Jehovah, Jesus and the gods

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Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses #28

The NWT translates Jn 1:1 as “… and the Word was WITH God, and the Word was a god”. How can the Word (Jesus) be “a god” if God says in Deut 32:39, “See now that I-I am he, and there are NO gods together WITH me …”?

First, the New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not exactly unique in the way it translates John 1:1. The appendix of the New World Reference Bible  lists six other Bibles in various languages that translate the verse similarly.  For example, an American Translation by E.J. Goodspeed (1931) renders the verse: “And the word was divine.”

Taken in context Moses was not saying that other gods did not exist. He was emphasizing the fact that they in no way can compare or compete or defy Jehovah God. That’s why in the same verse Moses went on to write: “See now that I—I am he, and there are no gods apart from me. I put to death, and I make alive. I wound, and I will heal, and no one can rescue from my hand.”

In the previous verse Jehovah challenged the Israelites to make an accounting for the impotence of the gods worshipped by the peoples, asking: “Where are their gods, the rock in whom they sought refuge, who used to eat the fat of their sacrifices, to drink the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up and help you. Let them become your place of refuge.”

Again, the point is not that there are not superhuman entities that are worshipped as gods, it is that Jehovah is superior. Jehovah is the only true God. In fact, that is what Jesus himself called his heavenly Father in a prayer recorded in the 17th chapter of John. We should hope the Jesus is a faithful and true witness in this matter. And in his identifying his own Father as the only true God we may be certain that he did not consider himself to be such.

Elsewhere in the Scriptures God recognizes that there are those who are rightly called gods, but Jehovah is called “the God of gods.” Also, concerning those gods who were in competition with him for our worship, this is what Jehovah himself has said through his prophet, Jeremiah: “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”

So, Jehovah does indeed acknowledged that there are other gods, and the irony is those other gods, themselves, will be forced to  acknowledge that Jehovah truly is the God of gods.

But now consider the fact that in the first chapter of Hebrews Paul explained that Jesus is the exact image and representation of God. That being the case, would not that make Jesus a god? If, in all of his heavenly glory and power, he is exactly like Jehovah, then, obviously, Jesus possesses the very glory of God himself.  How could he be considered to be anything but a god?

But unlike the would-be gods who are destined to pass into oblivion at the coming of Christ in Jehovah’s glory, foremost of which is Satan, the devil, whom the apostle Paul revealed to be the god of this world, Jesus does not covet  what Jehovah has. He is certainly not opposed to God, as is Satan and his coterie of demon gods. Jesus is not vying for our worship apart from the role that Jehovah has assigned him as his vindicator. Since his being created in the beginning he has always been in complete harmony and unity with the true God – although in complete subjection to him. As Jesus testified when he was upon the earth he does nothing of his own initiative, but only what he has beheld his Father doing.

It is interesting that when Jesus was upon the earth and he confronted humans who were possessed by demons, the demons confessed him to be the son of God. Years later when Paul and Barnabas were preaching from city to city a girl possessed by a demon of divination followed them around for several days declaring that they were men of God preaching the good news. But the question is why would the enemies of God share in declaring the truth?

Apparently, it is so that their human agents may gain credibility, so as to insinuate themselves into the company of Christians in order to deceive and control.

The adversary ultimately succeeded in overreaching those who had strayed from the truth, so that by the fourth century the Roman Emperor, Constantine, succeeded in inserting himself into a position of authority over those who were elders of Christ’s congregation. In what was called the Council of Nicaea, Constantine declared that Jesus was the same substance as God. But that was just the beginning. This paved the way for Jesus and God to eventually be amalgamated into the mold of the pagan triad.

Obviously, the wicked god of this world whom Jesus identified as the father of the lie, has created an elaborate theological scheme to shove Jehovah in the background and exalt Jesus into his place, not for the glory of God, but in order to obscure the special relationship that exists between Jehovah and his unique Son.

While they may have succeeded in deceiving the masses the truth has prevailed, as Jesus assured us that it would. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been privileged to preach that truth. Those who are on the side of truth accept it.

2016-12-08T15:11:20+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Answers|6 Comments
  • Merton

    Oh dear, poor poor trinitarians, another inescapable dilemma you face here

    In Deuteronomy 32:6, Moses identifies Jehovah as the Father. Then in verse 20, Jehovah [the Father] himself begins talking. And then in verse 39, it is Jehovah [the Father] who says ‘there is no God besides me’. I’m afraid for trinitarians that this would exclude everyone else (Jesus, Holy Spirit) from being God.

    The Father of Jesus and the Father of Israel are the same. Therefore it’s the Father of Jesus who said ‘I, I am He, and there is no other besides me’.

    The question for trinitarians in light of this is ‘do you believe God the Father?’

  • Song of Hannah

    I was a staunch believer in the trinity before studying with the witnesses. I didn’t understand much else in the Bible, but that was the one thing I understood! So it was quite difficult after studing, to realize that I didn’t even understand that! But afterwards, once acknowledging that it just didn’t hold up in scripture, I began to understand the Bible in a way I hadn’t ever been able to, before that. It took God out of obscurity, and allowed me to really get to know him, as a person. For that I am forever greatful.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Then Jesus went on to say to the Jews who had believed him: “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
      John 8:31-32.

      Romans 6:22
      22 However, now that you were set free from sin and became slaves to God, you are producing your fruit in the way of holiness, and the end is everlasting life.

      James 1:25
      25 But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be “happy” in what he does.
      John 17:17

      Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.

      1 Thessalonians 5:23.
      May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. And may the spirit and soul and body of you brothers, sound in every respect, be preserved blameless at the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Erika

    Hi, I see this post was from a long time ago, but I was just reading through some of these and was hoping I could ask a question to clarify some confusion I’m having. The Watchtower says: “There is only one true God, and his name is Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18) He is a Spirit; we cannot see him.” But in this article it says “That being the case, would not that make Jesus a god? If, in all of his heavenly glory and power, he is exactly like Jehovah, then, obviously, Jesus possesses the very glory of God himself. How could he be considered to be anything but a god?” If we are to consider Jesus a god and there is only one true God as the WT says, wouldn’t that make Jesus a false god?? Thanks in advance for your help and insight.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      I suggest you Reread the article And keep in mind that although Jesus is a god he is not thee almighty GOD Jehovah -meaning the GOD of god’s.

      Please follow the scriptural evidence in the context of the bible in order to differentiate between Jehovah and his only begotten son Jesus.

      Matthew 3:17 Look! Also, a voice from the heavens said: “This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.”

      John 10:36 do you say to me whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’
      ( because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?).

      Read more>

      Read a lot more> Search results for: trinity.
      If you keep seeking for it as for silver, And you keep searching for it as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of Jehovah, And you will find the knowledge of God.
      For Jehovah himself gives wisdom; From his mouth come knowledge and discernment.
      Proverbs 2:5-6.

      • Erika

        Thanks BK! This is helpful. I’m going to reread the article with your comments in mind and read the others you suggested as well. Thank you for providing me with scripture and those links; going to check them out now.

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