Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses, #25
Col 1:16, in talking about Jesus, says that “… All [other] things have been created through him and FOR HIM”. If Jesus was Michael the Archangel at the time of creation, would an angel have created all things for himself? Isa 43:7 says God created “everyone … for my OWN glory…”.
When confronting this question I would encourage readers to consider the opening words of the first chapter of Hebrews, where Paul wrote concerning Jesus: “Long ago God spoke to our forefathers by means of the prophets on many occasions and in many ways. Now at the end of these days he has spoken to us by means of a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the systems of things. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact representation of his very being, and he sustains all things by the word of his power.”
This passage clearly elucidates the relationship between God and Jesus. Jesus is the appointed heir of all things. Is God an heir of himself? Does God bequeath upon himself his own inheritance? This is the sort of asininity that Trinitarians are inevitably confronted with, but which they choose to ignore.
In response to stumper question number 24 the analogy was made of the father-son business model, in which the father tutors and trains the son with the intention of the son eventually becoming the heir of the business. Taking the analogy a step further, when parents have a child their natural inclination is to prepare for that child’s future. They may buy a home for the specific reason of raising children there. They may start a savings fund or a college fund for the child, planning for their future many many years in advance. And responsible parents often will produce a living will in order that their children may inherit their property upon their passing. This is the natural order of things.
But let us not lose sight of the fact that Jehovah is the original Father. You might say he invented fathering. He implanted in every creature the desire to reproduce and to nurture and protect their young. Should we imagine that the heavenly father is different from his creation in that respect?
Although Jesus was not given all things originally, apparently it was the intention of our heavenly Father from the beginning that his first Son eventually becomes his heir.
The question Trinity devotees ought to consider is whether God’s magnanimity in bestowing such blessings upon his beloved one diminishes his glory or adds to it? If it is the latter, then what ought to be the punishment for those who heedlessly promote a lie that obscures God’s glory?