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The Deity of Christ

Using the New World Translation to Prove the Deity of Christ

The explanation below is part of a letter I sent to my sister.  If you can get your hands on a New World Translation Bible (try ebay) you can mark these scriptures and use them if you ever have the opportunity to talk to a Jehovah's Witness about the Deity of Christ.

Page 1547 NWT:  "[ ] Brackets enclose words inserted to complete the sense in the English text."("Inserted" means to add)

Read the following scriptures in the New World Translation (NWT) and compare to the NIV:

Deuteronomy 4:2 - "You must not add to the word that I am commanding you, neither must you take away from it, so as to keep the commandments of Jehovah your God that I am commanding you."

Proverbs 30:6 - "Add nothing to his words, that he may not reprove you, and that you may not have to be proved a liar."

Revelation 22:18 - "I am bearing witness to everyone that hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll:  If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll."

Galatians 1:8, 9 - "However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to ​YOU​ as good news something beyond what we declared to ​YOU​ as good news, let him be accursed. As we have said above, I also now say again, Whoever it is that is declaring to ​YOU​ as good news something beyond what ​YOU​ accepted, let him be accursed.

When [bracketed] words are added to complete the sense in the English text, it should not change the meaning of the scripture, because that would be in direct violation of these scriptures above.

Read the following scriptures and read them with and then without the bracketed words:

John 8: 24 and 28 - To understand this change, we first need to go back to Exodus 3:14.  When Moses asks for God's name, God answers Moses and tells him, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you." (meaning eternal one/to be).  NWT Bible has changed this to, "I SHALL PROVE TO BE WHAT I SHALL PROVE TO BE".  But, in John when the same words are used, they translate it here to "I am [he]…" in both of these verses.  Adding[he] changes the meaning of the scripture.

Now continuing reading verse 58 & 59.  It says Jesus has been, "I have been" and then they begin to hurl stones at him.  He was also stoned by the Jews for claiming to be God.  NWT changes to "a god". If he was just claiming to be "a god", they would not stone him for that, as many people back in that time period worshipped other gods and claimed to be a god and were not stoned for that. (Compare 1 Cor. 8:5)

John 14:9 - The word[also]is added and changes the meaning.

Acts 20:28 - The word[Son]is added and changes the meaning.

Philippians 2:9 - The word[other]is added and changes the meaning.

Colossians 1:16, 17 - the word[other]is added 4 times and changes the meaning.

Then read these scriptures:

Isaiah 9:6 - Jesus is called Mighty God, Eternal Father. 

Isaiah 45:22 - says there is only one God.

1 Cor. 8:5, 6 - says there is only one God…out of whom all things are, and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him. (Note [other] is not used here like in Colossians 1:16, 17)

Matthew 1:23 - says Jesus is to be called "Immanual, which means, when translated, 'With Us is God'"

John 1:1-3 - NWT says Jesus was "a god" and that "all things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence." (Note [other] is not used here like in Colossians 1:16, 17)

John 2:19, 20 - Jesus says he will raise himself from the dead.  Something only God can do.

John 10:30 - Jesus says he and the Father are one.

John 10:14 - Jesus says if you ask for anything is his name, "I will do it".

John 20:28, 29 - Thomas calls Jesus, God.  Jesus never corrected him, nor rebuked him.

Colossians 2:9 - says in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form.

Revelation 1:6, 7 - says Jesus is to receive all the glory...He is coming out of the clouds, and every eye will see him (compare Acts 1:9-11). Then verse 8 says "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord (NWT changes to Jehovah God), the One who is and who was and who is coming…"  So who is coming?  Substituting the Lord with Jehovah God really confuses the scripture and changes the meaning.  The Lord is changed 247 times in the NWT according to the only scholar who will endorse the NWT bible, Jason BeDuhn.

Revelation 22:12, 13 - Jesus says he is coming quickly and he is the Alpha and the Omega.

Many scriptures say to worship Jesus, be persecuted for Jesus sake, be witnesses of Jesus, be delivered up to tribulation in Jesus name.

Matthew 4:10 -Then Jesus said to him: "Go away, Satan!  For it is written, 'It is the Lord (NWT changes it to Jehovah your God) you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service."

Matthew 5:11 - says we will be persecuted for Jesus sake.

Matthew 10:18 and 22 - says for Jesus sake and Jesus name.

Matthew 24:9 - says you will be delivered up to tribulation on account of Jesus name.

Luke 21:12 - persecuted in Jesus name sake.

Acts 1:8 - Jesus says you will be witnesses of me.

Romans 10:1-13 - all the verses leading up to 13 speak of Christ, not Jehovah. Then in verse 13, "the Lord" is changed in the NWT is changes to "Jehovah", thus making all the scriptures before it unharmonious with verse 13.

Philippians 2:9, 10 - Every knee should bend (i.e. worship).  Note how it reads without the bracketed word [other].

1Timothy 1:8 - witness about Jesus.

Hebrews 1:6 - in the 1953 NWT bible, which I have here, it says to "let all God's angels worship him".  Or as later versions say "do obeisance to him".  Means the same thing - to worship.

Revelation 1:6 - says glory to Jesus.

Revelation 2:3 - for Jesus name sake.

Revelation 22:9 says to worship God.  So, if there is only one God and Jesus is call a "God" in Isaiah, it seems a little confusing given all this evidence that Jesus is not God, but Michael the Arch Angel as the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has claimed for so many years.  Angels would not worship or pay obeisance to another angel - only God. (Heb. 1:6)

PLEASE Re-read John 8:24 and read it without the bracketed [he], using the correct translation on the original text there, it would read, "For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins."

 

God will come as Jesus

Malachi 3:1, NWT, says:

"Look!  I am sending my messenger, and he must clear up a way before me.  And suddenly there will come to His temple the [true] Lord, whom you people are seeking, and the messenger of the covenant in whom you are delighting.  Look!  He will certainly come, Jehovah of armies has said."

Jehovah God says he is sending a messenger to clear up a way before him.  This clearly indicates that God is the one coming.

Thomas recognizes Jesus is God

John 20:26-29, NWT, tells us how Thomas acknowledging that Jesus is God.

"In answer Thomas said to him: 'My Lord and my God!'  Jesus said to him: 'Because you have seen me have you believed?  Happy are those who do not see and yet believe.'"

In addition to the cross proof, this also proves Jesus is God, (See Deity of Christ page) something Jehovah's Witnesses deny.  If Jesus was not God, would Jesus not have reprimanded Thomas?  Jesus had no problem reprimanding and correcting people when they were wrong.  No, Jesus did not correct Thomas, because he is God.

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."