Last Updated: January fifth, 2003
Written By: Mike Porter
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Bible Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses 
                    

1) Does every prophecy from Jehovah's prophets come true?  Does Jehovah's truth ever change? Deut 18:20-22, Num 23:19, Mt 5:17-18, 7:15-20, Amos 3:7, Isa 40:8, 43:9, 48:6-8, 2 Pet 1:19-21 Does the Watchtower meet these requirements?

2) Who is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End?  Isa. 41:4, 44:6-8, 48:12,  Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13, Rev 1:17-18 Who lives and was dead and is now alive forevermore?  When did he die?

3) Who alone do we worship, Jehovah?  Ex 20:4-6, 34:14, Deut 6:14-15, Rev. 14:7, Isa 45:22-23
Do we worship angels, even archangels?   Rev 19:9-10, 22:8-9
Is it wrong to worship Jesus?  Phil. 2:10-11, Dan. 7:13-14, Matt 2:10-12, 14:31-33, 28:8-10
Is Michael the archangel, Jesus?  Hebrews 1:1-8, 13  Does Jehovah call Jesus God? Heb 1:8
Did both Jesus and Michael rebuke evil spirits directly, without calling on Jehovah? Matt 17:18, Mark 9:25, Jude 9

4) Who is the only Savior?  Hosea 13:4, Isa 43:11, 45:21 Jehovah! Is Jesus the Savior?  Luke 2:11, Titus 2:13, John 8:24

5) There is only one God: Isa 46:9, John 1:1, 14, 1 Tim 1:16-17, 2:5, 1 Cor 8:4-6 Are all "gods" but Jehovah false gods? 

6) Immanuel and Mighty God:  Isa 7:14, Matt 1:22-23 What does "Immanuel" mean? John 1:1, 14: Word became flesh 
Isa 9:6-7 Who is this passage about? What does "Mighty God" mean? Col 2:9, John 5:17-19, 12:44-45, 14:7, Jer 23:5, 1 Cor 6:14, 1 John 5:20  There is no god but Jehovah: Isa 43:10, 44:6, 45:5, 21, John 1:1,14

7)  Is Jesus Jehovah?  Compare Ps 68:18, Eph 4:7-10.  Compare Heb 1:10-12, Ps 102:25-27. Compare 1 Pet 3:14-15, Isa 8:12-13. Isa 6:1, 9, Jn 12:40-41.  1 Cor 12:3

8) Does being God's Son make Jesus inferior to Jehovah?  John 5:18, Matt 26:63-66, Hebrews 1:2-4, John 10:22-42
Since Jesus was called God's "only begotten" and "firstborn of all creation," does that mean that Jehovah created Jesus?  What does "firstborn" mean?  Heb 1:6, Col 1:15. David was the youngest son, but was called firstborn, because he became king: Psalm 89:27, 1 Sam 16:7.  Ephraim was called the firstborn, yet he wasn't the first son:  Jer 31:9, Gen 41:50-52, 48:14  What does firstborn mean in these passages? 
Only Begotten: John 3:16, Gen 16:15-16, 21:2-3, 22:2 Why was Isaac called Abraham's one and only son when Ishmael also was his son?  Romans 8:15-16 – can we become sons of God?  Why did John call Jesus the "only begotten Son?"  Was it to distinguish Jesus from us, that He is special, distinct from us, or was it because He was created?

9) Did Jesus have a bodily resurrection? John 2:21, Luke 24:39-43, John 20:24-29, 21:12-14, 1 Cor 15:3-19, Zech 13:6

10) Will Jesus return bodily to the earth?  Rev 1:7, 1 Thess 4:16,17, Acts 1:10-11

11) Will we live eternally after death? Resurrected?  2 Cor 5:5-8, Phil 1:19-24, 3:20-21, Rom 8:11, 1 Cor 5:1, 6-8, 15:20-23, 35-58, Jas 2:26, Rev 6:9-10, Lu 16:19-31, 23:39-43, John 5:24-29, 14:1-3, Isa 26:19, Ecc 12:7, 1 Pet 1:3-5, Rev 3:21

12) Is Hell a reality and is it eternal? Matt 13:41-42, 49-50, 18:8, 25:41, Mk 9:42-48, Rev 14:11, 20:11-15

13) Will the present earth be destroyed?  2 Pet 3:10-13, Isa 65:17, Zeph 1:2,3, Rev 21:1-2, 22:14-15

14) Are the 144,000 witnesses Jewish, male and virgins existing during the Great Tribulation?  Rev 7:4-8, 14:1-4

15) Revelation 2:23-29 Who is speaking in this passage?  Jer 17:10 Who searches the heart and the mind?

16) How are we saved, by works, or by faith in Christ? Can we have assurance of salvation? Did Jesus die to save only the 144,000? Romans 3:10-23, 6:23, Isa 64:6,  Acts 4:12, 10:42-43, 16:31, Eph 2:8-9, Tit 3:4-6,  Rom 3:21-26, 4:2-7, 5:1,2, 8:1-2, 2 Cor 5:15, Gal 3:8-9, Jn 3:16-18, 36, 5:24, 6:29, 39, 10:28-29, 1 Tim 2:5-6, 1 John 2:2, 5:11-13  

17) Can you be saved without being born of the Spirit? Eph 1:13-14, 4:30,  1 Jn 3:24, 4:13, 15, 5:1, Jn 1:12-13, 3:3-7, 16-18, 14:16-17, 23, Gal 4:6-7, Rom 8:9-17, 2 Cor 1:21-22, 5:5 , Eph 3:17, Col 1:27-28

18) Has anyone ever seen God in the flesh in the Old Testament? Gen 48:15-16, 14:18, 18:2, 16-17, 16:11-14, 32:22-30

19) Divine Characteristics:

 

Father

Son

Spirit

One God

Ps 89:26 

1 Tim 1:16-17

Acts 5:3-4

One Creator

Isa 44:24

Col 1:16, Jn 1:3, Rev 3:14    

Job 33:4

All Raised Jesus  

1 Thes 1:9-10

Jn 2:19-21              

Rom 8:11

All Directed God's Work

Zech 1:3-6

Matt 28:17-20

Ac 13:2

Can Be Blasphemed

Ex 20:7   

Lu 12:8-9

Mt 12:31

All Eternal

Ps 93:2

Isa 9:6    

Heb 9:14

All Omniscient     

Ps 147:5

Jn 2:24-25, Col 1:10

Isa 40:13-14

Omnipotent

Gen 1:1  

Col 1:10

 

All Sanctify Us

1 Thes 5:23

Heb 13:12

Rom 15:16, 2 Thes 2:13

Our Righteousness

Isa 45:24, 54:17

1 Cor 1:30

 

Our Redeemer      

Isa 44:22-23

Eph 1:7

 


20) The Holy Spirit- Is He Jehovah or is He a force?   2 Cor 3:17-18, 1 Cor 12:4-6
Compare Acts 28:25-27, Isa 6:8-10.      Compare Heb 10:15-16, Jer 31:31-34
Is lying to the Holy Spirit the same as lying to God? Acts 5:3-4
Can a force intercede for us, search our hearts, counsel and teach us? Romans 8:27, John 14:16-17, 26, 16:13-15
Can a force be grieved or insulted? Eph 4:30, Heb 10:29
Spirit creates, convicts, directs, communes with us: Job 33:4, John 3:6, 16:8, Ac 20:28, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 Cor 12:13, Gal 4:6

21) Should all believers take communion? John 6:53,54, 60-66, 1 Cor 11:23-26

22) Should we be patriotic & subject to the government?  Rom 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-15, Matt 22:21
 
Prophecies of the Watchtower That Didn't Come True or Contradict Other Prophecies:
1)  "6000 years of human history ended in 1873"  (The Time is at Hand, p. 33)
"6000 years of human history ended in 1972"  (The Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 152, 1943 edition)
"6000 years of human history ended in 1975"  (Awake!, October 8th, 1968)

2)  "Armageddon would end in 1914"  (The Time is At Hand, page 101, 1889)
"Armageddon would end in 1915"  (The Time is At Hand, page 101, 1915)

3)  "Christ returned in 1874" (The Finished Mystery, pages 386, 295, 1917 edition)
"Christ returned in 1914"  (The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, p. 87)

4)  "The Millennium began in 1873"  (Thy Kingdom Come, page 305)
"The Millennium began in 1874" (Finished Mystery, page 386)

5) The resurrection would occur in 1878 (Thy Kingdom Come, page 234)
"the faithful prophets of old would return in 1925."  (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, page 89)

6)  "Man cannot by airplane or rockets or other means get above the air envelope which is about our earthly globe…"  (the Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 285, 1943 ed)

7)  "Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a second opportunity."  (Man of Ages, page 110)
"Sodom and Gomorrah will receive no second opportunity." (Watchtower, March 1965, p. 139)

8)  Romans 13:1  "'Higher powers' refers to earthly governments."  (The Time is at Hand, 1889, p. 81)
"'Higher powers' refers to Jehovah God and Jesus."  (The Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 312)

9) The name "Abaddon-Apollyon" in Revelation:
"Refers to Jehovah God"  (Awake! August 22, 1978, page 28)
"Refers to Jesus Christ." (Watchtower, October 1, 1978, p. 15)

10)  The Faithful and Discreet Slave:
"Refers to their founder, Charles Taze Russell"  (Watchtowers from Dec. 1, 1916 to March 1, 1923, page 68)
"Refers to the 'Remnant of Spiritual Israelties'" (From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained, page 193)

Watchtower Claims to Being True Prophets of Jehovah:
"…Jehovah's Witnesses today make their declaration of the good news of the kingdom under angelic direction and support" (Watchtower, April 1, 1972, page 200)  "Consider too, the fact that Jehovah's organization alone in all the earth is directed by God's holy spirit or active force."  (Watchtower, July 1st, 1973, page 402)

"To know whether one is a true or a false prophet…If he is a true prophet, his message will come to pass exactly as prophesied.  If he is a false prophet, his prophecy will fail to come to pass."  (Watchtower, May 15, 1930, p. 154)

Does every prophecy from the Lord's prophets come true?  According to the Bible, yes!  

How can you tell a false prophet? Deut 18:20-22, Matt 7:15-20 The things they prophesy don't come true!

Does Jehovah's truth ever change?  According to the Bible, No! Num 23:19, Mt 5:17-18

Does God's Word, including God's prophecies, ever contradict itself?  No! Isa 40:8

Does God always prophesy ahead of time any major event so that we can foresee it?  Yes.   Isa 43:9, 46:10, 48:6-8, Amos 3:7 

Did the Bible prophecy that the Watchtower would come into being?  No!

What will happen to false prophets who prophecy lies?  Ezek 13:8-10, 13-23 They will be destroyed and the Lord will rescue His people from their hands, and then they will know the Lord.

Misleading Quotations of the Watchtower:
The Watchtower wrote, "Be very careful to be accurate in all statements you make. Use evidence honestly.  In quotations, do not twist the meaning of a writer or speaker or use only partial quotations to give a different thought than the person intended."  (Qualified to Be Ministers, 1967, p. 199)

Does the Watchtower follow this advice in it's book, "Should You Believe in the Trinity?"
On page 4, "The Encyclopedia Americana notes that the doctrine of the Trinity is considered to be 'beyond the grasp of human reason."  (there is no reference to page number, which is typical of Watchtower references)

On page 116 of The Encyclopedia Americana, we read, "It is held that although the doctrine is beyond the grasp of human reason, it is, like many of the formulations of physical science, not contrary to reason, and may be apprehended (though it may not be comprehended) by the human mind." 
On page 5 of "Should You Believe in the Trinity", "A Protestant publication states: 'The word Trinity is not found in the Bible…It did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the 4th century.'  (The Illustrated Bible Dictionary) And a Catholic authority says that the Trinity 'is not…directly and immediately [the] word of God.'-New Catholic Encyclopedia."  (again, no page references to these quotations)

On page 1597 of the Illustrated Bible Dictionary, "TRINITY.  The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, and though used by Tertullian in the last decade of the 2nd century, it did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the 4th century.  It is, however, the distinctive and all-comprehensive doctrine of the Christian faith…"

On page 304 of The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14, "The 4th-century articulation of the triadic mystery is at least implicitly the word of God, hence part of the Christian credo.  On the other hand, it is not, as already seen, directly and immediately word of God."

Taking quotes out of context in this book "Should You Believe in the Trinity" occurs dozens of times!




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