By James Broughton
As Easter approaches, Jehovah’s Witnesses will trot out the same excuses as to why it does not celebrate this important Christian holiday. This year is no different as the Society tackles the issue in the March 1, 2015 edition of the Watchtower magazine.
James Broughton gives his response to the magazine article…
By John Tancock – http://jtsblogspot.blogspot.co.uk/
Known as the silver sword because of its colour, this is not an update it is a new translation. With a new translation philosophy and approach. We will look at various features of this edition and make comments from more than one perspective.
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.
JEHOVAH’S Witnesses teach that the 144,000 are the only people to have a future heavenly hope, leaving all other JWs members of the Great Crowd who will possess the earth after the battle of Armageddon.
But is this true and what does the Bible teach?
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.