The ONE true Faith? part 3: was Jesus a god, or God?

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Apologetics, Jehovah Witness, the ONE true faith?, Truth, WHAT?

Jehovah Witnesses will tell you they are the one true faith, and that every other church in the world is part of “Babylon the Great”. this series will discuss some of their flaws and false doctrines. I pray you are encouraged and equipped for the next time you meet a Jehovah’s Witness, and you can use the tools I will give you to witness to them.

Jesus Christ; a god, or God?

Jehovah’s Witnesses are convinced that Jesus is a spirit being whom Jehovah God created. They will tell you this based off of a few scripture verses they pervert (see my last two posts on this for more clarification). This may sound like a somewhat expectable debate, until you think about whom Jesus came to (the Jews) and what they (Jews) said about Him.

Jews were monotheists. They believed in one God and only one God

Ex 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me

A good Jew would not have given a rip if Jesus claimed to be (or presented Himself as) any other god… they would have paid Jesus no mind, because they followed the law. They were not like the pagan nations that had multiple gods… they had one God.

So why were the Jews seeking to kill Him?

Jesus claimed He was God, which is blasphemy to a Jew.

John 10:30-33 ESV
(Jesus said)“I and the Father are one.”
The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God (THEOS)

If your translation says “a god,” throw it out… NOW! Some translations do say a god, but why would a Jew care if Jesus claimed to be some other god? That would not be blasphemy to a Jew, and honestly they would have disregarded Jesus at that point.

The Greek word for God here is THEOS, which has multiple meanings, but in this context it means, “the one and only true God.” Because this is a word that is sometimes used for god not God, JW’s and other groups take it to mean god, small g.

However, lets look at another Jew’s testimony from the Bible to clarify things, and another Greek word.

Paul (formerly Saul) a Jew, recognized Jesus as God.

Acts 9:1-6
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord (KYRIOS)?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

The Greek word for Lord when Saul says, “who are you LORD,” is KYRIOS, meaning God the Messiah.

Saul, being a devout Jew and a monotheist, would never have used this word, unless he was sure that it was the Lord. Saul, changed his name to Paul, wrote half of the New Testament and died a martyr’s death, because he was sure that Jesus was the Christ, the one and only God.

The whole Jesus was a lesser god thing makes no sense when we look at His audience.

Lets recognize who Jesus really is, God almighty!

And in that, we rejoice.

Dan Fogarty.

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