Ten Teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses that Will damn Them - Part 2
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Date Created:11 Mar 2016
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Because of the length and the details I need to add to each of the teachings I am examining, I can't write them all in one post. I will split them into parts till I am done, and post as God permits.
The idea is not to mock Witnesses, but to help them; and also to encourage them to dialogue with other Christians so as to reach the truth; because it is not far off to those seeking it.
Also, some Witnesses, especially new ones do not know the depth of their teachings. They do not really know what they believe; unless someone puts it to them plainly. I urge them to study their teachings more deeply and examine them against the light of scripture.
So let's begin, shall we?
1. Jesus is not God. He is only a god, being like God.
In the New world Translation, John 1:1 reads:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”
The footnote there reads: “Or was divine.”
So Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ is not God himself, but is simply a god, or is divine; that is, having the nature of God. To them he is no more a god than human beings are gods.
Furthermore, they feel comforted about their position by looking at scriptures like John 14:28 which state in part that ‘the Father is greater than I am’.
The danger with this teaching is that Witnesses inadvertently fall short of doing the will of God as regards to Jesus Christ. Jesus said we should honor the son just as we honor the father (John 5:23); but because that would amount to worshipping Jesus as God; Witnesses do not do that.
They also consciously or unconsciously ignore and neglect scriptures which state that Jesus is indeed God (Isaiah 9:6; John 20:28). They either explain away these scriptures or attempt to alter the word of God to suit their primary doctrine, that Jesus is not God.
Their Bible is also altered conveniently to hide this mystery; this fact.
Just compare the scripture of 1 Timothy 3:16 in the KJV and the New World Translation; and bear in mind that the KJV is one of the earliest, accurate Translations of the Bible into English:
“ And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” – KJV
“Indeed, the sacred secret of this godly devotion is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in ﬂesh, was declared righteous in spirit, appeared to angels, was preached about among nations, was believed upon in the world, was received up in glory.’” -- NWT
Of course, Witnesses do understand that you have to pray to the Father through Jesus; but they fail to see that Christians can pray to Jesus directly. (Acts 7:59,60)
They therefore do not understand the mystery of God in which he himself came in the flesh. You see, Jesus was not an angel who came in the flesh, or a creature who came in the flesh. God came in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 4:2)
Witnesses therefore do not confess that God came in the flesh. Not in the correct sense. Where does that therefore put them?
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” – 2 John 2:7
Look how great Jesus is, who created all things and sustains all things by the word of his power. Could he be any less of God? And if the Father himself calls Jesus God, who are we to refute that?
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” – Hebrews 1:8
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