The False Doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses

Beginning of the Creation of God

Is Jesus the first created being

The Jehovah’s witnesses believe that Jesus is a created being with a separate personality to God, that his existence is separate to God. To support this idea they use various scriptures, one of their favourites verses is as follows. Where talking of Jesus the King James version says:

… the beginning of the creation of God Rev 3:14

This can be confusing because it sounds like Jesus was the first created being. But as we will see this is not the case. The Greek word translated beginning is as follows (from Strongs):

G746
archē
ar-khay'

From G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concrete) chief (in various applications of order, time, place or rank): - beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.

You will notice the word has various meanings and we will discus some of them. Take

“I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me” - Act 11:5

The word corner in the verse above also uses the word archē, an archē can be a corner. We will discuss why this is relevant latter. Also note

“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”: ,Col 1:16

The word archē is used above for ruler, or power. Why, well lets discuss some English words, arch and archangel are English words that have their root in archē. But what is an arch, it is similar to a triangular shape, as is a corner in Acts 11:5. Why is ruler a valid expression from the word, well a ruler is the top most piece under which you find others, rulership is like a triangle too, the top point is the King, or supreme ruler, the lower you go in the triangle are princes, governors, then at the bottom the common man. So you see the word in revelation does not need to mean the first creation, it can mean “the ruler of the creation of God”, or the “Origin of the creation of God”, both translations fit perfectly with the view that Jesus is God, he both rules, and is the originator of creation, as Col 1:16 says “For by him were all things created”, and note they were created “for him”, and we know the creation was created for God.

None good but God

Was Jesus really good?

Another verse that the Jehovahs witnesses use to try to prove Jesus is not God is:

“And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God! But if you desire to enter into life, keep the commandments”. Mat 19:17

They try to use that verse to say Jesus was saying he was not totally good, so not God. But the Old Testament says that the sacrifices for sin had to be spotless, perfect, with out defect. The new testament also says of Jesus

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” 1Pe 3:18

Also of Jesus:

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”. Heb 4:15

We see Jesus was with out sin, he was the perfect sacrifice for us, our high priest, he could not have any sin or how could he die for it. As God, only He was worthy to die in our place, for it is only God that we have wronged, as Psalms says

“Against You, You only, I have sinned, and done evil in Your eyes” Psa 51:4

Apostates

Should apostates be shunned

When ever a person leaves the Jehovah’s witnesses they are shunned by family and friends. This is Watch Tower Society teaching. They also believe that God shuns the person. But the separating of families is not scriptural. The bible says

"And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him". 1Co 7:13

The bible says when there is an unbelieving partner not to leave them. Jesus also said of the marriage unit.

"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate." Mat 19:6

God is love, and he loves people, he does not separate husbands and wives. God does not want us to separate our selves from unbelievers.

When the scribes and the Pharisees saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard that, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a physician, but sick ones do. I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners. Mar 2:16-17

The Christian view of apostates is that if they change their mind and repent they will have forgiveness, and should be shown love in the process. As Jesus died for all sins, including abandonment, and loss of faith. See the topic on "is there an unpardonable sin", for examples of this forgiveness.

The trinity

The Nature of God

Jehovahs Witnesses don't believe in the trinity. For a view of the trinity from my perspective see The Trinity.

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