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Answers to various so-called “stumper questions” based upon Watchtower doctrine

Jesus' parousia

The Second Time Christ Appears

Hebrews 9:28, speaking of Christ, says "... and the second time he appears..." How can Christ APPEAR a second time if he will not have a visible return to earth? Stumper Question #43 Of all the so-called “stumper questions” this one actually is a stumper for Jehovah’s Witnesses and the leadership of the Watchtower.
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Jesus receives the sealed scroll of revelation

Is Jesus Superior to Jehovah?

Stumper question #42 In Phil 2:9, the NWT inserts the word "other", even though it doesn't appear in the original Greek (see Gr-Engl Interlinear). What is the reason for inserting this word? Is the word "Jehovah" a name? See Ex 6:3, Ps 83:18, and Isa 42:8. How would the verse read if the word
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angels in heaven

Who were the spirits in prison to whom Jesus “preached”?

QUESTION: If there is no conscious awareness after death, how could the "spirits in prison" be preached to by Christ after his death (1Pet 3:18-20) and how could the good news be "declared also to the dead" (1Pet 4:6)? - Stumper questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #41 Perhaps a better question to consider is this:
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Watchtower illustration of the resurrection

How many “hopes” are there?

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses - #40 QUESTION: If there are 144,000 spirit anointed people who have a heavenly hope, and a great crowd of people who have another hope of everlasting life on paradise earth, why does Paul say that there is only ONE hope (Eph 4:4), instead of two? There is only
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Stumper Question for Jehovah’s Witnesses #39

Stumper questions for Jehovah's Witnesses QUESTION: If the great crowd is to have everlasting life on paradise EARTH, why does 1Thess 4:17 say, "...we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR; and thus we shall always be with the Lord"?
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Lord Jesus, Receive my Spirit

Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses #38 QUESTION: If the spirit of a man has no existence apart from the body, why does Stephen just before his death in Acts 7:59, pray to Jesus to "receive my spirit"? How could Jesus receive Stephen's spirit if a man's spirit ceases to exist when the body dies?
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Jesus creates worlds

How could Jesus be a created being?

Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses #37 QUESTION: John 1:3 says in reference to Christ, "All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence". How could Christ have been a created being if ALL things came into existence through him? If Jesus was a created being,
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person tormented in the lake of fire

The Wild Beast and the Lake of Fire

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses #36  What is the meaning of Rev 14:9-11, which says, "... If anyone worships the wild beast ... he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur ... And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever ...". Where could "anyone" be "tormented ... forever and ever”? When a
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Son of man coming upon the clouds of heaven

How will every eye see Jesus and those who pierced him?

Stumper Question for Jehovah's Witnesses, #34 If Christ will not have a visible return to earth, then how will he be seen by "ALL the tribes of the earth" (Mt 24:30) and by "EVERY eye" (Rev 1:7) when he returns? The Bible ultimately is a product of the mind of God. The apostle Paul
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Thomas kneels before the resurrected Christ

“My Lord and My God”

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #33 In Jn 20:28, Thomas refers to Jesus in Greek as "Ho kyrios moy kai ho theos moy". This translates literally as "the Lord of me and THE God of me". Why does Jesus, in Jn 20:29, affirm Thomas for having come to this realization? If Jesus really wasn't
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Jesus passes the cup during the last supper

Dispelling the Transubstantiation Myth

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #32 The NWT translates the Greek word "esti" as "is" in almost every instance in the New Testament (Mt 26:18, 38, Mk 14:44, Lk 22:38, etc.). See Greek-English Interlinear. Why does the NWT translate this Greek word as "means" in Mt 26:26-28, Mk 14:22-24, and Lk 22:19? Why the
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beautiful mountain refected in still water of blue lake

Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #31 Jesus uses the phrase "Truly I say to you, ..." over 50 times in the Bible. In the NWT, the comma is placed after the word "you" every time except in Lk 23:43, where the comma is placed after the word "today". Why is the comma placed after
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Jesus on the cross

Was Jesus executed on a stake or cross?

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #30 If Jesus was executed on a torture stake, with both hands together over his head, why does Jn 20:25 say "...Unless I see in his hands the print of the nailS ...", indicating that there was more than one nail used for his hands? It's really not a
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Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey

Jesus will be called “Mighty God”

Stumper Question for Jehovah's Witnesses, #29  Jesus Christ is referred to as "Mighty God" in Isa 9:6 ("For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us ... And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God ..."). Jehovah is referred to as "Mighty God" in
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Jesus in the wilderness being tempted by Satan

Jehovah, Jesus and the gods

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses #28 The NWT translates Jn 1:1 as "... and the Word was WITH God, and the Word was a god". How can the Word (Jesus) be "a god" if God says in Deut 32:39, "See now that I-I am he, and there are NO gods together WITH me …"?
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Woman looks to the horizon - dead tree in background

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about the soul?

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #27 If the soul is the body, why does Jesus make a distinction between the body and the soul in Mt 10:28? Jehovah's Witnesses do not teach that the soul and body are the same thing. The biblical usage of the word soul encompasses much more than just the
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Heavenly New Jerusalem in Revelation

Where do the 144,000 of Revelation come from?

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #26 The Watchtower Society teaches that the 144,000 of Rev 7:4 is to be taken literally. If chapter 7 of Revelation is to be taken literally, where then does the Bible say that the 144,000 will come from? (See Rev 7:5- 8) . The book of Revelation is the
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Jesus Christ receives the scroll from Jehovah

Jesus Christ – Jehovah’s Heir of All Things

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #25 Col 1:16, in talking about Jesus, says that "... All [other] things have been created through him and FOR HIM". If Jesus was Michael the Archangel at the time of creation, would an angel have created all things for himself? Isa 43:7 says God created "everyone ... for
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man peers into the starry heavens

Is Jesus the Creator?

Stumper Question for Jehovah's Witnesses, #24 Jn 1:3 says that Jesus created "all things", but in Isa 44:24, God says that he "by myself" created the heavens and the earth and asks the question "Who was with me?" when the heavens and the earth were created. How can this be since if Jesus was
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Jesus - the Alpha and Omega

The Alpha and Omega

Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses, #23 In Rev 22:12-13, Jesus Christ, the one who is "coming quickly", says of himself, " I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end". In Rev 1:17-18, Jesus, the one who "became dead, but, look! I am living forever and
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Watchtower illustration - Jews try to stone Jesus

Jesus ain’t I Am

This is Stumper Question #22 The NWT translates the Greek words "ego eimi" as "I am" every time it appears (Jn 6:34, 6:41, 8:24, 13:19, 15:5, etc.), except in Jn 8:58 where it is translated as "I have been". What is the reason for the inconsistency in this translation? If "ego eimi" was translated in
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dancing spirit of fire

Is the holy spirit a force or a person?

Stumper Question for Jehovah's Witnesses, #21 If the Holy Spirit is God's impersonal active force, why does he directly speak and refer to himself as "I" and "me" in Acts 13:2?  The question implies that the holy spirit is never spoken of as an impersonal, active force.  And that simply is not true. The
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Jesus throws the moneychangers out of the temple courtyard

What is the temple of his body?

Stumper Question for Jehovah's Witnesses, #20 To what was Jesus referring to by the term "this temple" in Jn 2:18- 19? See Jn 2:21. Jesus did not explicitly state what he was referring to; however, many years later when his apostle, John, wrote his account of the life and works of Jesus Christ, he
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comparing bibles

The New World Translation translates “kyrios” as “Jehovah”

This article is listed in the Answers category Question 19 of Stumper Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses The NWT translates the Greek word "kyrios" as "Jehovah" more than 25 times in the New Testament (Mt 3:3, Lk 2:9, Jn 1:23, Acts 21:14, Rom 12:19, Col 1:10, 1Thess 5:2, 1Pet 1:25, Rev 4:8, etc.). Why is
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Jacob bows before Essau

Worship or obeisance?

(Question #18) In the NWT, every time the Greek word "proskuneo" is used in reference to God, it is translated as "worship" (Rev 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 19:4, Jn 4:20, etc.). Every time "proskuneo" is used in reference to Jesus, it is translated as "obeisance" (Mt 14:33, 28:9, 28:17, Lk 24:52, Heb 1:6, etc.), even
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Watchtower presidents collage

Why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the teachings of …?

(Question #15) Since the Jehovah's Witness organization currently rejects most of the teachings of its founder Charles Taze Russell (who was president of the organization from 1879-1916), and since they also reject "Judge" Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who succeeded Russell as president from 1916 - 1942, how can we be sure that in 25 more
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Jehovah's throne and Tetragrammaton

Why not Yahweh rather than Jehovah?

(Question #14) What is the correct spelling of God's proper name "Yahweh" or "Jehovah"? If Jehovah's Witnesses maintain that "Yahweh" is more proper, why do they misspell it "Jehovah"? If the name of God is so important, then should you not only pronounce it correctly, but spell it correctly too? Is not spelling more
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