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Jehovah Witnesses, Jesus and Creation
by Robert Kiser
2/04/2010 / Christian Apologetics
Jehovah Witnesses tell us that Jehovah Created Jesus and then through Jesus created all other things. The following is a quote from one of their books that shows this belief.
Knowledge page 39 Jesus was called God's "only-begotten Son" because Jehovah created him directly. (John 3:16) As "the firstborn of all creation," Jesus was then used by God to create all other things.
Is this statement true? The Bible does indeed refer to Jesus as the creator.
Col 1:15-18 (15) And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. (16) For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created by Him and for Him. (17) And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (18) He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.
(Jesus is also called the creator in John 1:3 & Heb.1:2, )
So here are two questions to ask your Jehovah Witness friend.
1. Do you believe that Jehovah created Jesus then through Jesus created all other things? Their answer of course will be yes; unless they do not understand their own church's teachings.
2. Then why does Jehovah say in Is. 44:24 that he created all alone by himself?
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by myself, and spreading out the earth all alone,
The translation by their organization takes it a step further by asking: Who was with me?
This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly: "I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me?
I had one Jehovah Witness give me the following illustration.
"A contractor may point at a building and say this is the building that I built. In reality lots of people worked on the building, but he was the one in charge."
You may think "wow that is a good answer!" Well, if we look back at the context we will discover that is not a good answer at all. Ask yourself why the contractor would say he built the building all alone by himself and even ask who was with me? This would make the contractor out to be a liar, if indeed lots of people worked on it!
For the Christian there is no problem with these text saying Jesus is the creator and God saying he created all alone by himself. This is one of the areas we would refer to when showing the Trinity in the Bible. In Gen.1:2, Job 26:13 and Ps.104:30 we also see the spirit involved with creation. How can this be? The answer is because there are three separate persons in the one singular God and there is no other God! That is the Trinity and we see this unfold in scripture in areas just like this one concerning who created.
Some would argue that is confusing. Well it really should not surprise us that God is somewhat complex!
To read much more you can find my Jehovah Witnesses Index at the following web address.
Robert Kiser is the author of a few free pdf books and the ReasonableAnswers.org website.
His website explains and defends the Christian Faith. It also includes a section on Cults including Mormonism and Jehovah Witnesses.
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