Answers to questions posed by critics of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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. That [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:21-04:00May 18th, 2016|Answers|17 Comments

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: If [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:24-04:00April 20th, 2016|Answers|24 Comments

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 one [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:27-04:00April 10th, 2016|Answers|28 Comments

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"? The [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:27-04:00April 9th, 2016|Answers|14 Comments

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? If [...]

2016-04-08T18:58:06-04:00April 8th, 2016|Answers|16 Comments

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, then [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:28-04:00April 7th, 2016|Answers|253 Comments

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 person [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:30-04:00March 30th, 2016|Answers|6 Comments

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 explained [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:15-04:00August 31st, 2015|Answers|19 Comments

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 inconsistency [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:16-04:00August 25th, 2015|Answers|1 Comment

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 "today" [...]

2017-07-04T11:45:48-04:00August 20th, 2015|Answers|101 Comments

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 [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:18-04:00August 20th, 2015|Answers|1 Comment

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 Isa [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:19-04:00August 18th, 2015|Answers|5 Comments

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 [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:20-04:00August 13th, 2015|Answers|0 Comments

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 very [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:21-04:00August 12th, 2015|Answers|7 Comments

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 my [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:21-04:00August 11th, 2015|Answers|0 Comments

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 [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:22-04:00August 5th, 2015|Answers|117 Comments

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 explained [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:22-04:00August 4th, 2015|Answers|0 Comments

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 the [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:22-04:00August 4th, 2015|Answers|1 Comment

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 years, [...]

2014-12-04T08:12:58-04:00December 4th, 2014|Answers|1 Comment

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 important [...]

2017-01-01T15:58:19-04:00November 28th, 2014|Answers|2 Comments

If the name “Jehovah” is so important why isn’t it in the NT?

(Question #12) If the name Jehovah is so important, then why is it never used in the entire Greek New Testament? If men edited out the name of God, “YHWH," when they copied the New Testament, as only the Watchtower organization claims, then how can we have any confidence in any of the New Testament? [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:37-04:00November 25th, 2014|Answers|2 Comments

Were 1st century Christians Jehovah’s Witnesses?

(Question #11) Why would the name God gave to His people not be "Christians" since Acts 11:26 says, "The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch"? Why is the name "Jehovah's Witness" found nowhere in the New Testament, if that is God's divine name for His people under the new covenant? Why would God wait [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:37-04:00November 24th, 2014|Answers|1 Comment

Why the name Jehovah’s Witnesses?

(Question #10) Why are you called, "Jehovah's Witnesses" and not "Christians"? Since Jehovah's Witnesses appeal to Isa 43:12; 44:8 for scriptural support that they should be called, "Jehovah's Witnesses" then what was the "new name" prophesied in Isa 62:2? Can't be "Jehovah's Witnesses", for God already used it 20 chapters earlier. Could the new name [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:38-04:00November 23rd, 2014|Answers|7 Comments

How do we know there are vacancies for the 144,000?

(Question #9) How do you know that there were any vacancies, if any, in the 144,000 class if Jesus offered this to first century Christians? How can the organization know the exact number of vacancies today without any records from the first century? __________ This is an easy question for Jehovah's Witnesses to answer. It would [...]

2016-01-27T13:57:46-04:00November 22nd, 2014|Answers|0 Comments

What about the Watchtower’s 1935 date?

  (Question #8) How do you prove from the Bible that 1935 was the year for the selection to heaven stopped due to being filled? What is the difference between a Catholic appealing to "what the organization tells him" about December 25 being the date of Jesus' birthday and a Jw' appealing to "what the [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:38-04:00November 21st, 2014|Answers|3 Comments

Can individuals understand the Bible?

(Question #7) Can individuals read & understand the Bible alone, or do they need an organization and it's publications to do so? __________ Since the time when God made a covenant with Abraham Jehovah's purpose has always been in connection with an organization of people. The nation of Israel accomplished the initial phase and Christ's [...]

2015-08-04T16:58:56-04:00November 21st, 2014|Answers|1 Comment

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses openly dispute Watchtower doctrine?

(Question #6) Can Jehovah's Witnesses hold and discuss openly with other Jehovah's Witnesses opinions that differ from orthodox Watch Tower doctrine? __________ No. Nor should it be allowed. Aside from prophetic interpretation and matters related to the return of Christ, the doctrines of the Watchtower Society are scripturally sound. It is the truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses [...]

2017-03-18T08:33:29-04:00November 20th, 2014|Answers|3 Comments

The 1914 generation debacle

(Question #5) Since the Organization has received "new light" regarding the 1914 generation, and completely changed their view on this, does this mean that all the former Jehovah's witnesses who were disfellowshipped years ago for the same view the organization is now teaching will automatically be accepted into fellowship again? Were these Ex-Jw's in fact [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:38-04:00November 19th, 2014|Answers|23 Comments

Has the Watchtower made errors?

(Questions #3 & #4) Has the Society ever taught anything scripturally incorrect? (See Prophecy Blunders of the Organization). Might the Society be teaching anything scripturally incorrect now? __________ The questioner apparently spent a lot of time researching the Watchtower’s “prophecy blunders,” assuming that the knowledge of such will dissuade Jehovah’s Witnesses from pursuing their faith, [...]

2015-08-04T17:52:59-04:00November 19th, 2014|Answers|7 Comments

Is the Watchtower inspired?

(Question #2) If the Watchtower organization rejects others calling them "inspired" yet the Watchtower organization does call themselves "God's Spirit-directed Prophet" what is the difference? Is there such a thing as an "uninspired prophet”? __________ The simple answer is, there is a difference. The original Bible prophets were inspired in various ways, some through visions [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:38-04:00November 18th, 2014|Answers|2 Comments

Why did so many of Jehovah’s Witnesses lose faith?

This article is the first in a series of articles to come answering so-called stumper questions for Jehovah's Witnesses. All entires will appear in the ANSWERS category listed on the footer menu (Question #1) If the organization did not actually prophesy the end in 1925 and 1975, then how come so many Witnesses left the [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:39-04:00November 18th, 2014|Answers|7 Comments

Isn’t the Watchtower a false prophet?

The Watchtower organization has claimed to be the prophet of God yet it has made numerous false prophecies. The excuse given for their false prophecies has been to quote Proverbs 4:18, which says, "But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is [...]

2016-12-08T15:11:55-04:00February 11th, 2014|Answers|0 Comments