Once upon a time, a bible edition was said to have been printed that accidentally omitted
a "not" in a critical text. Thus, the "Thou Shalt Commit Adultery" bible was created - and
quickly destroyed thereafter. Too bad Christendom didn't have a knee-jerk reaction as
Witnesses may, in declaring "new light" when they supposed it to have been manifested.
Thus, we have an example of a clear Bible command being contravened by a printing
mistake. What is more impressive than this takes place when the Watchtower engineers
a scripture into justifying something that is the direct opposite of what the author intended.
Of these, 3 stand out as particularily galling.
1st, Matthew 6:9 "Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified".
Jesus did not say "Jehovah, let your name...." He chose to avoid that and use "Father"
as he did thruout his ministry. Jesus chose to avoid using "Jehovah" during his sacrificial
death, even when his quotation was transliterated for the whole world to see ( Matt. 27:46)
Clearly, Jesus liked the universal notion that God was everybody's Father.
So, how is it that the simple words of the Lord's Prayer get twisted into a cultish and
narrow view that God will hate you if you fail to use his 'special' name? ( that Jesus
didn't bother with , in teaching prayer, either?)
Genesis 9:4 "the life is in the blood" ( various)
What is the purpose of blood? To sustain life. To permit your brain and eyes and
fingers to move and live. That's what blood is for.
Any thought that blood exists to be "poured out" as part of some religious ritual
is clearly a case of "not seeing the forest for the trees"! ( and ignores the moving
eyes and fingers and benumbed brain of those would defend Watchtower silliness
Jesus made the matter of the Sabbath clear by noting that "the Sabbath was made for
man and not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27) Was blood made for man -- or was man
made for blood? The whole transfusion issue is an example of true perversion - wherein
something is twisted into opposition of its original intent - the sanctity of life.
And finally, the whole Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. ( Matt. 25:31 - 46)
A simple reading of the story reveals that the downtrodden "brothers" of Christ
are STRANGERS to BOTH THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS! (vs 35, 46). The entire
illustration hangs on that one point - be nice to downtrodden people because they
might be the Favored of God! The plain purpose of this parable is to encourage kindness
and compassion in the midst of a brutal empire.
Instead of all this, the Watchtower manages to throw out any notion of generalized
charity towards the common oppressed ( sick, in prison, strangers, naked, hungry) and
conclude that peddling magazines and working in sweatshop factories to further the aims
of a few well-known elderly men are what Jesus expects for gaining salvation. Thus, the
whole thrust of his words is lost - and again - warped into narrow and cultish fealty.
These are the worst I can find in their import to Witnesses. You may have other choices,
according to your background.