A wonderfully and respectfully dressed young lady, Linda passing out the Watch Tower and & Awake Magazines met Christian at a cafe.
Christian: Why should I be a Jehovah’s Witness?
Linda: Because you love Creator Jehovah God, you appreciate the great sacrifice he and his Son Jesus Christ made for you, because you long to see an end to all wickedness and suffering, and because you want to share the knowledge of that hope with others.
Christian: Is that why you became a Jehovah’s Witness?
Linda: Yes and the truth that only Jehovah’s Witnesses have hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.
Linda: Oh! and also to receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify Jehovah Witnesses’ organization and serve God as part of it.
Christian: I do love God. I believe and worship Christ Jesus as my Lord and my God(John 20:28), and I believe that God the Father in his joy and pleasure loved me and demonstrated this by sending His Son to died for my sins showing his holiness and justice. An act that goes beyond appreciation and adoration.
Linda: I understand your position, but I think you are mistaken in thinking Jesus is God.
Christian: Then who is Jesus?
Linda: Jesus is an archangel Michael, the first creation of Jehovah God.
Christian: If Jesus is a creature, then we ought not to worship him as God.
Linda: Yes, reverent adoration should be expressed only to God. To render worship to anyone or anything else would be a form of idolatry, which is condemned in both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. — Exodus 20:4, 5; Galatians 5: 19, 20.
Christian: Please do take my next question in a loving way:
Why did Jehovah’s Witness worshiped Jesus in their first 75 years?
Linda: That is not true, we never worshiped Jesus!
Christian: Can I quote you from The Watchtower, your official magazine, October 15th of 1945, page 313?
Linda: Go ahead.
Christian: It says:
“….whosoever should worship Him must also worship and bow down to Jehovah’s Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus.”
Linda: I honestly did not know that. But I believe there must be an explanation for that.
Christian: I thought that too, but then I also read Interesting Queries from July 15th of 1898, Question and Answers in Zion’s Watch Tower page 216.
Question. “… Was he[Jesus] really worshipped, or is the translation faulty?
Answer. Yes, we believe our Lord Jesus while on earth was really worshipped, and properly so”
Christian: I think it hard to deny that your organization did not worship Jesus in their first 75 years.
Linda: Oh! I will ask the elders and will give you an answer.
Christian: That will be great. I find hard to be a Jehovah’s Witness because its organization keep changing what it believes on very important and serious issues which could cost ones soul.
Linda: How so?
Christian: Because if Jesus is God and you have deny to honor him for who He is, then you really do not have hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.
Linda: I am sure Jesus is an angel Michael, he cannot be Jehovah God! He is only mighty god but not Almighty.
Christian: Linda, have you ever read The Name of Jesus in The Zion’s Watch Tower of November 1879 page 4?
Linda: No I have not.
Christian:I will quote it from it without adding anything in it:
Jesus, means Saviour, and we are carried forward from the mere word to the Exalted Official Position, on account of which He can “save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him.” His position is contrasted with that of men and angels, as He is Lord of both, having “all power in heaven and earth.” Hence it is said, “Let all the angels of God worship him;” [that must include Michael, the chief angel, hence Michael is not the Son of God] and the reason is, because He has “by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they.” Michael or Gabriel are perhaps grander names than Jesus, though Jesus is grand in its very simplicity, but the official character of the Son of God as Saviour and King is the inheritance from His Father, which is far superior to theirs, for it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell. He has given Him a Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow both in heaven and earth. And there is “none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
Linda: I do not know what to say.
Christian: I agree with J. H. Paton, the author of that article, Jesus cannot be angel Michael.
Linda:How do you know that?
Christian: Because no creature, or super creature can redeem another creature. Only a Creator can do that. No creature or super creature is worth of worship. Only to a Creator is worship due.
Linda: I know what you are saying. Can you show me in the Bible that Jesus is not angel Michael?
Christian: Yes! throughout the book of Jude, Jesus is called by the title Lord, the only Master and Lord and at verse nine, you find the following “the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”(Jude 1:9 ESV)
Linda: How can you know Lord there is Jesus?
Christian: Because Jesus is the creator of all angels, all were created by him and for him. Thus he has power and authority over them, while an archangel Michael does not. And also because Jude used the title “Lord” throughout his book as a title of Christ Jesus and “God” as a title for the Father.
Christian: Linda, Jesus said in John 8:24 unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
Linda:I have read that many times before. But wont you have two gods if Jesus is also Jehovah God?
Christian: Not at all, the Bible is clear that there is only one God, and as you read it, you learn the Father is God, the Son is God and Holy Spirit is God. It was this truth that our church fathers formed a Triune teaching. One God in three distinct persons unified in one and only Jehovah God.
Linda: I know that the Father is Jehovah God but I do not believe that Jesus and the Holy Spirit is also God.
Christian: Have you ever come across an acronym: H.A.N.D.S in showing that Jesus is God?
Linda: No! What is it?
Christian: It is an abbreviation to help one remember how to show that Jesus is God.
Linda: Please do share.
Christian: H is for Honor, Jesus shares the Honors due to God. A is for Attributes, Jesus shares the Attributes of God. N is for Names, Jesus shares the Names of God. D is for Deeds, Jesus shares in the Deeds that God does and S is for Seat, Jesus shares the Seat of God’s throne.
Christian: Now unpacking H.A.N.D.S you would see the whole New Testament is filled with verses showing that Jesus is God.
Linda: I never thought they could be many. I know some which come up when I talk to other Christians who are kind to talk with me. How about Holy Spirit, is it not an invisible active force of Almighty God?
Christian: Jesus viewed Holy Spirit as a person, because he called “him” another helper would teach, guard, and comfort his disciple. Holy Spirit intercedes for believer, he also can be lied, grieved and blasphemed.
Linda: And these are only possible if the Holy Spirit is a person?
Christian: Yes, one can not lie to or grieve a force.
Linda: Well, I will talk to my elders and see what they would answer all that you told me.
Christian: That would be wonderful. One most important thing I want to share with you, Linda before we apart. Jesus said in John 8:24 “unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
Linda: I have read that many times before.
Christian: Think about it and here is my home address were you can come, take the elders with you so we could discuss more.
Linda: I will. Thank you for your kindness.
Christian: It is I who should thank you for listening.
Awake! 8 April 2000, page 26
Watchtower 1/9/89 page 19
The Watchtower, 15/2/1983 page 12
Books To Read:
Putting Jesus In His Place: The Case For The Deity of Christ by Robert M. Bowman Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski
The Kingdom Of The Cults by Walter Martin
To Christians: When they come and knock at your door, welcome them, love them, share your home and your food and most important the reasons for the hope in Christ Jesus, our God and Savor.