About this study
For those people who are not acquainted with the Bible and who engage in conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses, it is usually difficult to check their Bible based reasoning. Some people may believe that a look into the Bible should be sufficient to get the right interpretation, but many of the biblical verses are difficult to understand and also easily misunderstood.
Jehovah’s Witnesses like to argue on the basis of texts from Daniel’s book (Old Testament), to which they attribute exact prophecies for our present day.
But are they really predictions for the modern age? Is the Bible actually a book of God, scientifically and historically accurate, and a harmonious entirety as the Watchtower Society (WTS) claims?
This study intends to provide guidance to all those who have doubts about the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but don’t know how to argue against them.
From the perspective of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Daniel’s book is under indictment. Critics say that in reality this scripture was not written during Daniel’s Babylonian exile – as pretended – but centuries later, around 165 BC, and Daniel is a fictional person.
Daniel’s book is of particular importance to Jehovah’s Witnesses because their philosophy of life is largely based on predictions of this prophecy in the Old Testament. In their writing “Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy!” they therefore first of all give their opinion on numerous attacks on Daniel’s book with regard to time of origin, authorship and truthfulness, and subsequently interpret the predictions of Daniel and other biblical prophets.
In the present study, the arguments and interpretations of the WTS are to be examined and discussed. Additionally, a few more biblical topics important to Jehovah’s Witnesses will be discussed, such as Armageddon, Messiah and paradise expectation, original sin and the attitude of the WTS towards other religions.