In the article 'Judgement Day' published by Jehovah's Witness', They are saying,'In 'Judgement Day', the people who will be resurrected and had no chance to learn about God will not be judged according to their past deed but what will they do after resurrection.' And they show the scripture Roman6:7 which says"who has died has been acquitted from his sin." If we take out context and see it literally , it has that meaning but the scripture's contextual meaning is totally different, it doesn't talk about physical death but the death of old personality.So in this cotext, this cannot be applied.This is anacceptable to admit.
Wrong and Deceiving
They are saying,'In 'Judgement Day', the people who will be resurrected and had no chance to learn about God will not be judged according to their past deed
"I never had a chance"
"Neither did I"
The WT rendering of Romans 6:7 is not only wrong (as the OP shows), but the WT's doctrine doesn't match it.
To be acquitted means to be found not guilty.
If everyone who dies is not guilty of his sins, then why don't they all get resurrected and live forever?
And if our deaths pay for our sins, then why the need for the ransom sacrifice? What did that pay for?
The Org's doctrine that Romans 6:7 is to be taken literally, makes Christ's sacrifice null & void - because every human who dies, automatically wipes out their sins simply by ceasing to breathe!!
Maybe we'll get a "new light" on this one - after the lurkers from Bethel read the posts!
Ding, that is awesome reasoning!!!!
Yes, But remember that the doctrine also adds that everyone DIRECTLY destroyed by god will not get a resurrection.
For example all in Noahs day, Soddom etc...
AND all who directly opposed Gods people...like Hitler...(so they say)
Yes, they have taken that out of context! However, elsewhere it's stated that death is the wages/reward for sin, ie. staying dead. Many JWs have this idea that simply the act of dying acquits one from sin and entitles them to live again!! Nooooo! In that case, what did Jesus give his life for?
When you read the context carefully, it becomes evident that Romans 6:7 is really saying that the dead are free of sin's power to control their bodies. It's not talking about sinners being acquitted for their past sins. It's actually saying that the dead cannot sin - because there is no living body for sin to control - and using this as an illustration to tell christians to likewise consider themselves as being dead and therefore not to allow sin to control them.
Watchtower is shamelessly twisting the verse completely out of context to support its false teaching about the unrighteous getting a second chance. Watchtower's definition of the unrighteous is completely made up and has absolutely no basis in scripture. In fact, scripture implicitly contradicts the notion that the unrighteous is a separate group from the wicked:
"What! Do YOU not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom?" - 1 Corinthians 6:9a
"Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment to be cut off," - 2 Peter 2:9
They think people who died before the Big A who never had a chance to know "the truth" will get resurrected, but what about the people who won't know about it when Armageddon comes? Is your salvation simply a matter of lucky timing? It would make it like a lottery, some get a chance, some don't. When I became a JW I was told that Jehovah was going to "speed it up in his own time" and by the time of the end everyone on the earth will have had a chance to know about him. But it was impossible then and it's more impossible now. They aren't growing more than the general population, so every year Armageddon is delayed means more people who don't know about Jehovah who will be bird food because they didn't die at a good time.
They keep talking about how close the end is, but how can that be if everyone in earth has to get a witness? Most people in the U.S. don't really know what JWs believe, never mind the millions in countries where there are few JWs, and no real effort is being made to get the word out either. They seem content to stand next to literature carts in train stations. How is that lifesaving preaching work? If that is how God will give people a chance at life he is a cruel practical joker.