Is Jesus God or “a god”?

Having asserted that Jesus is a created being, the Watchtower had to figure out how to deal with John 1:1, which plainly states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

So they came out with their own version of the Bible (the “New World Translation”), in which they rendered that verse as follows: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” Continue reading

Was Jesus Created?

The Watchtower does not believe that Jesus is God, so it concludes that he must be a created being.

Here are the two primary Bible passages they use in support of this claim, along with my suggestions as to how to answer them. Continue reading

Is Jehovah the Father Only?

This post isn’t about how to prove the doctrine of the Trinity (or the deity of Christ) to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Rather, it’s about overcoming the language barrier so that at least Jehovah’s Witnesses understand what you are and aren’t saying. Continue reading

How to Combat Proof Texting and Bible Hopscotching About the Deity of Christ

“Proof texting is the method by which a person appeals to a biblical text to prove or justify a theological position without regard for the context of the passage they are citing.” (Theopedia)

Bible hopscotching is jumping from one part of the Bible to another or one topic to another without taking time to examine anything in detail.

Here is an example of both, taken from Watchtower argumentation against the deity of Christ, which appears on page 203 of its book What Does the Bible Really Teach? Continue reading

Refuting Modalism

A key Watchtower doctrine, and the source of many of its misconceptions about the nature of Jesus, is this: The Watchtower does not believe the doctrine of the Trinity.

It has a unitarian theology, teaching that only the Father is God, that only the Father is Jehovah.

On page 405 of its book Reasoning from the Scriptures, it explains the Trinity doctrine as follows: “… there are three divine persons (the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost), each said to be eternal, each said to be almighty, none greater or less than another, each said to be God, and yet together being but one God.”

So far so good, but then it goes on to say, “Other statements of the dogma emphasize that these three “Persons” are not separate and distinct individuals but are three modes in which the divine essence exists.”

This last statement doesn’t describe Trinitarianism at all; it’s a short description of a heresy known as “modalism.” Continue reading

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