(JW) Hey Mr. Comma Where Do You Belong Sir?

Can a simple misplacement of a single comma change the meaning of an entire scripture? You betcha, consider the following. The Watchtower Society has a peculiar comma placement  in Luke 23:43 (see below). The section highlighted red is where the comma should be but instead they put it after the word “today”, this highlighted in blue. By moving the comma, it makes the meaning be that Jesus is proclaiming a statement today that the criminal will be in future paradise (in the millennium according to the JW’s) rather than that very day. This reflects their view of  “soul sleep”. They teach that once a person dies there is nothing left of them that survives death. Hence, rejecting the teaching that we have a soul but rather we are the soul. (NOTE: TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR TEACHINGS ON SOUL READ THEIR 1989 “REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES” PAGE 375.)

(New World Translation) Luke 23:43

And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today,You will be with me in Paradise.”

To read this scripture from their own Bible CLICK HERE

Below is a sample comparison of other translations that show the comma in the correct place.

(New International Version)

Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(New American Standard Bible)

And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

(Amplified Bible)

And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

(New Living Translation)

And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(King James Version)

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

(American Standard Version)

And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

(Young’s Literal Translation)

and Jesus said to him, `Verily I say to thee, To-day with me thou shalt be in the paradise.’

In the Watchtower’s 1969 “Kingdom Interlinear Translation” pg. 408  (below) they explain why they omit the comma before the word “today”. They do so because there are no commas in the Greek.

Luke 23_43_COMMA-KITx2This seems like a logical explanation but one may ask, after having the correct placement of the comma in their (written by Benjamin Wilson a non JW) 1942 “Emphatic Diaglott” pg. 305, why would they change it in their translation? To clarify here, the WBTS bought the copyright of the “Diaglott” in the early 1900’s.  See below…1942 Diaglott pg. 305x2

Unfortunately, the Society has a history of making Bible “revisions” to tailor scriptures to fit their doctrines. This is just one small example of their willingness to do so.

(JW) The Watchtower Society and Aluminum

As harmless as aluminum is for us today (has always been), the Society used to have a strong vendetta against it, for reasons I’m not sure. The Society had labeled it a “curse to humanity” and that “after syphilis…[aluminum] is the most common source of toxemia…not to mention that it’s “killing the whole
country…”.

According to the 1936 the “Golden Age”, Sept. 23 pg. 803 “the unseen guests at the aluminum-dinner table” apparently are food poisoning, cancer, and death.  See below…

1936 The Golden Age, Sept. 23  p. 803

In the same issue on page 806  they pictured a slaughtered goat (the public) that was “killed” by the “evil” men that endorse aluminum. Below…

1936 The Golden Age, Sept. 23, p.806

According to this 1930 April 2nd “Golden Age” pg. 438 (below) “The Scientific American, The Literary Digest, most of the M.D.’s are dead wrong,” that aluminum is safe. They are “immune to facts or reasons as the D.D.’s are on the “hell” question. By the way D.D. stands for “Dumb Dogs”. Many groups that disagreed with JF Rutherford were often called this slander…how sincere he was.

1930 Golden Age April 2nd pg. 438

Evidently, according to the “Golden Age”, Sept. 8, 1937, p. 771 (picture below) the rich greedy men were not too concerned about all of those “sick” people going to the hospital because of aluminum.

The Golden Age, Sept. 8, 1937, p. 771

In the same issue on page 773 (below) the children were being loaded up “for the tomb”. Evidently, one of the children contracted insanity from aluminum.

tomb

Even as late as 1949, the Society was publishing comments from doctors on how harmful aluminum was. What I find interesting is that most of the doctors only had their initials listed, kinda makes it it hard to verify this information huh? Read the 1949 Awake Aug. 8th pg.16 below…

1949 Awake Aug 8 pg.16

Finally we got new light (in 1962) that “At present the great majority of authorities in medical and scientific fields gave aluminum a rather clean bill of health.” This was printed in the 1962 June 22nd “Awake!” pg. 8. May the soup kitchens of the world rejoice.

(JW) What Is The Kingdom of God? Part 1

The Watchtower Society tells it’s members that the Kingdom of God is his heavenly government and only the 144k (anointed) are included in this arrangement. Refer to the 2009 April Watchtower. I looked up the Greek word for “KINGDOM”  in the Watchtower’s 1988 “Insight” book (also E Sword) and found the word “basileia”. Here’s the definition of it below…

βασιλεία
basileia
Thayer Definition:
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
3) used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah

As we can see from the definition above, “Kingdom” is also the TERRITORY that is “subject to the reign of a king”. I repeat, this word doesn’t only mean government/rule, but land and territory also. The Greek word for “GOVERNMENT” is “kuriotēs”. Here’s the definition below…

κυριότης
kuriotēs
Thayer Definition:
1) dominion, power, lordship
2) in the NT: one who possesses dominion

Strongs:
mastery, that is, (concretely and collectively) rulers: – dominion, government.

Here’s the problem with saying that the “Kingdom of God” is ONLY his government. The word government (kuriotēs) is NEVER used in the Greek where the word “KINGDOM” is mentioned! It’s always the word “basileia”, that is used in all of the 70+ times that the phrase (Kingdom/of God) shows up. I have cited a couple of scriptures below that say “Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets” will be IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.  According to JW’s, the Old Testament saints won’t be in heaven but rather on earth, for eternity. Below are some scriptures that say otherwise.

Luke 13:28 “There is where [YOUR] weeping and the gnashing of [YOUR] teeth will be, when YOU see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside.”

Matt 8:11“But I tell YOU that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens;”

According to this scripture below you have to be born again to SEE the Kingdom of God?!? Well, that’s what it says…

John 3:3 “In answer Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

(NOTE: ALL SCRIPTURES CITED ARE OF THE “NEW WORLD TRANSLATION”)

To see a video I made concerning this topic CLICK HERE.

To hear a recent Bible study I had with a JW on this subject (a Ministerial Servant) CLICK HERE. I admit that I could have said some things clearer but I know that our study got to him. He hasn’t returned since though we had been meeting fairly consistently for over 10 months. The audio tells the story.


New Cult Info Coming Soon!

Hello my name is A’Mar (Middleman777)  and I’m looking forward to posting a lot of information on various cults and religions. My specialty is the Jehovah’s Witnesses (though I never was one) and in some circles I’ve been called a “JW scholar”. I’ll let you be the judge of that ;-). I own over 400 of their books and publications, this is a decent collection no? I also possess quite a few Mormon publications and other religious literature as well. On this blog I will be posting many links, videos, mp3’s, publication scans, references, etc to back up my claims. Some of these articles may be revealing and unbelievable to you. Check back often to see what’s cookin’.