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I do not recommend that you try to reason with the Jehovah’s Witnesses on the subject of the Trinity. This is one of the teachings that the Witnesses attack the strongest, and if a Witness ever leaves the Watchtower Organization, it is one of the last bastions to fall.


However, you should be familiar with the argument of the Watchtower Society against the Trinity.

 

The letter at the beginning is by a JW who copied out the typical arguments of the Society against the Trinity. After that, I give an approach that the Witnesses usually are not familiar with and hopefully will cause them to do some serious thinking if you ever do get on the subject! Often they will keep bringing up the subject, but I continue to refuse to talk about it. But after a while, in order to get them to the place where they won’t want to bring up the subject, I used the material I give in the rebuttal at the end.

 

In the material I have written, I have quoted mainly from the New World Translation of the Bible produced by the Watchtower Society in order to show that the Watchtower Society does not follow even the Bible it produced!

 

Hello Sean,


I just read your last message and am going to read your 12-page file you sent in one of your posts you sent.


It is amazing to me that there are so many JW who, after they leave the WTS, are so quick to consider believing in the trinity. These do not realize that to accept the trinity is to go against all of the information concerning God and what he expects of His worshipers as seen in the old testament as well as ignoring even Jesus' words concerning who God is, and since Yeshua is the "high priest forever", then what should that tell us?


....................................the translators rendition of the Greek word Proskuneo. It is clear to see that this Greek word has several meanings but just depends upon context. But since Trinitarian translators have determined that Jesus is God, then they have interpreted proskuneo as being "worship" at all passages which is regarding Jesus. As you know, the King James Bible has interpreted proskuneo as worship even when it was not talking about Jesus but about his disciples. But at these same Scriptures, when referring to the disciples, other Bible translations render proskuneo as "honor" or "bow".


As an example Revelation 3:9 and Luke 14:10.


In comparing these two Scriptures with the American Standard Bible and then the King James, it is clear to see that the Greek word proskuneo, is not always defined as worship, but bow and honor as well. So again it shows that the translator must have been a Trinitarian believing that Jesus is God so he determined that when people and disciples were bowing or giving honor to Jesus, that it had to be worship, so CHOSE that definition because he believed that Jesus is God.


No doubt you already know this, but I am sharing with you what I have come to observe through my personal Bible study. The bowing at the feet of people of authority was a common custom with the Jews and people back in history. The WTS is correct when they said that they bowed before kings.


Even Abigail when meeting with David, fell down at his feet and fell on her face. (prostrated, or obeisance) But of course it was not worship. She called him "lord", as well but as we can see in this passage, she did not acknowledge David as being "Lord God".


As we know, the title lord, does not mean God.


Please compare 1 Samuel 25:23-24 with 1 Kings 1:16, 23 . I'm using the Key Word Study Bible of the American Standard Version.


The Hebrew word shacha is #712 in Strong’s concordance. This word can be interpreted as either "worship" (see Exodus 34:8 ) or "bow", (see 1 Samuel 5:23) or "prostrated" (see again 1 Kings:16, 23


So just as in the Hebrew language, the word proskuneo is not always defined as worship, and this we see especially at Rev. 3:9 and Luke 14:10 ... Matthew 18:26 ....Matt. 8:12 .... Matt. 15:25


So when JW who leave the WTS notice that the King James and other Bible translations use the word "worship" instead of obeisance, (like they read in the NWT) then they are quick to conclude and to believe that Jesus must have been worshiped, because it says so.


.................... during Jesus ministry most of Jesus own disciples believed that he was a PROPHET. (And they knew that John the Baptist had witnessed that the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus and he heard Gods' voice say: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And some believed that Jesus was the foretold Savior as well as God's Son while also believing that he was the foretold prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18-19


So would a Jew be worshiping a prophet? It's very unlikely!

(As an example of how most viewed Jesus, please see Luke 7:15-17, Matthew 9:8, 16:13-16, 8:27, 21:11 (now these “multitudes” were Jesus' disciples: See Luke 19:37-39.

Even Peter when giving a sermon about Jesus, said that he was the prophet that God spoke to Moses about at Deuteronomy 18:18-19. See what Peter said concerning Jesus as Acts 2:22-25, 3:19-23. See also Luke 24:19.

And Jesus acknowledged that he himself was a prophet as well as being God's Son. John 4:44, Mark 6:4-5, Luke 13:33.


And the blind man whom Jesus healed, also believed that Jesus was a prophet (see John 9:17) and then when the blind man saw Jesus again, the Scriptures say that he "worshiped him". So it is clear to see that the wrong interpretation of proskuneo (Strong’s #4352) is used here because no Jew would be giving their worship to a prophet, but ONLY to God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Anyway, I didn't mean for this post to be so long and more than likely you yourself have this information on hand to help those who may be tending to make the big mistake of giving their worship to our mediator and High Priest instead of to God.

Of course this information is only a drop in the bucket when refuting the trinity doctrine but it is a good beginning for people to particularly notice that the majority of Christ's disciples would not be worshiping Jesus because they believed him to be A PROPHET.

And of course nobody believes that a prophet is God, but that God is WITH the prophet, (Numbers 23:21) and God performed powerful works through the prophet. When God sent his prophet to speak His Word, he oftentimes would tell the prophet “don't be afraid, for I am WITH you.” See Joshua 1:9

And Jesus said that he was not alone for God is WITH him and IN him. John 16:32, 8:29, and John 14:10-11

And besides all of this, as we know, Jesus always encouraged the people he spoke to to have faith in God. Luke 14:1, Mark 11:22, 12:29-32, Mark 10:18, John 20:17, John 8:54, John 5:43-45, John 6:46, and John 7:17-18.

And oh yes, about Thomas. Thomas realized that God was WITH Jesus so that is why he said "My Lord and my God" when he saw Jesus after his death and resurrection. (No doubt remembering that Jesus had told the disciples earlier that the Father was IN him and WITH him." And no man could perform those works unless the Father was WITH him. Jesus said that it was the Father who was doing the works and who bore witness concerning His Son. John 8:16-13

And considering that Christ disciples believed that Jesus was also a prophet and that Jesus said that he was going to his Father and their Father, and TO HIS GOD AND THEIR GOD, it is very unlikely that Thomas believed that Jesus was his God.


Anyway this is what I have come to see in the Scriptures through my study and so as you can see, I find very little support for the trinity doctrine.

And the danger too, concerning this doctrine is that it promotes prejudging which Christ told us not to do. Many Trinitarians have made the trinity as necessary for salvation but this idea is not supported in Scripture as we know. Jesus said that the measure we measure to others, will be measured out to us.

And there is not one Scripture where it says that unless a person believes Jesus is God, then they cannot be saved.

Well, this post has taken my evening and I had intended to find your post and to read your 12 page file. So I will close this for now because I am very much interested in what you wrote. :-)

So please keep in touch. Thanks for posting.

Your sister in Christ,
Sheila



Dear Sheila:

 

You took a lot of time in copying out what the Watchtower Society has taught you about the Trinity. It seems that you have spent a lot of time thinking about this subject.

 

However, there are some other major problems that you have not answered for me. Please let me set down some basic principles and then I have some questions for you.

 

The Bible teaches that there is a Godhead include the Father and the Son. of the Father. (You do not want to get into the subject of the Holy Spirit at this point.) Colossians 2:8-9 states: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ, for in Him (Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

In Genesis 1:26 we read: “And God went on to say: ‘Let US make man in OUR image…” Note the plural “us” and “our.” These two seem to be equal.

 

Genesis 11:7 reads: “Come Now! Let US go down and there confuse their language that they may not listen to one another’s language.” Again we see that there is a plural and these two are equal!

Who are these “US,” “OUR,” and “US”? This is referring to both the Father and the Son who existed together in heaven. There can’t be any question but what the Father has a Son!

 

We first have the Son in heaven and later we find that Son on earth. Matthew 3:17 reads: “Look! Also, there was a voice from the heavens (the Father’s) that said: ‘This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.’”


Matthew 17:5 states: “While He was yet speaking, look! A bright cloud overshadowed them, and, look! A voice out of the cloud, saying: ‘This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved’.” Of course this was speaking of Jesus Christ.


The Bible explains how the Son got down from heaven onto this earth.

 

In Matthew 1:18 it says: “But the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way.” Note the two words: (1) Jesus, which was the name of the one that Mary gave birth to, but the other name was (2) “Christ” which means the “Anointed” one which came from heaven. Matthew 1:23 states: “Look! The virgin will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and they will call his name Immanuel, which means, when translated, “With Us is God.” Now we know that this one who is referred to as “God” is not the “Father” but refers to the “Son.” So now we have the Son, who existed in heaven, coming down and dwelling on earth in the human body of Jesus!

 

The truth that the Father has a Son who was sent to this earth to redeem mankind from his and her personal sins is also found in Isaiah 9:6-7. “For there has been a child born to us (Jesus), thee has been a Son given to us (who came down from heaven), and the princely rule will come to be upon His (the Son) shoulder. And His name (The Son) will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father (Father of eternity. Since the Son is the creator, then He can be referred to at the ‘Father of eternity’), Prince of Peace. To the abundance of the princely rule and to peace there will be no end, and upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Yahweh of armies will do this.”


There are some who would try to say that Jesus was “a son of God” just as Adam was called “son of God.” For your information, Adam is never called “son of God.” If you will go to Luke 3:38 you will note that the word son is in brackets “[].” This means that this word is not in the Greek text but an explanation word added by the translators. Thus it really reads “Adam, of God.” Also, we do not have any angel, in the singular; referred to as “the son of God,” There is one place that states “the sons of God” which seems to refer to angels. Thus, Jesus Christ, as the Son of God cannot be compared with anyone else!

 

This is clear from John 3:17: “For God (the Father) sent fort His Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through Him.”  John 1:3 states, “All things came into existence through Him (the Word, the Son) and part from him not even one thing came into existence.” Then John 1:10 goes on to explain: He (the Son) was in the world (dwelling in the body of Jesus), and the world came into existence through Him, but the world did not know Him.” Thus it is quite clear that this Son who created everything was sent into this world! We are given the purpose for the Father sending His Son into this earth in Matthew 1:21: “She (Mary) will give birth to a Son and you must call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”(A human man cannot save another man from his or her personal sins!) Thus the purpose for the Father sending His Son into the world was not just give physical life that was lost in Adam, or to prove that someone could be faithful until death (like claimed by the Watchtower Society), but to forgive our personal sins! 1 John 1:7 promises: “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses US from all sin.” This verse also is connected with Rev. 1:5: “To Him (Jesus Christ) that loves us and that loosed US from OUR sins by means of His own blood.”

 

John the Baptist clearly stated the reason for the Son leaving heaven and coming into this earth in John 1:29: “The next day he (John the Baptist) beheld Jesus coming toward him, and he said, ‘See the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” In what way would Jesus Christ take away the sin of the world? The Bible states in Hebrews 9:22: “Unless blood is poured out no forgiveness takes place.” So the blood that Jesus Christ shed when He died on that Roman torture stake (the WT does not believe that Jesus died on a cross, but call it a “torture stake,” which it truly is because He suffered on the cross. But you don’t want to get sidetracked and bring up the issue at this point as to whether it was a cross or torture stake) was the means of the forgiveness of sins.

 

We know from John 5:36-37 that the Son, now known as the Christ, was sent down from heaven to this earth. ”But I have the witness greater than that of John (the Baptist), for the very works that my Father assigned me to accomplish, the works themselves that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father dispatched me. Also, the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me…. Because the very one whom he dispatched YOU do not believe.”

 

Jesus Himself stated that he came down from heaven in John 6:38: “Because I (Jesus Christ) have come down from heaven to do, not my will, but the will of Him that sent me (the Father).” So we see that the man Jesus was from this earth, but that the Son of God was sent down from heaven and the Son, known as the Christ, dwelt in the man Jesus, thus Jesus was both the Son of God and a man combined in one!

 

John 17:5 is a very astounding verse. It states; “So now you, Father, glorify me (Jesus Christ) alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.”

 

Thus from reading the Bible in context it is very clear that Jesus Christ existed with the Father in heaven before He came to earth. It is also clear that the Son returned to the Father once again after the death of Jesus and His bodily resurrection!

 

John 17:24 is another very amazing verse. “Father, as to what you have given me, I wish that, where I am, they also may be with me, in order to behold my glory that you have given me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” (I anyone would make light of going to heaven and rather want to live on the new earth, which the Witnesses do, then they are making light of the prayer of Jesus!) Here Jesus Christ is speaking about the glory that He had before He came to this earth and that He would be returning to heaven to that same glory once again! Thus it is very obvious that Jesus was more than just a man when He was on this earth! He was both man and the Son of God!

 

Then the purpose for the Son leaving heavens glory and coming into this world is very clearly stated. John 10:10 declares: “The thief does not come unless it is to steal and slay and destroy, I have come that they might have life and might have it in abundance.” Thus the purpose for the Son of God leaving heaven and coming into this world was to give life! Then the type of life that He gives is explained in John 10:28: “And I (Jesus Christ) give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Thus it is clear that the Son of God did not leave heaven just to prove that someone could be faithful until death, where as Adam failed, or to die just to restore physical life that was lost in Adam (like the WT claims), but He came to die for our personal sins in order that His blood could wash away our sins and we could go to heaven to behold His glory like He prayed in John 17:24!

 

It is very clear that the Son of God and Michael the Archangel are not the same (which the WT claims). This is made very clear in the Bible.

 

Hebrews 1:1-4 declares: “God (the Father) who long ago spoke on many occasions and in many ways to our forefathers by means of the prophets, has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the systems of things. He is the reflection of [His] (The Father) glory, the exact representation of his very being, and he sustains all things by the word of His power; and after He had made purification for OUR SINS He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty in lofty places (Heaven.). So He (Jesus Christ) became better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.”

 

Then Hebrews 1:13 makes it absolutely clear and certain that the Son of God and Michael are not the same. This verse states: “But with reference to which one of the angels has he ever said: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet’”? Of course the answer is “None” and this would include Michael!

 

Now I want to take up the question: “Was the Son of God created by the Father, or is He the eternal Son of God?” The Bible is very clear on this subject. There can’t be any mistake!

 

Isaiah 43:10: “I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none.”

 

Isaiah 44:6: “This is what Yahweh has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaser of Him, Yahweh of armies, ‘I am the first and I am the last, and beside me there is no God. (We know there are false gods, but no other true God!)

 

Isaiah 44:8: “Does there exist a God beside me? No, there is no Rock.”

 

Isaiah 45:5-6: “I am Yahweh, and there is no one else. With the exception of me there is no God. I shall closely gird you, although you have not known me, in order that people may know from the rising of the sun and from its setting that there is none besides me. I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.”

 

The Bible makes it clear that the Father has a Son, but He cannot be created because the Bible states that this never happened! The Bible declares that the Son is eternal! Micah 5:2: “But thou Bethlehem Ephrata, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth has been of old, from EVERLASTING.” This verse clearly refers to the time when the Son of God left heaven, come to earth, and dwelt in the man Jesus! Thus, the Son of God is said to have existed from “EVERLSTING-ETERNALLY-UNCREATED.” Being eternal is the same thing that is said about the Father in Psalm 90:1-2: “Yahweh, you yourself have proved to be a real dwelling for us during generation after generation. Before the mountains themselves were born, or you proceeded to bring forth as with labor pains the earth and the productive land, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” If you will look it up in the Hebrew you will note that the same thing said about the Father, that He is from everlasting, is said about the Son! Thus the Son of God is not created, but eternal!

 

So far we have seen that the Son of God, who is eternal, left heavens glory and came down to this earth and dwelt in the man Jesus, lived a sinless life and in the end died and shed His blood for the sins of mankind.

 

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses are not aware of the fact that Charles Russell clearly did not believe that the Son of God and Michael were the same persons! Commenting on Hebrews 1:6, which reads: “But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: ‘And let all God’s angels do obeisance (the first edition of the NWT read “worship”) to Him (Jesus Christ.)’” Russell stated that this included Michael. Thus, if Michael was still alive when Jesus was born, then it is clear that the “life force “ (like claimed by the WT Society) of Michael was not transferred into Mary’s womb, because the “life force” is that which keeps a person alive and if the life force had been transferred into the womb of Mary then Michael would have been dead and unable to worship Jesus Christ like Charles Russell so clearly stated!

 

But now we come to a really complicated situation.

 

Philippians 2:9-11 reads: “For this very reason also God (the Father) exalted Him (Jesus Christ) to a superior position and kindly gave Him the name that is above every name, so that in the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BEND (bow) of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Yahweh to the glory of God the Father.” It is the Father who is telling everyone to “bend the knee or bow” to Jesus Christ.

 

As part of the Ten Commandments, which were directly given by God Himself, in Exodus 20:4-5 it commands: “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on earth underneath or what is in the waters under the earth. You MUST NOT BOW DOWN TO THEM, nor be induced to serve them, because I Yahweh your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion.” Thus, in the Ten Commandments, God forbid even the bowing down to anything.

 

Look at Deuteronomy 26:10. “You must also deposit it before Yahweh your God and bow down before Yahweh your God.” In the verse “bow down’ to means “worship”! This is exactly what the Father is saying that everyone is going to do before Jesus Christ! Thus the Father is clearly saying that everyone, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth is going to bow down in worship Jesus Christ! Thus, it is quite clear the Son is worth of worship like the Father has commanded!

 

But, as we read above, it was the Father that said: “Every knee should bend (bow) before Jesus Christ!” If Jesus Christ were not the eternal Son of God, then wouldn’t the Father be breaking His own commandments by stating that every knee is going to bow before Jesus Christ!

 

John 5:23 are a verse we just can’t get away from. It reads: ‘In order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”  How are we supposed to honor the Father? Isn’t it by falling down and worshipping the Father? It is very important to note that it is Jesus Christ who is stating that all should honor the Son in exactly the same why that they honor the Father. If you do not bow down and worship the Son, like commanded by the Father, then you are not honoring the Father!


But this is not the end of the problem.


John 1:2-3 states about the Son of God: “This one was in the beginning with God (the Father). All things came into existence through Him (the Son), and apart from Him not even one thing came into existence.” 1 Corinthians 8:6 “There is actually to use one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we are from him, and there is one Yahweh, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through Him.” Colossians 3:16: “Because by means of Him (The Son of God) all things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All things have been created through Him and for Him.” Then Hebrew 1:2 states the same thing that it was the Son who created everything. “Has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the systems of things.”

 

These verses make it very, very clear that it was the Son who created everything, and nothing was created that was not created by the Son! (The WT teaches that the Father created the Son and then the Son created everything else.)

 

A literal and accurate translation of John 1:1 is: “When there was a beginning, the Word=the Son already existed.” Thus any idea that the Father created the Son and then the Son created everything else in impossible to accept by one who really believes what the Bible clear states!

 

We are all familiar with Genesis 1:1 which read, “In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then this chapter goes on to describe what God created and it was the physical universe. Since we have seen very clearly that it was the Son that created everything, then the Son has to be part of the Godhead, having almighty and creative power! But it was not just the Father giving the Son the power and wisdom to created, this is something that was within Himself, as we will see shortly.

 

Let me say something that often causes a lot of misunderstand. People sometimes says that “Jesus in God.” More accurately we should say, “Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” But when it does speak of Jesus being God, it does not mean that Jesus Christ is the “full essence” of God. It means that the Son is a much divine as the Father. The same essence of the Godhead that dwells in the Father also dwells in the Son. It is just like saying the “Father is God.” This does not mean that the eternal Son, associated with Him in the Godhead, is not of exactly the same essence! In fact, this is what Jesus Christ declared in John 10:30: “I and the Father are of one essence.” This oneness is not a unity in purpose, because it was never the purpose of the Father to come to earth, enter into a human body and die for the sins of mankind. No. Jesus Christ is saying that the He and the Father are of the same essence, “Godness”. Thus, by saying that “Jesus Christ is God” is not doing away with the Godhead that is made up of more than one person!

 

With the verses above clearly showing that it was the Son who created everything, let us look at a few very important verses on this subject.

 

Psalm 148:5: “Let them praise the name of Yahweh; for HE HIMSELF commanded, and they were created.”

 

Psalm 33:6: By the word of Yahweh the heavens themselves were made.”

 

Isaiah 44:24 reads: “This is what Yahweh has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly: ‘I, Yahweh, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens BY MYSELF, laying out the earth, Who was with me?” This states that it was “Yahweh Himself” who created everything! It does not state that the Father gave power to the Son to create!

 

Isaiah 45:18: “For this is what Yahweh has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: ‘I am Yahweh and there is no one else.”

 

With these verses in mind, and there are many others, it is clear that it was Yahweh Himself, without the help of anyone else, who created everything. Since it was the Son who created everything then THE SON IS YAHWEH!

 

Since the Bible clearly states that it was Yahweh, Himself who created everything, and it was the Son who created everything, then the Son is also know by the name Yahweh! In the New Testament, the Son is referred to as Lord! Let us insert the word “Yahweh” for Lord and see what happens! Romans 10:9: “For if you publicly declare that word in your own mouth, that Jesus in Yahweh, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” So the only way you can be saved is to confess that Jesus in Yahweh, the Son in the Godhead!

 

Next let us turn to Acts 16:31: “They said: ‘Believe on the Yahweh Jesus and you will get saved, you and your household.”

 

I think this will be something new that the word Lord should be written Yahweh, but it is actually what the NWT reference Bible teaches! Turn to page 1568 in your reference Bible and note what it says at the top of the page under “1H.”

 

“The [true] Lord” Heb, ha,’A-dhohn’. The title ‘A-dhohn’, ‘Lord; Master,’ when preceded by the definite article ha, ‘the,’ give the expression ha’A-dhohn’, ‘the [true] Lord.’ The use of the definite article ha before the title ‘A-dhohn limits the application of this title exclusively to Jehovah (Yahweh) God.” If you have a Hebrew New Testament and would look up Acts 16:31, and quite a number of other verses, you would see that it reads ha’A-dhohn. Thus if the Watchtower Society had of translated this verse according to its owns rules it would have had to translated it, “They said: ‘Believe on the Yahweh Jesus and you will get saved, you and your household.”

 

By the way, if one looks it up in the Greek and Hebrew, the reply of Thomas when he saw the resurrected Jesus Christ was, “”The Yahweh of me and the God of me.”


But this is not the end of the subject of the Trinity of the Godhead.


The Watchtower Society has a publication titled: Should You Believe in the Trinity? There are over one hundred quotes in this booklet and every one of them, except one, is misquoted in order to give just the opposite meaning of the original article! Let me give you one example.


In this Trinity booklet it says: “The New Encyclopedia Britannica observes: ‘Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament.”


Now let me quote to you what the whole context. (You can go to a library and look it up for yourself.)

 

Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contract the Shema in the Old Testament: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4). The earliest Christians, however, had to cope with the implications of the coming of Jesus Christ and of the presumed presence of the power of God among them—i.e., the Holy Spirit, whose coming was connected with the celebration of [the feast of] Pentecost. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were associated in such New Testament passages as the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19); and in the apostolic benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (II Cor. 13:14). THUS THE NEW TESTAMENT ESTABLISHED THE BASIS FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY.

 

What would have happened to the argument of the Watchtower Society if it had of quote all that was written?


In this Trinity booklet, 80% of the quotes are taken from articles that were written to actually prove the Trinity of God. Obviously much had to be left out of what is quoted! Then 15 % came from secular sources, and as we have just seen in the quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica that only part was quote to give just the opposite meaning of the article. Only 5% were taken from Unitarian sources. (The sources are quote are given in the booklet. Anyone can go to the library and check out these quotes for him or herself and see that the Watchtower Society had misquoted.) Why does the Watchtower Society have to misquote in order to prove a point?


Here is a question that all JW’s need to be faced up with.


John 17:3 reads: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” So we see that there is only “one” true God!


Go to John 1:1 in the NWT that reads, “In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God (the Father), and the Word was a god.” So now the Watchtower Society has two gods, one apparent a big God and the other one a little “a god”! Since there is only one true God, then is the Father the true God, or is this “a god” the true God? Would you please let me know which one is the true God and which one is the false god?


The Watchtower Society teaches that this “a god” was a created god. But I have quoted a number of verses above that clearly states that the Father never created any other god! Thus what the Watchtower Society teaches is directly in conflict with what the Bible so clearly teaches! Is one supposed to believe the Bible or the Watchtower Society? Since the Bible and the Watchtower Society teach two different things, they both can’t be correct!


But now let us take this a step further: When we go to Isaiah 9:6-7, which is clearly speaking about the Son, we read: “For there has been a child born to us, there has been a Son give to us (Note the child is born=Jesus, but the Son was given=came down from heaven); and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulders. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father (or Father of eternity), Prince of Peace.”


Now we have this “a god” of John 1:1 becoming “Mighty God”! Would you please tell me (1) When, (2) Where, and (3) How this “a god” became “Mighty God”?

 

The typical Jehovah’s Witness won’t answer the when, where, and how, but will reply: “But He is not called the ‘Almighty God’”! JW’s accepted this without ever thinking it through! If you will go to Isaiah 10:20-21 you will see that Yahweh is referred to as the “Mighty God.” Now the Watchtower Society has two “Mighty Gods”! This is really confusing! If it doesn’t elevate the “a god” to be called “Mighty God,” then wouldn’t it demote the Almighty God to be called “Might God”! If the Father and the Son are not equal then how can the Watchtower Society have two “Mighty Gods”?

 

In closing I would like to leave you with Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Then 1 John 5:13 give us this assurance. “These things I have written unto you (found in the Bible) that believe on the name of the (eternal) Son of God; that you may KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Do you (referring to the JW) know that you have eternal life right now like is promised in this verse?

 
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