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Going into the very translations that the WatchTower
has published and in the case of the New World Translation translated let's see if we can find the truth regarding the Holy Spirit despite the JW's false teachings concerning the Holy Spirit elsewhere.



In the Emphatic Diaglott, published by the WatchTower/JW's it says
in Acts:


"But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has the ADVERSARY, filled thine HEART
to deceive the HOLY SPIRIT, and to appropriate a part of the price of the LAND?...Thou has not lied to Men, but to GOD." (The Emphatic Diaglott, Right Hand Column, Acts 5:3,4)



"...to deceive thee the spirit of the holy,...not thou hast lied to
men, but to the God." (Diaglott, Ibid, English directly under
the Greek)



"But Peter said: 'Ananias, why has Satan emboldened you to play
false to the holy spirit and to hold back secretly some of the price
of the field...You have played false, not to men, but to God."
(Ibid, New World Translation)



A few points that need to be brought up from the WatchTowers own
bibles.



1) It was stated that Ananias was deceiving the Holy Spirit. A force
cannot be deceived.



2) These verses equate lieing or playing false with the Holy Spirit
with lieing or playing false with God.



So do the JW's believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God?

No!

The next scriptures are also in Acts and I (a person) will quote
from the Watchtowers publications and in the case of the NWT, a
translation from them aswell.



"As they were publicly ministering to Jehovah and fasting, the holy
spirit said: 'Of all persons set Barnabas and Saul apart for the
work to which I have called them...Accordingly these men, sent out
by the holy spirit....(Acts 13:2-4, New World Translation)



In this passage there is no argument for NOT capitalizing Holy
Spirit, except that it doesn't fit into the WATCHTOWERS preconceived view of things.



However, they forgot to distort a few truths here.


"...said the spirit the holy; Separate you indeed for ME the
Barnabas and [the] Saul for the work, which I have called
them. ...having been sent forth by the spirit the holy..." (Ibid,
Diaglott, English directly under the Greek)



"And while they were serving the Lord and fasting, the HOLY SPIRIT
said, Separate to me BARNABAS and SAUL for the work to which I have called them.' ...They, therefore, having been sent out by the HOLY SPIRIT...." (Ibid, Right Hand Column)



There are several things that are crystal clear from the above
mentioned passages.



1) Lieing to the Holy Spirit is lieing to God, so therefore the Holy
Spirit is God, no little g here.



2) The Holy Spirit speaks, only a person can speak.



3) The Holy Spirit says, 'I'-First person personal pronoun and 'Me'

Only a person can do this.



4) In the bible we see that the Holy Spirit can be grieved, a force
cannot be grieved.


We also see that one can attempt to deceive the
Holy Spirit as Ananias and Saphira did.




The Watchtower published this Greek Interlinear work and if they
were convinced of things like Jesus being crucified on a stake or
even the most important doctrine such as the Trinity and the deity
of Christ (as my post on the Trinity said) then why did they publish
this work.



The Emphatic Diaglott, published by the Watchtower or to be more
specific, "International Bible Students Association Watchtower Bible
and Tract Society" Publishes a work where Benjamin Wilson says in
the Preface,

"The intelligent reader will at once perceive the utility and importance of this arrangement. Readers who are familiar with the original tongue obtain in this work one of the best Greek Testaments, with important ancient Readings, ...Scrupulous fidelity has been maintained throughout this version in giving the true rendering of the original text into English; no regard whatever being paid to the prevailing doctrines or prejudices of sects, or the peculiar tenets of theologians.

To the Divine authority of the original Scriptures alone has there been the most humble and unbiased submission."



So in his statement he is declaring that 'no regard whatever being
paid to prevailing doctrines or prejudices or sects, or the peculiar
tenets of theologians.' And to this the Watchtower gives a hearty
amen by publishing this work.



So in other words Wilson said that this is truly an objective
translation of the scriptures and they are not influenced by
sects and peculiar doctrines (such as Arianism (JW's ) which have been
around a long time.


At the Watch Tower site they say that what one believes about the
Trinity is of eternal importance



"Why should a subject like this be of any more than passing
interest? Because Jesus himself said: "Eternal life is this: to know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." So our
entire future hinges on our knowing the true nature of God, and that
means getting to the root of the Trinity controversy. Therefore,
why not examine it for yourself?-John 17:3, Catholic Jerusalem Bible
(JB)." (http://www.watchtower.org/
)



If this is the case then why did they publish a work that supports
the deity of Christ?


The only translation I have found where Titus 2:13 doesn't make it
clear that it is talking about the same person is the KJV and the
NWT and the KJV didn't rule out the possibility.

The many other translations follow the Granville Sharp rule in
making it clear that 'The Great God' AND 'Saviour of us' are
the same person and that is Jesus Christ.


The Emphatic Diaglott published by the Watchtower, which is a Greek
Interlinear Bible says the following:


"Waiting for the blessed hope, even the appearing of the Glory of
our GREAT GOD AND Savior Jesus Christ" (Right Hand Column, Emphatic Diaglott, Titus 2:13)


"the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and
savior of us Jesus Anointed." (Ibid, English directly under the
Greek)


So even the Watch Tower's own translation confirms that the 'great
God' and 'Saviour of us' is the same person and He is Christ Jesus.

This shows at best that the Watch Tower doesn't even agree amongst
themselves concerning who Christ is.

Also check out my other message on this about the definite article

Also notice that it talks about Christ's sacrifice right after that.

This happens often in scripture.

This is because Who Christ is and What He did on the cross are connected. This is why when the Cults distort who Christ is, through either denying that He is God or placing layers between him and us (as the Catholics do), they in effect have to take up the slack with a works oriented salvation.

It is logical that if Christ was not God then his sacrifice on the cross is not enough.

This is why all the groups must take up the slack with mens efforts.

This is religion in its worst definition. Rather than God reaching down to man, man is attempting to work his way upward to God.

The differences are as clear as night and day.

It is interesting when one (me) has the luxury of having particular
works of the JW's (Emphatic Diaglott) and I do.

One is the New World Translation written by the WATCH TOWER society
(JW's)

AND

"THE EMPHATIC DIAGLOTT containing the ORIGINAL GREEK TEXT" which is a "INTERLINEARY WORD FOR WORD TRANSLATION' allegedly taken from the "VATICAN MANUSCRIPT"



"Publishers: INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY



....Made in the United States of America 1942 Edition."

I just wanted to make it clear that it is the WATCH TOWER that is
responsible for both works.


The New World Translation:


"And whoever does not accept his TORTURE STAKE and follow after me
is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:38, New World Translation)

"And he who does not take his CROSS, and follow me, is not worthy of
me" (Right hand column of the Emphatic Diaglott, Matthew 10:38)

"and who not takes the CROSS of himself, and follows after me, not
is of me worthy" (English directly below the Greek, Emphatic
Diaglott, Matthew 10:38)

Next verses:

"As they were going out they found a native of Cyrene named Simon.
This man they impressed into service to lift up his TORTURE
STAKE....if you are the son of God, come down off the TORTURE
STAKE!...let him now come down off the TORTURE STAKE." (Matthew
27:32,40,42, New World Translation)

"And going out, they met a Cyrenian, named Simon; him they compelled
to carry his CROSS...If thou art a Son of God come down from the
CROSS...let him now descend from the CROSS, and we will believe on
him. (Right hand column, Emphatic Diaglott Matthew 27:32,40,42)

"Cross....Cross...Cross..." (Emphatic Diaglott, English Directly
below the Greek, Matthew 27:32,40,42)

Next verses:

"For the speech about the TORTURE STAKE is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is God's power" (New
World Translation, 1 Corinthians 1:18)

"For this Word, (that of the Cross,) is indeed Foolishness to those
who are perishing; but to those who are being saved, even to us, it
is the power of God" (Emphatic Diaglott, Right hand column, 1
Corinthians 1:18)

"Cross" (English directly under the Greek, Emphatic Diaglott, 1
Corinthians 1:18)

Could this be why they are so confused? They don't know whether to
preach the cross or the torture stake ;-D

Now for some more:

"In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was a god...." (New World Translation, John 1:1)

"In the Beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with
God, and the Logos was God" (Right hand column, Diaglott, John 1:1)


Notice no little g in God here and no indefinite article before God
as in the NWT


"and a god was the Word" (English directly under the Greek,
Diaglott, John 1:1)



It would seem that they disagree amongst themselves on this subject.

Last example from the same book of John:


"In answer Thomas said to him: 'My Lord and My God!' Jesus said to
him: 'Because you have seen me have you believed? Happy are those
that do not see and yet believe"



"Thomas answered and said to him, 'My Lord and My God!' Jesus said
to him, because thou hast seen me hast thou believed; happy those
who see not and believe!" (Right hand column, Emphatic Diaglott,
John 20:28,29)



"The Lord of me and the God of me" (English directly below the
Greek, Diaglott, John 20:28,29)



WOW! They all agree, Thomas calls Jesus Lord and God and Jesus says
in all three,because thou have seen me hast thou believed.

So why don't JW's agree with their own translations. There is no
little g in God here.



BJ Maxwell 05/08/2006