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2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Gen. 1:1-2 (NASB) In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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, Gen. 1:1-2 (NWT)

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4 God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. Ex. 3:14 (NIV) So the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am. Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. Jn. 8:57-59 (NASB) This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, 'I SHALL PROVE TO BE has sent me to you' Ex. 3:14 (NWT) Most truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into existence, I have been. Jn. 8:58 (NWT)

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6 Only valid reasons for stoning under Jewish Law: Adultery Homosexuality Blasphemy Bestiality Cursing the name of God in God's name Idol Worship Child sacrifice Sorcery Attempting to convince another to worship idols Instigating a community to worship idols Violating the Sabbath Cursing one's own parent A stubborn and rebellious son

7 Their 1984 large print New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures with References has a footnote on Exodus 3:14 admitting that the Hebrew would be rendered in Greek as Ego Eimi - I AM. Their 1985 Kingdom Interlinear Translation of The Greek Scriptures has a footnote that reveals Jesus words at John 8:58 are the same ego eimi - I am.

8 God is speaking: "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son" Zech. 12:10 (NASB) And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of favor and entreaties, and they will certainly look to the One whom they pierced through, and they will certainly wail over Him as in the wailing over an only [son]; and there will be a bitter lamentation over him as when there is bitter lamentation over the firstborn [son]. Zech 12:10 (NWT)

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10 And I will pour upon the Bais Dovid, and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, the Ruach (Spirit) of Chen (grace) and of Tachanunim (supplications for favor); and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced [dakar, "pierce through" cf. Yeshayah 53:5; Targum HaShivim Tehillim 22:17], and they shall mourn for Him (Moshiach) as one mourneth for his yachid (only son), and shall grieve in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his bechor (firstborn). Orthodox Jewish Bible

11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Mat. 2:11 (NASB) And when they went into the house they saw the young child with Mary its mother, and, falling down, they did obeisance to it. They also opened their treasures and presented it with gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Mat. 2:11 (NWT)

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13 "The fact that our Lord received worship is claimed by some to be an evidence that while on earth he was God the Father disguised in a body of flesh and not really a man. Was he really worshiped, or is the translation faulty? Yes we believe our Lord Jesus while on earth was really worshiped, and properly so. While he was not the God, Jehovah, he was a God. The word God signifies a mighty one, and our Lord was indeed a mighty one. So it is stated in the first two verses of the gospel of John. It was proper for our Lord to receive worship in view of his having been the only begotten of the Father..." (The Watchtower, July 15, 1898, p. 216.)

14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. Jn: 1:1-3 (NASB) In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in [the] beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. Jn. 1:1-3 (NWT)

15 The Watchtower Society Their support for a god rendering is from The New Testament (1937) by Johannes Greber Johannes Greber was an Ex-Catholic priest turned spiritualist who translated the New Testament with the help of God's spirits." His experiences with spirits and their communications with him are related in his book, Communication With the Spirit World, published in Greber's wife was a medium who was instrumental in conveying the correct answers from these Messengers of God to Greber.

16 Watchtower Society publications quote or cite Greber in support of their a god rendering in John 1:1: Aid to Bible Understanding (1969) pages 1134 and 1669 Make Sure of All Things Hold Fast to What is Fine (1965) page 489 The Watchtower, 9/15/62, page 554 The Watchtower, 10/15/75, page 640 The Watchtower, 4/15/76, page 231 The Word Who Is He? According to John (1962) page 5

17 The Watchtower Society The Watchtower 4/1/83, page 31 makes it appear The Watchtower Society only just discovered Johannes Greber's spiritualist connections and removed him as support The Watchtower knew of Greber's spiritism back in 1956: The Watchtower 2/15/56 contains nearly a full page devoted to warning readers against Greber and his translation in reference to his book Communication with the Spirit-World: Its Laws and Its Purpose Very plainly the spirits in which ex-priest Greber believes helped him in his translation. (The Watchtower, 2/15/56, page 111)

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19 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. Jn. 17:5 (NASB) So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was. Jn. 17:5 (NWT)

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21 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col. 1:15-17 (NIV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist. Col. 1:15-17 (NWT)

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23 Colossians 2:9: New International Version ( 1984) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, New American Standard Bible ( 1995) For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, King James Bible For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily American Standard Version for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily New World Translation because it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily

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25 The Watchtower Society And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM. Heb. 1:6 (NASB) And when He brings his firstborn into the inhabited earth, He says: And let all God's angels worship him. Heb. 1:6 (NWT, 1953, 1960, 1961 and 1970) In 1971, this was verse was changed to read: And let all God's angels do obeisance to him. Again the Greek word proskuneo is used which is properly translated or means worship

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27 The Watchtower Society But about the Son he says, Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. Heb. 1:8 (NIV) But with reference to the Son: God is your throne forever and ever, and [the] scepter of your kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. Heb. 1:8 (NWT)

28 The Watchtower Society while we wait for the blessed hope the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:13) NASB while we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the great God and of [the] Savior of us, Christ Jesus" (Titus 2:13) NWT

29 The Watchtower Society And notice, the same phrase "God and Savior" is utilized by the Apostle Peter: by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1) by the righteousness of our God and [the] Savior Jesus Christ ( 2 Peter 1:1) NWT

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