The “truth book” is what Jehovah’s Witnesses call it, but if it disagrees with the Bible, it’s the “untruth book.” “Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar,” was the way Paul put it in Romans 3:4. In the many years it has been out, several million copies have been distributed. You may have one. It’s small and blue.
FALSE TEACHING #1 - “God’s personal name is made known to us through his Word, the Bible, and that name is JEHOVAH. In many translations of the Bible this name is found at Psalm 83:18, where we read (AV): ‘That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.’” (p.17)
THE FACT - All you need do is read Psalm 83:18 from different translations and you discover that the psalmist is not saying that Jehovah is God’s ONLY name, but that He ALONE is the “most high over all the earth.” The New American Standard reads: “That they may know the Most High over all the earth.” The Creator is called by many names and titles and you are hard pressed to distinguish which are names and which are titles in Biblical literature.
Why do Jehovah Witnesses make the big issue over Jehovah? Because they claim they are the one who restored God’s true name to religion. They have tried so hard to make the point that they have used “Jehovah” in the New Testament of their own Bible (“New World Translation”). Any New Testament Greek student will tell you that “Jehovah” doesn’t appear even once in the Greek New Testament!
FALSE TEACHING #2 - “What is wrong is to fail to use that name. Why? Because those who do not use it could not be identified with the ones whom God takes out to be a ‘people for his name.’ (Acts 15:14)” (p. 18)
THE FACT - You would expect upon reading Acts 15:14 for yourself to find that true Christians only call the Almighty “Jehovah.” But read the passage. “Jehovah” is nowhere used, nor is it elsewhere in the New Testament. Jesus never uttered the name, thus if it is the name by which true disciples are identified, it’s strange that neither He nor His apostles used it.
And check your concordance and you’ll find the word “name” associated in the Old Testament with other words referring to God besides Jehovah. God is known by many names and terms. Certainly no one can adequately express His nature in any language.
FALSE TEACHING #3 - “This doctrine was unknown to the Hebrew prophets and Christian apostles...So the early Christians who were taught directly by Jesus Christ did not believe that God is a ‘Trinity.’” (p. 22)
THE FACT - The Apostle John called Jesus God in John 1:1b: “and the Word was God.” Jesus claimed to be God: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). One of the apostles, Paul, wrote that “in Him (Christ) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col 2:9).
It is true that no Bible writer used the term “trinity,” but they expressed the nature of God as being triune: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Peter believed the Holy Spirit was also God, for he declared to Ananias and Sapphira that they had lied to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3) and to God (v.4).
FALSE TEACHING #4 & 5 - “Is hell a hot place? Do sheol and hades refer to some place where the wicked suffer after death? It is plain that they do not, for we have already seen that the dead are not conscious and therefore cannot suffer.” (p. 22)
THE FACT - There is consciousness after death and there is suffering for the unrighteous according to the Bible. Read carefully the story of the rich man and Lazarus told in Luke 16:19-31. Both conditions are described in it. And if the Jehovah Witnesses try to tell you it is just a fairytale, remind them of a couple of things: 1) Jesus never illustrated a truth with untruth; 2) The context clearly establishes that the story was told to illustrate the fate of those who love money more than God (Luke 16:1-14). Numerous other Bible references (Matt. 8:12; 18:9; 25:30-46), describe plainly that the unrighteous will suffer consciously after death.
FALSE TEACHING #6 - “The Bible informs us that he (Jesus) is God’s ‘firstborn’ Son. This means that he was created before the other sons of God’s family.” (P. 47)
THE FACT - The Bible reference alluded to is apparently Revelation 3:14, which reads: “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this...” The description here is not of Jesus as the first thing created, as Jehovah Witnesses teach, but Jesus as the origin or source of the creation of God. Check any Greek lexicon for the definition of “beginning” as used here.
Furthermore, one other “pet” prooftext of Jehovah Witnesses does not teach what Jehovah Witnesses say it does. Colossians 1:15 speaks of Jesus as being the “firstborn of all creation” and the Greek word here signifies “priority to” all creation. Besides, the next verse would have Jesus creating himself! The Bible plainly teaches that when creation began He already existed: “In the beginning was the Word...” (John 1:1a).
FALSE TEACHING #7 - “So the 144,000 are persons who die on earth as humans and are resurrected to heavenly life as spirit creatures, as Jesus was. (Romans 6:5)” (p, 77)
THE FACT - There are really two untruths here: 1) Jesus was not resurrected as a “spirit creature,” whatever that is. Read Romans 6:5. It says nothing of the kind. 2) The 144,000 are not what “Truth” says they are. Read Revelation 7:1-8 and 14:1-5 and see if they say anything at all about them being “spirit creatures.” Clearly, they are a representative number (12x12x12,000) of Jewish people who accept Christ and partake in eternal glory.
FALSE TEACHING #8 - “A further requirement of true religion is that it must sanctify God’s name...Now, stop and ask yourself: What religious group is most prominently known for publishing the name of God, as Jesus did? The churches in general avoid the use of the name Jehovah.” (p. 127)
THE FACT - There are two falsehoods in that paragraph. First, the suggestion that Jesus used the term “Jehovah.” As pointed out in False Teaching #1, the term is not even found in the New Testament. The second falsehood is that churches avoid the use of the term. Naturally, if it isn’t in the New Testament, it wouldn’t get used very much. One Bible translation used by churches for decades, the American Standard, uses it hundreds of times in the Old Testament. So don’t believe either of those false teachings.
The Jehovah Witnesses implication that there is some diabolical plot to hide the true name of God from you is in itself a diabolical plot.
FALSE TEACHING #9 - “Some persons may reason that getting a blood transfusion is not actually ‘eating.’ But is it not true that when a patient is unable to eat through his mouth, doctors often feed him by the same method in which a blood transfusion is administered?” (p. 167)
THE FACT - Doesn’t that comparison seem weak? While we may use the term “feeding” for intravenous injection, both cavities involved in eating (the mouth and stomach) are bypassed in blood transfusion. There is no ingestion, chewing and digestion of blood in a blood transfusion.
Furthermore, Bible warnings to abstain from blood (Acts 15:20 & 29) involved the pagan religious use of blood (animal usually) and strangled meat. Read the passages and any Old Testament ones you find and ask yourself these questions: 1) Was human blood involved? 2) Was the prohibition from a medical or a religious standpoint? 3) Would God prohibit the beneficial use of blood simply because it had been misused by pagans?
FALSE TEACHING #10 - “What then does Christian baptism signify? It is not a washing away of one’s sins, because cleansing from sin comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:7) Rather, it is a public demonstration, testifying that one has made a solemn dedication to Jehovah God...” (P. 183, 184)
THE FACT - The Blue Book certainly does not agree with the Bible. Ananias told Saul to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16). Peter taught baptism for the forgiveness of sins in Acts 2:38, as well as did Jesus in Mark 16:16.
I John 4:1 records that there are false teachers who appear to be religious. The Bible warns that one must "check them out or be misled. Matthew 7:15,16 records that false teachers will appear to be in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are ferocious wolves. May we all be convinced that God would have us to know the truth. Truth does not come easy. It takes many long hours, months and years to acquire a good working knowledge of the Scriptures.
Plainly, don’t get short changed. Let’s be ready to meet our Maker. The Bible teaches in the Book of Acts that to avoid hell and gain heaven - one must:
1) Believe In Jesus As Savior (16:31)
2) Repent Of Sins (17:30)
3) Confess Christ Audibly (8:37)
4) Be Baptized In Water (2:38)
5) Live A Christian Life (14:22)
6) Be Active In the Church (2:47)