by James Broughton
In an article which spans five parts, the Watchtower Society appears to invite the reader to form a greater understanding of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although they already have several brochures and leaflets about themselves, it seems they want this information to gain a wider acceptance by publishing it in the Watchtower magazine.
Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses? (p.3)
The article begins with some common misunderstandings from a Watchtower point of view of what JWs are not.
“I had known Mike for years. He is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But his religion always baffled me. Who is Jehovah? Why don’t Witnesses celebrate the holidays? Was Mike mixed up in a cult?”—Becky, California, U.S.A.
“When my neighbors started to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I wondered: ‘What does that name, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mean? What a strange name for a religion!’ ”—Zenon, Ontario, Canada.
“My wife and I thought that Jehovah’s Witnesses called to prey on our guilt feelings because we weren’t at church. And we figured that if the mainline churches didn’t have what we were looking for, a weird sect like Jehovah’s Witnesses couldn’t have it either.”—Kent, Washington, U.S.A.
“I honestly didn’t know who they were and what they stood for.”—Cecilie, Esbjerg, Denmark.
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?
I recently got given a copy of the Jehovah’s Witness book “What Does the Bible Really Teach?”
This is the book that JWs use to “study” with potential new members.
As I looked at it I found that at the rear of the book, there is an appendix that lists a number of different topics (mainly concerning some of the JWs more unique beliefs).
One of these topics asks “Who Is Michael the Archangel?” on page 218.
ANY Jehovah’s Witness will tell you that they believe Jesus is not God, but was created by God.
The Watchtower cites Proverbs 8:22 as proof that Jesus was created.
22“Jehovah himself produced me as the beginning of his way, the earliest of his achievements of long ago.
New World Translation
But does this verse prove that Jesus was created by God?