If you’ve ever tried to share the Gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness, you know that one area where you’ll have a major disagreement is on the deity of Jesus Christ. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, even though they tout the Bible, and believe in Jesus as the Savior of the world, don’t believe in the deity of Jesus. And when you try to prove the deity of Jesus in the Bible, you’ll find out that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a different Bible version (can’t call it a translation): the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWTHS, for the purpose of this article). o’que significa yeshua The NWTHS is different from other mainstream Bible translations like the King James Version (KJV), the New International Version (NIV), the New King James Version (NKJV), the American Standard Bible, etc.
The NWTHS, in an effort to disprove the deity of Jesus Christ has a lot of inclusions, omissions or word replacements. For instance, John 1:1 in the NWTHS has the indefinite article “a” added before “God” and the capital “G” in God is replaced with a small letter “g.”
KJV: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…
NWTHS: In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”
Also in John 8:58, where Jesus said “Before Abraham was, I AM” the NWTHS replaced “I AM” with “I have been.” But “I AM” is not the same as “I have been,” because the phrase “I AM” speaks of the eternal, unchanging and continual existence of Jesus Christ. But the phrase “I have been,” does not.
KJV: Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
NWTHS: Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Before Abraham came into existence, I have been.”
One way to know that this passage was tampered with is because the next verse, John 8:59 said:
NWTHS: Therefore they picked up stones to hurl [them] at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple.
Well, the reason the Jews wanted to stone Jesus wasn’t because He insulted Abraham their father, but because they considered what He said as blasphemy. They understood what Jesus meant when He said, “Before Abraham, I AM.” They knew that was how God described Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14. They knew that God is truly the only “I AM.” So, for Jesus to say that about Himself meant that He compared or equaled Himself with God.
But besides these passages, there are more passages in the Bible where at least both the King James Version (KJV) and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWTHS) say exactly the same thing, yet still point to the deity of Jesus Christ.