New World TranslationQUESTION: What is the New World Translation?ANSWER:
The New World Translation of the Bible was completed in 1961 by the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society. The Watchtower Tract and Bible Society is also known as the Jehovah's Witnesses. The New World Translation is not a true translation of the Bible. Rather, it is an intentional editing of the Bible in order to promote the beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The New World Translation is identical to other Bible translations in many places. The differences arise when something was stated in the Bible with which the Jehovah's Witnesses disagree. Whatever verses and passages in the Bible that did not agree with the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses were edited or removed.
The New World Translation is the ultimate example of a religious group altering the Bible in order to promote a particular sect. Here are some examples:
John 1:1 (NKJV), "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
." John 1:1 (NWT), "In (the) beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god
." This change was made because Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. Rather, Jehovah's witnesses believe Jesus is a created being, the highest of the angels.
Hebrews 1:8 (NIV), "But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God
, will last for ever and ever…" Hebrews 1:8 (NWT), "God is your throne
forever…" Again, a clear reference to Jesus as God is twisted.
Genesis 1:2 (KJV), "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2 (NWT), "Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of [the] watery deep; and God's active force
was moving to and fro over the surface of the waters."
The Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a person or is God, rather they believe Him to be a figure of God's power.
The New World Translation is not a translation of the Bible. It is an intentional perversion of the Bible in order to promote the false doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The names of the "translators" of the New World Translation have been for the most part kept secret. It has been revealed that those responsible for the New World Translation had no knowledge of Hebrew and Greek and no experience in the field of Bible translation. The New World Translation is nothing but the attempt of the Jehovah's Witnesses to make the Bible agree with their false doctrines.