QUESTION #10 – In your Kingdom Interlinear Translation of John 14:14, it shows the word ‘me’ in the original text that is missing. A word for word literal translation would be something like, “if ever anything you should ask me in the name of me, this shall I do.” So if translated correctly, it means we can pray to Jesus himself in his name. If we can pray to Jesus himself in his own name, who does that make Jesus?
ANSWER – A word-for-word translation is not really a translation. It is a transliteration. And as anyone knows who bothers to read a transliteration some passages are difficult to understand, assuming one does not know Greek. The task of a translator is to make sense of the original language by rendering it in the best possible way to convey the intended meaning.
Obviously the transliteration of John 14:14 is very awkward; “If ever anything you should ask me in the name of me.” That is why even trinitarian Bible producers have translated the verse the same way as the NWT. For example, the King James Version says: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
It is rather pathetic that a person would advocate using a transliteration instead of a properly translated version, even a version published by trinitarians. It shows the perversity of those who will use any means possible to create a misunderstanding in someone who maybe uncertain. How true the words of the inspired apostle, who wrote of Paul’s letters: “He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” —2 Peter 3:16 NIV
QUESTION #11 – Stephen prayed to Jesus in Acts 7:59. Your translation diluted the meaning of the text for obvious reasons. However, we know it means prayer because the Watch Tower admitted this in their 1950 version of Acts 7:59. Also, common sense tells us that it is a prayer since Jesus was nowhere near Stephen during his death and he said ‘receive my spirit’. If Jesus can be prayed to, who does this mean he is then?
ANSWER – Stephen did not pray to Jesus. This is a vivid demonstration of how ignorant and unstable people distort the Scriptures. Just as a card trickster tries to divert the attention of the observer so they will be less likely to notice the sleight-of-hand trick, the trinitarian tries to draw your attention to a single word, to the neglect of the context.
The trick is to try to get you to not reason on the Scriptures or make informed judgments. But a simple reading of the context reveals that Stephen had a miraculous vision — an epiphany. He saw the heavens open up and he saw the Son of man standing at the right hand of God. When Stephen announced his vision the maddened Jews began stoning him to death, at which point Stephen spoke to Jesus and asked him to receive his spirit.
Obviously very few people have ever seen either Christ or Jehovah in vision. One of the few who had, other than Stephen, was John. The entire Revelation was a vision John had while he was a prisoner on the island of Patmos. John spoke to Jesus in heaven —in the vision. Was he praying to him? No. He was responding to the vision —participating in it.
Neither was Stephen praying to Jesus. He was witnessing to the Jews regarding Christ’s resurrection and ascension to heaven. And since Jehovah had made Jesus the resurrection and the life —meaning he has been given the keys of death and the Grave —it was most appropriate for Stephen to appeal to Jesus to receive his spirit.
Ironically, the very last thing Jesus said before he expired was, “Into your hands I entrust my spirit.” Of course, no trinitarian will acknowledge that Christ appealed to Jehovah to restore his life. But that is what he did.
The fact that Stephen was a participant in a supernatural vision is lost on the trinitarian. They would have you believe that Stephen and all the early Christians routinely prayed to Jesus —not his Father. But needless to say, if anyone today experienced a rapturous vision of Jehovah and Christ in heaven at the very moment they were being executed, more than likely they would speak to Jesus —even appeal to him for salvation. Of course, it is safe to assume that no scripture-twisting trickster will ever be in that position.