Contend Earnestly: Jehovah's Witnesses and Easter

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jehovah's Witnesses and Easter

I have been sick this week, that is why there has been little action on the blog. But, one thing had my stomach churning that I can't get my mind off of. Last week I came home to find a flyer from our local temple of Satan, otherwise known as the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. It had a picture of Christ on the front with a title, "The greatest love ever shown." I believe that there is no way that they can defend this with their historical heresy that comes from Arius. Namely, that Jesus Christ was only a man and not God Himself.

This post isn't long and would love for ANY JW to show me as false on this one. The claim is that the greatest love ever shown came from the cross. How do we learn from the Bible that God shows us, or demonstrates, his love for us? It comes in the following verse:

But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

This verse only makes sense if Jesus is God. To put it bluntly, this verse makes absolutely no sense if Jesus isn't God. If Jesus isn't God then God demonstrated his own love by murdering an innocent human.

How can God demonstrate his love toward us through killing a finite human? For God to truly demonstrate this love, he needs to lay down his own life, not someone else's. This verse becomes lipservice. This is no demonstration of God's love, but a demonstration of Jesus' love. You can say all you want, that Christ laid down his life willingly (which I agree with), that Jesus did this for us (which I agree with), on his own initiative (which I agree with) but if God and Jesus aren't one, how does this demonstrate God's love?

Doesn't the cross only demonstrate Jesus' love for us, and not God's? If Jesus isn't God it is like God saying, "I love you so much, I am going to kill someone else for you." Thanks. That does nothing to show God's love at all. It actually becomes a brutal slaying of someone that even the executioner, Pilate, couldn't find fault with.

But, here is the beauty. If Jesus is God, and he was part of the decision from all eternity, we don't have a brutal murder by God, but we have the eternal God literally laying down his own life, and not passing the buck to someone else.

If Jesus is God, we can believe this statement. We can see the love that God shows, not merely some man. We can see that the demonstration of this love was an amazing plan from eternity past (Revelation 13:8) that the whole of the Trinity planned and brought to determination (Acts 4:27,28).

If anyone can show me how God demonstrates his own love for us, by killing a mere human, I would like to know how.

I am up for any discussion on this one, as I believe the argument will fall well short of the biblical testimony. May our Lord Jesus Christ's name not be thrown in the mud by these that proclaim false testimony from the den of thieves.

Soli Deo Gloria.


Anonymous said...

Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs:

A) They are at your door to recruit you for enslavement to their watchtower corporation,they will say that "we are just here to share a message from the Bible" this is deception right off.

B) Their 'message' is a false Gospel that Jesus had his second coming in 1914.The problem with this is it's not just a cute fairy tale,Jesus warned of the false prophets who would claim "..look he is here in the wilderness,or see here he is at the temple..."

C) Their anti-blood transfusion ban has killed hundreds if not thousands

D) once they recruit you they will "love bomb" you in cult fashion to also recruit your family & friends or cut them off. There are many more dangers,Jehovah's Witnesses got a bad rap for good and valid reasons.

99% of the world has rejected the teachings of the Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses, the darker truth is they are a destructive and oppressive organization.
Danny Haszard Jehovah's Witness X 33 years

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