Ten Teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses that Will damn Them - Part 3
2. Jesus is not the creator, but was created. He was the first thing God created then used to create all other things.
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus was created. He is God’s firstborn son in the sense that he was created first, and then God used him to create all other things. (Colossians 1:15).
They also use scriptures like Revelations 3:14, and Proverbs 8:22 where Jesus says he is the beginning of the creation by God and that as Wisdom personified, he is the beginning of God’s way. Compare 1 Corinthians 1:24.
The Witnesses therefore hold that Jesus is a creature who should not be worshipped at all. (Romans 1:25). Therefore the Witnesses do no worship Jesus and insist that he should only be shown respect, and translate the word for 'worship' in scriptures like Hebrews 1:6 as 'obeisance', that is an act of respect that is shown to people of great honor, like Kings.
However, in the Bible, Jesus is actually worshipped along with His Father. Read Revelations 5:13,14, which reads:
“ 13. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever”
No matter how you look at it, there is no denying that Jesus is worshipped along with His Father. And look how they are set apart from creatures. It is the creatures that are worshipping the Lamb(Jesus) and the Father.
The very fact that Jesus is worshipped goes to show that he is more than a creature; to whit, he is God; because only God is worshipped.
Looked at Psalms 102:25:
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
Who is being talked about here? Definitely God. No doubt about that. And by virtual of the fact that He created all things, he should be worshipped (Revelation 4:11).
Now look at Hebrews 1:10. God the Father applies the same words to Jesus Christ. God is telling us here that Jesus created all things; that he is the creator.
If you look at Colossians 1:16,17, all things were created by Jesus Christ and there is nothing which was not created without him.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:16,17
And 1 John 1:3
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
If Jesus was indeed created, then the statement “without him was not any thing made that was made” would not be true. This scriptures indeed do set Jesus apart from creation.
The Witnesses try to deal with this by inserting the word other into their translation so that the scripture of Colossians 1:16 reads in part 'all [other] things'. But the world 'other' should not be there and alters the meaning of God's word.
Now let’s get back to Scriptures like Colossians 1:15 and Revelation 3:14. Does Jesus have a beginning? What does the Bible mean when it says he is the Firstborn and the Beginning of the creation of God?
Colossians 1:16 has the answer:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”
This scripture appears to be a direct answer to Colossians 1:15. He is the firstborn of all creation because by him were all things created. And now look at verse 18:
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
Note the word, ‘preeminence’.
Jesus is first in all things. Note too that Jesus Christ is firstborn among his brethren. As the ultimate and only Son of God, all the adopted sons of God cannot be compared to him.
“ For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29
Compared to all created things, Jesus is preeminent. Compared to his adopted, human brothers, he is preeminent. He is first born.
The word translated ‘beginning’ at Revelation 3:14 can also be translated as ‘source’; so in this case, Jesus Christ is the source of all creation; originator or creator. For example, look at the International Standard Version translation of this scripture.
So having considered all this, this teaching, that Jesus is a creature, damns the Witnesses because:
-It prevents them from worshipping Jesus Christ as God
-It prevents them from doing the will of God regarding Jesus Christ which is to elevate his name above all names and worship him (Philipians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:6)
And concerning Proverbs 8:22, where it is asserted that Jesus is the Wisdom of God and therefore has a beginning, here is a question:
If Christ was created, then wisdom was. Was there a time when God was without wisdom?
And in the context of Proverbs 8:22,23, could the word beginning be synonymous to ‘Everlasting’ or ‘Eternity?’
“I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” –Proverbs 8:23Important Note:
I am mostly concerned with what constitutes to doing the will of God. It is possible and even normal to disagree on scriptural texts and what is the correct translation. As far as I am concerned, there is no ambiguity about what the will of God is. It is clear as day:
1. Every knee should bow down and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philipians 2:11)
2. Call upon the name of Jesus in order to get saved (Romans 10:9-13)
3. Worship Jesus and honor him just as we honor the Father(Hebrews 1:6-8; Revelation 5:13,14)
If a teachings prevents you from doing the will of God, it should be questioned and even refuted; then there is something absolutely wrong with it.
You could have strong arguments here about the translation of Revelation 3:14, and the original Greek word ('arche') which here is translated 'beginning', and claim this scripture means Jesus was actually created; or that it means 'source' or 'origin' of God's creation. But it appears your preference depends on your overall belief.
My concern is not that the Arian view that Jesus is a creature is wrong or right; or whether the Trinitarian view is correct or wrong; and I am not a Trinitarian myself.
My concern rather is are we doing the will of God after all is said and done; after we leave the discussion table and strongly supporting our understanding in preference of the other; are will still missing the point and clinging on to our own interpretations?
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