If you’re familiar with the New World Translation (the translation used by the Kingdom Hall of “Jehovah’s Witnesses”) at all, you’re probably most familiar with their translation of John 1:1 which reads, “In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” (NWT)
In case you’ve never noticed that particular rendition, it’s a big difference from any other commonly referred to translation which gives a capital “G” to the final Greek word “theos” in the sentence.
It is a most pitiful translation because it changes one’s theology dramatically in a detrimental way. And the theological position that it happens to change is a key doctrine to the Kingdom Hall creed.
But did you know that the NWT translators missed a verse in John’s gospel that stands firm as a witness to the true identity of Jesus’ deity? It’s found in John 20:28, and it says, “In answer Thomas said to him: ‘My Lord and my God!’” (NWT)
Can you guess who Thomas was talking to there? Never mind; don’t guess at! Read it in context (in the NWT itself) right here if you wish.
Now if “G” perfectly applies to Jesus in John 20:28, and it does – even according to the NWT, then why would any honest translator not follow the same line of thought in John 1:1?
When it comes to John 20:28, the NWT’s translators missed a verse when it came to their capitalization, but they didn’t miss the truth of the verse. Nor does the rest of John’s gospel when it comes to the identity and deity of Jesus.
“‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”” (Ezekiel 34:11-16)
““I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:11-16)