Two Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses

After talking to several Jehovah’s Witnesses, I have a couple of questions I would love to have answered. I’ve asked this to several JWs, but really haven’t got an answer I comprehend.

  1. Are you born again/born of God?
  2. If you believe Jesus is a god, would you say He’s a true god?

I look forward to hearing from you.


4 Responses to Two Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses

  1. David R. says:

    *** w68 12/1 pp. 733-735 What It Means to Be “Born Again” ***

    What It Means to Be “Born Again”

    A MINISTER of Jehovah’s witnesses knocked on the door of one of the homes in a Kentucky town. He was going to present a short Bible message, but the householder heard only his introduction before asking: “Excuse me, but tell me: ‘Are you “born again”? Do you have the Holy Ghost?’”

    If you were in the place of that ordained minister, what would you have said? He calmly responded: “Of course I have God’s spirit. That’s why I’m here to speak with you about the Bible.”

    Notice that he did not say simply “Yes” or “No.” Sometimes questions cannot be answered that way if one is going to convey honestly the right meaning. What if you were asked, “Do you believe in the Almighty God named Satan?” You would have to give a qualified answer, showing that ‘yes’ you believe in the Almighty God, but he is not Satan. Now let us analyze what the householder may have been thinking and what the Witness had in mind in his reply.


    One night, after Passover 30 C.E., a Jewish ruler named Nicodemus came to Jesus. The account in John 3:3-5 reads: “Jesus said to him: ‘Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to him: ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter into the womb of his mother a second time and be born, can he?’ Jesus answered: ‘Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’”

    On the basis of this account many churchgoers feel that if one is to obtain salvation he must be “born again,” he must be “born from water and spirit.” They believe that the way one gets everlasting life is by going to heaven. In this they are partly right. It is true that those who will, as spirit creatures, be part of God’s kingdom will live forever. But Jehovah makes it plain in his Word that the majority of humans gaining eternal life and happiness will live right here on earth. (Ps. 37:29) Such persons do not need to be “born again.” Why not?

    God’s original purpose for mankind was to live forever in paradise on earth. None of his faithful servants before the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry had hope of going to heaven, nor did they go there upon death. For instance, concerning King David the apostle Peter said: “Actually David did not ascend to the heavens.” (Acts 2:34) That was so even though he had God’s spirit on him. David said: “The spirit of Jehovah it was that spoke by me.”—2 Sam. 23:2.

    John the Baptist’s case also illustrates this. The Bible says that he was “filled with holy spirit right from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15) Still, he was not “born again” and called to be in the future heavenly kingdom. Jesus himself proved that by saying: “Among those born of women there has not been raised up a greater than John the Baptist; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he is.”—Matt. 11:11.

    As the citizens of a country might have a few selected men who serve as their representatives, making up their government, so God has determined to select from mankind 144,000 humans to be part of the kingdom of the heavens. These will rule with Jesus over the paradise earth. (Rev. 5:9, 10; 14:1-3; 20:6) God began to select these only after Christ died and opened up the way to heavenly life. (Heb. 10:19, 20) But what was necessary for these imperfect human sons of Adam to become spirit sons of God? Jesus commented on this when speaking to Nicodemus.


    What Jesus said was what the Kentucky householder quoted in part: “Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) One selected to be part of the heavenly kingdom was once “born from the flesh,” and he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven with his body of flesh and blood. (John 3:6; 1 Cor. 15:50) So, after God forgives his sins on the basis of his faith in Christ’s ransom and views the individual as a perfect human, Jehovah begets him and bestows a spiritual inheritance on him. This latter action even happened in the case of Jesus so that he could go to heaven. After he was baptized in water, Jehovah poured out his spirit on Jesus. He was thus spirit-begotten with the right to be a spirit son of God; he was “born again.”—Matt. 3:16, 17.

    In like manner, Christians who are called to be part of the kingdom of the heavens must go through these steps; they must be “born from water and spirit.” Nicodemus, as a Jew, would have known that the holy spirit is literal, the active force of God. And Jesus appreciated that the Jewish ruler would understand the “water” as also being literal. Nicodemus likely knew that John the Baptist had been baptizing in water, for “the Jews sent forth priests and Levites from Jerusalem” to investigate what John was doing. (John 1:19; Matt. 3:5) Furthermore, Jesus’ disciples were baptizing in water. (John 3:22; 4:1, 2) So Jesus’ mention of “water” would have meant something to Nicodemus. But what about being born from holy spirit? That step would have been hard for him to understand since it had not yet begun for Jesus’ disciples.

    John the Baptist had promised that Jesus would ‘baptize in holy spirit,’ and on the day of Pentecost 33 C.E. Jesus did so. He poured out holy spirit on disciples who had already undergone water baptism. (John 1:33; Acts 2:1-4, 33, 38) Thus, those Christians were “born again,” receiving a birthlike entitling to prospects for spirit life in heaven, which life would come when they had proved faithful to death and were resurrected. They knew they had been “born again,” because they had the testimony of the spirit. The apostle Paul later wrote: “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”—Rom. 8:16, 17; 2 Cor. 1:22.

    Yet, just as John the Baptist and David had a portion of God’s spirit but were not called to be part of the heavenly kingdom, the same is true with many Christians today. They have dedicated their lives to God and been baptized in water. However, they recognize that they have not been given the hope of living in heaven. God does not give them a birthlike realization of the hope of spirit life in heaven because his provision for them, if they prove faithful to him, is to live eternally in an earthly paradise. The minister who called at that home in Kentucky is one who is looking forward to that paradise.

    Does this mean that such ones do not have God’s favor now? Absolutely not! They have God’s approval just as John the Baptist did. One evidence of this is the fact that Jehovah gives them holy spirit, enabling them to manifest its fruitage as well as to carry on the Christian ministry. (Gal. 5:22, 23; Luke 12:11, 12) Hence, we can appreciate how accurate and fair was the minister’s reply to the inquiring householder.

    If you would like to know more about the Bible message he had concerning God’s heavenly kingdom and the earthly paradise to come, we invite you to take advantage of opportunities you have to discuss the Bible with Jehovah’s witnesses in your area.

    *** kl chap. 3 pp. 23-31 Who Is the True God? ***

    Who Is the True God?

    WHEN you look at the sky on a clear night, are you not amazed to see so many stars? How do you account for their existence? And what about the living things on earth—colorful flowers, birds with their delightful songs, powerful whales that leap in the ocean? The list goes on and on. All of this could not have come about by chance. No wonder many agree with the Bible’s opening words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”!—Genesis 1:1.

    2 Mankind is greatly divided on the question of God. Some think that God is an impersonal force. Millions worship dead ancestors, believing that God is too remote to be approached. But the Bible reveals that the true God is a real person who shows warm interest in us as individuals. That is why it encourages us to “seek God,” saying: “He is not far off from each one of us.”—Acts 17:27.

    3 What does God look like? A few of his servants have seen visions of his glorious presence. In these he has symbolized himself as seated on a throne, awesome brightness extending from him. However, those who beheld such visions never described a distinct face. (Daniel 7:9, 10; Revelation 4:2, 3) That is because “God is a Spirit”; he does not have a physical body. (John 4:24) In fact, it is impossible to make an accurate physical image of our Creator, for “no man has seen God at any time.” (John 1:18; Exodus 33:20) Yet, the Bible teaches us much about God.


    4 In the Bible, the true God is identified by such expressions as “God Almighty,” “the Most High,” “Grand Creator,” “Grand Instructor,” “Sovereign Lord,” and “King of eternity.” (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 50:14; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Isaiah 30:20; Acts 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17) Meditating upon such titles can help us grow in the knowledge of God.

    5 However, God has a unique name that appears almost 7,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures alone—more often than any of his titles. Some 1,900 years ago, the Jews superstitiously ceased to pronounce the divine name. Biblical Hebrew was written without vowels. Hence, there is no way to be precise about how Moses, David, or others of ancient times pronounced the four consonants )יהוה(that make up the divine name. Some scholars suggest that God’s name may have been pronounced “Yahweh,” but they cannot be sure. The English pronunciation “Jehovah” has been in use for centuries, and its equivalent in many languages is widely accepted today.—See Exodus 6:3 and Isaiah 26:4 in the King James Version.


    6 God’s unique name, Jehovah, serves to differentiate him from all other gods. That is why that name appears so often in the Bible, especially in its Hebrew text. Many translators fail to use the divine name, but Psalm 83:18 clearly says: “You, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” So it is appropriate for us to use God’s personal name when we speak of him.

    7 The name Jehovah is a form of a Hebrew verb meaning “to become.” Thus, God’s name means “He Causes to Become.” Jehovah God thereby identifies himself as the Great Purposer. He always causes his purposes to become reality. Only the true God can rightly bear this name, for humans can never be sure that their plans will succeed. (James 4:13, 14) Jehovah alone can say: “So my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. . . . It will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.”—Isaiah 55:11.

    8 The Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob each “called on the name of Jehovah,” but they did not know the full significance of the divine name. (Genesis 21:33; 26:25; 32:9; Exodus 6:3) When Jehovah later revealed his purpose to deliver their descendants, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt and give them “a land flowing with milk and honey,” this may have seemed impossible. (Exodus 3:17) Nevertheless, God emphasized the everlasting significance of his name by telling his prophet Moses: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation.”—Exodus 3:15.

    9 Moses asked Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to let the Israelites go to worship Jehovah in the wilderness. But Pharaoh, who himself was viewed as a god and who worshiped other Egyptian gods, replied: “Who is Jehovah, so that I should obey his voice to send Israel away? I do not know Jehovah at all and, what is more, I am not going to send Israel away.”—Exodus 5:1, 2.

    10 Jehovah then took progressive action to fulfill his purpose, acting in harmony with the meaning of his name. He brought ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians. The last plague killed all of Egypt’s firstborn, including proud Pharaoh’s son. Then the Egyptians were eager for Israel to go. However, some Egyptians were so impressed by Jehovah’s power that they joined the Israelites in leaving Egypt.—Exodus 12:35-38.

    11 Stubborn Pharaoh and his army, with hundreds of war chariots, set out to recapture his slaves. As the Egyptians drew near, God miraculously divided the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross on dry land. When the pursuers entered the seabed, Jehovah “kept taking wheels off their chariots so that they were driving them with difficulty.” The Egyptian warriors cried: “Let us flee from any contact with Israel, because Jehovah certainly fights for them against the Egyptians.” But it was too late. The vast walls of water crashed down and “covered the war chariots and the cavalrymen belonging to all of Pharaoh’s military forces.” (Exodus 14:22-25, 28) Jehovah thus made a great name for himself, and that event has not been forgotten to this day.—Joshua 2:9-11.

    12 The name that God has made for himself has great meaning for us today. His name, Jehovah, stands as a guarantee that all he has purposed he will cause to come true. That includes accomplishing his original purpose that our earth become a paradise. (Genesis 1:28; 2:8) To that end, God will eliminate all opposers of his sovereignty today, for he has stated: “They will have to know that I am Jehovah.” (Ezekiel 38:23) Then God will fulfill his promise to deliver his worshipers into a new world of righteousness.—2 Peter 3:13.

    13 All who want God’s favor must learn to call upon his name in faith. The Bible promises: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Yes, the name Jehovah has rich meaning. Calling upon Jehovah as your God and Deliverer can lead you to endless happiness.


    14 A study of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt highlights four basic qualities that God possesses in perfect balance. His dealings with Pharaoh revealed his awesome power. (Exodus 9:16) The masterful way God handled that complex situation showed his matchless wisdom. (Romans 11:33) He revealed his justice in meting out punishment to stubborn opposers and oppressors of his people. (Deuteronomy 32:4) A preeminent quality of God is love. Jehovah showed outstanding love by fulfilling his promise respecting Abraham’s descendants. (Deuteronomy 7:8) He also showed love by allowing some Egyptians to forsake false gods and benefit greatly by taking their stand for the only true God.

    15 As you read the Bible, you will notice that love is God’s principal attribute, and he demonstrates it in many ways. For instance, it was out of love that he became a Creator and first shared the joy of life with spirit creatures. Those hundreds of millions of angels love God and praise him. (Job 38:4, 7; Daniel 7:10) God also showed love in creating the earth and preparing it for happy human existence.—Genesis 1:1, 26-28; Psalm 115:16.

    16 We benefit from God’s love in ways too numerous to mention. For one thing, God has lovingly made our bodies in such a marvelous way that we can enjoy life. (Psalm 139:14) His love is shown in that he provides “rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling [our] hearts to the full with food and good cheer.” (Acts 14:17) God even “makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) Love also moves our Creator to help us gain the knowledge of God and serve him happily as his worshipers. Indeed, “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) But there is much more to his personality.


    17 After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they still needed to know God better. Moses felt this need and prayed: “If, please, I have found favor in your eyes, make me know, please, your ways, that I may know you, in order that I may find favor in your eyes.” (Exodus 33:13) Moses got to know God better upon hearing God’s own declaration: “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin, but by no means will he give exemption from punishment.” (Exodus 34:6, 7) God balances his love with justice, not shielding willful sinners from the consequences of their wrongdoing.

    18 As Moses learned, Jehovah shows mercy. A merciful person has pity on those who suffer and tries to bring them relief. Thus God has shown compassion for mankind by making provision for permanent relief from suffering, sickness, and death. (Revelation 21:3-5) Worshipers of God may experience calamities because of conditions in this wicked world, or they may act unwisely and meet up with trouble. But if they humbly turn to Jehovah for assistance, he will comfort and help them. Why? Because he mercifully shows tender regard for his worshipers.—Psalm 86:15; 1 Peter 5:6, 7.

    19 Many people in authority treat others harshly. In contrast, how gracious Jehovah is toward his humble servants! Though he is the highest authority in the universe, he shows outstanding kindness in a general way to all mankind. (Psalm 8:3, 4; Luke 6:35) Jehovah is also gracious to individuals, answering their specific pleas for favor. (Exodus 22:26, 27; Luke 18:13, 14) Of course, God is not obligated to show favor or mercy to anyone. (Exodus 33:19) Therefore, we need to manifest deep appreciation for God’s mercy and graciousness.—Psalm 145:1, 8.


    20 Jehovah is slow to anger. Yet, this does not mean that he does not take action, for he did so in destroying stubborn Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. Jehovah is also impartial. Hence, his favored people, the Israelites, eventually lost his favor because of their persistent wrongdoing. God accepts as his worshipers people from all nations, but only those who conform to his righteous ways.—Acts 10:34, 35.

    21 The Bible book of Revelation highlights the importance of learning about God’s “righteous decrees.” It tells us that heavenly creatures sing: “Great and wonderful are your works, Jehovah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity. Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name, because you alone are loyal? For all the nations will come and worship before you, because your righteous decrees have been made manifest.” (Revelation 15:2-4) We show wholesome fear of Jehovah, or reverence for him, by conforming to what he says is right. This is made easier by reminding ourselves of God’s wisdom and love. All his commands are for our good.—Isaiah 48:17, 18.


    22 The ancient Egyptians worshiped many gods, but Jehovah is “a God exacting exclusive devotion.” (Exodus 20:5) Moses reminded the Israelites that “Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) Jesus Christ repeated those words. (Mark 12:28, 29) Therefore, those who accept the Bible as God’s Word do not worship a Trinity consisting of three persons or gods in one. In fact, the word “Trinity” does not even appear in the Bible. The true God is one Person, separate from Jesus Christ. (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 15:28) God’s holy spirit is not a person. It is Jehovah’s active force, used by the Almighty to accomplish his purposes.—Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:1-4, 32, 33; 2 Peter 1:20, 21.

    23 When you consider how wonderful Jehovah is, do you not agree that he deserves your worship? As you study his Word, the Bible, you will get to know him better and will learn what he requires of you for your eternal welfare and happiness. (Matthew 5:3, 6) In addition, your love for God will grow. That is fitting, for Jesus said: “You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength.” (Mark 12:30) Obviously, Jesus had such love for God. But what does the Bible reveal about Jesus Christ? What is his role in Jehovah’s purpose?

  2. billphillips says:


    I don’t expect a yes or no answer, but a short explanation would be very desirable.

    1 John 5:1, NWT, says, “Everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God…” It doesn’t say everyone except Jehovah’s Witnesses. It doesn’t say everyone unless you’re too late for the 144,000. It says “everyone.” I will re-ask the question. Are you a born again child of God?

    All of that didn’t even make an attempt at answering the 2nd question. Is Jesus a true god or a false god or somewhere inbetween? Since you brought it up, it’s easy to point out where #3 in that section is totally false. In Genesis 18, Jehovah walks up to Abraham, and eats and talks with Abraham. Obviously this is a huge problem for JW doctrine, since no one has seen the Father (John 6:46), but many people have seen Jehovah.

    I look forward to your response without copying and pasting. Feel free to use outside sources, but please summarize them in your own words. Brevity is the soul of wit.


  3. Pilgrim says:


    Did he do what I think he did? Did he just copy and paste info from his Watchtower Society?

    I highly recommend this book to help you understand why he may have done this.

    It really explains their utter and complete dependency on what the WT teaches, and without them, he’s incapable of having an independent opinion or understanding of Scripture. The book certainly changed my view on approach with JWs.

  4. Gloria says:

    I found this to be interesting. Maybe someone else will to.

    Did you know that Watchtower calls their Witnesses Little Children?

    Those expressions which made the Witness an individual before his recruitment into the Watchtower are gone and replaced with child-like dependency – a little child who will be dependent on the Watchtower organization as his parent. Through the process of time, his life will be re-defined. See The Watchtower – February 1, 1961 pp. 80-81

    How serious is this taken by Jehovah’s Witnesses? One of these Witnesses said, “I have learned to view Jehovah as my father and his organization as my mother.” See The Watchtower – November 1. 1995 p. 25

    The danger of dependency in an unhealthy spiritual, emotional and physical environment opens the door to control and abuse. The individual’s entire sense of what reality is will be re-defined by what he feels and needs: acceptance and fulfillment. In the case of the Watchtower organization, Jehovah’s Witnesses need their Father and Mother for validation, how and what to think, emotionally feel and behave because their sense of reality has changed. Is it really safe to entrust emotional, physical and spiritual health to an organization who keeps the identity of the Watchtower writers from the public eye who claims to be the Witnesses’ Mother?


    Did you know the Watchtower uses threats to keep
    their Witnesses in the Watchtower Organization?

    Stay close to the Watchtower organization, Armageddon is near! See The Watchtower – January 1, 1955 p. 24
    Come to the side of Jehovah’s organization, if you want to live in God’s new world! See The Watchtower – Nov 15, 1953 p. 702
    Come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation! See The Watchtower – November 15, 1981 p. 21


    Did you know that Jehovah’s Witnesses MUST conform to Watchtower teaching?

    Obedience is the basic formula from which the Watchtower organization operates! See The Watchtower June 1, 1967 p. 337
    Obedience alone counts! See The Watchtower – April 15, 1956 p. 243
    At first, conformity seems unnatural, but it must be done. There is no other way! See The Watchtower – May 1, 1988 p. 11


    Did you know there are four key components to Mind Control (Thought Reform?)

    Control of Behavior: Because the individual Witness believes who the Watchtower Society is said to represent, he is strongly urged to never question, dispute or believe anything contrary to what the Watchtower Society teaches. There is no room for disagreement. See Watchtower – February 1, 1952 pp. 79-80

    Control of Thought: In his eyes, the organization is perfect; and if any problem were to arise, he would assume responsibility for any imperfection. This is a critical place to be in emotionally. This may force the Witness deeper into the organization’s control by self-imposed guilt. He feels he must think and work harder to please God through the Watchtower organization. He will accept blame for the organization to protect its purity and integrity as he sees it.

    Because of this, Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to fight and avoid independent thinking. See The Watchtower – January 15, 1983 p. 22, 27

    Such emotional control as the Watchtower would have its Witnesses to grow hardens the hearts and minds of those who have dedicated themselves to the Watchtower organization. Their minds are geared to reject outside influence by their commitment to Watchtower authority. In time, the Witnesses view of life and their world is through the lenses of Watchtower interpretation and not their own.

    Control Of Emotion: There are two forms of control the Watchtower will use to keep their Witnesses in line: guilt and fear. If the Watchtower is successful in creating guilt and fear in the hearts of their Witnesses, they will be able to better manage emotional control.

    For example: by using fear as a tool, the Witness will…
    avoid relationships with non-Witnesses
    avoid thinking apart from Watchtower teaching
    avoid behavior the Watchtower has defined for him
    avoid reading non-Witness publications warning him of “demonic influence”
    be reminded of the penalties for violating the Watchtower’s policies
    be reminded of how dangerous it is outside of the organization
    be reminded of the penalties for keeping in contact with ex-Witnesses defined as apostates
    be reminded of the coming of Armageddon. It’s safer in the Watchtower organization

    Control of Information: Information is the key to understanding the world unless the individual is shielded from the world around him. The control of information, (or lack thereof) is the final tool which serves to isolate and shield the Witnesses from the outside world. This is the tool used to drive the Witness to conformity.
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to read literature critical of their movement. Exposure to well-documented research may cause the mass exodus out of the Watchtower organization. See Survival Into A New Earth, 1984 pp. 142-143; The Watchtower – March 15, 1986 p. 12

    For those Witnesses who ask their leadership questions which can’t be answered, the Watchtower calls them “weak ones.”

    How can we help such weak ones? See The Watchtower – September 1, 1975 p. 530


    Did you know the Jehovah’s Witness has two identities?

    who he was before his recruitment into the Watchtower Society

    the second, who he has become in his allegiance to the Watchtower organization: one of Jehovah’s Witnesses – an identity totally apart from who he was before his recruitment into the Watchtower organization.

    The individual who the Witness was before will soon be replaced what the Watchtower Society will conform him to be: one of Jehovah’s Witnesses; not as an individual free to express his individuality, but as one of the Witnesses of Jehovah – a member of controlled thought void of personal expression.

    Once his image changes from who he was before his behavior will change toward those who are not part of what he has pledged himself to – regardless of who they are. These radical changes will soon be reflected in his thoughts and emotions as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Once his thoughts can be controlled by the Watchtower Society his obedience, behavior and feelings will shortly follow.

    With this in mind, now the Christian has a much better understanding who the Witnesses are and will need to have a different approach in his witnessing strategy instead of arguing scripture.

    Peronal comment: Maybe this is why our witnessing is unfruitful.

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