Jehovah’s Witness’ Heresy on the Trinity: Arianism Revisited?

While performing some research to better articulate the mystery of the Holy Trinity I decided to take a look at what the JWs believe concerning this truly central dogma of the Christian faith.

JWs profess to be a monotheistic Christian religion. Yet their belief contradicts their own verbal proclamation and especially Sacred Scripture thus revealing the truth of the JWs as a polytheistic religion that denies the Full existence of God. The evidence of this is pretty clear from their perverted “translation” of the Bible which inserts language specifically designed to support their false doctrines. (My next post on this subject will deal with their claim that the Church invented the “false” doctrine of the Trinity.)
If John 1:1 clearly states the Truth about the relationship of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit then it also reveals the desperate attempt to cover manipulate the Bible to support their heresy:

Bible: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

John 1

[1] In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.

Now compare that to all of the following translations:

« John 1:1 »

 

New International Version (©1984)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

New Living Translation (©2007)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

English Standard Version (©2001)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

International Standard Version (©2008)
In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

King James Bible
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

American King James Version
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

American Standard Version
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Bible in Basic English
From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Darby Bible Translation
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

English Revised Version
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Webster’s Bible Translation
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Weymouth New Testament
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

World English Bible
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Young’s Literal Translation
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;

Witnesses are not Christians as they deny the Son and in denying the Son they deny the Father. But there heresy goes further. They also relegate the Holy Spirit to some force or power rather than a person. Which also contradicts Scripture, especially the way that Jesus Himself speaks of the Spirit as Paraclete, Advocate, Defender, Counselor. Take the following passage from John:

[16] And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever,

[17] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. (John (RSV) 14)

 

Their translation performs the all too common libel of using neutral pronouns:

 

[16] and I will request the Father and he will give YOU another helper to be with YOU forever,

[17] the spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither beholds it nor knows it. YOU know it, because it remains with YOU and is in YOU.

 

Yet, their rejection of the Fullness of Truth is not the first in history. Like bad fashion, what was once old is new (well old now) again. Witnesses are essentially regurgitating the Arian heresy of the early 300s, which secular Wikipedia describes as
:

 

…those teachings attributed to Arius which are in opposition to mainstream Trinitarian Christological dogma, as determined by the first two Ecumenical Councils and currently maintained by theRoman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and most Protestant Churches. “Arianism” is also often used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the 4th century, which regarded Jesus Christ—the Son of God, the Logos—as either a created being (as in Arianism proper and Anomoeanism), or as neither uncreated nor created in the sense other beings are created (as in Semi-Arianism).

via en.wikipedia.org

This central dogma is a “mystery” of Divine Revelation and as such cannot be fully explained in human terms. The Catechism says this about the Trinitarian doctrine:

The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God”. (1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church 237)

And the total understanding of the Trinity is something that has yet to be revealed by God and it probably never will be – at least to those who continue their earthly lives.

This all makes me think of a Bishop Sheen talk in which he mentioned that a request from a woman to explain the mystery of the Trinity. After explaining this mystery to the best of his ability, the woman thanked him for making it clear. He responded, “If you understand it then I explained it wrong.”

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The Glory Be:

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.

World without end.
Amen.

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