es are organised by the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society
, which they are bound by their faith
. This organisation produces, amongst other things, the New World Translation
of the Bible
, and the magazine the Watch Tower
. The basic creed
of the Witnesses is Arian
in form. They deny the true divinity
, and also have some somewhat contradictory beliefs about the afterlife
. It may be plausibly argued that the New World Bible is not a translation
at all, but a subtly modified version.
For example, most bibles render John 1
:1 as 'In the beginning
was the Word
, and the Word was with God
and the Word was
God.' (emphasis mine). The NWT
offers '...and the Word was with God and the word was a
god.' (emphasis again mine). This is a trifle at odds with the meaning of the original Greek
, in which the same expression for 'God' is used in each place.
The WtT&BS has several times failed to predict the apocalypse
accurately, a fact of which most Witnesses are not aware.