Difficult Biblical Passages for Jehovah’s Witnesses

1. 1 John 5:1 – Teaches that ALL who believe in Jesus are born again–not just a sub group (i.e., the “144,000”)

2. Isaiah 43:10 – Teaches that ‘no G/god was/will be created before or AFTER the one true God’ (contra their teaching that Jesus is “a god” created before creation).

3. Isaiah 6 in relationship to John 12, proving the deity of Christ. See Isaiah 6 on this web site.

4. James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion to visit orphans and widows. JWs completely neglect works of mercy, instead spending all of their organization’s resources on spreading their ideas.

5. Matthew 5, when properly understood, teaches that true believers have (to some degree or another) all of the traits in the “Beatitudes” and receive the reward that is described in various dimensions at the end of each Beatitude.

6. Job 19:26-27 – Job would “see” God (Christ) ‘with his eyes, and not another’ (not a different subgroup).

7. Rev. 21:1, 10 – No separation of heavenly and earthly rewards. The bride ‘comes down out of heaven’ so that there is no subgroup (144,000) dwelling with Christ apart from all other believers throughout all eternity.

8. Hebrews 12:22-25 – Believers (i.e., ALL believers, without regard to any supposed distinction) are said to have come to “heavenly Jerusalem.” The discussion here centers around the New Covenant. Not to be in the New Covenant is tantamount to being without God and lost. Heb. 12:24 states, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth (i.e., Mosaic Covenant), much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven”

9. Romans 8 – Two ways can go–with Christ or without Christ (not three: ungodly, earthly godly, and heavenly godly). Believers must have the Holy Spirit (contra JWs who maintain that only the 144,000 have the Spirit). Not to have the Spirit is equated with being lost, not being of an ‘earthly subclass of believers’.

10. The “Angel of the LORD” Passages, which speak of a the pre-incarnate Christ, who is shown to be both God and sent from God. See Angel of the Lord List, Angel of the Lord as God.