Answers to ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’

Answers to Jehovah's Witnesses' 'What Does the Bible Really Teach?'
What does the Bible Really Teach

The purpose of this book is to provide the average Christian with a tool to witness to the Jehovah’s Witnesses that may come to the door with a “Bible Study”.

When the JW refers to a Bible Study they really don’t mean a Bible Study; what they do mean is a study of JW material, particularly the Book/Pamphlet, What Does the Bible Really Teach?

This book is filled with thought-provoking questions that the Christian may use to successfully get the JW to think about the validity of their own literature.

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Written by: Phillip Moormann

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date published: 2/17/17

Edition: 2nd

ISBN: 1543021093

EAN-13: 978-1543021097

94 pages

Available in Paperback

CHAPTER PREVIEWS

What is the Truth About God?

The famous teacher Jesus Christ said: “Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.”—Matthew 7:7. (Page 9)

Your Response:
It is important to get the context of verses, don’t you agree? What was Jesus saying in this verse? Let’s look at the entire context, starting with verse 7 and going to verse 11:

7 “Ask and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock and it will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

It is important to realize that Jesus was not talking about asking questions—even important religious questions. He was speaking about asking Jehovah for things, wasn’t he? Can you see how this verse does not quite fit the context of the statement about searching out information?

The Bible-A Book from God

Paragraph 5: “To illustrate: A businessman might have a secretary write a letter. That letter contains the
businessman’s thoughts and instructions. Hence, it is really his letter, not the secretary’s. In a similar way,
the Bible contains God’s message, not that of the men who wrote it down. Thus, the entire Bible truthfully is
“the word of God.”—1 Thessalonians 2:13.” (Page 19-20)

Your Response:
What do you think of the Watchtower magazine article in the October 15, 1997 issue entitled, “How the Bible Came To Us”, on page 8:

“Translating from English, rather than working directly from the Hebrew and Greek, offers important advantages. Besides shortening translation time, it makes possible greater unity of expression in all languages. Why? Because it is much easier to translate precisely from one modern language into another than to translate from an ancient language into various modern ones. After all, translators can consult with native speakers of modern languages but not of languages spoken thousand of years ago.”

Since the Watchtower Society sanctions the translations of the Bible in many different languages then it apparently admits that there are other groups that are able to produce an accurate and reliable Bible. Would this be true? (Wait for an answer).

What is God's Purpose for the Earth?

Page 29 Paragraph 7—”By using lies and trickery, Satan the Devil caused Adam and Eve to disobey God. (Genesis 2:17; 3:6)”

Your Response:
I cannot agree with this text at all. Satan did not cause Adam and Eve to sin—they freely chose to disobey God. It is true that Satan tempted them, but they had a free choice: they did not have a sin nature as we do today and they could have easily rebuked Satan as they should have. If we agree with the premise that Satan causes people to sin, then no one is responsible for his or her own actions. As a once well-known comedian proclaimed, “The Devil made me do it!” What do you think?

Who is Jesus?

Page 38, Caption—”At his baptism, Jesus became the Messiah, or Christ.”

Your Response:
The word to notice is the word “became”. Jesus did not become the Messiah—he was the Messiah from his birth. In some senses, he was the Messiah from all eternity. Evidences from the New Testament that he was Messiah from his birth (the following are from the God’s Word version):

In Matthew 1:18 he was born of the Holy Spirit:

The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Before John baptized him he realized that Jesus was the superior (Matthew 3:13-14):

13 Then Jesus appeared. He came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.
14 But John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you. Why are you
coming to me?”

Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say anything about Jesus becoming Messiah. He was born for that
purpose; he was Messiah at the very least from his birth, not after he was baptized.

The Ransom-God's Greatest Gift

Page 50, Paragraph 10—”How did Jehovah provide the ransom? He sent one of his perfect spirit sons to the earth…. Jehovah performed a miracle when he transferred the life of this Son to the womb of Mary…. Jesus was born as a perfect human….”

Your Response
This is a very perplexing statement. If a person is transferred because of his job from New York to Chicago it is exactly the same person. Yet you have an angel transferred from heaven to earth but the end result is that there is nothing of the angel that is left and you end up with something entirely different—and that is “a perfect human”! I could see a body being prepared for an angel to live in on this physical world, but when you start out with “A,” an angel, and end up with “B,” a human man, it doesn’t make sense. It seems to me that the angel completely disappeared and something entirely new took its place!

Where are the Dead?

Page 58, Paragraph 4—”Our senses, along with our thoughts, are all linked to the workings of our brain. At death, the brain stops working. Our memories, feelings, and senses do not continue to function independently in some mysterious way. They do not survive the destruction of our brain.”

Your Response
The importance of our brain cannot be denied. But what scripture do you refer to in order to make the point that if the brain ceases to function our thoughts cease to function? The text points to Ecclesiastes 9:5 as a proof text:

“9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.”

But, now read verse 6: “neither have they any more portion for ever….”. Forever? Do you believe in no resurrection at all? Is every man dead forever? But then, what does verse 5 mean? Look at the context of the entire book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon, now an old man was presenting an argument between the jaded, materialistic, cynical view of life and the God-honoring view of life, which, at the conclusion of the book, the God-honoring view wins out. This section of scripture is depicting the former view, not the latter. Look, too, at verse 2 in which Solomon declares that all men, righteous and unrighteous will have exactly the same things happen to them. Do you believe that? (Wait for an answer).

What is God's Kingdom?

Page 77, Paragraph 5—”From where will God’s Kingdom rule? Well, where is Jesus? You will remember learning that he was put to death on a torture stake, and then he was resurrected. Shortly thereafter, he ascended to heaven. (Acts 2:33)”

Your Response
I am utterly confused by this statement! I have come to the conclusion from reading this book that the Watchtower Society believes that Jesus Christ was “only a human man.” It further believes that when Jesus died His body went back into the elements or became gas. It believes that there is nothing spiritual in man that lives on after death. It believes that the human body of Jesus was not resurrected. So from what I understand of the teachings of the Watchtower Society, the answer to the question, “Where is Jesus?” would have to be “He is dead, the body has disintegrated; he will never been seen again.” Will you please tell me how Jesus Christ can be both dead and at the same time alive?

Are We Living in 'The Last Days'?

Page 88, Paragraph 5—”First, let us examine four features of the sign that Jesus said would mark the time in which we live.”

Your Response
It seems that the Watchtower Society has been using the same list of signs for “the last days” for the past 100 years or more. However, these signs were all visible even before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Since the Watchtower Society has been using the same list for such a long time, wouldn’t this seem to indicate that these signs are general in nature? Thus they could not specifically indicate the closeness of the end of the world. Would this not be an accurate conclusion?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Page 108, Paragraph 6—”The real ruler of this world is Satan the Devil.”

Your Response
Satan may be in control of some things, but he is not the real and total ruler of this world. For example, he is not in control of the weather.

Acts 14:17—God is the one who gives rain to grow food, which gives “good cheer.”

Matthew 5:45 says, “….that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.”

Exodus 13:21-22—It was Yahweh who placed the “pillar of cloud” and “pillar of fire” for the comfort of the Children of Israel.

1 Kings 8:35-36—It is Yahweh who shuts up the heavens and then gives rain at the proper time.

These verses clearly show that it is God who withholds and gives rain. Would you not agree that the Bible teaches that not everything is under the control of Satan, but Yahweh Himself is in charge of running some things in connection with this earth?

How to Make a Family Life Happy

Page 135, Paragraph 4—”We can learn how Jehovah acts because he sent his firstborn Son from heaven to the earth. (John 1:14, 18) When on earth, this Son, Jesus Christ, imitated his heavenly Father so well that seeing and listening to Jesus was just like being with Jehovah and hearing Him. (John 14:9)”

Your Response
If words mean anything, and if I have any degree of understanding, what is written here is exactly what the millions of born-again, Bible-believing Christians believe. I take it from what is written here that the Society teaches that the Son of God, who lived in heaven for thousands of years in the presence of the Father, came down Himself at the time of the incarnation and actually dwelt within the man Jesus Christ—so that Jesus was not merely a human being, but also the very Son of God was dwelling in Him! Thus Jesus was both divine and human. Would this be a correct conclusion?

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