Jehovah Witness Memorial: is it Biblical?

Last weekend I attended the Jehovah Witness Memorial. It’s the closest thing that Witness’ get to celebrating easter as we know it. The Memorial is mainly for the purpose of taking part of the Lords Supper. Unlike Christian churches that take communion once a month or more, Jehovah Witnesses only take communion once a year. That seems odd to us already, but I am not sure we would say it’s hugely objectionable at that point.

Where it does cross the line is that none of the Jehovah Witnesses actually eat the bread or drink the wine; well, only a very select few of them. Jehovah Witnesses have a belief that only the 144,000 talked about in Revelation 14 are those that should partake in communion. Their belief is that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation are the only ones that will receive a heavenly hope, while everyone else will stay on the new earth, and only those with a heavenly hope should partake in the Lords Supper. There are a few reasons that this doesn’t make sense.

First, when it mentions the 144,000 in Revelation 14 it says  ‘These are those who did not defile themselves with women for they remained virgins”. I talked with one Jehovah Witness afterword who said that some of their 144,000 have had children and even the one in the service I attended was married, though he had no kids. Witness’ wish to argue that this verse is talking about defiling themselves with false religions and idols. But this is a prime example of eisegesis, where they have inserted their theology in the text. There is really nothing in the text to indicate this is talking about idolatry. Why would the verse seem to clarify talking about sex by saying ‘for they remained virgins”? If it is talking about idolatry why didn’t Paul simply say they defiled themselves with idols like many other scriptures we see?

Second, the Witness’s make it very clear that the point of the Memorial is to ‘proclaim the Lords death until Christ returns’ as it says in 1 Corinthians 11:26. Some of the Kingdom Halls do not have any of the 144,000 in attendance, which means that at some Halls there is no one actually eating the bread and drinking the wine. But when we look at the first part of 1 Corinthians 11:26 it makes it clear to say that you proclaim Christs death “whenever you eat this loaf and drink this cup”. In other words, at best a Hall has a handful of members proclaiming Christs death, and at many halls that are not proclaiming his death at all.

Finally, JW.org also references Hebrews 8:10-13 to say that the new covenant replaces the covenant with Israel. Hebrews does mention a new covenant, but it does not mention the end of the old covenant, and the idea that the new covenant replaces the old goes against what Jesus says of not abolishing the law but fulfilling it. If the law isn’t replaced we need reason to think the covenant is, and the scripture in Hebrews does not give us that.

Sources:
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/lords-supper/

Jesus established heavenly Kingdom in 1914? That’s what the Jehovah Witness’ think. . .

Jehovah Witness’ make the claim that Jesus heavenly kingdom was established in 1914 according the the biblical prophecy of Daniel about a great oak tree. Does their claim stand up to Biblical and historical criticism? Nope. And here is why. Continue reading

Most Popular Blogs of 2017

Hello world!

As the year comes to a close I thought it would be fun to look at the blogs that you all liked the most from this last year. Here is the top 10 blogs by popularity from 2017 along with a list of my personal top 5 favorites that didn’t make the to 10. Hope you all enjoy them and happy new year!

Top Ten Most Popular Blogs:

  1. Why the Christian Creation Model makes more sense of suffering than any other religion.
  2. The Single Most Damaging Statement to the Christian Faith
  3. If God is Loving Why is the Path to Heaven so Narrow?
  4. Why doesn’t God intervene to stop those who are doing evil?
  5. The Frightful Alternatives if Jesus Isn’t God.
  6. If you only learn one thing for defending Christianity, learn this.
  7. Three Blunders Atheists make arguing against God
  8. Does God send people to hell?
  9. Why does God seem different in the New Testament and the Old Testament?
  10. C.S. Lewis and how God exists with Pain and Suffering in the world
    Noah’s Favorite Five:

    1. Jesus Wouldn’t Argue. . .
    2. Why Even if you are pro-choice you should be angry with Planned Parenthood
    3. Is Christianity as violent as Islam?
    4. Pseudo Tolerance
    5. Thank you Atheist YouTuber JaclynGlenn

We shouldn’t celebrate Christmas. . . It’s based on pagan religions.

This time of the year among Christians there always erupts a bit of a debate on when Jesus was actually born and whether we should be celebrating Christmas or not. Some including non-Christians even try to make the argument that Christmas is based on Pagan holidays and therefore we should not even celebrate it. Here is some thoughts from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Is Jesus Michael the Archangel?

Jehovah Witness’ believe that Michael is another name for Jesus. Jw.org states, “At times, individuals are known by more than one name.” The website then goes on to give two arguments. Continue reading

Why doesn’t God intervene to stop those who are doing evil?

One of the hardest questions that I believe there is for a Christian to answer is why God doesn’t intervene to stop evil or at least stop those who are doing evil in some way. Ravi is asked this in a very pointed question in this video and I think he does a great job answering. . . check it out.