Many come to this web site confused looking for answers and how to make sense of all they were taught as Jehovah Witnesses. Many are searching and some have come up with new understandings and desire to share there thoughts and new beliefs. Some get very upset when others share something that does not go along with how they personally understand the scriptures. As we all know, there are many religious groups that follow the Bible yet few agree on all doctrinal points. Most of us here who were Jehovah Witness’s understand what it is like to be forced to believe a doctrine that we cannot except.
It is not our goal for this web site to be a free for all when it comes to attacking others faith or doctrine. We do agree that the Bible is Gods written word and we uphold the principles found there in. However, what is written in it is understood differently by many of us. Of course we ask for Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding but the truth remains, we do not all understand it the same. Maybe we think we have the Holy Spirit and our brother does not. Is it possible that God/Jehovah/YHWH is more concerned with our heart condition than our particular doctrine? (1 Corinthians 13:1-12)
We all believe that Holy Spirit has preserved Gods word for us down to this day do we not? There are over 2000 translations of the Bible in the world. The Watchtower has translated the New World Translation into 106 different languages yet they have published their doctrinal publications in 436 different languages. That tells me they are way more focused on preaching their doctrine than they are sharing Gods written word. Numbers don’t lie. Could we be the same when we share our faith? I know I am guilty of adding my opinion in a forceful tone way more than I should after I share the scriptures. Should not the scriptures be able to speak for themselves?
My opinion is the Bible has been translated over the years with strong bias by the translators. I am not sure but I believe that most here at this web site do not believe the trinity or hell fire teaching. Yet most all popular Bibles promote hell fire and the trinity. The New World Translation (NWT) does not as we all know. I find myself still using the NWT much of the time for this reason. I have not been able to find a Bible in print that does not have a trinity bias and hell fire bias in it. I have not found a Bible yet were I do not see doctrinal bias in the translation including the NWT. I must ask… If these doctrinal points were so important would not the God of the universe have preserved them along with the over 2000 translations of the Bible through out the world? If they were so important, lets say salvation issues, then I would believe Jehovah Witness’s truly do have something that most all other religions do not have, a more accurate Bible supporting “true doctrine” that God “requires” us to know. Truth is, the New World Translation is about 1900 world languages behind the other Bibles. If the majority of the Bibles are correctly translated then most of us here are dead wrong about hell and the trinity. Please do not take me wrong… I am not saying that true doctrine is not something we should all try to learn. (John 8:32) I am just pointing out the fact that many translations are bias in this area.
How can we use Bibles that support the trinity and hell fire that we ourselves do not believe and then turn around and tell someone else they are not following true doctrine? What I am trying to say is apparently the preservation of true doctrine is not as important as the message of love, mercy and not judging taught by Jesus Christ. These messages are very clear in EVERY translation of Gods word are they not? So what do we focus on? We all know what the Watchtower focus’s on and what they insist upon. Do we do the same?
It is my observation that many read the Bible and toss common sense out the window. I believe I did this for all the years I was a JW, over 40. For example, the Bible teaches God is love yet many stand firm on the hell fire teaching that God burns his own children who disobey him forever. Is it any wonder so many in the world do not believe the Bible? Who’s fault is it? Many of us taught that unless you are a JW you will die at armageddon and we set dates on top of it! Those dates ran out and that is why many of us are here on this web site. The Bible Students made some of the same mistakes and there are many Bible Students on this web site. Not so many x-Bible Students as there is xjw’s. All are welcome but we need to remember that most of us here are trying to escape doctrinal concepts being forced on us as the JW’s did. For the most part all Bible Students teach a way more loving and forgiving God than do the JW’s and I am all for that. Still there are a few who like the JW’s insist upon their doctrinal view as the correct one while quoting from Bibles that contradict their main belief’s such as the trinity and hell fire.
On such topics as love, mercy and not judging our fellow man, the Bible is truly clear in every translation. Why is it this way on these topics but not many doctrinal points that many hold to? Could this actually have been done for a reason? (Isaiah 55:11) Please consider Jesus words at Matthew 9:13, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” That is a strong statement and is very clear yet one of the most overlooked scriptures in the Bible. This is a strong desire that Christ expressed and he directed it to the Pharisees. Are we more like the Pharisees when we share the word of God or Christ? The Bible was written in such a way that most can play almost any tune on it. What tune are we playing? Is it judgmental or is it full of mercy? Are we like the Pharisees or are we like Christ? Christ condemned those who condemn and he forgave the sinners not the self righteous who had no need of repentance. (Luke 15:7 / Romans 5:7-8 / Ecclesiastes 7:20 / Romans 3:10)
Please consider 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Should we not be “patient” with others who are searching? No doubt this is a very strong desire our heavenly father has for all of his children that none of us should perish. Surly if correct doctrine was so important, God could have and would have preserved it, spelling it out for us in most translations. He did not however he did preserve the message of love and forgiveness in every translation and that rings through in all of Christ’s words does it not? Will not the grand creator of the universe get what he desires? Is not ALL THINGS possible with God? (Matthew 19:26 / 1 Corinthians 15:22 / 1 John 2:2) Let us never forget the words here at John 3:17, “For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. (NWT) If Christ Jesus did not come to judge this world then neither should we with our own personal doctrine. This is only my opinion 😉
In closing please consider 1 Corinthians 13: 1-12, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
With warm love and affection for all who visit this web site.
Your brother in Christ.
More on this subject in this article: I want Mercy Not Sacrifice