The Heresy of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses as an organization seems to love the Bible and encourages its followers to go door-to-door sharing this love of the Bible and of God. It is wonderful that they do love the Bible, but while they hold several distortions in reading it, such as the improper transliteration of YHVH as “Jehovah” (correct transliteration is actually “Yahweh”), such matters are unimportant, there is one thing that is blatantly heresy and as such a tragedy in good will. They deny the deity of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach). The scriptures they ignore include, among others, John 1:1&14, 20:28; Romans 9:5; Phil. 2:6; Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20. Also, John 13:3, 17:5, Colossians 1:15-19, 1 Timothy 3:16, and Hebrews 1:3.

Proponents of Jehovah’s Witnesses have their own distorted translation of the Bible called the New World Translation which helps them bypass the relevance of these scriptures. For example, John 1:1 is translated, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” Notice that the last “god” has a lower-case ‘g’ and is prefixed with “a”–“was a god” rather than “was God”. But that is not what the source Greek says; the Greek has the same semantic of God between both “was with God” and “was God”. (Throughout all the Hebrew and Greek, the authors avoided explicitly using the name of YHVH, so they often used the term “god”, as in, “the god”, as was the case here.) This deliberate translation error of indirection in reference to God is how they convince people that Jesus is not himself God in the flesh.