Christians ! if the bible truly is the word of god why did the Jehovah cult change it to make it the word of the Jehovah witnesses?

They commissioned a panel of men , none of whom could read, write, or understand Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic to 'translate' the bible and change it into an holy book which reflected their cults beliefs.

I am consistently being told that the bible is 'the holy scripture' and the 'word of god' and that it is infallible.

So... is the god an illiterate ignoramus prone to making mistakes? or is the Jehovah cults leaders just a greedy bunch of cynical charlatans who exploit their sheep like members gullibility to accept anything they tell them if it means the survival of the cult?

Update:

•Four out of the five men on the committee had no Hebrew or Greek training at all. They had only a high school education. Franz studied Greek for two years at the University of Cincinnati, but dropped out after his sophomore year. When asked in a Scotland courtroom if he could translate Genesis 2:4 into Hebrew, Franz replied that he could not. The truth is that Franz was unable to translate Hebrew or Greek.

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  • Steph
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    Hi Harriet,

    While some JWs here obviously don't know who that translation committee was, I do. And no, they were not scholars, nor knowledgeable about the languages. Only Fred Franz could even be considered close because he did study for a short time, but he lied in court and when asked again on the stand, he couldn't translate one single scripture. They were all completely unqualified.

    I have checked out the NWT extensively, as have others, and this so-called bible is horrible. When you compare it to the original language, it's laughable. When you compare it to real Bibles, you see how bad it really is and how much it's been changed to suit the doctrine. JWs are happy to say that it is rated as one of the best translations in the world, but that is completely false. Scholars that will even acknowledge it as a Bible are very few and far between. Most scholars agree that it is incredibly biased and has been deliberately altered.

    The leaders and "translators" are the ones at fault. They changed the word of God on purpose. Scripture is very, very clear about what the fate will be of anyone that does this. I would definitely not want to be part of it.

    • Steph
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      LOL. Thanks for posting that link, it backs up what I just said in this answer. What am I lying about again...?

  • Diane
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    Harriet, what a bitter person you sound.

    Do you know who translated the NWT? No, nor do I because all the JW publications are for the glory of God not man. So how do you know they didnt speak greek or hebrew?

    Dont forget we have hundreds of thousands of greek and hebrew JW members - could they may be have been involved?

    Were the apostles not mostly "unlettered men" - would you have been so scornful of them?

    As it happens, the NWT is independently assessed as the most accurate and least biased translation available. Do you not realise how biased and how inaccurate the KJV translation is? And how many times has that been revised now? Hundreds probably. At least the latest one has seen the sense to replace Jehovah's name 7000 times

    Open your eyes, not your mouth and do some proper unbiased research re the Bible. The latest revision was only a few months back. Have you looked at it? You can and you can compare it with several others -jw.org

    • Ron4 years agoReport

      "Both practices violate accuracy in favor of denominationally preferred expressions for God.”"
      it turns out that BeDuhn actually liked two versions of the Bible, one being the Jehovah’s Witness version, much debated, and the other being a Catholic version also debated.

  • 6 years ago

    Well, they all pointed their fingers at Moses as being unlettered; even Jesus wasn't good enough for the majority living. Point being, it didn't matter for they truly were guided by God's spirit or force which gave them all the "intelligence" they needed.

    Guess you will just have to grab some stones and start throwing...Oh, I forgot, that is what you are doing.

    We are not surprised by the hatred. Further, we are prepared for what is coming soon upon the earth and therefore, we will not be taken "unaware" for this and many other signs have been foretold for those that "want to know".

    “Look! I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; so prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves.17 Be on your guard against men, for they will hand you over to local courts and they will scourge you in their synagogues.18 And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. 19 However, when they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour. Matthew 1:16-19

  • 6 years ago

    Very little of what was in the original text actually appears in the KJV, and then the NWT changes it again. If only we had the original manuscripts. Only then could we make any sense out of the three Abrahamic religions. Presently they are all just cults.

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  • 4 years ago

    it turns out that BeDuhn actually liked two versions of the Bible, one being the Jehovah’s Witness version, much debated, and the other being a Catholic version, which is also somewhat debated.. If you know Jehovah’s Witnesses, they don’t like Catholics a lot, so they conveniently leave that detail out of the magazine. What they also leave out is that BeDuhn has some pretty harsh criticism toward their use of the name “Jehovah” in the New Testament, something they are particularly proud of.

    “Dr. BeDuhn (Truth in Translation pg. 170) wrote of the mainstream practice of making the Old Testament conform to the New in its use of "Lord" and of the NWT practice of making the New Testament conform to the Old in it use of "Jehovah": "Both practices violate accuracy in favor of denominationally preferred expressions for God.”"

  • Keith
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    The same can be said of the other false cults, too numerous to mention.

    The Original Book of which the Bible is classified, is often imitated but Never Duplicated.

    Source(s): The Bible KJV
  • 6 years ago

    It is a disgrace.

    Jw members are brainwashed to think anything provided to them by watchtower is approved by God, they do not investigate.

    The watchtower always misquotes people and one of their biggest deception is from a book called " truth in translation" by Jason de buhn.

    He praised their OT translation, but decimated their NT part if the bible as deceptive and the deceptive insertion of the name jehovah.

    But watchtower conveniently don't mention his criticisms, hence their delusion as being the most accurate translation.

    Scholars rate it as the most biased and mistranslated bible.

  • 6 years ago

    the bible is god's holy word the jehovah Witnesses like any false cult changed the bible to reflect their teachings.

    god is not what you have asked

    the cult leaders are in error not god

  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Umm, if they were not literate in those languages, they could not have translated the Bible. Sound as if someone has fed you a line of anti-JW BS. Think before posting, next time.

  • F5
    Lv 4
    6 years ago

    No intelligent adult who has read the Bible would say it is the word of god. It is the words of ignorant men, written long ago.

    • ForeverYoung
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      It is a shame that you do not know it better because you would see that you are wrong. The "ignorant" men, are mostly those living right now. That is another sign of the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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