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Fast Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • Jehovah's Witnesses claim that the Christian Bible has been corrupted and that their New World Translation is the only accurate version of the Bible today; in-spite of its numerous translation errors and documented changes over the years.
  • Jehovah's Witnesses deny all of the major doctrines of historical, biblical Christianity, including: the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, and the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, and the reality of Hell.
  • The Jehovah's Witnesses have a history plagued by false prophecies, including: the failed returns of Jesus Christ in 1874 and 1914, the failed coming of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in 1925, and the failed prophecy that Armageddon would occur in 1975.
  • Jehovah's Witnesses are zealous in their door-to-door evangelism. However, it must be remembered that their zealousness is rooted in their need to earn their salvation through good works and faithfulness to the Watchtower organization.
  • If you only have a minute to share with the next Jehovah's Witness who comes to your door, share with them the true gospel found in Ephesians 2:8-9.

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Fast Facts on Advent Apologetics – December 25th as the Date of Christmas

  • There is no historical evidence that Jesus was born on December 25th. However, while this date is improbable it is not impossible. A springtime date, though, better fits the gospel accounts of the birth of Christ. So, where does the December 25th date for Christmas come from?
  • Historical evidence shows Christians observing December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth as early as the 200’s A.D. However, the first official Christmas celebration occurred on December 25, 336 A.D. after Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity.
  • The most likely reason the early Church chose December 25th as the date to celebrate Christ’s birth was simply because of the metaphorical significance of the winter solstice to the arrival of the Messiah (i.e. the idea of light, new life, etc.).
  • It is also possible the Church chose December 25th as a rival to certain pagan religious practices in the Roman Empire that were centered on the winter solstice and the “birth” of their sun gods (Saturnalia, Mithra, Sol Invictus, etc.).
  • Some Christians become concerned when considering the possibility that our December 25th celebration of Christmas might have any association with pagan religious practices, even if as a rival.
  • However, while it is right to be concerned as Christians about syncretism with non-Christian religious practices, we must also remember that the Church has historically viewed the reshaping of culture as a positive endeavor.
  • When it comes to our celebration of Christmas on December 25th, like Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.), we can affirm that, “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it.”

Give the gift of apologetics this Christmas! We’ve got some great resources, like the book, Apologetics For A New Generation, available in our online store.

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