The Watchtower Ignores Alternative Explanations

Twisting Ignoring AlternativesThe error of ignoring alternative explanations means that “a specific interpretation is given to a biblical text or set of texts which could well be, and often have been, interpreted in quite a different fashion, but these alternatives are not considered.”[1]     

Here are three examples from Watchtower publications: Continue reading

The Watchtower Confuses Definitions

Twisting Confused Definition“Confused definition” means, “A biblical term is misunderstood in such a way that an essential biblical doctrine is distorted or rejected.”[1]       

Let’s look at several Watchtower examples.

I won’t go into detail refuting each one. Rather, my goal will be to identify them so you will know the sort of thing to look out for. Continue reading

The Watchtower Uses Inadequate Evidence

Twisting Inadequate EvidenceThe error of inadequate evidence is defined this way: “A hasty generalization is drawn from too little evidence.” [1]

In his book, Scripture Twisting, James W. Sire gives this example: “[T[he Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that blood transfusion is nonbiblical, but the biblical data which they cite fails either to speak directly to the issue or to adequately substantiate their teaching.”[2]   

Let’s look at this example in some detail. Continue reading

The Watchtower Cites Selectively

Twisting Selective CitingThe Watchtower uses a relative handful of scriptures as proof texts for its teaching that when you’re dead you’re dead—that is, that there’s no part of human beings (soul or spirit) that survives physical death:

  • Ecclesiastes 9:5: “…the dead know nothing at all…” (NWT)
  • Ezekiel 18:4: “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (NWT)
  • Psalm 146:4: “His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; on that very day his thoughts perish.” (NWT)

For them, this is the end of the discussion. Any other scriptures have to conform to the teaching that these verses appear to support. This error is called “selective citing”. Continue reading

The Watchtower Asserts Without Citing

Twisting Saying without Citing“Saying but not citing” is an error in which “a writer says that the Bible says such and such but does not cite the specific text (which often indicates that there may be no such text at all).”[1]    

The Watchtower commits this error frequently. This allows them to imply that they are just teaching what the Bible teaches, when in fact the Bible provides little or no support for their teaching.

Here are four examples from Watchtower literature: Continue reading

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