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Are Jehovah & Jesus a "Twinity"

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(Part 3 of 4)

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(Sentinel, February 16-23, 2012)

No, "Twinity" isn't Elmer Fudd's way of saying "Trinity." Lady Preacher Charlo Crossley Fortier of Bread of Life Foursquare Church takes exception to the fact that Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe the Trinity to be a Bible teaching.

As with many professing Christianity, Fortier believes that God and Jesus are one and the same. Here's what the Witnesses have to say:

God's Will or Jesus'?: ‘The best way to learn the truth about Jesus is to examine what he said about himself. John 6:38 reads: "I have come down from heaven to do, not my will, but the will of him that sent me." (New World Translation)

Now, that statement would be a bit puzzling if Jesus were God. Well, notice that Jesus said he did not come down from heaven to do his own will.

He said that he came to do the will of the One who sent him. But if Jesus is God, who sent him down from heaven? And why did Jesus yield to the will of that One?'

Who Sent Jesus?: ‘John 7:16 reads: "Jesus, in turn, answered them and said: ‘What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me.'" According to this verse, did Jesus teach his own ideas? No, he said that his teachings belong to the One who sent him.

Again, we have to wonder: ‘Who sent Jesus? And who gave him the truths he taught?' Wouldn't that One be greater than Jesus? After all, the sender is superior to the one who is sent.'

Who Gave Jesus Authority?: ‘Matthew 28:18 says: "All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth." So did Jesus say that he always had all authority? No, he said that it had been given to him. But if Jesus is God, how could he be given more authority? And who gave it to him?'

Who Did Jesus Pray To?: ‘Luke 3:21, 22 explains: "Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized and, as he was praying, the heaven was opened up and the holy spirit in bodily shape like a dove came down upon him, and a voice came out of heaven: ‘You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.'"

Did you notice what Jesus was doing as he was being baptized? He was praying. If Jesus is God, to whom was he praying?' Along a similar line, note that after Jesus came up out of the water, someone spoke from heaven.

Did you notice what that One said? He said that Jesus was His Son, that He loved him, and that He approved of him. But if Jesus is God, who said those things from heaven?'

Father & Son Equal?: ‘Now, if you wanted to teach me that two people are equal, what sort of family relationship might you use to illustrate the point? Two brothers; perhaps even identical twins.

But Jesus referred to God as the Father and to himself as the Son. So, what message do you suppose Jesus was conveying? Jesus is describing one individual as being older and as having more authority than the other.'

Who Exalted Jesus?: ‘Philippians 2:9, describes what God did after Jesus' death and resurrection: "God exalted him [Jesus] to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name."

According to this verse, what did God do for Jesus? It says that God exalted him to a superior position. But if Jesus were equal to God before he died and God later exalted him to a higher position, wouldn't that put Jesus above God? How could anyone be superior to God?'

"Jehovah's Witnesses hold Jesus in very high regard," says the April 1, 2012, Watchtower, from which all the above material (with the exception of the introduction) was taken virtually word for word.

"We believe that his death as the promised Messiah opened the way to salvation for all faithful humans."

They agree with what the apostle John concluded: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God [not God himself]; and that believing ye might have life through his name."--John 20:31, KJV.

A Historical Person?: Absolutely. Historians like Josephus and Tacitus of the first century mention Jesus. Gospel writer Luke discusses seven rulers whose names have been corroborated centuries later by secular historians. (Luke 3:1, 2, 23)

For more information, see the book Evidence of the Historical Jesus (2011).

Part 4 up next. Stay tuned!