Critics of Jehovah`s Witnesses/Jehovah

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Hi!
I just read a question that was posted a few years ago about this. I want to piggy back off of that.

I posed a question to witnesses that came to my door and they insisted that in order for me to get a better understanding, I needed to "study" with them. Well, they pulled out their bible and have stated that my KJV removed YHWH from the NT. Isn't YHWH Hebrew? How would it have been removed from Greek text? How do JW's rationalize this? I have listened to them criticize other religions to make the "organization" seem as if it is better. I have listened to them compare how I feel about my name to how  God feels. I didn't understand, since God's ways are not like my ways.

Would I be able to pose a question that would make them think, or will they just deflect/ change the subject/ act like I'm the one that just doesn't understand?

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Hi Carlita,

This is a common line of reasoning from Jehovah's witnesses.  The fact of the matter is that the formal name of God is 4 letters in Hebrew that scholars are just not sure on how to pronounce or spell the word. Most scholars prefer the name Yahweh.  The name Jehovah is a man-made word that was invented in the late 13th century.  So in fact the name of God has not been removed, some translations will translate this word LORD because the exact pronunciation is unknown.  The following link goes into more detail about the name of God.  http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/name-of-jehovah.htm

Unfortunately I do not know of a question that will make them think since they are programed that the Watchtower is the only source of truth.  With that being said, the Holy Spirit is more powerful than the Watchtower.  I would suggest praying for them and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide in the conversation.  I might direct them to Acts 4:12 where the Bible cleary shows that salvation is through the name of Jesus.  Another idea is to take them through this history of the name of God and show that there is no real evidence that this is for sure the name Jehovah.  Here is another link that goes into a little more detail on the name of God.  https://carm.org/what-real-name-god-yhwh-jehovah-yahweh  

I hope this helps.  If you need any more information, please let me know.  

Above all be in prayer as you talk with Jehovah's witnesses.  They are people who Jesus loves who have been deceived by an evil organization.  The Holy Spirit wants to reach them but their deception runs deep.  Ground yourself in the truth of the Bible and pray that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes.  

May God richly bless you,
Jeff  

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It is Christmas time again and please let me wish you a very Christ-centered Christmas. May you experience joy as we remember the time when Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came down to earth and limited himself in the form of a man so he could share the greatest gift of all. Do not be deceived by the Watchtower about it's teachings that "Christmas is rooted in ungodly traditions" because it is not. Recently the Watchtower has been playing down the Christmas thing saying that they respect people whether they celebrate the holiday or not. The fact of the matter is that Jehovah's witnesses believe that celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is such a big deal that they will ignore and disfellowship a member for even celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ. Does an organization who shun people for remembering the incarnation sound like they are followers of God to you? With that being said, I am familiar with Watchtower doctrine and I am happy to look at how this doctrine lines up with the Bible. I am not into taking out one verse here and there but I believe that all Scripture must be interpreted in context. Some may say for example that the trinity is pagan in origin and that it was made up in the 4th century. (There is simply no evidence for this.) The Bible clearly reveals that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are 100% God. Phil 1:2, John 1:1, 14, Col 2:9, Acts 5:3-4. If the watchtower is "God's visible organization", then why does the organization lie so much? Want documented proof of their deception, visit: http://jwfacts.com/watchtower/misquotes-deception-lies.php I would be happly to answer any questions or to agree with you in prayer.

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I am a Bible believing Christian and have been for 36 years. I have relatives who are Jehovah's witnesses so I know about the stress on families that this can cause.

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I am actively involved in my church where I lead a Bible study and am involved in the sound tech crew.

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Sorry for using "I" so much. My undergraduate degree is in Theology and I have a Masters in Educational leadership.

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