How Do We Know There Is a God?

February 2, 2010   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |  

Does God Exist?

Only one God has the ability to foretell events in the distant future, as evidence of His existence and the reliability of His Word!

Revelation from God Needed

If there is a Creator-God, it is logical to think that He would want to communicate with the ones He created. As humans, we show kindness, justice, intelligence and other noble attributes. Since it is unlikely that a Creator would be inferior to that which he created, isn’t it likely that He would have similar or superior qualities? Wouldn’t you expect that such an intelligent Creator would want to communicate with His intelligent creature?

God could choose to speak directly, through angels, or through visions and dreams. He could communicate any way He wanted to. A method that would ensure long-term results, and be passed on from one generation to the next, would be to create a written revelation that could be duplicated and distributed throughout the world.

Bible Unity

The Bible, actually a library of 66 books, was written over a period of 1500 years by about 40 different authors. It covers topics such as creation, history, prophecy and God’s plan for the world, without any apparent internal contradiction. Parts of the Bible are over 3,000 years old, and it contains the oldest and the most reliable records of ancient history ever written. The Bible claims to have, ultimately, one author, God, who chose to communicate appropriately at various times through many different kinds of people. The inspired writer to the Hebrews says,

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2) [NKJV]

100% Accuracy of Bible Prophecies

People try to guess about the future. But there is only one God who has the ability to foretell events in the distant future in detail, testifying to the reliability of His Word, and giving evidence of His existence. God said through Isaiah,

“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands… For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done…” (Isaiah 45:11; 46:9-11) [NKJV]

Although the Bible is the most read and most published book of all time, few realize that up to 30% of the Bible is prophecy. Some of these prophecies remain to be fulfilled in the future. The rest have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy. A book that foretells incidents concerning people, places and events with 100% accuracy could only be the product of something supernatural. Psalm 22, for example, describes the crucifixion of Christ, yet was written 1,000 years before Jesus was born, and at least 600 years before crucifixion existed. Another prophecy was written decades before its fulfillment, when Jeremiah claimed that Israel would be taken into captivity for a period of 70 years by the Babylonians. In another prophecy, Ezekiel foresaw the exact year in which Israel would be established as a nation, 2,500 years before it happened.

Fulfilled Bible Prophecies

Another Bible prophecy that has been largely fulfilled already is Daniel’s description of the sequence of world empires that would come to power, from his time until the close of the age. Many historians were convinced that, because these prophecies were so detailed, they had to have been written after these events occurred. When archeologists recently uncovered copies of the Book of Daniel that predated these events, they had to re-think their conclusions. Other fulfilled Bible prophecies include the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., the disbursement and re-gathering of Israel as a nation, and the “suffering servant” Messiah.

Bible Prophecies about the Messiah

There are dozens of specific Bible prophecies in the Old Testament that pertain to the arrival of the Savior of Israel. All of these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. These Messianic prophecies contain details about His birthplace, His ancestors, the exact year of His “triumphal entry” at the Temple and His execution. It is said that the life of Jesus fulfilled over 300 Bible prophecies concerning the first coming of the Christ, as a suffering Messiah.

In Him We Live

About two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul noticed that the people of Athens apparently acknowledged that some higher power must have created everything. They created hundreds of gods and temples to these gods, struggled to please them all, and even made a temple to “the unknown god,” in case they missed something. Paul told a group of Greek philosophers,

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.'” (Acts 17:24-28) [NKJV]

God made the world, lives everywhere, and gave life to us and every creature. Our DNA shows that all men share the same ancestry. Paul showed the well-educated Greeks that the same God that they had been trying to reach has never been far away. It is mankind that moved away from God. Our very existence, every moment we are alive, depends upon the presence of God.

 

Intelligent, scholarly skeptics, who have attempted to disprove the Bible and the existence of God, find overwhelming evidence that the Bible is true and that God is the author. We can depend on the Word of God to be a reliable book that not only accurately describes past and future events, but also answers the issues of our daily lives, including the existence of God Himself.

 

By Irvin Baxter

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  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that God’s name is Jehovah and added that word 6973 times to the Old Testament and 237 times to the New Testament – which it doesn’t appear even one time in ether the Old or New Testament. That topic is further addressed in the text below. Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to go from house and teach their doctrine to be in good standing with the Watch Tower Society, their Kingdom Hall so they won’t be destroyed at Armageddon, which they have predicted 3 times in the last 120 years and it hasn’t happened. Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9,”For by grace we are saved through faith, and not of ourselves, it is a gift of God. 9 NOT BY WORKS, lest any man should boast.”

    The Watch Tower/Jehovah’s Witnesses acknowledge Jesus was the son of God but assign no further deity to him- that he was not worshiped, should not be worshiped, was not prayed to and should not be prayed to. The following proves differently: 2 John 1:9-10,”Whosoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ has BOTH the Father and the Son. 10 If there comes any unto you and brings not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed.” Paul said in Colossians 2:8-10,”Beware lest any man fool you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in HIM dwells ALL the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And you are COMPLETE in HIM who is the HEAD of ALL principality and power.” Paul said in Galatians 3:26-27,”For you are the children of God by FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS. 27 For as many as has been baptized into Christ, has put on Christ.” Acts 4:12,”Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Paul said in Philippians 2:5-11,”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be EQUAL with God. 7 But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being formed in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also highly exalted him, and given him a name WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME. 10 That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth, and things under the earth. 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Acts 7:59,”And they stoned Stephen, calling upon GOD, and saying, LORD JESUS RECEIVE MY SPIRIT.” Luke 24:47,”And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:19-21,”To wit that God was IN Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for CHRIST, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God. 21 For he has made HIM to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of GOD IN HIM.” Paul said in Galatians 3:26,”For you are all children of God by by FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS.” Paul said in 1 Timothy 3:16,”And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: GOD was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” That scripture is referring to Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 12:44-45,”He that believes on ME, believes not on me, but on him that sent me, and he that sees ME sees him that sent me.” In John 20:27 Jesus told Thomas to reach into his side, behold his hands, and be believing. In verse 28 Thomas said, “MY LORD AND MY GOD.” Jesus said in John 10:30,”The Father and I are ONE.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses deny there is a hell, eternal damnation, or that there is any pain after death (Reasoning From The Scriptures, page 169) – the following scriptures were stated by Jesus Christ:

    Matthew 5:22,”…whosoever shall say, You are a fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

    Matthew 10:28,”Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but be afraid of the ONE who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

    Matthew 13:50,”….and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

    Matthew 25:46,”They will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

    Mark 9:43,”If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, it will be better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.”

    Mark 9:44,”Where the worm dies not and the fire is not quenched.”

    Note the Jehovah’s Witnesses deleted that scripture from their New World Translation Bible because they say there is no hell, and also 46 other scriptures that prove the deity of Christ, and those about forgiving because they practice shunning anyone that doesn’t follow their rules. (Reference – avoidjws.org, jesus-is-lord.com, and JW Facts.org.)

    Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 1:9,”They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”

    Jude 1:7,”….they serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

    Revelation 14:11,”….and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night…”

    Revelation 20:15,”And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses state that Jesus was not worshiped and should not be worshiped, but the following proves that is not true:

    Matthew 2:11,”And when they (the 3 Wise Men) were come down into the house they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him.”

    Matthew 14:33 states that after Jesus returned to the boat his disciples worshiped him.

    Matthew 28:9,”And they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, All hail, and they came down and held him by the feet and worshiped him.”

    Matthew 28:16-17,”Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him.”

    John 9:36-38,”He answered and said, who is he Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him and it is he that talks with you. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe and he worshiped him.”

    Paul said in Hebrews 1:6,”And again, when he brings in the first begotten into the world, he says and all the angels of God worshiped him.”

    Matthew 8:2,”And behold there came a leper and worshiped him….”

    Mark 7:7,”Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

    Note that in the scriptures above – except Mark 7:7 which they put a twist on to try and verify that it’s in vain to worship Jesus. In the New World Translation, which is the Jehovah’s Witness Bible which was translated and published by Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1961 – they removed the word worship and injected “paid obeisance to him”. Webster’s Dictionary defines obeisance as showing respect for someone or something. As to adding or removing words from Bible scripture, Deuteronomy 4:2,”You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Revelation 22:18-19,”For I testify unto every man hearing the words of the prophesy of the words of this book, if any shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life….”

    The following is a few of the many failed prophesies made by Jehovah’s Witnesses between 1879 and 2005, which they have a 100% failure rate. Regarding making false prophesies, Deuteronomy 18:20 states,”But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.” Regarding liars – Revelation 21:8,”…..and all liars shall have their part which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Proverbs 14:5,”A fruitful witness does not lie….” Jesus said in John 8:44 that Satan is a liar and the father of it.

    Jesus said in Matthew 7:15,”Beware of false prophets that come in Sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

    Psalms 5:6,”Thou shall destroy them that speak lies, the Lord abhors the bloody and deceitful men.”

    Psalms 101:7,”He that works deceit shall not dwell within my house, he that tells lies shall not tarry in my sight.”

    Ezekiel 13:22,”Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad….”

    1879 – “Christ came in the character of the bridegroom in 1874.” (Watchtower Oct. 1879, page 4)

    1920 – “Therefore we may confidently expect 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and faithful prophets of old. (Millions Will Never Die, 1920, page 89-90.) Note there is no scriptural reference that any of the prophets of the Old Testament will be raised from the dead and return to life at a later time, except when the Rapture takes place which is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

    1924 – Surely there is not the slightest room for doubt into the mind of a truly consecrated child of God that the Lord Jesus is present and has been since 1874.” (Watchtower Jan. 1924, page 5).

    1929 – “Scriptural proof is that the 2nd presence of the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1874.” (Prophesy 1929, page 5)

    Note that Jesus said in Matthew 24:23-27,”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible, they should deceive the very elect. 25 Behold I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold he is in the desert, go not forth, behold he is in secret chambers, believe it not. 27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

    1889 – “In the coming 26 years, all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved.” (Charles Taze Russell – Studies in the Scriptures, Volume 2, page 98, 99, 1889.) Note that Charles Taze Russel was a Free Mason.

    1931 – “There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah’s faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1914, 1918, and 1925, which disappointments lasted for a time. Later the faithful ones learned that there were dates that were definitely fixed in the scriptures, they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date.” (J.F. Rutherford, Vindication, 1931, pages 338-339.)

    1938 – “…mark the words of Jesus which definitely seem to discourage the bearing of children immediately before or during Armageddon. It would therefore appear that there is no reasonable or scriptural instruction to bring children into the world before Armageddon, which is where we are now.” (Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1938, page 324.)

    1972 – “Does the admission of making mistakes stamp the Watchtower as false prophets? Not at all, for false prophets do not admit to making mistakes.” (Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1972, page 644.)

    1974 – “…..there are reports of brothers selling their homes and property and planning the rest of their days in this old system. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before this wicked world ends.” (Kingdom Ministry, May 1974, page 3)

    1975 – “Does this mean that mankind has now reached 6000 years into the 7000 year period that God blessed and made sacred as his last day? No, it does not mean that.” (Watchtower, Jan. 10, 1975, page 575.)

    1976 – “It may be that some, who have been serving God have planned their lives according to a mistaken view of just what was going to happen on a certain date, or in a certain year. They may have for this reason put off, or neglected things that they otherwise would have been cared for. But they missed the point of the Bibles warning concerning the end of the system of things these being that Bible chronology reveals the specific date.” (Watchtower, July 15, 1976, page 440.)

    1886 – “As far back as 1876, Jehovah’s Witnesses realized that Bible prophesies marked the year 1914 as a time when major events would take place that would have far reaching effects on human affairs. They gave the reason for this fact wide publicity.” (True Peace And Security, 1886, page 70)

    1990 – “Adult Christians too can be disappointed, and this has in some cases led to spiritual disaster. Some set their hopes on a date when they were sure when Armageddon would come. When nothing happened on that day they felt let down.”(Watchtower, April 15, 1990, page 27.)

    1995 – “Most important this magazine (Awake Magazine) builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 pass away. Most important this magazine builds confidence in

    the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world that is about to replace the wicked, and lawless system of things.”

    Note that when they made the false predictions of 1914, 1918, 1925, and 1975 and nothing happened – they blamed the fault on faithful members:

    Regarding 1914 – “There is no doubt that many throughout this period were overzealous in their statements as to what could be expected. Some read into the Watch Tower statements that were never intended.” (Jehovah’s Witness In The Divine Purpose, page 52)

    Regarding 1925 – “Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925, but the Lord did not say so. The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imagination beyond reason, and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything.” (Watch Tower, 926, page 232)

    Regarding 1975 – “If anyone has been disappointed through not following this line of thought, he should now concentrate on adjusting his viewpoint, seeing that it was not the word of God that failed or deceived him and brought disappointment, but that his own understanding was based on wrong premises.” (Watch Tower 1976 July 15, page 441.)

    Jesus said in Matthew 18:7,”Woe unto the world because of offenses (misleading) for it must be that offenses come, but woe unto that man whom the offenses come from.” If it’s to a young person – Jesus said in Matthew 18:6,”But whosoever shall offend (mislead) one of these little ones which believe in me, it would be better for him that a millstone be cast around his neck, and that he were cast into the sea.”

    Matthew 24:3-4,”And he (Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and the end of the world?” He immediately said in verse 4,”Take heed that no man deceives you.” In verse 11 he said,”And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to get a blood transfusion under any circumstances, even if it will save the life of their own child, which they base on Leviticus 17:12 where it says to not eat blood, which they consider a blood transfusion to be eating blood. But three verses later they ignore Leviticus 17:15 where it says if they do eat blood, ”….. he shall both wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and he shall be unclean until evening.” If getting a blood transfusion is a sin, 1 John 1:9,”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” Many Jehovah’s Witnesses have died because they didn’t know, or were not given that information by the Watch Tower Society. Also – Jesus said in Mark 3:28-30,”Verily I say unto you, ALL SINS SHALL BE FORGIVEN UNTO THE SONS OF MAN, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme, 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost has never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”

    REGARDING THE NAME JEHOVAH:

    In the New World Translation Bible, which is the only one used by Jehovah’s Witnesses, which was translated by Jehovah’s Witnesses and is used by no one else – they injected the name Jehovah into the Old Testament 6973 times where it doesn’t appear one time. What does appear is the “Tetra-gram YWHW.” They also added Jehovah 237 times into the New Testament. In the New Testament, YWHW, never appears one time. There has been much controversy as to what that means. Most Bible scholars state that it should be translated as Yahweh. Bible scholar Emil Hirsch, who speaks Hebrew, stated that the word Jehovah is grammatically impossible. In the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, it states, “The word Jehovah does not accurately represent any form of the name used in

    Hebrew.” In JWFacts.com, it states, ”Jews (who only use the Old Testament) recognize the divine name in modern times as Yahweh. In the Jewish Encyclopedia, published in 1901 and 1906, includes the divine name as Yahweh when translated into English.” In the Jehovah’s Witness, ”Divine Name Brochure” page 10, it states,”Even though the modern pronunciation of Jehovah might not be exactly the way it was pronounced originally, this in no way detracts the importance of the name. While many translators favor the pronunciation as Yahweh, the New World Translation and also a number of other translations, continue the use of Jehovah because of people’s familiarity with it for centuries.” Note that Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:5,”That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” He also said in Colossians 2:8-10,”Beware lest any man spoil you, through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ. 9 For in HIM dwells ALL the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And you are COMPLETE IN HIM which is the HEAD OF ALL PRINCIPALITY AND POWER.” Jesus said in Mark 7:8,”For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the traditions of men.” He also said in Matthew 15:9,”They worship me in vain, they teach as doctrine, the precepts of men….” In Watch Tower, 1950, page 320, “Though the Theocratic organization of his anointed witnesses, he has been cleaning up the Bible truth more and more, and thus purifying their speech. So now they talk and live in harmony with the language of the approaching new world. And here, in the year 1950, his providence brings forth this New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures as further purification of the speech of his people. He graciously provided it as a powerful means for returning to the people a pure language.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that only 144,000 will be in heaven, all of them will be faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses, and none of them will be anyone else because all other religions are of Satan. There is only 2 references to 144,000 in the Bible and they are Revelation 7:4,”And I heard the number of them which were sealed, and they were sealed an hundred and forty four thousand of all the tribes of the children of ISRAEL.” Verse 5 through 8 states there were 12,000 each from the 12 tribes of Israel, and lists the name of each tribe – hence 144,000. Revelation 14:3-4 “…..and no man could learn that new song but the hundred and forty four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These were they which were not defiled with women, for they were virgins….” – meaning only men and no women are a part of that 144,000. What the Watch Tower fails to divulge, or Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t know, is that all of the 144,000 are virgin JEWS, and all are from Israel. What they also failed to divulge or don’t know – is that Revelation 5:11 states,”And I beheld, and heard the voice of many angels round the throne, and the beasts, and the ELDERS, and the number of them was ten thousand, times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” Also Revelation 7:9,”After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.”

    Regarding the New World Translation of the Bible:

    In Watch Tower, Oct. 15, 1997 – “How The Bible Came To Us”, page 11-12, “A translation committee of experienced anointed Christians was organized to produce the New World Translation of the Bible.” – which was first published in 1961. At that time the Watch Tower Society would not divulge who the translators were, stating that all the glory should go to God and not to the translators. In 1983, Raymond Franz, who was a member of the Governing Body for 9 years, and also a nephew of president Frederic Franz, published a book called “Crisis Of Conscience “, which he wrote to expose the false doctrine and unethical conduct of the Governing Body at that time. In that book he revealed that the translators were Nathan Knorr, Albert Schroeder, Milton Hershell, George Gargas, and Frederic Franz – all Jehovah’s Witnesses, and none of them had any knowledge of Hebrew or Greek except Nathan Knorr. Nathan Knorr had enrolled in College to get formal training in Greek and Hebrew but dropped out at the end of his Sophomore year. In a Court Of Law in Glasgow, Scotland in 1954, he was asked who the translators were, he stated that the translators would never be revealed, even after his death. He was also asked if he could translate Genesis 2:4 from the Hebrew text into English – he stated that he could not.

    The following is some scriptures that Jehovah’s Witnesses altered to fit their doctrine, which much of it is to trivialize Jesus Christ:

    Romans 10:9,”That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Verse 13 states,”For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But Jehovah’s Witnesses changed it to read, “For everyone who calls on the name Jehovah will be saved.”

    Colossians 1:16-17 states,”For by him (Jesus) all things were created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by him, and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things exist.” – but Jehovah’s Witnesses changed it to read, 16 ”Because by means of him all “other” things were created in the heavens and on earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones, or Lordships, or governments, or authorities. All “other” things have been created through him, and for him. 17 Also, he is before all “other” things, and by means of him all “other” things were made to exist.”

    John 1:1,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS GOD.” – but the Jehovah’s Witnesses changed it to read,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was “a god.”

    Jesus said in Mark 16:16,”He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned.” Jehovah’s Witnesses deleted that scripture because they don’t believe there is such a thing as damnation, and they deleted the 7 scriptures before it and the 4 after it. The 2 of the 4 after it are 17 ”And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues. 18 They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” They deleted those 2 scriptures because they think speaking in tongues is of the devil, they don’t believe in casting out devils, or the laying on of hands to heal the sick so they shall recover. They also deleted 35 other scriptures – 31 regarding the deity of Christ, 2 regarding hell, 1 regarding prayer and fasting, and 1 regarding the Rapture. References for scriptures deleted, words added, or words taken away in the New World Translation are avoidjw.org, jesus-is-Lord.com, jwFacts.org, answers.Yahoo.com, the King James Translation, New World Translation, and the Interlinear Translation of the Bible – which each word in English is directly under the Greek or Hebrew word.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is only an active force and not a being – the following scriptures prove that is false:

    John 16:13-14,”Howbeit when HE, the Spirit of truth is come, for HE shall guide you into all truth, for HE shall not speak of HIMSELF, but whatsoever HE shall hear, that shall HE speak, and HE will show you all things to come. 14 HE shall glorify me, for HE shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.”

    Acts 8:15-16,”Who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (16) For as yet HE was fallen on none of them, only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

    Acts 13:2,”As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the HOLY GHOST SAID, Separate me Barnabas, and Saul for the work where unto I have called them.”

    Acts 20:28,”Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which HE has purchased with HIS own BLOOD.”

    Jesus is speaking here in Revelation 2:7-8,”He that has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAYS unto the churches: To him that overcomes will “I” give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things says the first and the last, WHICH WAS DEAD AND IS ALIVE.” Revelation 2:11,”He that has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT says unto the churches: He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowship and then shun anyone that does not abide by the Watch Tower’s rules. To name a few is disagreeing with Watch Tower doctrine, breaking any one of the 10 commandments, smoking, celebrating birthdays or normally celebrated national holidays, getting a blood transfusion, attending a church other than a Kingdom Hall, serving in the Military other than in a noncombatant position, pledging allegiance to any flag, distributing any literature other than information from the Watch Tower Society, and even any intimate activity between a husband and wife that they have deemed unacceptable.

    “What if we have a relative or a close friend who is disfellowshiped? Now our loyalty is on the line, not to that person, but to God. Jehovah is watching us to see whether we will abide by his command not to have contact with anyone who is disfellowshiped.” (Watch Tower 2012, April 15, page 12). “Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshiped family member, for example, through email.” (Watch Tower 2013, Jan. 1, page 16.) “Are you personally proving yourself holy with regard to not associating with family members or others who have been disfellowshiped.” (Watch Tower 2014, Nov. 15, page14.) If a disfellowshiped person dies they are still persuaded to not attend their funeral – ”A Christian congregation would not want it’s good name besmirched by having it associated with anyone, even in their death.” (Watch Tower 1977, June 1, page 347.) “Jesus encouraged his followers to love their enemies, but God’s word also says to hate what is bad. When a person persists in a way of badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of his make-up, then in order to hate what is bad, a Christian must HATE the person with whom the badness is inseparably linked.” (Watch Tower 1961, July 15, page 420.)

    But Jesus was asked by Peter in Matthew 18:21 how often should he forgive his brother and I forgive him, till 7 times? Jesus said to him in verse 22,”I say not unto you, Until seven times, but until seventy times seven.”

    Jesus said in Matthew 18:15,”Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone, if he shall hear you, you have gained your brother.”

    Jesus said in Mark 11:26,”But if you don’t forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.”

    Jesus said in Luke 6:37,”Judge not lest you be judged, condemn not and you will not be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven.”

    As of 1955, a person did not need to be baptized according to the Watch Tower Society to be a Jehovah’s Witness. (Watch Tower 1955, July 1, page 412). In 1956 baptism was made mandatory by the Watch Tower Society and stated that those baptized after 1918 needed to be re-baptized and needed to answer 80 questions. (Watch Tower 1956, July 1, page 406). This was changed to 124 questions in 1983, and then to 104 questions in 2005. (Organized To Do Jehovah’s Will 2005, page 182-216.) Note there is no Biblical premises that requires passing an exam prior to baptism. The second question is,”Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identifies you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s “Spirit Directed Organization”. In other words they are baptized into the Watch Tower Society. The following scriptures prove the name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the Son is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles and not names. Every time Jesus disciples baptized anyone in water they said Jesus name at baptism, which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 8:38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16. Paul said in Galatians 1:8-9,”But though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be ACCURSED.” Paul revealed what accursed means in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9,”In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

    DaveS

  2. David Russell

    Thanks! for your good article, I agree – BUT – there IS a clear scientific PROOF of God which everyone should know: the Cell. All plants and animals are made of cells. ALL. No biologist, scientist or atheist has even a clue how the first one originated. None. Read their works, you’ll see. The cell is so astonishingly complex internally there is NO explanation how it came into being. It’s far more complex than even just the DNA inside. The BEST response they can do is appeal to a Self Replicating Molecule (SRM). It is truly amazing, yes, BUT when you understand the SRM you’ll see it only PROVES a cell, staggeringly more complex, could not come into being by undirected processes. Its existence DEMANDS an intelligent designer and Creator.

  3. James Dinju

    Thanks for the wonderful explanation! As a Christian, I’ve wondered several times if God was real; if the Bible itself was true, but this explanation definitely provides a clear answer. Thank you very much!

  4. Dear Dr Baxter, thank you for your wonderful explanation of how we can be certain God exists! Although I’ve been born-again for more than 30 years,I’ve found that due to chemo, it has become more difficult for me to witness effectively. High doses of chemotherapy has caused cognitive dysfunction, which is very frustrating. I am saving this article for future use! I’ve followed your teaching for twenty years and have purchased many, many of your tapes which I listen to over and over! I love your ministry and only wish I could donate to help with all your projects, especially educating News in the Holy Land about what is about to happen! I will do what I can, and that is to pray for you, your family’s safety and your ministry. Thank you so very much for showing me the truth about the End Times. Very Sincerely, Darcée Anthony

  5. Dear Dr Baxter, thank you for your wonderful explanation of how we can be certain God exists! Although I’ve been born-again for more than 30 years,I’ve found that due to chemo, it has become more difficult for me to witness effectively. High doses of chemotherapy has caused cognitive dysfunction, which is very frustrating. I am saving this article for future use! I’ve followed your teaching for twenty years and have purchased many, many of your tapes which I listen to over and over! I love your ministry and only wish I could donate to help with all your projects, especially educating News in the Holy Land about what is about to happen! I will do what I can, and that is to pray for you, your family’s safety and your ministry. Thank you so very much for showing me the truth about the End Times. Very Sincerely, Darcée Anthony

  6. Brian Browne

    God is real…
    Grace is real…
    Uncommon favor is real…
    Miracles are real…
    That still voice you hear at times guiding you to make the right choice is real…
    God is very real!

  7. Debra Adams

    God is real. How do i know. My son got shot in the head. I started praying not asking for healing not asking for my son to not be paralyzed. I just started thanking God for what Jesus have already done. God took me up in the spirit rim. Never experienced that before. I saw JESUS in one corner and his angels and i saw satan and his demons in one corner nobody had a face but i knew who everybody was. Jesus walked across in front of the demons they bowed their heads and Jesus pointed at me and said”Your child will live” oh my Sweet Lord tears of joy came down my face and peace overtook me. Now my son is a father of 3 and serving the Lord. So yes God is Real!!!