What an insult it is when groups like the Watchtower Society demote Jesus from His status as eternal creator (John 1:3) to a being belonging to time “the first creature”.
If this were not bad enough the Watchtower Society also teaches that Jesus had to be Born Again (regenerated) and that He became God’s spiritual son at His baptism by John the Baptist (See Greatest Man book – story 12 and Reasoning Book p76)
WHILE I was a practising Jehovah’s witnesses it always puzzled me as to why practically all other beliefs confirmed that Jesus was crucified on a cross when it was so clear to us that it was a stake. At the time I never really fully critiqued this issue until recently, so felt it was a good opportunity to review this particular chapter while this was fresh in my mind.
The chapter rightly starts by defining Cross as the Device on which Christ was executed, and then goes on to explain that the original Greek word used was “Stauros”, which we all agree with.
However, it then goes on to explain that in classical Greek this word meant merely an “upright stake”, and then unpacks a list of references to try and support this, namely P.Fairbairn, liddel & Scott, the companion Bible, encyclopaedia Britannia, Bible Dictionaries etc.
This is all fine in the context that Stauros could mean Stake, but what is missing here is more importantly how did this word develop over time and more specifically in terms of how the Romans applied it when it came to this form of punishment.
WITH the 100 year anniversary of the 1914 Generation set to arrive next year Jehovah, it seems, has decided it is time to tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that they have had it wrong all along and give them “new light” on many of the doctrines and teachings they once held dear.
In this article, former Jehovah’s Witness Lesley Mitchell outlines the changes present-day Jehovah’s Witnesses are to hear about this September.
The teaching that Jesus is the Archangel Michael is, without doubt, one of the strangest beliefs that you’ll hear at the Kingdom Hall. Where does it come from, you can ask a Jehovah’s Witness? Why from the bible, of course they will reply! Here’s how.