Jehovah`s Witness/Your 11 Questions-


Hello Eddie G: As I stated in my last correspondence, I will now address the items in your questions to Dee and the scriptures you gave in support. However understand my questions have nothing to do with Dee and are a discussion on the theological and doctrines behind the questions:

Questions 1 and 6: 1) Worships the Trinity Godhead?

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
6) Worships Jesus as God.

On these two questions that you posed I have no disagreement for I am not a Trinitarian. However, I will say that better understanding is needed on the part of JWS as too what is actually taught and how worshiped in the churches. It is not quite the way JWS believe and better understanding will help in your ministry.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
2) Believes that Jehovah God roast people for eternity in a place called Hell Fire?
Is it because you also believe in Hell fire?
(Jer. 7:31,9:5)

In previous correspondence with you, it was explained that 'Gehenna' is encompassed in the word hell. Gehenna is the pit or lake of fire :Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

This is an area where contextual reading would aid in understanding. The Witnesses believe that the "Lake of Fire" literally is the "second death" itself, based on the rendering in the NWT of vs 14:

NWT:And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire.

The sentence structure and wording is not in line with the original Greek text, for the word "means" is not found or implied by the text. Also even with the word "means" being placed, the sentence structure incorrect etc. it is obvious that what is being said is that "the lake of fire" is where the "second death" will take place.

Looking at the wording etc, one would get the impression that we are saying the same thing, however, semantics come into play in the explanation of the "Witnesses" as they tend to explain it in a way that the "lake of fire" is symbolic.

As for the passages of scripture you present in Jeremiah, they are not relevant to the "Lake of Fire" for those scriptures are referring to a physical land and the practices of the people.

Lets Look at Jeremiah 7:31

NWT: Jer.7:31: .31And they have built the high places of To′pheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hin′nom, in order to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, a thing that I had not commanded and that had not come up into my heart.’

The 7 Chapter of Jeremiah deals with the Israelites sins in worshiping Idol gods. Tophet is a place that was located in Jerusalem in the Valley of Hinnom. This was the place where worshipers influenced by the Canaanite Pantheon sacrificed children to the gods Moloch and Baal by burning them alive.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
4# Believes in an immortal soul?#Ezek. 18:4, 20; Acts 3:23 #

The above question will be addressed separately for it can be lengthy. However, a "immortal" flesh or "being" is not what is believed or taught. Man has the "breath" "neshamah" his being "nephesh" and his spirit "ruwach". The word "soul" is used interchangeably in the NT.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
5# Have no problem with participating in political and militaristic events?#Matthew 6:9, 10#

There are many who do not vote or do not vote in political elections, however do vote on issues. The issue of Military service is left up to the individual. The scriptures you present of vs from the model prayer.

Now I must say that I am not in total disagreement with the Witnesses in this area,but it would be to lengthy to discuss in this post. ALL claiming to be Christian should fully examine this issue.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
7# Have no problem using the cross as a Christian "symbol"?
   #Acts 15:19-21#

Are you aware that the early Christians also used this symbol and many others? The fish represented Christ, the Cross the sacrifice. They were used not as Idols as you suggest by presenting the scripture from Acts, but as means of identification etc. Also, the cross does not carry the meaning you think it does in mainstream Christianity. I will say that it is abused as an identifying symbol.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
8# Believes that Jehovah's Witnesses are false witnesses / prophets?#Isa 43:10#

This is a sensitive area. The Witnesses have presented themselves as false "prophets" and no explanation, or twisting of word meanings can remove you from that label. It is an unfortunate thing because the Witnesses have done a great work in evangelism, but have made to many predictions that have not come to pass. And yes, they were predictions.

As for Isa 43:10, that scripture only applies to the organization as far as selecting a name in 1931. The scripture itself is not a prophecy and relates to Israel. I do understand it is key in your theology and doctrine as given by Rutherford.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
9# Doesn't accept that 1914 the year the Gentile Times ended and time Jesus became King in God's Kingdom?

This is a matter of theology and doctrine. To be more accurate, of "subjective theology" and "subjective point of view" rather than "Objective".

Can you present one just one scripture that states a man must believe in this date? Not your theology, not your doctrine...but a scripture? Truth is, believing this date has nothing to do with a person salvation and that can be proven by scripture alone.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
10# Celebrates pagan celebrations and festivities.
Is it because you still celebrate Christmas and birthdays?
#Gen. 40:20-22; Matt. 14:6-11#.

I am in agreement with Christmas. However birthday celebrations are not "pagan" and are actually cultural. Were Jobs sons and daughters pagans? How many Christians or then, believers in the One True God did they kill during their celebrations?

Did you know that it was part of culture for the Hebrews and Jews to celebrate the birthdays of their children and family? You may want to examine the histories of their culture.

Now, what is evident, is that the pagans, during their celebrations, at least as far as the Pharaohs Birthdays and Herods, the killing of the "Believers" were entertainment for them.

The issue here would not be the birthday celebration, but what is done, and how it is celebrated. Reading of Romans 14 in context may help in understanding.

Why fellowship and approach someone who:
11) Does not completely trust God.
Is it because you accept blood transfusion in order to save yourself?
#Genesis 9:4, Acts 15:19-21#

These scripture speak of "animals" and things sacrificed unto idols. I do understand your position, however even with the "Witnesses" the position has changed and is now a "matter of conscious", although I am sure it will bring the Witness receiving the blood grief from the congregation or them being disfellowshiped.

In review of all these questions, with the exception of the implications of the Trinity, which one or ones of these will cause a man to loose salvation? Which one will, by scripture, exclude him from the "resurrection" and entrance of the "New System"?

Rev. Darryl Murphy

Hi Darryl,

Too many to address and not much time to address them today. Too many analytics, so an not to get a reminder from ALLExperts that a question is pending. I'll just leave this one simple answer, and get back to it later:

“The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.”—LUKE 16:10.

What's the guiding principle on this?

Christ's law states:

“. . .‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. . .” (Matthew 22:37, 38)

If a person loves Jehovah God with all his heart, mind, soul, strength, that person will DO ALL he can not to offend his God - in ALL matters, be it small or large matters.

"39 The second, like it, is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.”” (Matthew 22:37-40)

What's the guiding principle on this?

““All things, therefore, that YOU want men to do to YOU, YOU also must likewise do to them; this, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.” (Matthew 7:12)


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