Page 4: Yes, the 11 apostles have proved that they are true friends by sticking with Jesus during his trials.
Correction: The Watchtower won't tell you that "the anointed" forsook Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:31-34 Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee." Peter answered and said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble." Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
Pages 4-5: How distressing it is for him to think of what Jehovah's enemies will say when His only-begotten Son is impaled as though he were a criminal!
Correction: A telephone pole was not stuck through Jesus Christ.
Webster's Dictionary:(impale) to pierce with or as if with something pointed.
Page 6: Pilate exclaims, "I bring him outside to you in order for you to know I find no fault in him." But the chief priests shout: "Impale him! Impale him!" (Luke 19:4-6) As the crowd gets more and more insistent, Pilate capitulates and hands Jesus over to be impaled.
Correction: Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross.
Webster's Dictionary: (cross) a structure consisting of an upright with a transverse beam used by the ancient Romans for execution.
Note: Simon did not carry a telephone pole through Jerusalem for Jesus Christ.
Mark 15:21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. (the crossbeam)
Page 6:Words cannot describe the agony as the weight of his body tears at the nail wounds when the torture stake is lifted up. A crowd gathers to observe Jesus and two criminals being impaled.
Correction: There was one nail for each hand since His hands were nailed to the crossbeam.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."
Page 8: Then, turning to Jesus, he begs: "Remember me when you get into your kingdom." What amazing faith in the face of imminent death! "Truly I tell you today," Jesus responds, "You will be with me in Paradise." - Luke 23:39-43.
Note: The criminal is with Jesus in Paradise be it in heaven or on earth!
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Note: The New King James version of the Bible has the correct grammar!
Page 9: Jesus, on the other hand, gave his life as a ransom to pay the price for mankind's sin and death, thus providing a basis for God to extend mercy and favor. (1 Timothy 2:5, 6)
Correction: Grace, mercy, and peace flows from the Father and the Son.
1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 10: "GO ... and make disciples of people of all the nations, ...teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19, 20)
Note: The Watchtower edits out the Trinity! (The name is singular)
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
Page 10: In view of this command of Jesus Christ, all Christians should endeavor to become teachers.
Correction: Not all Christians should be teachers.
James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
1 Corinthians 12:28-29 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
Page 10: Zealous teachers are needed to help honesthearted ones come to a knowledge of God before it is too late. (Romans 13:11)
Note: True Christians come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Page 10: After their baptism, though, new ones need further help to become "rooted and established on the foundation." (Ephesians 3:17)
Note: True Christians will have Jesus Christ as their foundation.
Ephesians 3:17-19 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Page 10: As we carry out Jesus' commission recorded at Matthew 28:19, 20 and direct new ones to Jehovah's organization, they benefit from being taught within the congregation itself.
Correction: True Christians bring people to Jesus Christ.
John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Page 11: True Christianity thus stands in stark contrast with false religions, many of which seek to control the thinking of their members. When Jesus was on earth, the religious leaders sought to control virtually every aspect of people's lives through oppressive man-made traditions.
Note: Read "Crisis of Conscience" by Raymond Franz and discover the governing body plots.
Page 13: A word of caution, though: A Bible student may be progressing rapidly but may still have some unchristian ways to overcome. So it may not be wise to be unduly close socially with the individual. Proper Christian boundaries should be maintained. - 1 Corinthians 15:33.
Note: True Christians will overcome the world through sincere faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Page 14: The same can be said for Bible students who have difficulty with specific matters, such as the Trinity or religious holidays.
Note: True Bible students will read the Bible instead of magazines for truth.
Colossians 2:1-3 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Note: The Watchtower is in error for condemning holidays and festivals.
Colossians 2:16-17 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
Page 15: Paul and his companions thus imparted "not only the good news of God, but also (their) own souls." - 1 Thessalonians 2:8.
Note: The good news is about Jesus Christ. (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
1 Thessalonians 3:1-3 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the good news of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
Page 15: Since all Christians have the help of Jehovah God's spirit, all of them may become persuasive teachers. But how? Let us look at some effective teaching techniques.
Correction: True Christians will have the Holy Spirit give them guidance in witnessing.
Matthew 10:19-20 "But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Page 17: True, we want Bible students to become "thoroughly able to grasp mentally with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth" of the truth. (Ephesians 3:18)
Note: The truth is Jesus Christ! (cf. John 14:6)
Ephesians 1:7-10 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; in Him.
Page 17: We can likewise keep things simple when teaching on Bible studies. How? By focusing on "the more important things." (Philippians 1:10)
Note: True Christians focus in on Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:19-21 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Page 17: As the only-begotten Son of the One worshiped at the temple, Jesus was really not obliged to pay a temple tax.
Note: The phrase "Son of the One" is not found in Scripture.
Page 18: For instance, if he is having difficulty grasping why he should use the divine name, we might ask, 'Is your name important to you? ... Why? ... How would you feel if someone refused to use your name? ... Is it not reasonable for God to require that we use his personal name?'
Correction: Jesus Christ wants Christians to use His name.
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
Mark 9:41 "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward."
Luke 9:47-48 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them,"Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great."
John 14:13-14 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake."
Page 24: The Pantheon was originally a pagan temple, a "place for all gods," which is the meaning of the original Greek word. Today, it is still considered a Roman Catholic church. How was such a surprising transformation possible?
Note: What God has cleansed, the Watchtower should not mock.
Acts 10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."
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