How Do JWs View The Bible?

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  • Vanderhoven7

    Here are some questions to ask visiting JWs to help them realize their faith is not in the Bible, but in men.

    1. Do you view the Bible as the inspired word of God? (II Tim.3:16)
    2. Do you believe the Bible is written for everyone? (to read and study)
    3. Do you believe that someone who only has the Bible can read it and be saved?
    4. Do you believe your religion is clearly found in the Bible?
    5. Could someone studying the Bible alone come up with exactly what you believe?
    6. What role does the Bible play in determining your religious beliefs?
    7. Do you believe that your faith is primarily in the Bible or is it in your religious leaders and their interpretations of the Bible?
    8. Could there be a discrepancy between what your religion teaches and what the Bible teaches? Has there ever been?
    9. If you discovered a discrepancy between what the Bible says and what your religion teaches, which one would you believe?
    10. Would doctrinal modifications made by your religious leaders always act as a corrective to change what you believe the Bible teaches?
    11. Could the Bible ever act as a corrective to change your beliefs contrary to what your religion teaches?
    12. If a person puts his complete trust in a Bible scholar, with an “if he says it, I believe it” attitude, would his primary faith be in the Bible or the scholar?
    13. Do you believe that your religious leaders alone have the right and ability to to interpret the Bible for true believers?
    14. Where do your leaders get new information as to what the Bible teaches? (Bible itself? Angelic guidance? heavenly saints? Holy Spirit's leading?)
    15. How do your leaders decide on which doctrinal changes to adopt? Do they sometimes vote changes in?
  • truth_b_known

    If the Catholic Church gave us the Bible, is the Catholic Church God's "Faithful and Discreet Slave"?

    Martin Luther is responsible for the removal 1 and 2 Maccabees, Judith, Tobit, Baruch, Sirach, and Wisdom, and additions to the books of Esther and Daniel from the Bible. Luther wanted to also remove the books of Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation. Luther championed this because all these books in part conflict with his teachings of sola gratia and sola fide (by faith and grace alone). Why do Jehovah's Witnesses agree with Martin Luther by removing books of the Bible cannon, but reject Luther's teachings of salvation through faith and grace alone?

  • Vanderhoven7

    @ Truth be Known,

    <<Why do Jehovah's Witnesses agree with Martin Luther by removing books of the Bible cannon, but reject Luther's teachings of salvation through faith and grace alone?>>

    Precisely because the Bible (Catholic or Protestant version) is not their authority.... as the questions are designed to bring out.

  • Finkelstein

    answer = through the eyes and interpretation of the Watchtower Publishing Corporation.

    and that's the reason for the corruption which exists there, if " The Truth " be told.

  • Doug Mason
    Doug Mason

    The WTS rejects Christendom yet it accepts Christendom's Bible.


    Who was acknowledged as the authority before Pastor Russell officially became the authority according to the WTS.?

  • Vanderhoven7

    I would imagine that Pastor Russell would say what all Jehovah's Witnesses would say today, that the Bible is the truth, that their religion is in fact Bible based and that the Bible is the authority for their doctrine.

    However Bible-based actually means nothing significant and the claim that it is the authority for their doctrine is demonstrably false. In reality very doctrine which is unique to Jehovah's Witnesses is extra-biblical; established solely by eisegesis sprinkled with theories and speculations that are beyond what is written.


    Who ever said that the bible was the guide to Christianity?

    For example, Jesus never said to follow the scriptures or said to the apostles 'write these things down for all to know' or any other such things.

    What ever happened to the idea of Christianity before the bible was ever compiled?

    Interesting that the Catholic church produced the bible for their own liturgical purposes and other people think 'Hey, let's make a faith based on this Catholic book.....weird

  • Ding

    If Jehovah has always had a visible organization, what was his organization from the death of the apostle John until Charles Taze Russell?

    And if there was such an organization, why didn't Russell join it?

    Since he didn't, doesn't that mean Jehovah had two true organizations at the same time?

    If not, which organization would be the right one -- the older one or the one that got started in the late 1800s?

  • WTWizard

    All hypocrisy. They claim to abide by the whole bible, they claim a monopoly on such. Yet, the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger has a rule that you must abide by and teach a doctrine despite being able to prove it wrong using their own bible, until they themselves alter it. Which is it, the bible or the bad doctrine?

    OK, so I don't abide by the bible either. But at least I make no claim to abide by that filthy book, nor do I claim to have the absolute truth that has been suppressed for so long that it may be impossible to find again. (Let alone before we all get RFID chipped, along with the coronavirus vaccine that will be worthless, without any protest because protest will all be illegal thanks to antifa). As I see it, it is the fact they claim to adhere to the bible and then they demand people to teach doctrines that contradict it that is objectionable.

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