all consume, but only those who feel they
are part of the 144,000 'anointed' destined to be in heaven with Jesus,
while all the other Jehovah's Witnesses will live in a kind of terrestrial
The fact that the end of the world did not come in 1874, or 1914, or 1925,
or 1975 as predicted by the Witnesses, and that at present all that is
said is that the date is "imminent but not specified," does not
cause a crisis in the followers, is due to the "psychological hammering"
to which they are subjected, according to the theologian. "This causes
the destruction of what is most human in man: his ability to think autonomously,
to reason and to exercise his critical capacity, his liberty."
According to Fr. De Rosa, the Jehovah of the Witnesses "is not the
Father and the Friend of all men. He recognizes only the Witnesses as his
own, and he has prepared the terrestrial paradise only for them. What awaits
all other men is destruction and extermination." In other words, he
is "a God-Exterminator of millions of people," the article concludes.
Source: ZENITH NEWS AGENCY: July 30, 1999; DAILY DISPATCH -