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More questions every Jehovah's Witness should be asked


On page 7 of the booklet Should You Believe in the Trinity?, unreferenced quotes from Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Hippolytus, and Origen are made. Why are these quotes unreferenced?
Also on page 7 of this same booklet, the statement is made, "Thus, the testimony of the Bible and of history makes it clear that the Trinity was unknown throughout Biblical times and for SEVERAL CENTURIES thereafter." Based on the quotes below (taken from The Ante-Nicene Fathers, edited by Roberts and Donaldson, Wm. B. Eerdmans publisher), how can the Watchtower Society make these claims? To see this entire volume online, click Early Church Fathers
Justin Martyr (110-165 AD):
"... nor to know that the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God." - First Apology of Justin, Ch LXIII.
"... but now you will permit me first to recount the prophecies, which I wish to do in order to prove that Christ is called both God and the Lord of hosts ..." - Dialogue with Trypho, Ch XXXVI.
"Therefore these words testify explicitly that He is witnessed to by Him who established these things, as deserving to be worshipped, as God and as Christ." - Ibid, Ch LXIII.
Irenaeus (120-202 AD):
"... and to raise up anew all flesh of the whole human race, in order that to Christ Jesus, our Lord, and God, and Saviour, and King ..." - Against Heresies, Bk 1, Ch 10.
"But that He is in His own right , beyond all men who ever lived, God, and Lord, and King Eternal, and the Incarnate Word, proclaimed by all the prophets and apostles, and by the Spirit Himself, may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion of the truth." - Against Heresies, Bk 3, Ch 19.
Clement of Alexandria (153-217 AD):
"For 'before the morning star it was;' and 'in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.'" and "This Word, then, the Christ, the cause of both our being at first (for He was in God) and of our well being, this very Word has now appeared as man, He alone being both, both God and man ..." and "The Word, who in the beginning bestowed on us life as Creator when He formed us, taught us to live well when He appeared as our Teacher; that as God He might afterwards conduct us to the life which never ends." - Exhortation to the Heathen, Ch 1.
Tertullian (145-220 AD):
"Him we believe to have been sent by the Father into the virgin, and to have been born of her - being both Man and God, the Son of Man and the Son of God, and to have been called by the name of Jesus Christ." and "... while the mystery of the dispensation is still guarded, which distributes the Unity into a Trinity, placing them in their order the three Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost ..." - Against Praxeas, Ch 2.
"With these did He then speak, in the Unity of the Trinity, as with His ministers and witnesses." and "...I mean the Word of God, 'through whom all things were made, and without whom nothing was made.' Now if He too is God, according to John (who says) 'The Word was God'..." - Against Praxeas, Ch 12.
Hippolytus (170-236 AD):
"For he speaks to this effect: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.'" and "...'Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' And by this He showed, that whosoever omitted any one of these, failed in glorifying God perfectly. For it is through this Trinity that the Father is glorified. For the Father willed, the Son did, the Spirit manifested. The whole Scriptures, then, proclaim this truth." - Against the Heresy of One Noetus, Ch 14. "For Christ is the God above all, and He has arranged to wash away sin from human beings." - The Refutation of All Heresies, Bk 10, Ch 30.
Origen (185-254 AD):
"From all which we learn that the person of the Holy Spirit was of such authority and dignity, that saving baptism was not complete except by the authority of the most excellent Trinity of them all ..." - Origen de Principiis, 1.3.2
"For it is one and the same thing to have a share in the Holy Spirit, which is (the Spirit) of the Father and the Son, since the nature of the Trinity is one and incorporeal." - Origen de Principiis, 4.1.32
To read the entire text containing the above quotes online, click Early Church Fathers.

The WTS makes the claim, "So there was no clergy class within Christian congregations of the first century." (Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, pg. 35). Based on the information below, how can the Watchtower Society make these claims?
Bishop - comes from the Greek word "episkopos" - Acts 20:28, Phil 1:1, 1Tim 3:1,2, Tit 1:7. See Gr-Engl Interlinear. Also, see footnote on pg. 35 of Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom to see how the present English word "bishop" came from the Greek word "episkopos".
Priest - comes from the Greek word "presbuteros" - Acts 16:4, 1Tim 5:17, Jas 5:14, Tit 1:5, 1Pet 5:1. See Gr-Engl Interlinear. Also, see footnote on pg. 36 of Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom to see how the present English word "priest" came from the Greek "presbuteros".
Deacon - comes from the Greek word "diakonos" - 1Tim 3:8,10,12, Phil 1:1. See Gr-Engl Interlinear.
Clement of Rome (Phil 4:3, ?-101AD):
"For their own peculiar services are assigned to the high priest, and their own proper place is prescribed to the priests ... The layman is bound by the laws that pertain to laymen." - Letter to the Corinthians, Ch. 40, and, "And thus preaching though countries and cities, they appointed the first fruits [of their labors], having first proved them by the Spirit, to be bishops and deacons of those who should afterwards believe." - Ibid., Ch. 42, and, "Our Apostles also knew, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that there would be strife on account of the office of the episcopate. For this reason, therefore, inasmuch as they had obtained a perfect foreknowledge of this, they appointed those [ministers] already mentioned, and afterwards gave instructions, that when these should fall asleep, other approved men should succeed them in their ministry ... Blessed are those presbyters, who having finished their course before now, ..." - Ibid, Ch. 44. To see this entire text online, click ! Early Church Fathers.

Is it true that the Watchtower Society's prophecy that Armageddon will come before "the end of the generation of 1914" (You Can Live Forever In Paradise On Earth, pg. 154), is no longer taught as truth?
If so, then does that mean that this teaching of the Watchtower Society, which they have taught for decades, was a false teaching?
Since the Watchtower Society teaches that they are the "one channel that the Lord is using during the last days of this system of things" (Jehovah's Witnesses Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, pg. 626) and that the governing body is "the mouthpiece of Jehovah God", does this mean that God changed His mind about this particular teaching?
Is it possible that God could change His mind?
Has the Watchtower Society ever changed their mind before about a teaching that they once taught as the truth?
Is it true that the Watchtower Society once taught that Armageddon was going to occur in:
1914 - "The Time Is At Hand" - 1888 (1911 Ed.), pg 101; Zion's WT - 1/15/1892, pg 22
1918 - "The Finished Mystery" - 1917, pg. 62, 485
1925 - "Millions Now Living Will Never Die", 1920, pg 89-90; WT, 7/15/24, pg 211
During WW II - WT, 9/15/41, pg 288
1975 - KM, 6/69, pg 3; AWAKE!, 10/8/68, etc.
Before the end of the generation of 1914 - Live Forever book, pg 154; AWAKE!, 10/8/95, pg 4?
Since the Watchtower Society claimed that their teaching of Armageddon coming before the "end of the generation of 1914" was "Jehovah's prophetic word" (WT-5/15/84, pg.6) and "the Creator's promise" (Awake!, 10/8/95, 9/22/95, 9/8/95, etc. pg.4), therefore speaking "in the name of Jehovah" (Deut 18:22, NWT), then according to Deut 18:20-22, does this mean that the Watchtower Society is a false prophet?
If so, are you aware of what the Bible says about false prophets? See Mt 7:15, 24:11, Mk 13:22, 2Pet 2:1, 1Jn 4:1, Rev 19:20, 20:10.

Would a loving Jehovah God destroy billions of people at Armageddon?
Would a loving God kill people at Armageddon, like Mother Theresa, who have spent their entire lives helping their fellow man?
If Armageddon is going to occur very soon, and the only people who will survive are Jehovah's Witnesses, then that means that millions of people through no fault of their own, who have never even heard of Jehovah or the Watchtower Society, will be killed. This would include millions of innocent small children and infants. Would a loving God do this?
Is it true that the Watchtower Society once taught:
- Against vaccinations? - Golden Age, Feb 4, 1931, pg. 293
Golden Age, Jan 5, 1929, pg. 502
- Against organ transplants? - Watchtower, 11/15/67, pg. 702
- That it was okay to celebrate Christmas and birthdays?
- That Christ is the almighty of Rev 1:8? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg. 15
- That Christ established a "Church"? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg 17
- That Christ returned invisibly in 1874? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg. 54, 60, 68
- That the Holy Spirit has a personality? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg 57
- That the pyramid of Gizah was God's witness and was used to predict the year of
Armageddon? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg. 60
- That Armageddon would definitely occur in the spring of 1918? - The Finished Mystery
1917, pg 62
- That Christ was crucified? - The Finished Mystery, 1917, pg. 68
- That Leviathan of the Bible refers to the steam locomotive? - The Finished Mystery,
1917, pg 85
- That Michael is the Pope of Rome and his angels are the Catholic bishops? - The
Finished Mystery, 1917, pg 188
According to "current" WTS teachings, Jesus returned invisibly in 1914 and in 1918 he chose the WTS as His earthly organization because they were the only organization teaching "the truth". If this was so, then Jesus would have known the teachings of the WTS as put forth in The Finished Mystery published in 1917. Do you really think that Jesus would have chosen an organization which taught so many things that were not correct and are no longer taught as "the truth"?
For more documentation of changes in WTS teachings, click:
Free Minds, Inc.
Watchtower Observer
Comments From The Friends
Watch The Tower
Don't believe any of this? Look it up in original WTS literature and see for yourself.
Since the WTS no longer teaches the above as "the truth", does this mean that the above teachings are false teachings? If so, does this mean that while the WTS taught the above as "the truth", that they were really guilty of false teachings? Do you really believe that an organization directed by God would have changed its teachings on so many issues so many times over the course of its relatively short history? If any other religious denomination changed its teachings over the last 100 years as much as the WTS has, do you think the WTS would be critical of them?
When the Watchtower Society changes it's teaching on something to the exact opposite of what it once taught as "the truth" (eg. Christ died on a cross/Christ didn't die on a cross; vaccinations violate God's laws/vaccinations are okay, etc.), is this like a light that gets brighter and brighter, or is it more like one light that is completely turned off and a totally new light turned on? Since it appears that the WTS has changed its teachings many times to something that is the exact opposite of what was once taught as "the truth", how do you know that what is now taught as "the truth" isn't really a false teaching and won't someday be changed?


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