Couple of years back two Jehovah Witness ladies came to my house upon my invitation.
They asked me why I invited them and what I wanted to discuss.
I asked them “Why you don’t believe that Jesus is God?”
They answered, ‘Does Bible says that Jesus is God?”
I answered “John 1:1 says that Jesus was God”
Now they changed their question from Does Bible says Jesus is God to ‘Does Bible says that Jesus is Almighty God?’
I quoted ” Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. ”
(Note: In the previous verse it is Jesus who is addressing himself ‘Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.’ Also in verse 11, Jesus claims to be the Alpha and Omega)
They answered in Watch Towers translation this is made clear that the word Almighty is pointing to God the Father and not Jesus.
“How can an organization makes alteration to word of God to suit their beliefs. I also asked why they substituted words in new testament to ‘Jehovah’ when the name ‘Jehovah’ is not there in the original manuscripts of Greek. ”
To this they answered “you seem to know everything then you don’t need us” and rose up to leave. Since I know the conversation is going to end I asked the final question “How can you trust an organization which repeatedly made failed predictions of the date of Jesus second coming. They repeatedly set dates like 1914, 1918, 1925, 1953 and 1975 and all of which failed. How can I trust this organizations teaching when their interpretations failed and they are changing their position of what they believe.
They left hastily in anger.
In another encounter with a different group they answered “Watchtower made wrong understanding in each circumstances and they failed to listen correctly to Jehovah’s voice and now we have got everything right”
I asked them, ” How can you be sure now that now they understand Jehovah’s voice correctly when they earlier failed to listen to Jehovah’s voice correctly “