Question: My friend is a member of a certain organization and keeps telling me that their Bible, The New World Translation, is the only true Bible. Is this true?
Answer: Personally, I have written the Watch Tower Bible Society asking for the names of their translators, their education, the number of years of study in Greek and Hebrew, what manuscripts have been examined, and their qualifications to be classified as “scholars.” I have never received an answer. The New World Translation (so-called) is designed to support their own Theology.
You are probably aware this organization denies that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16). In The King James Translation, and many others, John 1:l reads,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
In Verse 14 we are told, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (i.e., Jesus Christ).
The NWT has in Verse 1, “And the word was a god.” They put the article “a” in front of “god”; therefore, denying the deity of Christ. Since there is no article in the Greek or Hebrew for the letter “a,” they just added it to fit their own beliefs. (Read Proverbs 30:6).
They have followed the same corrupt Greek (so-called ) text as the NIV translators, which was devised by two Anglican apostate preachers, named Westcott and Hort, in 1881.
For example, here are a few of the following verses that are omitted in both: Matthew 17:21; 18:11; 23:14. Also, Mark 7:16; 9:44, 46; 11:26; 15:28. See also, Luke 17:36; 23:17; and John 5:4. Further, see Acts 8:37; 24:7; 28:29 and Romans 16:24.
In Luke 4:18, Jesus reading from Isaiah 6:1,2 says,
“…he hath sent me (Christ) to heal the broken hearted…”
This is omitted from both the NWT and the NIV. Since both claim to be translations, why did they both put the Hebrew word “nephalim” in Genesis 6:4 and not even translate it into the English word “giants.”
Since this organization does not believe in a literal Hell, they put the Greek word in their Bible, instead of translating it “Hell” as in the King James. Look up Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; also, Acts 2:27,31 and Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20;13,14 where the Greek word “Hades” is used instead of the English word, “Hell.”
In the following, they put the Greek “Gehenna” instead of the English “Hell”: Matthew 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; also, Mark 9:43, 45, 47, Luke 12:5, and James 3:6. Unless you know Greek and Hebrew, how would you know what these words mean?
Proverbs 30:5 tells us that, “Every word of God is pure...” Revelation 22:19 contains a stern warning,
“…If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city…”
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me (Jesus Christ) hath everlasting life.”- John 6:47
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."- Psalm 118:8