Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

This page has been added in order to offer answers to actual questions that have been submitted relating to the Bible, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other subjects within the realm of Christian theology and apologetics. While I will be happy to entertain and discuss questions, I am not looking to engage in protracted debates for the sake of argument. However, when I believe that the answer I have given to a certain question might be deserving of a wider exposure, I will post the original question and my response here. No identifying information regarding the individual who posed the question will be provided.

Answers to Questions Related to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Other Aberrant Groups:

How Can the Holy Spirit be “Poured Out?” – Answering a common argument made by Jehovah’s Witnesses against the Personhood of the Holy Spirit.

Was Jonah a False Prophet? – When confronted with the many false prophecies that their organization has made in the past, Jehovah’s Witnesses often appeal to the example of Jonah, whose prediction of the destruction of Nineveh in 40 days did not come to pass. Tom demonstrates that this biblical example doesn’t excuse the JW organization.

Source of Information about JW’s? – Jehovah’s Witnesses will urge you to look to their organization (and more recently, its web site) for all information about them. They claim that they are the only fair and unbiased source. But is that true?

New World Translation: Truth in Translation? – Brief answers to a couple of questions about the NWT.

“Bible Students” vs. Jehovah’s Witnesses – Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Bible Student groups share common roots, but separated when “Judge” Rutherford deviated from the teachings of Pastor Russell. What’s the difference between the two groups?

Questions About the Anointed Class and the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” – Tom answers questions about a major doctrinal change regarding a central teaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

What About Hell? – Does the Bible really teach that the dead are unconscious and that the final punishment of the lost is annihilation?

Does the Title “Lord” Only Mean “Master”? – What does it really mean when the New Testament calls Jesus “Lord?”

Is Satan Called God in the New Testament? – Does the term “god” apply to Satan in the same sense that it does to Jesus?

What About “Theocratic War Strategy?” – Are Jehovah’s Witnesses permitted to engage in deception in serving the interests of their organization?

Do Christians Need to Keep the Sabbath? – Tom offers some thoughts to an ex-JW who had been discussing the Sabbath with a Seventh-day Adventist.

Deceptive Emotions – Tom offers comfort to an ex-JW who doesn’t understand his feelings.

Answers to Questions about Other Theological Topics:

How Christ ‘Became Sin’ – Why Christianity isn’t about rules and law-keeping.

Role of Church Tradition? – Is any human or church organization the final authority as to the meaning of Scripture?

Did Paul Rescind Baptism? – An exercise in reading what the text says, not what it doesn’t say.

Casting Lots for Christian Decisions? – The apostles cast lots to choose Judas’ replacement as a fellow apostle. Does that mean that the practice is normative for Christians?

Is heaven in view in 1 Corinthians 2:9? – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” That’s heaven, right? Well, yes, but…

What Does “Simon Himself Believed” Mean in Acts 8:13? – Was Simon Magus a true believer?

Does Isaiah 64:8 Teach the Universal Fatherhood of God? – Is God everyone’s Father, or is that a special relationship that His people enjoy?

Are the prophets in Ephesians 2:20 New Testament prophets, or Old Testament prophets? – Is there a difference?

Lost Books of the Bible? – Are our Bibles missing some pages? Should other ancient writings have been included?