Watchtower Witnesses.

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The Watchtower Society (WTS), is the governing body of the group known as "Jehovah's Witnesses". Around 1950 the WTS published its own version of the Bible, known as "The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures" (NWT), it was translated by the New World Bible Translation Committee, who have remained anonymous.
The reason given for maintaining anonymity is that they wish Jehovah to get all the credit for the work. Sounds commendable! However, the writers of the books of the Bible did not feel it necessary to remain anonymous and nobody gives them the credit for their work. In reality, another reason lies behind their quest for anonymity - nobody can check their qualifications.

Destroy this Temple.

While they were speaking of these things he himself stood in their midst.... But because they were terrified, and had become frightened, they were imagining they beheld a spirit. So he said to them: "Why are you troubled, and why is it doubts come up in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; feel me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you behold that I have.
Luke 24:36-39 NWT
The teaching of the Watchtower Society, regarding the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, is that He was resurrected as a spirit.
The flesh and bone body which had been born to a virgin in Bethlehem and had recently been crucified was now gone - although they cannot tell you where it is.
This teaching is in direct contradiction to the verses quoted above from their own biased version of the Bible, so how do they get around the problem?
Easy! Jesus materialised a body which looked like His old body, complete with wounds to make it look as though this body was the one which had been crucified. He therefore fooled His disciples. He deceived them.
Look again at the above verses. The disciples were frightened because they thought Jesus was a spirit, they thought they were seeing a ghost.
What does Jesus say?
"See my hands and my feet that it is I myself; feel me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you behold that I have."
What Jesus is saying is: "I'm not a spirit, it really is me." He then invites them to examine His wounds in order to prove it.
Now think about it - if the Watchtower teaching was correct; if Jesus actually was a spirit, then He was telling a lie to His disciples, and in order to 'cover-up' His lie He even went to the bother of materialising a body complete with holes in the hands and feet.
And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 52:9

Besides the verses already mentioned, is there any other Biblical proof that the Lord arose from death with the same body? Indeed there is!

After Jesus drove the moneylenders and animal traders from the temple He was quizzed by the Jews, they wanted to know by what authority He did these things. Now read the answer Jesus gave them:

"Break down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
Therefore the Jews said:
"This temple was built in forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?"
But he was talking about the temple of his body. John 2:19-21 NWT.
Look closely at what Jesus said: "Break down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. These verses make it very clear that Jesus was referring to His own body, and He said that if they broke down this body, it (not a materialised look-alike) would be raised up in three days.

Incidentally, who does Jesus say is going to raise up His body?

".... and in three days I will raise it up."

Yes! Jesus said He would raise up the same body which was crucified, but how could He do that if He became nonexistent, as the Watchtower Society teach?

Obviously the Watchtower Society is as wrong with this teaching as they are with their other teachings. At death we do not become nonexistent. Our soul, the real "us" who inhabited the body, leaves the earth behind.

Those of us who have accepted the The Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, will go to Heaven to be with our Lord.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7

In the New World Translation of the Bible, the anonymous "translators" have twisted many scriptures in order to make it comply with doctrines which the Watchtower Society teach.

The doctrines believed by Jehovah's Witnesses are not taught in the Bible, they are taught in the books and magazines produced by the Watchtower Society. They are not doctrines of God but doctrines of men.

It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, because they teach commandments of men as doctrines. Matthew 15:9 NWT.

Jim Cowen
Good Tidings Ministry.