Regarding Jehovah’s Witness

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Every Saturday, okay, most Saturday mornings, I get visits from members one of the Jehovah’s Witness congregations. Now I love talking to missionaries from other faiths. I believe that many believers avoid speaking to them because they are not confident of their own beliefs. In the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are confused about their teachings. In fact, when they do talk to them, they seem to think they worship the same God?

Yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians have some things in common. For example, they have similar concerns with religious apostasy, and both teach against Evolution. However, Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses do disagree on many important doctrines.

There is no way I can address all of the differences. So let’s discuss the most important issue, the person of Jesus Christ.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ was a perfect man, and that He is a person distinct from God the Father. However, they also teach that before His earthly life, Jesus was a spirit creature, Michael the archangel, who was created by God and became the Messiah at His baptism. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus is a mighty one, although not almighty as El Echad, the One God, is. According to John 1:1 in their Bible, The New World Translation, Christ is “a god,” but not “the God.” They teach that Jesus “was and is and always will be beneath Jehovah” and that “Christ and God are not coequal.”

However, the orthodox Christian concept is that Christ is God. Now this is an extremely important issue:

  1. The Christ of the New Testament is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.
  • Isaiah wrote about seeing Jehovah:

    In the year King Uzziah died, I saw Adonay sitting on a high and lofty throne. The bottom of his robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above him. Each had six wings: With two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They called to each other and said,

    “Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Tsebaoth! The whole earth is filled with his glory.”

    Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts, and the temple filled with smoke. So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful. I live among people with sinful lips. I have seen the Melek, Yahweh Tsebaoth!”

    Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

    Then I heard the voice of Adonay, saying, “Whom will I send? Who will go for us?”

    I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

    And he said, “Go and tell these people,

    ‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand.
    No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’
    Make these people close-minded.
    Plug their ears.
    Shut their eyes.
    Otherwise, they may see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their minds,
    and return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10)

  • Then in John 12:31-42, we see Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled:

    “This world is being judged now. The ruler of this world will be thrown out now. When I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me.” 33 By saying this, he indicated how he was going to die.

    The crowd responded to him, ‘We have heard from the Scriptures that the Messiah will remain here forever. So how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up from the earth’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?’

    Yeshua answered the crowd, “The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won’t defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don’t know where they’re going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light.”

    After Yeshua had said this, he was concealed [or was lost to their view] as he left. Although they had seen Yeshua perform so many miracles, they would not believe in him. In this way the words of the prophet Isaiah came true:

    “Lord, who has believed our message?
    To whom has the Lord’s power been revealed?”

    So the people couldn’t believe because, as Isaiah also said,

    “God blinded them
    and made them close-minded
    so that their eyes don’t see
    and their minds don’t understand.
    And they never turn to me for healing!”

    Isaiah said this because he had seen Yeshua’s glory and had spoken about him.

    Many rulers believed in Yeshua. However, they wouldn’t admit it publicly because the Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue (John 12:31-42)

  • Exodus 34:14 instructs us to worship no one but Jehovah:

    (Never worship any other god, because Yahweh is El Kanna. In fact, he is known for not tolerating rivals)

  • Then in Hebrews 1:6 we are told that the angels worship Christ:

    When God was about to send his firstborn Son into the world, he said,

    “All of God’s angels must worship him.”

  • In Isaiah 44:6 Jehovah is called the first and the last:

    Yahweh is Israel’s Melek and Go’el. He is Yahweh Tsebaoth.

    This is what Yahweh says:

    I am the first and the last,
    and there is no Elohim except me

    Which is confirmed in Revelation 1:8:

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega (the A and the Z),” says the Lord God, the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is coming, the Almighty

  • Then in Revelation 22:13, Christ is the first and the last:

    I [The Risen and Exalted Yeshus] am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end

    These verses obviously prove that the name “Jehovah” is used for both God the Father and God the Son. Although they are distinct persons they are each called “Jehovah” because they each possess deity.

    1. The deity of Christ is taught in Scripture.In Matthew 1:23, Christ is called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us. After His Resurrection, and Thomas touched Jesus’ wounds, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).There is absolutely no reason for saying, as some Jehovah’s Witnesses say, that Thomas was referring to Christ when he said “my Lord,” but was referring to God (Jehovah) when he said “my God.” You would have to invalidate every textual discovery that has been produced! Thomas actually called Christ both his Lord and his God. Not only that, Christ did not correct him!Colossians 2:9 clearly confirms the deity of Christ when it states that in Him “the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]” (The Amplified Version). Stephen called Jesus “Lord” (Acts 7:59,60), and we are told to confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9, as the means of our Salvation; in fact, we are told that no one is even capable of saying, “Yeshua is Lord,” unless it is by the Holy Spirit I Corinthians 12:3).

      The Greek word for “Lord” in these verses is Kurios, is the same word for Jehovah in the Septuagint Bible, which is the Greek version of the Old Testament. What I am saying is that Christ the Lord (kurios) is Jehovah God.

    2. The attributes of Christ show that He is God. Jesus Christ knew everything (John 1:48; John 2:25; John 6:64; John 14:30; John 21:17).He possessed the power of Jehovah, and in fact, was the reflection, the perfect imprint and very image of Jehovah’s nature, His glory and the exact likeness of His being. Study: Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 1:3). He was without sin (John 8:46), He is eternal (Micah 5:2), and unchanging (Hebrews 13:8). Each one of the attributes that are said of Jehovah, are also said of Jesus.
    3. Certain works of Christ, also show that He is God. Jesus has the power to forgive sins (Mark 2:5-7; Ephesians 1:7), give eternal life (John 10:28; judge the world (John 5:22, 27), and control nature (Matthew 8:26). Since only God can do any of these things, Christ must be God!
    4. Christ received worship as God.Jesus is worshiped by the angels (Hebrews 1:6) and by men(Matthew 14:33), and yet, as we already established, only God is to be worshiped (Exodus 34:14).Christ Himself confirmed that worship was due to God alone (Matthew 4:10), and yet He accepted worship for Himself! How can that be? If Jesus in His pre-existent state were the archangel Michael, how could He have received worship? According to the Scriptures, angels are not allowed to receive worship! In fact, John wrote that when an angel appeared to him, he “fell prostrate at his feet to worship him, but he [restrained me] and said, Stop! You must not do that! I am only another servant along with you and your brethren who have accepted the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the essence of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy, the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours.(Revelations 19:10)? If Jesus was not God, then worshiping Him would be idolatry.
    5. Jesus Christ is called “the mighty God” in Isaiah 9:6. Jehovah’s Witnesses have a quick answer for this verse. They explain that Christ is the “mighty” god, but not the “almighty” God. Granted that makes scholars scratch their heads, because according to Jeremiah 32:18 Jehovah is the mighty One. Since Christ is the mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) and Jehovah is the mighty God (Jeremiah 32:18), they are both God! They both possess full deity.
    6. Christ is God, the Creator of all things according to Colossians 1:15-17. Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to this passage to support their teaching that Christ was created by Jehovah. This is based primarily on the words, “the firstborn of all creation,” in verse 15. However, if this verse was teaching that Jesus Christ is the first created being made by God, the word “first-created” would have been used, and not the word “firstborn.”Let me explain this. There are two different words used here, that in the Greek have two different meanings. “First-created” is protoktistos, and “firstborn” is prototokos. Colossians 1:15 does not use the protoktistos, “first-created.” Instead it uses prototokos, which means an heir, a begotten one, the first in rank. Colossians 1:15 is clearly teaching that Christ is first in rank above all creation; He is the Heir of all things. He is prior to all creation and superior over it. The New World Translation, which is published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, adds the word “other” four times in Colossians 1:15-17, so that the passage states that Christ created “all other things,” everything except Himself. However, there is no basis for adding “other.” It does not occur in the Greek manuscripts. It was simply added at the whim of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. In fact, the translators of the New World Translation admit this by putting “other” in brackets. This “translation,” and I use that term loosely, attempts to comply with the assumption that firstborn means first-created. But, as I showed you, this is not the meaning of firstborn, and it is wrong to add the word “other” to the text. There is absolutely NO verse in the entire Bible that states that Christ was created by Jehovah! Dr. Harold H. Rowley (1890–1969) examined the “New World Bible, and was extremely critical of what he called “wooden literalism” and “harsh construction.” He characterized these as “an insult to the Word of God.” Rowley concluded, “From beginning to end this volume is a shining example of how the Bible should not be translated.” (H.H. Rowley, How Not To Translate the Bible, The Expository Times, 1953; 65; 41)
    7. Jesus claimed to be equal with God in John 10:30. But Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that this verse, “I and the Father are one,” means that Christ was one with God the Father in purpose and not in nature and essence. However, if that was all Christ was saying, why did the Jews want to stone Him? They themselves thought His purpose was the same as God’s. Verse 33 of John 10 explains that they wanted to stone Him because of blasphemy, because He claimed to be God!

    The deity of Christ is the central point of the Scriptures. It clearly teaches that Christ is God. The teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness’ concerning Jesus Christ clearly contradict the teachings of the Bible. Passages such as Philippians 2:5-11 tell us that Although he was in the form of God and equal with God, he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, by becoming like other humans, by having a human appearance.

    “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, death on a cross. This is why God has given him an exceptional honor—the name honored above all other names—so that at the name of Yeshua everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Yeshua Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

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