There is a diversity of religions or religious ideologies that have marked different forms of belief in God, among these are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, among many others. Here we will see the mistakes of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Jehovah’s Witness Mistakes
In this article we are going to determine some errors of Jehovah’s Witnesses that are often criticized by other existing religious ideologies. For some time now, humanity has created watchtowers in order to protect the fields and towns against the fate of enemies.
These were built by farmers in order to be aware of the vineyards and orchards; soldiers to discover enemy forces before they were closer than they should have been, thus preventing surprise attacks.
As we said before for some religions that do not share the same ideology as Jehovah’s Witnesses, they commit 30 errors that we will determine below, so that the reader can compare them and draw their own conclusions, namely:
One of the teachings they hold is that Christ has already come, that his coming was in the year 1918 and that they were the only ones who could see him.
We must observe that there is a contradiction in this in relation to the date, according to the two books cited. We must maintain: Christ has not come! In Revelation 1:7 it is mentioned that when Jesus returns “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him.” Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to have seen it through “the eyes of understanding.”
The phrase “the eyes of understanding” does not make biblical sense, on the contrary it is rather a new terminology created only for the support of merely human doctrines. In Revelation 1:7 it is pointed out that: “even those who pierced” Jesus Christ will see him. This means that sinners themselves will also see him during his second coming.
Practitioners of this religion do not like the phrase “second coming”; on the contrary, they change it for a second “presence” and later maintain in a cunning way that the “presence” of Christ will not be visible.
All these words are nothing more than a trick by means of which they think to cover the mistake they make in maintaining that Jesus Christ came in 1914 or 1918. The most deceived in this regard are the Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves.
They affirm that it is possible to know the date of the second coming of Christ
It is pointed out in Matthew 24:36 that: “of the day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven.” The Lord “will come like a thief in the night.” Similarly, in First Thessalonians, can Jehovah’s Witnesses know what the Son of God himself and his angels do not know? Impossible!.
Anyone who announces the second coming of Jesus Christ by declaring a date is nothing but a false prophet, no further evidence can be sought.
They deny that the soul continues to exist after death
This is another error held by Jehovah’s Witnesses. in the texts mentioned below it is mentioned that the soul does continue a life after death.
This is determined in Thessalonians, here it is stated: “and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and his whole being, spirit, soul and body, be preserved blameless for the moment of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ ”.
Similarly, in Matthew 10: 28 it is stated: “and do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul…”. In the same way in Revelation 1:9,14,15: “Behold, a great multitude… who were before the throne and in the presence of the Lamb…”.
At another point in the Apocalypse it is stated: “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been killed…”. John did not see bodies of flesh and blood but souls. In Second Peter it is also described: “I am in this body… shortly I must leave the body… after my departure…”.
Also in Corinthians 5: 1-10 it is seen: “because we know that if our earthly dwelling, this tabernacle, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house that does not take hands, eternal in heaven… we are in the body, we are absent from the Lord… to be absent from the body, and present to the Lord…”.
In Philippians 1: 21-14 we see: “because of both things I am narrow, having desire to depart and be with Christ…”.
They deny that the sinner will be punished for eternity
Below we mention some of the scriptures where the eternal punishment of the sinner is mentioned. In Matthew it is indicated: “eternal fire”. Also in Matthew 25: 46 “eternal punishment.” Mark 9: 43,45. “Fire that does not go out”. Mark 9:44,47 “And the fire never goes out.” Mark 9: 44 “their worm does not die”.
Second Thessalonians 1:9 mentions: “They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction.” Likewise in Revelation 20:10: “And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
They claim that hell is the same as the grave
In Matthew it is clearly mentioned what the Lord says that in the place of punishment there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. The body that has been buried in the grave does not cry and there is no gnashing of teeth there. The body in the grave decomposes. Does nothing. But, the unrepentant soul if it is tormented, cries or screams.
These two mentions of “the weeping and the gnashing of teeth” are only figurative phrases that try to describe the punishment of sinners in hell. Hell is not about the amount of pain, suffering, trials, sorrows, and tribulations that people go through in mortality. Nor is the grave considered to be hell, it is only the spiritual place where sinners go when they die.
They speak of the absolute annihilation or destruction of the sinner
As for this point, it is not mentioned in the Bible. On the contrary, what is determined is that the sinner will be eternally repressed. He will not be destroyed but will be resurrected not to eternal life but rather to damnation. This is found mentioned in John 5:28,29 and Daniel 12:2.
They reason that God is love, and therefore could not severely punish those who sin.
Romans 11:22 speaks of God’s “kindness” and “severity.” Severity is only for believers in him; It is also mentioned about “anger and anger”, also in Hebrews 12: 29 it is given that God is “consuming fire.
In Hebrews 10: 31 it is stated: “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”. Likewise in Hebrews 10: 30 the vengeance of God is mentioned. Regarding this we can say that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know the true and real God of the Bible that he is.
It is correct to think that he is indeed a loving God, however, he is equally just regarding the judgments that go against the stubborn or stubborn sinner.
They hold to the theory that there are two groups of the saved, one consisting of one hundred and forty-four thousand “heavenly children,” and the other of a huge multitude on earth.
Regarding this theory in the same way the Bible gives us knowledge about a classification of the saved. All the saved have only one hope. In Ephesians 4:4 it is mentioned: “called in one hope”. Also in Second Timothy 4:9 the “crown of righteousness” is for all those who love the coming of Jesus Christ.
They maintain that no more than one hundred and forty-four thousand will be in heaven
The one hundred and forty-four thousand mentioned in Revelation 7:1-8 are from the twelve tribes of Israel, that is, they are the Jews who have been obedient to the gospel. We can see that they are presented in Revelation 7 and are on earth, not in heaven. They had not been sealed.
They say the great multitude is found in the land
In relation to this point, in Revelation 7: 9 it is mentioned that: “before the throne of the Lamb”, that is, in the presence of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is in heaven and not on earth.
They do not have a good understanding of the term “little herd.” They apply it to a group of one hundred and forty-four thousand people, who according to the witnesses themselves say that they remained on earth after the year 1918.
This phrase or term is determined in Luke 12: 32 and refers to the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who according to the ideologies of Jehovah’s Witnesses, are still on earth.
When Jesus Christ first used it with those around him during his mission on earth. The promise to grant them the kingdom was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, as stated in Acts 2:1-47. At the time the Church was established.
They do not share who the “other sheep” mentioned in John 10:16 are about.
The “other sheep” are nothing more than the Gentiles that Jesus Christ would call at the beginning of the Christian era. They are not what Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain, that they will live in a renewed earth during the millennium with a vision that will last forever.
They teach a second chance for the sinner
They maintain in the same way in relation to this point that there will be two resurrections of sinners at the time of the millennium and that God will give sinners more opportunities for their own salvation. In John 5: 29 it is mentioned that all sinners will be resurrected in relation to the condemnation and it will pass at the time that Jesus Christ returns.
The Bible itself does not promise stubborn or rebellious men another chance at salvation if they die in sin. After the death process will come the judgment (this is established in Hebrews 9: 27); it is not a second chance, and after the judgment the sinners will go to the place of eternal punishment.
Such a second chance doctrine, aside from being a lie, is often harmful because it lies to sinners with false hope.
They maintain that the kingdom was established in 1914
At certain points in the Bible the phrases or terms “kingdom” and “church” are considered synonymous. In Matthew 16: 16-18 the church is established, that is, the kingdom, it was established fifty days after the resurrection of Christ and only ten days after the ascension.
In Mark 9:1 it is mentioned that the kingdom of God will come “with power”, (referring to the power of the Holy Spirit), during the time of the apostles. Similarly in Acts 2:1-4, “the power” refers to the life over the apostles on the day of Pentecost and their kingdom was appointed on the same day of the year 33 AD
The “celestial kingdom” made up of all the saved of the ages, is prepared “from the foundation of the earth”; this determined in Matthew 25: 34, thousands and thousands of years prior to 1914.
They hold the theory that Christ represented the kingdom during his stay on earth
The Bible does not record this claim of the witnesses. Jesus Christ was not yet a member of the church, meaning the kingdom that he promised to grant to the apostles. He likewise maintains that he would build it (this is established in Matthew 16:18), and indeed he did, all this after the ascension.
They also hold that the kingdom was not preached between the time of Christ’s ascension and the year 1914. This is a totally wrong assertion.
Below we quote three texts from the Bible in the New Testament. In Acts 20:25, “and now, behold, I know that none of you all among whom I have passed preaching the kingdom of God.” Likewise in Acts 28: 28. Paul “declared to them and testified to them of the kingdom of God from morning to evening.”
They say that one of the purposes of the kingdom is to fight against the governments of the earth.
In John, Jesus Christ himself pointed out: “my kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world my servants would fight so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; But my kingdom is not from here”.
Paul argues in second Corinthians 10: 3,4 “for although we walk in the flesh, we do not act according to the flesh; since the weapons of our struggle are not channels, but powerful in God for the destruction of fortresses”.
The kingdom of God is one of peace, not war. Vengeance belongs to the Lord and not to those who are members of the kingdom. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not understand the essence of the kingdom.
They hold and speak of the “Theocrat”, of “the heavenly and earthly part” of the kingdom. This is not a terminology of the Bible, but it is the one invented by the witnesses in order to define concepts against the Bible.
They dare to hold that no organization but their own has the right to rule the earth
Such a statement becomes a true test of the real goal. They seek to rule over all of the entire earth. This is also proof of the mistake they make of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. They recognize it as a kingdom on earth. We can say of this: It never has been! It is not! and never will be!
They commit the sin of antagonizing the current governments.
This happens because they hold a wrong idea of the kingdom of God. They maintain that it is a kingdom that is established to fight against other kingdoms that exist on earth. For this reason they do not honor the flags of world countries, they differ from the United Nations and other such organizations.
The Bible itself commands us to respect and obey the governments that exist. In Romans 13: 1-6., it is maintained: “let every person submit to the superior authorities… so that whoever opposes the authority, resists the one established by God… then it becomes necessary to be subject to him… Since due to this They also pay taxes.
They maintain that the battle of Armageddon is carnal, where the “earthly children” will confront sinners and all religionists
Regarding this point we can say that such an interpretation of the battle of Armageddon is totally absurd in the extreme, that such a literal definition of the Apocalypse is not justified, since he does not need us to take it against the enemies, and the saved They will not be warriors in an army of flesh but will inherit the kingdom of peace and love.
They speak of an earthly resurrection
The Bible does not mention this phrase anywhere. None can be resurrected to return to earth. The righteous will be resurrected and enter heaven and the unrighteous will be damned. All of this is established in John 5:28.
“The time will come when all who are in the graves will hear his voice; and those who did good will go out to resurrection of life; unlike those who acted badly, they will go to the resurrection of damnation.”
They hold that the transformation is for “the remnant,” and that God is effecting such changes in these days.
In the Bible itself we are instructed that the living when Jesus Christ comes will be transformed. These changes have nothing to do with the one hundred and forty-four thousand. There will be no change in a slow way that occurs over several years, but the whole will be transformed: “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”.
They ensure the existence of two judgments, one during the so-called “time of the end”, and the other that will last a thousand years
The Bible points to a single judgment, it will come at the end of the world, after the second coming of Jesus Christ, and after the millennium, not before or after.
They deny the divinity of Christ
In Matthew it is clearly stated: “And you shall call his name Immanuel, which means: God with us.” Also in John 1: 1. “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.”
They add text to the Holy Scriptures
All of its books present instructions that the Bible does not share. At all times they quote the Bible, but they damage the Gospel. Regarding this the Holy Spirit says that those who do such things are accursed. This is determined in Galatians 1:6-10.
change the text of the bible
In order to defend their doctrines, they see the need to make their own translation of the teachings, which is called the New World Translation. Unfortunately, this is usually not an exact translation of the original text. Jehovah’s Witnesses are very conversing about Greek, however, how many of them can read the language?
They take away from the Holy Scriptures
The Bible says it should not be added or subtracted: however Jehovah’s Witnesses remove from their own Bible texts that are considered important and fundamental in Christian doctrine.
Selling their books from house to house harms the work of the royal church
The real gospel should not be sold to people who do not want conversion. Second Peter 2: 1-3 states: “There will be false teachers among you, who will covertly introduce destructive heresies…many will follow their dissolutions…out of greed for your merchandise with insincere words.”
The end, they have formed a sect founded on the sand of human doctrines and private interpretations.
This religion of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is not mentioned in the Bible nor was it known in the first century. Its origin was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by Charles Taze Rosell; and was developed by “judge” Rutherford.
We have been able to observe in this article the different ideologies of this ideology of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which, as we see, differ greatly from the beliefs of the Catholic religion.
We hope that the reader has learned more about these various differences that they have regarding specific points of the Bible, the second coming of Jesus Christ, his kingdom; they likewise add and delete text from his own Bible; denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ, among others. As we can see, they are very different points from what the Catholic Bible teaches us.
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