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religions cultures and philosophies have come individuals who now enjoy a religious unity that is. not otherwise seen in the world today, The basis for such unity is God s Word the Bible Of course Jehovah s Witnesses realize that. they cannot dictate to others what to do But they appreciate the privilege of encouraging others to. learn from the Bible so as to base their choice in matters of worship upon that solid foundation In. this way many more can share in the benefits that come from worshiping God with spirit and. truth Which Religion Should You Choose The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org. About Charles Taze Russell s predictions the Watchtower now states A crucial time was drawing. close In 1876 the Bible student Charles Taze Russell contributed the article Gentile Times When. Do They End to the Bible Examiner published in Brooklyn New York which said on page 27 of its. October issue The seven times will end in A D 1914 The Gentile Times is the period referred to in. another Bible translation as the appointed times of the nations Luke 21 24 Not all that was. expected to happen in 1914 did happen but it did mark the end of the Gentile Times and was a year. of special significance Many historians and commentators agree that 1914 was a turning point in. human history Their Modern development and Growth The Watchtower 5 June 2012. watchtower org,God Christ and the Spirit, Concerning God the Jehovah s Witnesses believe Contrary to popular belief God is not present. everywhere at all times Rather he dwells in the spirit realm in an established place of dwelling. or residence 1 Kings 8 39 2 Chronicles 6 39 The Scriptures also refer to a specific place where. God lives and has his throne 1 Kings 22 19 Isaiah 6 1 Daniel 7 9 Revelation 4 1 3 However. from his established place of dwelling he can use his active force to reach out into every corner of. both the spirit realm and the physical realm Psalm 139 7 Is the Holy Spirit a Person The. Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org, Regarding Jesus Deity the Watchtower states JESUS never claimed to be God Everything he said. about himself indicates that he did not consider himself equal to God in any way not in power. not in knowledge not in age, In every period of his existence whether in heaven or on earth his speech and conduct reflect. subordination to God God is always the superior Jesus the lesser one who was created by God. The Watchtower 5 June 2012 wtachtower org, About Jesus being the Archangel Michael At times individuals are known by more than one name.
For example the patriarch Jacob is also known as Israel and the apostle Peter as Simon Genesis. 49 1 2 Matthew 10 2 Likewise the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ. before and after his life on earth Let us consider Scriptural reasons for drawing that conclusion. Archangel God s Word refers to Michael the archangel Jude 9 This term means chief angel. Notice that Michael is called the archangel This suggests that there is only one such angel In fact. the term archangel occurs in the Bible only in the singular never in the plural Moreover Jesus is. linked with the office of archangel Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians 4 16. states The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call with an archangel s. voice Thus the voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel This scripture therefore. suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael Who Is Michael the Archangel The. Watchtower 6 June 2012 watchtower org, The JW s New World Translation reinterprets John 1 1 as In the beginning the Word was and the. Word was with God and the Word was a god New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures The. Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org e bible joh chapter 001 htm. How do the Jehovah s Witnesses reject the Deity of Jesus They teach that One example of a Bible. verse that is often misused is John 1 1 In the King James Version that verse reads In the beginning. was the Word and the Word was with God Greek ton the on and the Word was God the os. This verse contains two forms of the Greek noun the os god The first is preceded by ton the a. form of the Greek definite article and in this case the word the on refers to Almighty God In the. second instance however the os has no definite article Was the article mistakenly left out Is. Jesus God The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org. The New World Translation of John 8 23 24 and 58 state So he went on to say to them YOU are. from the realms below I am from the realms above YOU are from this world I am not from this. world 24 Therefore I said to YOU YOU will die in YOUR sins For if YOU do not believe that I am. he YOU will die in YOUR sins 58 Jesus said to them Most truly I say to YOU Before. Abraham came into existence I have been I am New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org, Concerning the Holy Spirit the Watchtower teaches No the holy spirit is not a person and it is not. part of a Trinity The holy spirit is God s active force that he uses to accomplish his will It is not. equal to God but is always at his disposition and subordinate to him The Holy Spirit God s. Active Force The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org. The Jehovah s Witnesses also state WHAT is God s holy spirit In its opening words the Bible. speaks of the holy spirit also rendered God s active force as moving to and fro over the. surface of the waters Genesis 1 2, In the Bible God s holy spirit is identified as God s power in action Hence an accurate. translation of the Bible s Hebrew text refers to God s spirit as God s active force Genesis 1 2. This concept is well supported throughout the Bible Is the Holy Spirit a Person The Watchtower. 5 June 2012 watchtower org, Regarding creation the Jehovah s Witnesses say MANY people claim that science disproves the. Bible s account of creation But the real contradiction is between science and not the Bible but the. opinions of so called Christian Fundamentalists Some of these groups falsely assert that according. to the Bible all physical creation was produced in six 24 hour days some 10 000 years ago. The Bible however does not support such a conclusion If it did then many scientific. discoveries over the past hundred years would indeed discredit the Bible A careful study of the. Bible text reveals no conflict with established scientific facts For that reason Jehovah s Witnesses. disagree with Christian Fundamentalists and many creationists. What about the length of the creative days Were they literally 24 hours long Some claim that. because Moses the writer of Genesis later referred to the day that followed the six creative. days as a model for the weekly Sabbath each of the creative days must be literally 24 hours long. Exodus 20 11 Does the wording of Genesis support this conclusion. No it does not The fact is that the Hebrew word translated day can mean various lengths of. time not just a 24 hour period, Contrary to the claims of some Fundamentalists Genesis does not teach that the universe.
including the earth and all living things on it was created in a short period of time in the relatively. recent past Rather the description in Genesis of the creation of the universe and the appearance of. life on earth harmonizes with many recent scientific discoveries Does Science Contradict the. Genesis Account The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org. About evolution the Watchtower teaches Evolutionists generally claim that a population of. animals gradually developed into a population of humans denying that there was once only one. man However the Bible presents a very different picture It says that we originate from one man. Adam The Bible account presents Adam as a historical person It gives us the names of his wife and. some of his children It tells us in detail what he did what he said when he lived and when he died. The idea that God directed evolution in order to produce man is also incompatible with what. the Bible says about God s personality If God guided the process of evolution it would mean that. he guided mankind into its present diseased and distressed state Therefore mankind s. present suffering is not the result of God directed evolution It is the result of one man s losing. perfection for himself and his offspring by rebelling against God Is Evolution Compatible with the. Bible The Watchtower 5 June 2012 watchtower org, Scriptures God Gen 1 1 2 Psa 110 1 Isa 9 6 48 16 61 1 Mic 5 2 Matt 12 46 47 13 55 56 28 19. Luke 3 22 John 1 1 14 Acts 7 55 10 38 Rom 8 9 9 5 15 30 2 Cor 3 17 13 14 Phil 2 5 8 Col 1 15. 20 Heb 9 14 1 Pet 1 2 3 18 1 John 4 2 Creation Gen 1 26 27 Exo 20 11 Matt 19 4 5 Mark 10 6 8. Luke 11 50 51 Rom 1 20,Christ s Words and the Scriptures. The Jehovah s Witnesses confess their faith that From this it is apparent that Jehovah s Witnesses. believe in the Bible as the Word of God They consider its 66 books to be inspired and historically. accurate What is commonly called the New Testament they refer to as the Christian Greek. Scriptures and the Old Testament they call the Hebrew Scriptures They rely on both of these the. Greek and the Hebrew Scriptures and take them literally except where the expressions or settings. obviously indicate that they are figurative or symbolic Who Are They The Watchtower 5 June. 2012 watchtower org, About the Jehovah s Witnesses translation of the Bible the Watchtower reports Millions of. readers of this journal favor using the New World Translation Why Because they agree with the. approach taken by its translation committee as stated in the foreword to the first English edition. We offer no paraphrase of the Scriptures Our endeavor all through has been to give as literal a. translation as possible where modern English idiom allows and where a literal rendition does not for. any clumsiness hide the thought, The New World Translation has been printed in whole or in part in more than 60 languages. with a total printing of more than 145 000 000 copies How You Can Choose a Good Bible. Translation The Watchtower 6 June 2012 watchtower org. Scriptures Luke 1 1 3 1 Cor 1 1 2 10 2 13 2 Cor 1 1 Eph 2 20 3 3 5 Col 4 16 2 Thess 2 15 2 Tim. 3 16 17 cf 1 Tim 5 18 2 Pet 1 16 21 3 15 16 1 John 1 1 4. Way of Salvation, About the spirit and the soul the JWs state A further study of God s Word will show you that.
nowhere in the entire Bible are the terms immortal or everlasting linked with the word soul. Instead the Scriptures state that a soul is mortal meaning that it dies Ezekiel 18 4 20 Therefore. the Bible calls someone who has died simply a dead soul Leviticus 21 11. The soul and the spirit are not the same The body needs the spirit in much the same way as a. radio needs electricity in order to function To illustrate this further think of a portable radio. When you put batteries in a portable radio and turn it on the electricity stored in the batteries. brings the radio to life so to speak Without batteries however the radio is dead So is another kind. of radio when it is unplugged from an electric outlet Similarly the spirit is the force that brings our. body to life Also like electricity the spirit has no feeling and cannot think It is an impersonal. force But without that spirit or life force our bodies expire and back to their dust they go as the. psalmist stated, Speaking about man s death Ecclesiastes 12 7 states The dust of his body returns to the. earth just as it happened to be and the spirit itself returns to the true God who gave it When the. spirit or life force leaves the body the body dies and returns to where it came from the earth. Comparably the life force returns to where it came from God Job 34 14 15 Psalm 36 9 This does. not mean that the life force actually travels to heaven Rather it means that for someone who dies. any hope of future life rests with Jehovah God His life is in God s hands so to speak Only by God s. power can the spirit or life force be given back so that a person may live again Soul and Spirit. What Do These Terms Really Mean The Watchtower 6 June 2012 watchtower org. The Watchtower states Many people have been told that believing on Jesus is a single act and. that our faith does not have to be strong enough to prompt obedience But the Bible disagrees. Jesus did not say that people who begin the Christian course are saved Instead he said He that. has endured to the end is the one that will be saved Matthew 10 22 The Bible likens our Christian. course to a race with salvation being the prize at its end And it urges Run in such a way that you. may attain it 1 Corinthians 9 24 What Must I Do to Be Saved The Watchtower 6 June 2012. watchtower org, Concerning baptism the Jehovah s Witnesses state Jehovah s Witnesses baptize only those who. on the basis of a thorough study of the Bible want to serve God as one of his Witnesses Hebrews. 12 1 These symbolize their personal dedication to God by water immersion Matthew 3 13 16. 28 19 The Watchtower 6 June 2012 watchtower org, Regarding baptism and the holy spirit the Watchtower says What do these baptisms reveal. about the new birth They show that the new birth takes place by means of a twofold process Note. that Jesus first got baptized with water Then he received the holy spirit. The first part of this twofold process baptism with water is initiated by the individual the. second part baptism with spirit is initiated by God When a person undergoes both baptisms he

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