How To “Translate” The Bible (Without Any Qualifications)

Mar 7, 2013 by

fredfranzHave you ever wondered how the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society came up with their “translation” of the Bible?

It is really quite simple actually.

First, you fill a room with every possible translation of the Bible.

Then you go through it verse by verse in teams. Then you take out any verse that doesn’t agree with your point of view and then scramble to find any translation written by anyone (including one Johannes Greber a spiritualist who used his medium wife as a channel to produce his translation) that supports your doctrinal view. In this particular case, John 1:1 was the verse changed by the Watchtower to make Christ “a god” (little “g”) instead of God (big “G”). You then replace the “offending scripture” with a more innocuous one or one that even agrees with your point of view.

If you can’t find a specific translation or version of the Bible that would actually support your  views you simply put additional words in brackets to “help” any of your followers to accept your view without questioning it. Colossians 1:15-20 is a case in point. Check it out in the New World Translation and compare it to other translations and you’ll see some very odd brackets working their way into the scriptures that are specifically designed to skew the original intended meaning.

If you still can’t influence the meaning then you either “translate” the scripture they way you want it to read (John 8:58) and propose a non-existent tense in Greek as the reason you did it (nobody in the grade school educated rank and file will question it!) or you cast doubt as to the scripture’s actual validity by implying that it was inserted into the Bible by a “trinitarian conspiracy”!

Then, when you’re all finished, you put it together for mass production, paint it green, and refuse to sign it or even release the identities of the translators to anyone. That way nobody can be called on the carpet for lack of any credentials that would entitle them to translate Greek or Hebrew. If the inevitable question is raised as to “why” you refused to sign your work then you simply say: “We wanted to give all the “credit” to Jehovah.” and try not to laugh as you say it.

Amazing isn’t it? The fact is that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society requires that everyone signs their time card don’t they? Yet signing your work that you produce to distribute to millions comes with no credits or signatures at all. Would that make it hard to hold anyone accountable for any lies found to be in that work? Would it make it easy to slide something past the “faithful” as a scholarly work when in fact the person writing it might never have graduated high school? Makes one wonder doesn’t it?

How pompous it would be to refuse to sign your work when many of the Bible writers signed theirs! Does that mean that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, Solomon, Jude, and the apostle Paul were all being presumptuous by signing their work? That is certainly implied by the actions of these so called “translators”.

Voila! The New World Translation was created by supposed “holy spirit” and more than a little help from one Fred Franz and his “crack” translation team.

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and abuse. He has a lot of experience dealing with these issues because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to face the painful truth about the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.

If you would like to have Doug speak at your church, meetup or other event you can contact him here.

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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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