Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On the Deity of Christ: Introduction

The place I work is an actual office, but it is in a neighborhood. As I was pulling into the parking lot, two gentlemen from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (commonly called the "Jehovah's Witnesses") were crossing the entrance. They waited to cross until I was parked, and started to address me through my open window.

Now, it has been some time since I had any substantial interaction with any from this (IMHO) cult, and I was in a particularly spunky mood today, so I grabbed by Bible off of the front seat next to me, and prepared for battle.

(Disclaimer: I make it sound as though my attitude was one of wanting to destroy these men. It was not. In fact, I realized that they are trapped in false teaching, and only want to destroy their belief in that. I want them to see our matchless God and Savior in all of His wondrous glory -- not as a created, and therefore necessarily inferior, being.)

They began the conversation by mentioning my Bible (it's a rather large one, and it was prominently displayed under my left arm when I exited the vehicle). Then they asked what I thought about what was going on in the world -- how bad it is, etc. (They use this in a good majority of the literature and initial interactions as a "hook" to get people interested and talking.)

I replied that my God is in control, that I "keep a weather eye on it", and contribute where I can to maintain freedom, but that ultimately, it's not my job to worry about it.

Well, they liked that answer (what's not to like?), so they moved on. They said, "Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?" I replied, "Of course, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, a.k.a God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity." Well, that got us started!

We had a very good discussion of the deity of Christ. I must give credit where credit is due. They argued reasonably, and without trying to change the subject (much). (This ability to stick to the subject is, in my experience with JW's, a rare thing). We ended the conversation cordially, when RCC's secretary showed up and told me I needed to get to work.

The man with whom I was primarily conversing suggested that we continue the conversation over coffee (he's buying), to which I agreed. I set this coming Saturday around noon as the time, so please pray that the Holy Spirit will use me and will work in this man's heart, to bring him out of the false religion, into true knowledge of our wonderful Savior.

But I digress: the point of this post is that, even during the discussion, the Holy Spirit showed me yet more proofs of Christ's Deity from the Scriptures, and I would like to share those with whoever cares to read them. I will address each one individually, in a series, over the next few weeks.

Enjoy, and feel free to comment.

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