I have prayed a long time for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to find my apartment, which is sort of hidden from the road. They found me, and so a married couple came to my house recently to discuss their Watchtower theology with my wife and me. Our conversation lasted two hours, and they went away with three major passages of Scripture to study. A week ago, the husband emailed me and asked me to reiterate my questions for them – and so I did just now. Below is the text of my email to them. I am publishing it in hopes that it will inform and bolster Christians who interact with the JW people. I also pray that any hungry JWs would read this and give it a fair reading.
I believe and know that there is no refutation for these Scriptures, I have demonstrated that the New Testament consistently reveals Jesus the Son of God to be Himself Jehovah God – one Person of three who are God, the only God. Check it out:
1) John 12:40 is quoting Isaiah 6:10.
v. 41 is where we discussed the “who” of the pronoun – Jesus/Jehovah? I had shown that v. 42 clears it up: “many of the authorities believed in him (Jesus)”… just as the previous context had also shown in vv. 36-40. What I had asked you to look at for me is a new category that your literature seems to steer away from allowing – that Jesus and Jehovah are one being. In other words, John 12:41-42 seems to show us that Jesus, who is Jehovah, is yet also different from the Father, who is Jehovah. I see in your Watchtower literature that you are taught that this teaching is too complex to be true, but I would only ask, “can the infinite be understood comprehensively by the finite – His creatures?” If the answer is no, then the Watchtower literature seems to be making an assertion that cannot be supported with evidence from the Bible. That is why I asked you to look at this Scripture – I wonder if it shows a proof of something your religion cannot account for?
In Acts 4:24, the Bible clearly shows that the early Christians prayed “to God” and called Him “despotes, who made heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” Who is this despotes? Acts 4:24 shows us He is the Almighty God to whom we pray. The problem for the Watchtower literature is that Jude (Jesus’ half brother also born of Mary) in his letter, verse 4 says that Jesus is “our only despotes and Lord.” And in Revelation 6:10, all of heaven is praying to Him as “Sovereign Lord (Greek despotes).” Was Jude incorrect to say Jesus is our only despotes?
So my question was, why was the early congregation praying to Jesus and calling Him God? This matches Thomas’s worship in John 20:28 when he said to Jesus “my Lord and my God!” Notice that in verse 29, Jesus does not rebuke Thomas for worshiping Him and confessing that He is God – He says “You have believed because you have seen me, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That is my question for you – the early congregation of Apostles prayed to Jesus as the Sovereign God “despotes,” and He encouraged His disciples to call Him Lord and God. How does that square with the Watchtower literature I have been reading that says Jesus is a creature?
3) Hebrews 1:8-10
Here the author of Hebrews says about the Son in verse 10 “You, Lord, laid the foundation…” quoting Psalm 102:25 where the Psalmist has been praising Jehovah. In other words, the author of Hebrews, another early member of the Christian congregation, is attributing to Jesus the name of Jehovah. This matches Revelation 1:8 “I am the Al′pha and the O‧me′ga,” says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.” So we see the New World Translation shows us that the Alpha and the Omega is Jehovah God.
So that would mean no one else could be the Alpha and the Omega, right? Therefore if Jesus is one being with Jehovah, and not a creature, He could share the name Alpha and Omega – as He does. Revelation 1:17-18 shows that Jesus is the First and the Last. But then in Revelation 22:12-13, we see Him say “I am the Al′pha and the O‧me′ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Can you see why I have these questions for the JW religion? Jehovah God and Jesus have the same titles and names, and Jesus accepts worship and prayers. John even says about Jesus that “All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.” If Watchtower literature were true and Jesus was an exalted creature, why does John say that apart from [Jesus] not even one thing came into existence? That only describes Almighty God. It seems Jesus is Himself Almighty God who became a man, subjecting Himself to the Father in all things. If something the Bible teaches us is difficult or if it corrects something we have believed, will we change our beliefs, or will we refuse to see it for what it is?
Danielle and I are here to listen to your answers, and to hopefully ask more questions.
Again, thank you so much for following up with me! It is rare to find people so willing and able to study the Bible with me 🙂
Have a great week.