Encountering the Jehovah’s Witnesses
by Scott Rachui
Yesterday, I spent several hours studying with two people who showed up at my door representing the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When these people come by, it’s my pattern to invite them in and let them engage me in a Bible study. At the very least, it’s an opportunity for me to share with them my own faith, and I consider that a good thing. As we talked, the topic inevitably turned to Jesus Christ.
The question that we grappled with yesterday, which is the same as in previous encounters with members of this group, was “Who is Jesus?” For example, we looked at whether Jesus was a created being or not, and whether it is correct to worship Jesus as God. We also spent some time talking about the Holy Spirit (who they believe is merely an active force and not a person), and whether the Christian theology of the Trinity is a Biblical one.
Because these questions are so essential to the Christian faith, and also because I’m convinced that so few Christians are prepared to respond to issues like this, I have decided to devote a number of posts to my conversation and the topics we covered. In order to do this, my goal is to focus on the three areas I’ve just mentioned:
- Is Jesus Christ God or merely a created being?
- Is the Holy Spirit God or merely an active force?
- Is the doctrine of the Trinity Biblical?
Let me say at the outset that I very much admire people such as the ones who came to my house. They take time out of their lives to evangelize total strangers, and they are obviously caring and kind people (the two who were at my house yesterday were very kind people, even though we disagreed strongly on essential points of doctrine). So I am not attempting to deride any person or group in this or future posts. Instead, I am merely trying to state what I believe is the doctrinal position when it comes to these three areas.
In order to get this series started, however, I think it’s important to convey something of what this group appears to believe. What I’ve listed below is what was told to me, or what I read in the publication they gave me entitled “What Does The Bible REALLY Teach?”…
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