Making It Up As You Go Along: The New World Translation

Nov 20, 2011 by

The prior instance really brought home to me the insidious nature of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and just what lengths they are willing to go to in order to protect their flawed theology from being found out.

Why did they write the New World Translation?

I’ll tell you why!

Because they take every single verse that has anything to do with the belief in a trinity or the deity of Christ and they change it in their bible.

Here is a prime example and I want you to see this because it really makes it plain what is happening.

The poor JW, Mr. Johnson reads Philippians 2:5 and thinks “Okay Jesus wasn’t equal to God.” Yet he never bothers to check any other version because he has no reason to. He is completely and utterly deceived. Even if other versions contradict their flawed translation they will simply discount it out of hand and say “Well what do you expect from trinitarians?”

There is simply no way to reason with these people to any great effect. The exchanges with Mr. Johnson in the prior posts illustrate just how difficult a challenge it is.

In a last ditch effort I will attempt to help Mr. Johnson see what the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has done. I’m including a scan from the Greek Interlinear Version of the New World Translation. It is Philippians 2:5 the scripture that supposedly states very clearly in their bible that Christ wasn’t equal to God. I will quote the NWT as was posted by Mr. Johnson and then I will post the scan from their own Greek Interlinear so that you can see how they twist the scripture to suit their own ends:

Philippians 2:5-11 — Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men. More than that, when he found himself in fashion as a man – New World Translation

Looks pretty simple doesn’t it? The scripture plainly states that Jesus Christ wasn’t equal to God.

Let’s see what their own Greek Interlinear says:


Notice the verbiage (yellow highlighting) under the Greek translation in verse 6. It plainly states in no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ existed in the form of God and that He was equal to God. He didn’t, however, wish to seize upon His status as being equal to God as a reason to decline the request of God the Father to empty Himself and take the form of a human.

Amazing isn’t it?

I just thought I’d share this with you directly from the print so that you can see for yourself how the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society continues to deceive their followers regarding the true nature of Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields

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