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Hi Nigel. You ask,

>>The name Jehovah according to the Watchtower dated August 15, 1997...pg6 please explain <<

That article reads,

Salvation-What It Really Means' In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus urged his disciples to pray: “Let your name be sanctified.” (Matthew 6:9) Most translations of the Bible have obscured God’s name, rendering it “Lord.” But in ancient copies of the “Old Testament,” God’s name appeared over six thousand times! Psalm 83:18 thus reads: “That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

The " ancient copies of the Old Testament" might refer early translations. The name ‘Jehovah’ does not come from the original Hebrew of the Old Testament. The Hebrew word it is translated from has silent vowels and the Bible translators couldn’t pronounce the word. Partly also because the name of God was so sacred to the Jewish people they were reluctant to use it. So translators added “e” “o” and “a”. But that was a guess, because they could have added ANY vowels and the name would have sounded very different. This was a mistake on their part. We now know that a more accurate rendering of the word would have been simply YHWH (Yahweh).

The article goes on -

Have you been taught to use God’s name, Jehovah? If not, your salvation is in jeopardy, for “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved”!—Acts 2:21; compare Joel 2:32.

"The name of the Lord" is an expression that includes all that the Lord is. So to "call on" His "name" is to "call on" Himself as the true object of faith and as the only way of salvation. (Ac.2:22–24) But who is the Lord? Peter will next announce the startling news that this Jesus who they had crucified is both Lord and Christ. He does so first by speaking of the life of Jesus, then His death, resurrection, ascension, and finally His glorification at "the right hand of God" the Father.

Hope this helps, if not let me know.



Hi Nigel,

>>What are the rules and conduct in the bedroom (Married)? <<

JW's need to find out from their elders. If they disobey they may be disfellowshipped. I would be surprised if you have no knowledge of the rules. The WT Society like to control everyone.

>>If God's name is Jehovah, then why are brother and sisters or the group called Jehovah witness? What is witness? Does Jehovah comes from the Catholic's <<

A Catholic Monk in 1270 AD (Raymundus Martini) added the vowels from Adonai to the Latin YHWH (JHVH). So invented the name ‘ Jehovah’. Bible translators obviously popularized it in the 16th century. So the form doesn't come from the original Hebrew words of the Old Testament but the translators. A more accurate rendering of "God's Name" would have been simply YHWH (Yahweh).

"The form Jehovah is thus a malformation giving what is virtually a transliteration of a word which is found in the text of the Heb. OT, but which was never actually used as a word. It became current in the sixteenth century" (New International Dictionary of NT Theology Colin Brown. Zondervan).

Surely if JW's want to be accurate they should get the name right biblically. But they follow Charles Russell. How about this? "God… has given Him (Jesus Christ) a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow" (Phil.2:9-10).

>>and what are some vast differences between Catholics and Jehovah witness? <<

Normally I don't compare these, but Catholic's can trace their leadership back to the apostles, while JW's can only trace it back to Russell. More significant are the similarities. Both are religious and working to get-right with God. From their leaders, both have official doctrine to strictly follow. Both are told what to think and believe (regardless of the bible). Both teach - no salvation outside their group, yet neither can be 100% they will be saved – they don't have peace with God. Both trust their earthly organization more than Christ's work on the cross.

Yet for all their rules and religion what's more significant is that both have never obeyed the command of Jesus to be born again (Jn.3.3). Without this obedience, they can't even "see" the God's kingdom. What do you think about that?



Hi Nigel,

>>Was Jesus nailed to a cross or a pole? <<

There are 4 types of crucifixion. The one used was the crux immissa or Latin cross. This is well known. But if you only read what the WT Society allows, you won't know any better. Perhaps, they have confused you, do you trust them more than the bible? Be careful, they have their own version, altered to fool people.

>>I am appauled that we celebrate Christmas and other holidays....ie Easter, Birthdays, etc. Jesus I thought was born on or about late Sept or early Oct. <<

If you follow the Watch Tower's instruction you should forget all holidays and just keep working. They rob your holidays and get you door-knocking selling Watch-Towers instead. But they don't honor Jesus, they stop people celebrating His wonderful birth-day and victorious resurrection.

>>Why would any mortal person go to another and confess their sins? It appears to me you would confess your sins quitely to God and ask for forgiveness from him...not a mortal man. <<

And this would indicate forgiveness is given free by God and not by door knocking, a 'mortal person', or obedience to the WT Society. Yet those who have never been born again (Jn.3:3) cannot be washed clean from any sin (Titus 3:5). So I wouldn't entrust my salvation to an earthly organization, would you?

>>Beards are frowned on as they reflect a rebellious and independent attitude. Moustaches are okay....Why? Didn't Jesus have facial hair? <<

The issue is more about obedience to the WT Society, than about what Jesus might have looked like. The WTS demand an obedient attitude. "Avoid independent thinking....How is such independent thinking manifested? A common way is by questioning the counsel that is provided by God's visible organization" (p.98 'The Watchtower' Jan.15 1983)

Of course you can ask questions about '
moustaches' as long as you obey all their doctrine. Why? The Watch Tower claims to be God's prophet on earth today (p197 WT Apr. 1st 1972). But how many false prophesies before one is called a 'false prophet'? (One) How many false prophesies has the WT made? (Many) So reject a 'false prophet' (Duet. 18:20-22).

Watch out for the WT Society, it's deceptive. It will make your life bondage and deny you God’s salvation.

Mark Purchase

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