Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wrestling With the Watch Tower: Where Did Jesus Come From? An Introduction

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is God's mouthpiece and theocratic representative on earth. The Watch Tower demands that faithful Witnesses subscribe to a variety of peculiar beliefs. Arguably most egregious of these is the Watch Tower's teaching that Jesus is not God, contradicting what the historic Christian faith has always taught, but is instead God's first created being through whom He spoke into existence the rest of all creation.

Since mainstream Christianity has always taught that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is in fact God Himself in human flesh, this can come as somewhat of a surprise to many Christians unfamiliar with the peculiarities of Jehovah's Witness' beliefs. When a faithful Jehovah's Witness presents the Watch Tower's case to the typical Christian, at first the claim is often easily shrugged off as bizarre. However, to those Christians having a weak understanding of why the Church has always taught that Jesus is God, the Jehovah's Witness' argument can quickly begin to appear quite convincing.

This is an introduction to a series of blog entries I will post intended to equip the Christian to defend the historic Christian position that Jesus is God, as the Bible clearly teaches. My sincere hope is that my friends and family who follow this blog—if such people actually exist J—will be able to lovingly but convincingly respond to the Jehovah's Witness at the door when he or she argues that Jesus is not God. In so doing, you may be able to "with gentleness [correct] those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of truth" (2 Timothy 2:25). More importantly, however, you can be certain that in believing Jesus to be God, you worship God "in spirit and truth" as He demands (John 4:24).

Look for an upcoming post entitled, "Wrestling With the Watch Tower: Jesus, the Firstborn of All Creation" for the first entry in this series. Also, you can click the labels "Watch Tower" and "Jehovah's Witnesses" under any post to see all of my posts that refute Watch Tower and Jehovah's Witnesses' teachings.

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