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Was Jesus crucified on a cross, or tortured on a stake?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “What do you tell witnesses when they say Jesus was impaled on a torture stake and not crucified on a cross?” It depends. In general I like to choose my battles. Not all are of equal importance. Here they agree that He died and I can proclaim the gospel.…

Does the Greek text show that Jesus was NOT God?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “I am corresponding with a JW, and of course the topic of Christ’s deity is a central discussion point. One of the arguments used to support their view is the form of the the Greek word for God used. The contention is that Christ is always referred to as…

Is the soul immortal?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “The Bible says (paraphrasing) “the soul that sins shall die” (2 places in the OT, I believe) and “don’t fear him who can destroy the body, but fear him who can destroy both the body and soul.” These verses strongly imply to me the soul is not immortal, but…

Was Jesus “Created”?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “Colossians 1:15 defines Jesus as…the “image” of THE invisible God, the firstborn of all CREATION… Question – Jehovah’s Witnesses teach others that the Bible teaches Jesus was created…so are they wrong about Jesus having a beginning?” The Jehovah’s Witnesses use the word “firstborn” here in an attempt to make…

How is Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus different than the Jesus of the traditional Christian faith?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “How is Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Jesus different than the Jesus of the traditional Christian faith?” This is a great question! The Jesus of traditional, historical Christian faith was by nature God and took on human nature at the incarnation. Even after the resurrection and ascension He continues to be fully…

Fractions Don’t Add Up – Quick Questions For Jehovah’s Witnesses

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “As a practicing JW, born in, I’m thinking, If we can take FRACTIONS of blood, then why can’t we celebrate FRACTIONS of birthday parties, Christmas, July 4th and New Years eve etc? We could sing ‘Happy birthday,’ blow out the candles, but NOT eat the cake. My Religion’s doctrine…

How can you show a JW that Jesus is part of the Trinity?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “My husband can’t understand why Jesus asked God to “take this cup from him” when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane–if he was God– also in the gospel of John – Jesus said the Father is greater than I—my husband is confused about how Jesus claimed to be…

How do you get family members to listen to you?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “How on earth do you get one of them to sit down and listen. They are so afraid to hear another side — because the are the on “TRUTH”. My father is deep into their false doctrine and has completely pulled from our family because we are Christians. He’s…

Are the Witnesses like the Bereans?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “The Witnesses claim to be serious students of the Bible, like the Bereans, but are they really like the Bereans?” This is a great question. They really don’t. They study Watchtower material and use Watchtower books to study. In the late 1970s and early 1980s some Jehovah’s Witnesses started…

What do I say to Jehovah’s Witnesses at my door?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “What do I say to Jehovah’s Witnesses at my door?” Quite a few questions came in which are basically the same. “What do I say to Jehovah’s Witnesses when they come to my door?” It is important to understand that when the Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door they…

What is the best biblical counter to Witness belief in soul sleep?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “What is the best biblical counter to Witness belief in soul sleep?” There are 3 passages which immediately come to mind. There are more but these are pretty clear in addressing the question. In , David’s child died and when he was told his response was: “But now he…

Please explain the changes to the biblical requirements for baptism the organization made.

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “Please explain the changes to the biblical requirements for baptism the organization made. How does the following line up with Matthew 28:19? ‘Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization? Having answered yes to these questions,…

When did the Jehovah’s Witness start, what year and by who?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “When did the Jehovah’s Witness start, what year and by who?” The Jehovah’s Witnesses were started in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell. It was originally the International Bible Students Association and the publishing arm was the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. It was their second president, “Judge” Joseph Rutherford…

How do I show a friend that the JW’s are not of God?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “I’m not a well seasoned Christian like I should be. I gave my life to Christ in 1999 and slowly got away from Christ but now, I’m back in the word of God and have a thirst for him. My question is this, my friend is a JW and…

Are Jehovah’s witnesses a cult?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult?” Perhaps the most concise and accurate definition of a cult was formulated by Alan Gomes in Cult: A Theological Definition A Cult of Christianity is a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrinal system taught by an individual leader,…

Is it true that Jehovah’s Witnesses have 2 classes of Christians?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “Is it true that Jehovah’s Witnesses have 2 classes of Christians, the ‘other sheep’ and the ‘faithful slave’? Would that mean they believe God is partial?” Yes it is true. The term “faithful slave” comes from Matthew 24:45-47: “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master…

How do you get them to listen?

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “I have tried to witness to J.W.-they don’t give you much time. They get very angry. Once the “elder” with the younger told him to “come on” and would not let him talk to me. Is there a way to diffuse this. Another time, they didn’t know what to…

What is the most important thing to tell a Jehovah Witness

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A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “What would be the most important thing I could tell a Jehovah Witness who comes to my door that would help them understand that they are working for false prophets?” Such a statement should never be said unless it can be immediately proven. To do that, you would need…

How would you explain to someone that asks you if Jesus is God is he praying to himself?

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This question often arises because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. When Jehovah’s Witnesses hear the word “God” they usually think one of two things, either “Jehovah” or “Father.” So when a Christian tells a Witness that “Jesus is God,” the Jehovah’s Witness understands you to say that you believe that…

Jesus, Jehovah and the New World Translation

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A fair number of the questions we have received revolve around the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society’s use of “Jehovah” in their New World Translation. Is this God’s name? The Jehovah’s Witnesses that are going door-to-door insist that this is not only God’s name but in many cases use this as evidence they are God’s…