And I’m a Mormon part 1: Jesus the spirit brother of Lucifer

Posted: March 17, 2012 in and I'm a Mormon?, Apologetics, Jehovah Witness, the ONE true faith?

A verse that is commonly taken out of context is Colossians 1:15. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons use the scripture Colossians 1:15 and Revelations 3:14 to drive their point home that Jesus was a created being. Colossians 1:15 in the King James Version says, “(He) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Because this verse says firstborn, the organizations that want Jesus to be created say that “firstborn” refers to Jesus as a creation, the first being God created. Jehovah’s Witness teach that God simply created Jesus, but Mormons teach that God had relations with his heavenly wife to birth Jesus as the first spirit creature. Mormons also believe that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, and that both Lucifer and Jesus at one point presented a plan of salvation to Father God. When Father God accepted Jesus’ plan over Lucifer’s, Lucifer became angry and decided that he would rebel. Lucifer took one third of the spirit beings with him in his rebellion and became Satan. Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only Jehovah God is to be praised, and they teach that Jesus is not the greatest God, but only a god. Jehovah’s Witnesses also tell us that Jesus, is now and was before, Michael the Archangel.

The teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormon’s are both false for several obvious reasons. First, the Greek word for firstborn is prōtotokos. The word prōtotokos is referring to Christ in this context. The literal translation means ‘first begotten’ and is only used in this context in one other verse, Revelations 1:5. Revelation 1:5 reads, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten (prōtotokos) of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…” Clearly in Revelation 1:5 prōtotokos is referring to Jesus as the first person to rise from the dead. We see that in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we know that His resurrection ensures our future resurrection. Also notice that in Revelation 1:5 Jesus is given three titles; (1) the faithful witness, (2) the first begotten and (3) the prince of the kings of the earth.

Second, another indicator that Colossians 1:15 is not referring to Jesus Christ as a created being is the Greek word archē in Colossians 1:18. Colossians 1:18 reads, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning (archē), the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.” The Greek word archē means beginning and once again is referring to a title. Jesus is given three titles in Colossians 1:18 which are (1) the head of the body, (2) the beginning (archē) and (3) the firstborn from the dead. The firstborn from the dead does not mean that Jesus was the first created being, since the title given to Him in the exact same verse says that He is the absolute beginning, but once again is referring to Jesus as the first one to rise from the dead. Revelation 3:14 also refers to Jesus as the absolute beginning in one of three titles which are: (1) the Amen (2) the faithful and true witness and (3) the beginning (archē) of the creation of God. Looking at these verses and reading the Greek as it lies, it is clear that Jesus is, was, and always will be. He was not created in a spirit relationship or by any other means.

Third, teaching that Colossians 1:15 (or any other verse) refers to Jesus as a created being contradicts multiple Old Testament and New Testament passages. Take Isaiah 43:10-11. The ESV says, “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord… Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.” Is God a liar? Certainly not. God does not contradict Himself, nor can He. God is perfect, and He does not lie. Or how about our man John, certainly he must have been confused when he wrote John 1 and 1 John 1 referring to Jesus Christ’s eternal existence. John said that Jesus always existed and that He is the only God.

Fourth, the Jews were monotheists, meaning they believed in one God and only one God. To them, Jesus claimed to be this God in John 10. John 10:22-39 is a great example of Jesus’ deity. When Jesus says that He and the Father are one, the Jew’s knew He was saying that He was God, and they thought that was preposterous. John 10:33 says, The Jews answered him (Jesus), “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.” They knew what Jesus was saying, He was saying that He was God, the only God, and they had no concept of the Godhead (Trinity). If Jesus were to say that He was some other god, the Jew’s would have dismissed Him and told Him to go to the pagans who had multiple god’s. Also, if Jesus were to say he was a pagan god or some created god, the Jew’s would not have said that He was blaspheming, and they would not have crucified Him later on. They would not have given a rip if Jesus were claiming to be some other god, because to them (the monotheist Jews), there were no other gods. The concept of Jesus as a created being does not make sense, because it would not have made sense to the Jew’s, the people who crucified Him for claiming to be their one and only God.

I hope this helps the reader in his or her studies to see the truth of the scriptures. Jesus was not created, nor could He have been created, or else God is a liar and the whole Bible collapses on itself like a deck of cards. We have to have the right Jesus, not some created one. Only God could pay for our sins, not a god with a little g.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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