The Jehovah's Witnesses normally won't tell you this when they are at your doorstep, but their version of the Bible is a version only used by them. (I won't even call it a translation because it has so many fundamental errors), but their title for it is the New World Translation. Let me just briefly mention that the founder of their religion, Charles Taze Russell, claimed to have translated the Hebrew and Greek New testaments, but under oath in court, could not recite either alphabet! Why is this important? Because they changed and added scripture in their "translation."
Here is what John 1:1 says in their translation:
"In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was a god."Now, if you didn't immediately notice an error, I will assume you are a new Christian, a non-Christian, or maybe you are a Jehovah's Witness who has stumbled on this page.
Let me show you this verse in the King James (used for commonality):
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."Now you notice that the definite article "a" is not present in the scripture before God in the last part. How do we know that this is the proper translation? Because we have the advantage of having a plethora of Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament available. You can actually buy a copy of a Greek New Testament by clicking here. You can also view the Greek Scripture right now by going to:
You will see that the original Greek actually presents the last part of the verse like this:
"and God was the Word."
There is NO way it could be translated "a" god because a phrase would not have said, "a god was the Word."
This flaw in their text leads to herresy such as not believing in the trinity, a rejection of the equality of Jesus as God, and the ability to change other scriptures just as well to make them say anything they want to say.
Whenever a Jehovah's Witness comes to my house, I pull out my Greek Testament, and show them in the original scripture, that "God was the Word." Then I ask them to go back to their Kingdom Hall, and ask their leaders why Charles Taze Russell could not recite Greek, yet claims to have translated the New Testament.