Saturday, August 4, 2012

John 3:16 "exercising faith"?

 Try looking at John 3:14-15. They translation committee forgot to change that one. Now look it up in the Kingdom Interlinear. Yes, the same Greek word (pisteuo) in both verses, but translated differently. Why?

 Why have they done this? It is to make the Bible agree with what Jehovah's Witnesses teach: It is for the reward of eternal life that every last person on earth should now be working… [Jehovah’s Witnesses] are working hard now for the reward of eternal life… making themselves eligible to receive the reward of eternal life.”  Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1972
But does the Bible agree with what they teach? When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. Romans 4:4,5

Upon using the Kingdom Interlinear translation I found that at John 3:16,18,36 and similar Scriptures, the Greek word is “believing”. The word “exercising” has been added in the New World Translation. Check some more verses in the Interlinear that use the word believe (pisteuo). Are these words consistently translated? Is the New World Translation the most accurate Bible translation?

It is clear that Paul wrote to the Galatians, people who had already accepted Christ’s sacrifice, in order to correct them of their erroneous view of adding works as a requirement for righteousness.

“You are parted from Christ, whoever you are that try to be declared righteous by means of law; you have fallen away from his undeserved kindness. How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying that a person has life.” For such freedom Christ set us free. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 3:3,12; 5:4;1

Yet that is what the Jehovah's Witnesses do.

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