Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Jehovah's Witnesses' Heresy

There are so many heresies in the modern world, since the 16th Century. However, there is one heresy which had gained or resurrected again. Arius' heresy has resurfaced again in the 17th to 21st Century. In the year 1870 a man named Charles Taze Russell. This heresy is now called Jehovah's Witness. With 7.65 million people are led astray with his heresy.
Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916).

What are these heresies?

Heresy Number 1: Denying the Divinity of Christ.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's "only begotten" son, and that his life began in heaven. He is described as God's first creation and the "exact representation of God",but is believed to be a separate entity and not part of a Trinity. Jesus is said to have been used by God in the creation of all other things. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Archangel, Michael, "the Word" of John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 refer to Jesus in his pre-human existence. His birth on earth was accomplished when he willingly allowed himself to be transferred, by God, from heaven to the womb of the virgin, Mary. While on earth, Jesus was executed as a sacrifice to atone for mankind's sins, becoming the "eternal father" to the human family.
They believe that after his death, Jesus appeared to his disciples and convinced them of his resurrection, and then ascended into heaven to sit at Jehovah's right hand until he would become the promised king of God's heavenly kingdom. Jesus acts as the mediator of a "new covenant" referred to in Jeremiah 31:31, Luke 22:20, and Hebrews 9:15; 12:24, directly mediating only for those going to heaven (the 144,000). Those with an earthly hope are said to be beneficiaries of that covenant. Even as king of God's kingdom, Jesus remains subordinate to God. 
What is the Truth?

The Bible clearly says that Jesus is God Incarnate. He came down from Heaven to free us from sin. He is the Word described in John 1:1-14. Jesus was already in the beginning when God the Father created Heaven and made us in His image. In Genesis 1:26, we see a conversation between the Father and the Son. Some people may say the Father is talking with the angels, but we know that we are created in God's image, not from the angels' image. In Genesis 5:1 affirms that we are created in God's image. In Genesis 1:26 we know that we are only created in God's image, so what Genesis 1:26 meant is that there is a Trinity.

What the Bible teaches

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." -John 1:1

"I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began." -Proverbs 8:23

"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" -John 8:58

"Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen." -Romans 9:5

"For to which of the angels did He ever say, 'Thou art My Son, today I have begotten thee?'" -Hebrews 1:5

"But of the Son He says, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever...'" -Hebrews 1:8

"But to which of the angels has He ever said, 'Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet?' Are they [the angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?" -Hebrews 1:13-14 

Heresy Number 2: Christ's Resurrection.

  Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays, claiming they all have pagan roots.

     Christianity is centered on Easter. Easter just shows that Jesus is truly the Son of God. Everything He said and predicted by the prophets was fulfilled.

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ. They believe that after the crucifixion, Christ died and was resurrected as an invisible, non-material, glorious, spirit creature. They believe that Jesus appeared on earth after his resurrection in a special body that Jehovah created for him.
 The Jehovah's Witnesses are clearly heretics and has perverted the Gospels. To deny Christ's Resurrection is like saying that Christ died in vain and that He lied. That belief is similar to Docetism. Docetism believed that Christ was only a spirit and that rejected His death on the cross. This we can see in the Jehovah's beliefs. In the Gospels we see Christ affirming to the Apostles that it is really Him, in flesh and bone. Easter is not copied from Paganism. If they say it's a pagan holiday, then Christ never did resurrected and that the Apostles just copied it from the Pagans. Jesus' body was Resurrected not recreated, He affirmed to His apostles that He is not a Ghost.

What the Bible Teaches

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."-  John 11:25-26
"4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name."- Romans 1:4-5

 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” - Matthew 28:1-10

"19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord." -John 20:19-20

Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." -Luke 24:39

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