Jehovah's Witnesses--Do They Teach What the Bible Really Teaches?
A Critical Evaluation of the Watchtower's Book:
What Does The Bible Really Teach?
Important note: This evaluation of the Watchtower Society’s book will be continually updated and expanded for the next few months. Feel free to ask questions or suggest additional points. Please check back as we update these pages. Send suggestions, comments and questions to:
We may not be able to respond to every question but your comments and questions will help us as we complete these pages.
During their District Conventions in the summer of 2005, the Watchtower Society released the book What Does The Bible Really Teach? The book is designed to be one of the primary books used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in their door-to-door preaching work as they introduce prospective converts to their beliefs. This evaluation is presented especially for those who have received the book from the Witnesses and are beginning to study the book with them. Secondly, the evaluation is offered to the Witnesses themselves in response to the distinctive teachings presented inside this volume.
Chapter One of the Bible Teach book encourages asking questions. These thoughts are in response to the presentation in paragraphs 3 to 5 and paragraph 22 of that chapter:
Asking questions is a vital part of one’s intellectual and spiritual growth. Never stop asking questions. Never allow someone to tell you that you should avoid critical questions. Truth can stand up to error. The Witnesses studying with you may tell you that you should not read articles critical of Witness beliefs. Instead of dealing with questions about their beliefs they may instead make personal comments about why people would oppose their work. Why do we do this? Why spend this time responding to the Jehovah’s Witnesses?
These webpages have been put together by many who formerly were involved with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Are we just bitter and needing to vent? That is what some may tell you. What are our motives? We believe that the Christianity that came to us from the Apostles is diametrically opposed to much of what the Jehovah’s Witnesses are teaching. The distinctive beliefs of the Witnesses, however, can not be traced through history to the Apostles and early Christians who wrote the Bible. We are concerned that the truth be available to you as you study with the Witnesses. We also feel that the Jehovah’s Witnesses misrepresent what the Bible really teaches. We have the advantage of knowing both what the Witnesses teach and how to respond to those teachings. Don’t be afraid to keep on asking questions or allow someone to hinder you from asking questions.
Your reading of the Bible Teach book and these webpages shows you have a spiritual hunger. Besides just responding to the Watchtower’s book we intend to show where the real answers are and how to come to know the God of the Bible and find spiritual contentment.
Comments on the following chapters of the Bible Teach book are at the following links:
Father, Son & Holy Spirit
Use of the Cross
Lord’s Evening Meal
Soul & Spirit
Sheol & Hades
Michael the Archangel
Babylon the Great
Jesus born in December?
The Bible translation most often used and linked is the Revised Standard Version. (Sometimes, in the interest of clarity archaic language is updated.)
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