Why do Jehovah's Witnesses teach that John 1:1 does not identify the Word as God?
- TeeMLv 712 months agoFavorite Answer
Honest trinitarian scholars admit the literal translation of John 1:1 is 'a god was the Word'.
The first known language John 1:1 was translated into that includes the indirect article in the 2nd Century C.E.
Translated it as "and a god was the Word."
Being a god and being God are not the same.
Some 50 different bibles understand this important point.
Here is a small sample:
1) In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word. 1865 Diaglot NT
2) Harwood, 1768, "and was himself a divine person"
3) Newcome, 1808, "and the word was a god"
4) Thompson, 1829, "the Logos was a god
5) Goodspeed, 1939, "the Word was divine
6) Torrey, 1947, "the Word was god
Jesus denies being the only true God and even after going to heaven continued to honor and worship his God.
John, Peter and Paul all write and tell us about the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul tell us Jesus is God's image, so to worship Jesus one becomes a image worshiper.
If one wants to learn the truth, one must pray to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus for wisdom and knowledge and understanding of him (Eph 1:3, 17; Rev 1:1, 5,6; Rev 3:2)
- Anonymous12 months ago
They wrote their own rendition of the bible.
What do you expect?
- crosseyedLv 612 months ago
yes this is puzzling.
when you do a "bible" study with the jws and you point to this plain clear passage, they begin all these weird arguments and start to twist the scripture to conform to watchtower doctrine.
and if you ask why they did that you just get more and more of the same arguments, but never any reason why they do it in the first place.
so, since jws won't tell you, you have to figure it out for yourself.
let us be clear - jw doctrine comes first. they decide that jesus is not god, then go through the bible to find the scriptures which clearly identify jesus as god, and formulate reasonable sounding arguments against them to conform them to watchtower doctrine.
they follow these arguments up with coercive persuasion techniques, using emotional appeals to gain acceptance, rather than sound logic.
doctrine is supposed to come from what is written, not imposed over what is written. jws have it backwards.
- BJLv 712 months ago
At Jesus’ baptism a voice from heaven proclaims: “This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.” Matthew 3:17
Whose voice is that? It cannot be Jesus’ own voice; he is right there with John.
That voice is God’s. Clearly, Jesus is God’s Son. He is not God himself.
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- BrianLv 512 months ago
Looks like with these answers nobody knows
- jon pikeLv 712 months ago
Got me. The passage couldn't be more clear.
- PaulLv 712 months ago
Why do JW's teach any of their nonsense?
- Anonymous12 months ago
not often they are right. when you speak do words come from your mouth or a person. the word was God and the word was with God. the word. Gods' speech not Jesus as people preach
- 12 months ago
because they need it to fit the cult dogma......The JWs are wrong about that.......John 1:1 does say The Word was God.............. the key part is..... In the beginning........ that was an infinite amount of time before God creates this universe......... and God was God, and God was All in All.......... God's WORD is ALL knowledge... God is ALL knowledge....... and God remains The Source of ALL knowledge........... after God Created this universe, and placed mankind on this planet, He shared some of his Word with man-kind....... directly with Adam and Eve.... and later through those He chose as His Prophets...... and then finally...... through His Son Jesus The Christ....... while the JWs are in error in their belief about The Word...... so also are many Christians.... who teach that The Word was / is Jesus............. it is clearly stated that God is The Word..........Jesus The Christ is not God.........
- sarahLv 712 months ago
because so many other places in the bible from Genesis to Revelation shows two persons. That Jesus was Jehovah's first creation. Colossians 1:15 Look at Revelation 1:1 while in heaven he gave the scroll to Jesus.