Category: Ezekiel

Anatomy of a Proof Text: Ezekiel 18:4

Rich Ez 18_4Jehovah’s Witnesses often quote Ezekiel 18:4: “Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so also the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Watchtower’s 2013 New World Translation)

To a Jehovah’s Witness, this verse proves that at death, human beings are not conscious of anything; rather, they go out of existence completely unless and until Jehovah decides to resurrect them.

They don’t seem aware that they are making a lot of intermediate assumptions in order to arrive at that conclusion.

Here are some of those assumptions: Continue reading

The Two Sticks

Two sticksAn article from the July 2016 online edition of The Watchtower provides a great illustration of how the Watchtower organization takes symbolism from the Old Testament, applies it to itself, and uses it to teach its doctrines.

The “Questions from Readers” section contains the following: “Ezekiel chapter 37 describes two sticks that became one stick. What does this mean?”

The first sentence of the answer states, “Through his prophet Ezekiel, Jehovah foretold that his people would return to the Promised Land and that they would be united as one nation again.” The article goes on to explain that the two sticks represented the southern kingdom of Judah (which consisted of two tribes of Israel) and the northern kingdom of Ephraim (which consisted of the other ten tribes).

So far, so good.

But then it says Continue reading