The following articles are related to the topic of JEHOVAH WITNESS

Portraits of the Christ

Some of the New Testament documents resemble others to a degree-and that by design. For example, there are similarities in the Gospel accounts-especially in the synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke); Ephesians and Colossians contain some parallels, as do 2 Peter and Jude. But the book of Hebrews is unique. It is almost the "holy of holies" of the New Testament ... read more »

The Study of Biblical Words

A study of Bible words can, and should, be approached from several angles. In this article, we will consider the following three important concepts: - word etymology - grammatical form - context Etymology Etymology is that branch of "word science" that has to do with the origin and development of words. The investigation of a word's root form can be ... read more »

Original Sin and a Misapplied Passage

The doctrine of original sin-the notion that one is born into this world hereditarily totally depraved-is widely believed in the religious world. For example, the Augsburg Confession of Faith (1530), Lutheranism's creed, asserted: [A]ll men, born according to nature, are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without confidence towards God and with concupiscence, and that this ... read more »

Hank Hanegraaff and the “Christian Research Institute”

Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute, an organization located in southern California that specializes in reviewing the major doctrines of various "cults" that profess an identity with "Christianity." Hanegraaff is the host of a radio program, called The Bible Answer Man. The program is broadcast daily throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, however, the "Answer Man" ... read more »

Do Human Beings Have an Immortal Soul?

A reader has alleged that the expression "immortal soul" is not consistent with biblical teaching. He contends that this concept is more akin to the pagan philosophy of Plato than to the Scriptures. The gentleman says that 1 Timothy 6:16 affirms that "only God" possesses "immortality," thus we, as humans, are not immortal. Further, he has suggested that since 1 ... read more »

Principles of Bible Prophecy

What does the word "prophet" mean? If you examine the lexicons, scholars are undecided as to the etymology of this bible term. Some think that the noun is from an Arabic term meaning "spokesman" (Smith 1928, 10), whereas others contend that the root is a Hebrew form which signifies a "bubbling up," as when water issues from a hidden fountain ... read more »

Reflections on the Goodness of God

The incident is found in all of the synoptic accounts (Mt. 19:16-22; Mk. 10:17-22; Lk. 18:18-23). A young, wealthy ruler was acquainted with the ministry of Christ. On a certain occasion, therefore, this official ran to Jesus, knelt before him, and asked: "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" In his response, the Lord asked: ... read more »

A Divine Platform for Christian Unity

The church of Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus is first mentioned in the latter portion of Acts 18, when certain "brethren" wrote a letter commending the eloquent Apollos (v. 27). Paul visited that great metropolis during his third missionary campaign, probably in the spring of A.D. 54/55, and built upon that foundation (Acts 19:1-7). In this community, he ... read more »

Why Would a Loving God Send Us to Hell?

The late Bertrand Russell, a renowned British agnostic, wrote a small publication titled, Why I Am Not A Christian. One of the reasons he cited for his unbelief was that Jesus Christ taught that there is an eternal hell for the wicked. Russell could not harmonize Christ's doctrine about hell with the biblical position of a just and benevolent God; ... read more »

Will Heaven Be on Earth?

The "Jehovah's Witnesses," along with many denominational writers, contend that with the Second Coming of Christ, the earth will be purified by fire, and this material planet will be the residence of the faithful throughout eternity. In other words, a "new earth" will be what we commonly think of as "heaven." As Charles Hodge of Princeton stated it: "earth shall ... read more »