Fact a Day: May 23rd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: May 23rd

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 15

 

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about Jesus?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus Christ was the first creation of God, the Archangel Michael.* They believe that He “had a beginning” and “was actually a creature of God.”* By so believing, the Witnesses reject the Bible’s teaching about Jesus. But the Bible teaches that although Christ is fully man, He is also fully God (John 1:1; 5:18; 10:30; 20:28; Titus 2:13; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:1-8). It teaches that, as God, Christ is eternal, not created (Micah 5:2; John 1:1-3). All these verses the New World Translation dishonestly mistranslates. The Witnesses wrongly teach that “Christ Jesus received immortality as a reward for his faithful course of action [on earth]….”* This is because “any failure on his part would have meant eternal death [extinction] for him.”* However, the Bible teaches something completely different. It teaches that, as God, Jesus was already immortal and could never have ceased to exist; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Neither did He have to earn His own salvation, since He was always sinless (Hebrews 4:15) and immortal (Isaiah 9:6) and needed no salvation. *For documentation, see The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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