Jehovah’s Witnesses And The Afterlife

I’ll keep this short and sweet. I ran across this in my daily bible reading and thought my readers might like to see what happens from THE MAN Himself!

Mark 12:18-26

Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. So the second brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.”

Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.

“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses,‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”

What was Jesus saying here? He was explaining that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not dead but alive.

The scriptures are quite clear that we live on after death.

The Watchtower would have you believe that this is all somehow “symbolic” and that any mention of souls or spirits is simply a metaphor for God’s memory of that person. Only those reading the bible with the Watchtower “filters” on would come to that conclusion. Anyone reading the scriptures with an open mind and heart would come to the same conclusion that Jesus did above. This is why the Watchtower teaches that only they are qualified to interpret the true meaning of the scriptures and that the rank and file Jehovah’s Witness simply doesn’t have the mental or spiritual “powers” to figure it out for himself.

Knowing that we do live on after death is comforting. How much more so if we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields