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Musings 2009/234

Deception and Jehovah Witnesses
In recent years I have noted that these people now call themselves JWs, thus avoiding the name Jehovah which has in recent decades been shown to be an inaccurate translation of the word YHWH, now accepted worldwide as Yahweh.
A recent publication of
The Watchtower, dated January 1, 2009, however, still clings onto the word Jehovah!
I suppose after a hundred years or so (that is, since their establishment) using the word as relating to God, claiming themselves as
Jehovah's true witnesses, the embarrassment must be too great to plead guilty to this particular misinformation.
But that major dilemma for the JWs is just one of a great number.
Gerald Wright in his
The JW's Bible. Perversions and Prejudices of The Watchtower Society's NEW WORLD TRANSLATION, (Star Bible and Tract Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, Copyright 1975), makes a forthright statement:-
P  I don't know why the witnesses even bothered to make a new translation of the Bible. Why didn't they just write their own bible (cf Mormon's Bible, Book of Mormon, II Nephi 29:3,6,88)?
They have added so many words and ideas to the accepted text that it is about as inaccurate, contradictory and absurd as any of the other modern-day, so-called revelations.
P Page 64.
Every Christian should read Wright's book which gives great detail about the JW deceptions, particularly in the awful manner they treat sacred Scripture.
Wright quotes Revelation 22:18 in his treatment of the JW's deceptions:-
P 73  22  18  For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book.
73  22  19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book.
I have also quoted this passage to JWs but it's like pouring water on a duck's back.
One of the matters Wright considered was the
JW's contention that man has no immortal spirit or soul. (Page 58)
In this recent edition of
The Watchtower which I have read in part - because it treats of Mary therein - the JWs seem to have reversed their stand (!) on the immortal soul of man because it states that we have every reason to believe that Mary now sits with Jesus in heavenly glory. (Romans 8:14-17). Page 10.
As well they seem to have reversed
(to some extent, only) their previous and harsh distaste for Mary, for The Watchtower makes other complimentary statements about The Mother of Christ e,g, Mary played and still plays, a part in the outworking of Jehovah's purposes. Page 10.
Wright in Chapter Four of his wonderful book, also considers the JWs disbelief in The Holy Spirit, translating
Spirit for active force, or inspired expression!! However, in this Watchtower 2009 edition, page 10, it states:- That Mary was among those blessed in this way, shows that she and the other women who received the holy spirit were chosen to be part of Jesus' heavenly Kingdom.
While the sentence is a questionable one in other aspects that is the first time I have heard from the JWs the words
the holy spirit. No doubt, however, they remain of the anti-Christian belief that The Spirit is only God's active force and not the Third Person of The Trinity.
And, in not believing Jesus is God-made-man the JWs claim He is the Archangel Michael! Unless that has also been changed! So what words do they use in baptism, presuming they do baptise? Do they say, or mean,
I baptise you in the name of God and of St. Michael and of the active force?
Now this
Watchtower edition while acknowledging that the Angel said to Mary Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you, and that Elizabeth said to Mary Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, it then asks the question Do these phrases not indicate that particular reverence is due Mary?
To which it gives the reply In reality, no.

(You see, don't you,
that the JWs hierarchy is infallible
and they can make
such monumental declarations!)

It goes on ... the Bible itself gives no justification for praying to her. . the thought of praying to her is alien to the Scriptures. Page 7/8.
To the JW bible, perhaps, but not to Christian Scripture, for Scripture clearly states all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1:49.

When Catholics call Mary blessed,
they are fulfilling Scripture and so,
please The Almighty
Who created Mary
in her manifest perfections.

One of the wonderful passages of Scripture to me is the wedding feast of Cana, where Mary, having been told that the wine had run out, requested Jesus to fix the problem.
I am still wondering on this amazing episode in Jesus' life,

but it is perfectly clear

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