Answering Jehovah's Witnesses on John 17:3

   If you are not a Jehovah’s Witness, please don’t let the title turn you away, you may very well need this information one day. If you ARE a Jehovah’s Witness, please don’t take this, or any article I write as an attack, they are not. They are meant to provide an answer to questions people run in to a wall with when you ask.

   One of the core beliefs of the Watchtower is that Jesus is a created being, not God in the flesh, and in fact, was Michael the Archangel before becoming Jesus. The Christian assertion is of course, that Jesus is God in the flesh as God consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But Jehovah’s witnesses are quick to point out that in several places, Jesus refers to the Father as the true God, or calls Him, my God. To save space, I will not point them all out; one of the major verses they use is John 17:3, an answer to that one is an answer to all. Let me say, although I will state that Jesus was fully God, and fully man, of which Jehovah’s Witnesses are all too familiar with hearing, this is not the same arguments you are used to. Please read the article and then answer the question yourself. I am going to show KJV verses as well as the translation from the Watchtower which is the NWT so both Bibles are presented. In this verse, Jesus is praying to the Father.

 

John 17:3 KJV

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

 

John 17:3 NWT

This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

 

   So, as the Jehovah’s Witnesses may ask, why would Jesus call the Father the only true God, if He were God Himself? And the answer is that Jesus was God in the flesh, fully man, yet fully God, and as a human, would refer to God as the only true God. But normally, when they are given this as an answer, they give the rebuttal that God is a spirit, not a human. How can that be true? The Jehovah’s Witness can not accept this answer because they say there is no way for Jesus, who was human, to be God. Or is there?

   To my Jehovah’s Witness a friend, I first ask you, is there anything God can’t do? No, I won’t leave it at that, to go further, are there things angels can do but God can’t? Would that not make angels mightier than Him? Yes, it would. I mean, what can an angel do that God is incapable of? Both are spirits.

   I want to draw your attention to the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In Chapter 19 takes place in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and his family are there, and as we saw a chapter earlier, it is on God’s radar to wipe off the face of the earth.

 

Genesis 19:1-5 KJV

1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

 

Genesis 19:1-5 NWT

1 The two angels arrived at Sodom by evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the earth.

2 And he said: “Please, my lords, turn aside, please, into the house of your servant and stay overnight and have your feet washed. Then you may get up early and travel on your way.” To this they said: “No, we will stay overnight in the public square.”

3 But he was so insistent with them that they went with him to his house. Then he made a feast for them, and he baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

4 Before they could lie down to sleep, the men of the city—the men of Sodom from boy to old man, all of them—surrounded the house in one mob.

5 And they kept calling out to Lot and saying to him: “Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we may have sex with them.”

 

   So here we clearly have two angels that approach Lot. Notice that they became men, human men. This is evident in the fact that they ate with Lot, as well as the mob outside recognized them as such and called them men, even wanting to have sex with them! Spirits do not need to eat, nor would they be something the mob would have called men, and want to have sex with. The point? How can an angel, who is lesser than God and a spirit, do such a thing, becoming human, if God can not?  The answer is, God can do it. We box God into a corner when we say He can’t, and that means He is no longer omnipotent. When we don’t accept the God can be one, in three separate parts, we make Him no longer a spirit, but something less.

   Jesus is known as the Word in scripture. He is the expression of God, God’s message, if you will. Being a spirit, He can make Himself a man, an animal, He could be made up of 20 parts, not just three, and the list goes on. To express His love to humanity, knowing that only the righteous blood of His own could atone for the world, He decided to let a part of the spirit known as God, take on flesh and dwell among us. Think about it, the greatest act of love is to lay your life down for someone you love (John 15:3). If a created being did this and not God, He (God) is incapable of the greatest act of love! All the time, remaining in Heaven, this part of Him now was fully God, but also took on flesh to be a man, the same exact thing the angels did in Genesis 19. And as I said before, being fully man and relying on Hid humanity side, He would of course call the Father the one true God because that is who He is a part of. The Father is where this part of Him wants to be, yet chose for the cup not to pass from Him.

   Not allowing scripture to speak plainly like this leaves one in a conundrum and more at odds than you thought that you had Christians at. God clearly says He will share His glory with no-one else (Isaiah 42:8), yet in Heaven, every knee will bow to Jesus and confess He is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11), and is worshipped by everything in Heaven and the universe while in Heaven and the seals are to be broken (Revelation 5:8-15). How could Jesus forgive sins if He is not God? (Luke 5:20-21). If only Jehovah is Saviour (Isaiah 43:11), then how can Jesus be Saviour? (Titus 2:13 & 2 Peter 1:1).

   The list is endless, but I will stop there. I would ask that you take time to reflect, notice the position you put God in of not actually being able to be God if you maintain your opinion. Take some time and look through some of my other articles. Scans of the New World Translation (NWT) is a good one. We are supposed to be open and test all things. I was open. I have tested the Watchtower’s doctrine, and I have shown its fault. What you do with it is up to you and God.

 

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.

 

 

 

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