Monday, 17 May 2010

Question for Jehovah's Witnesses: Born Again?

Jehovah's Witnesses oftentimes, in my personal experience, exude an air of haughty disdain for any Christian who professes to be "born again", sometimes using the term "born-agains" as a pejorative. This is, however, the accepted practice of Jehovah's Witnesses, as taught by the Governing Body*.

The term "born again" is Biblical and comes from the mouth of Jesus Christ himself. Therefore, as Christians we accept what he has to say on the idea of being born again as he alone speaks truth.
John 3:3 In answer Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3: 7 Do not marvel because I told you, YOU people must be born again. [emphasis added]
 Jehovah's Witnesses hope to, one day, live on a paradise earth, ruled over by God's Kingdom (Revelation 21:1-4). However, Jesus says that if anyone wants to even see the kingdom of God, they must be born again. As Jehovah's Witnesses believe that only the 144,000 as described in Revelation are born again, only around 10,000 Jehovah's Witnesses currently alive can lay any claim to being part of - or seeing - the kingdom of God.

My question for Jehovah's Witnesses is this, why, when Jesus says you must be born again to even see the kingdom of God, do you believe that you don't need to be? 

* The Governing Body, through it's publishing channel the Watch Tower Society, encourages and endorses the use of name-calling. For example, terms like "apostate", "irregular", "weak", "so-called Christians" are used to classify certain people into groups according to their position to the Governing Body and its teachings.

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