The one true God tells us His name is “Jehovah,” a name He often uses to emphasise His faithfulness to His covenants / promises. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the great Three-in-One, unite in carrying out all His promises.
The “Jehovah’s Witnesses” cult teaches many errors, but the worst is to not worship Jesus, claiming He is not the true God, Jehovah. Their Bible mis-translation, the New World “Translation,” changes many verses which show Jesus is Jehovah and one with the Father. Yet, even their “Bible” teaches that Jesus is Jehovah. I’ll take a few posts to show this.
The Problem of the Translation
Let’s look at John 1:1 to show what they’ve done with this mis-translation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Now, the New World “version”:
In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.
“Word” is a title for Jesus, and John 1:1 says He “was God.” They changed it to say he was “a god,” and teach that He is lesser, not truly God. But there is no Greek word for “a” in this verse, nor does Greek grammar permit inserting it.
But note the start of the verse. “The” is bracketed to show it is implied (not directly stated) in Greek. Yet, “a” is not bracketed, though it is not stated or implied by the grammar. If you mark supplied words with brackets, you HAVE to with this. Their whole doctrinal position relies on supplying this word, but they don’t even acknowledge they have done so. This shows it is not just a mistake, this is a lying cult.
But a “Jehovah’s Witness” who doesn’t know Greek will not believe you if you talk about John 1:1, no matter what. He will check verses you cite in his “Bible” and trust it. Thus these posts, with several Scriptures you can use showing that even his “version” reveals Jesus as Jehovah, the one true God, truly One with the Father and the Spirit.
The Shepherd of the Sheep
John 10:14 (New World “Translation”)
I am the fine shepherd, and I know my sheep and my sheep know me,
John 10:27-28 (New World “Translation”)
My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
And I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
“Good” is changed to “fine” in verse 14, but for speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness, we can ignore that — the idea of “good” here is His excellence as a Shepherd. (It is like saying someone is a “good” or “excellent” football player.) He is the One caring for the sheep, and does so supremely well. “Fine” doesn’t catch the full impact of the verse, but it does communicate that Jesus is an excellent Shepherd.
The key point for this discussion is that Jesus does not say He is A good/fine Shepherd — He is THE good/fine Shepherd of the sheep (this is correct in the NW “version”, the Greek has emphatic “the” in v. 14). He calls them “MY sheep,” belonging to Him and under His care. By saying He is “the good” (or “the fine”) Shepherd, Jesus says He is such a wonderful Shepherd / carer of the sheep that none other is needed.
Whose sheep am I? Jesus’ sheep. John 10 says so. I follow Him, I hear His voice, and He knows me as His sheep. I am in His hand, and He is my Shepherd. If I have or need another shepherd, I am not following Jesus, not hearing Jesus’ voice, not in Jesus’ hand — and Jesus was not telling the truth. He isn’t such an excellent Shepherd after all.
But Jesus does not lie. He does not make false claims. Jesus really is the good/”fine” Shepherd, the only real One, my Shepherd. Even the New World “Translation” says so.
Psalm 23:1-3 (New World “Translation”)
Jehovah is my Shepherd. I shall lack nothing.
In grassy pastures he makes me lie down;
By well‐watered resting‐places he conducts me.
My soul he refreshes.
He leads me in the tracks of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Jehovah is my Shepherd. He is the One I follow. Jehovah my Shepherd leads me — the New World “translation” says so.
- Jesus is my Shepherd, the One I follow. I belong to Him. John 10.
- Jehovah is my Shepherd, the One who leads me. I belong to Him. Psalm 23.
Neither passage leaves room for another Shepherd. There are under-shepherds who aid the Chief Shepherd (I Peter 5:1-4), but the sheep belong to only one Shepherd.
Jesus is Jehovah, the One who is my Shepherd, the One who leads, the One I follow, the One to whom I belong. Even the New World “Translation” shows this.
The question for the “Jehovah’s Witness” who denies that Jesus is Jehovah: Whose sheep are you? Who is your Shepherd? To whom do you belong, to Jesus, or to Jehovah?