The ONE true faith? Part 4: What’s in a name?

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.

What’s in a name?

Today I’m going to show you something cool you can do on your own. There’s a website called blue letter bible (http://www.blueletterbible.org/) that you can go to and look up Greek or Hebrew word. Just go to the verse you are looking at, and click the C next to it. This will take you to the Greek, Hebrew (or in some cases Aramiac) and then you can look up all of the meanings of the word. This can bring great clarity when reading a difficult passage.

Anyhow, back to the subject WHATS IN A NAME?

Is 9:6 ESV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty (GIBBOWR) God (‘EL), Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

When I first brought this scripture to a JW he told me that Jesus had many names, but Jehovah God only had one personal name.

They said that this scripture actually proved that Jesus was not God, but that is not the case. To show that this statement proves Jesus is God, we will look at the Hebrew words.

Mighty God in Hebrew reads “GIBBOWR ‘EL”

GIBBOWR means STRONG OR MIGHTY

‘EL means GOD, THE ONE TRUE GOD, JEHOVAH

So either Isaiah was confused and made a mistake when he wrote this prophecy, or Jesus is God… the same as the Father.

Even after you show this to a JW, they will say otherwise. They will say that that this is referring to Jesus as a lesser god, but that is not what the Hebrew text says.

A JW will tell you that they let scripture interpret scripture.

Here are three verses (I’m sure you could find more) where the same two Hebrew words are used in the OT referring to God.

Deut 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty (GIBBOWR), and the awesome God (‘EL ), who is not partial and takes no bribe.

Neh 9:32 “Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty (GIBBOWR) , and the awesome God (‘EL ), who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.

Jer 32:18 You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty (GIBBOWR) God (‘EL ), whose name is the Lord of hosts.

As you can see, this name is not only used for Jesus, but also for the God of the Old Testament, further proving that they are the same.

If we have a skewed view of the deity of Christ, we will have a faith based on a lie.

Jesus said He was God, the prophets said he was God, the Jews said He was God; therefore He is God.

Don’t let anyone twist scripture and tell you otherwise; Jesus is God.

God Bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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