But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts,
always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to
give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness
and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15
Watchtower.org and the Creation of Jesus!
Perhaps no doctrine is more despised by the Jehovah's Witnesses than the teaching that Jesus is God. As a matter of fact, there are no less than 4 articles from their official web site "watchtower.org" where they emphatically insist that Jesus is a created being and certainly NOT God! These 2 screen captures introduce articles from their site that insist that Jesus is a created being. A third example is a rather lengthy booklet that can also be read from their site called "Should You Believe in the Trinity?" The fourth example is an article under the heading of "Jehovah's Witnesses- Who are they? What do they believe?" There may be others but these I found quite readily.
These images captured from the official Jehovah's Witnesses
Another book shown on their site, although not available for internet reading (it's over 200 pages long), likewise insists that Jesus is a created being. This book is displayed in a photograph on their site and is entitled "What does the Bible Really Teach".
You get the idea that they want no uncertainty, Jehovah's Witnesses believe and teach that Jesus is a creature and is NOT God. Interestingly, none of these articles states that they believe that Jesus is in fact a created "angel" named Michael. I feel that they are rather embarrassed at this teaching and prefer that non-witnesses not be faced with thinking about such a teaching. Once they reduce Jesus to a creature, they don't have a problem with giving Jesus the power to create all "other" things.
One of their favorite verses they misuse as proof that Jesus is created is Revelation 3:14. From their web site article "Who is Jesus Christ" we find the following:
"Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last book of the Bible identifies Jesus as 'the beginning of the creation by God.'" (Revelation 3:14)
They say this is clear proof that Jesus was created. At first glance, this appears to be the case. Although it reads slightly different in non-witness translations, if you were told what it meant before you read it you no doubt could easily be deceived that Jesus was created. The entire verse reads:
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" (KJV)
Three titles are given to Jesus in this verse. The "Amen". "The faithful and true witness". And "the beginning of the creation of God".
The key to understanding many passages of scripture is key words and their meanings. In this case the key to understanding this verse is the word "beginning". Does this mean as witnesses tell us that God began creation by creating Jesus?
The word "beginning" is actually the greek word "arche" which does not indicate order, but rather the "cause", "source" or origin. Thayer's Greek Lexicon defines arche in Revelation 3:14 as "that by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause" (p.77). Ardnt and Gingrich say that arche here means "the first cause" (p.112).
The correct understanding of this verse is that Jesus is the "source" or "origin" of all of creation. Creation originated with Him which agrees perfectly with the first chapter of John and Colossians 1.
Rather than teaching Jesus is created, this verse teaches that Jesus is the creator and deserves all honor and glory.
Sadly, witnesses blindly follow their leaders without question. Pray that God will open their eyes to the true Jesus.
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