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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus?

A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

Do the Jehovah's Witnesses acknowledge this? If not, what specifically do they believe?

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  1. Only Jehovah is God; Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel. He is different from the other angels in that he was the first one created. They quote the following verse to prove that he is Michael:

    1 Thessalonians 4:14 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

  2. Only Jehovah is the true creator. Jehovah created Jesus and then used him to create everything else. So Jesus is the creator of everything except that he himself was created by God.

    John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

  3. Only Jehovah is omniscient. Jesus does not know everything.

    Matthew 24:36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

  4. Only Jehovah is completely holy, not Jesus.

    Mark 10:18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good except God alone.

    Jesus, being an angel, cannot be completely holy.

    Job 4:18 Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error.

  5. Only Jehovah is the eternal King and true Judge. He has submitted the judgement of this world to Jesus for the time being but ultimately all authority will return to him.

    1 Corinthians 15:28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

  6. The Holy spirit is Jehovah's active power. It is an impersonal force just like wind or fire and does not have a mind or will. This is from the July 2006 issue of Awake! magazine, published by The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society:

    When Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth, the Bible says that the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped, “and Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit.” (Luke 1:41) Is it reasonable that a person would be “filled” with another person?

    John could hardly have been referring to the holy spirit as a person when he spoke of baptizing people with it.

    It is not unusual for God’s Word to personify things that are not a person. These include wisdom, discernment, sin, death, and undeserved kindness.

    The holy spirit is not a person simply because in some instances it is personified.

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Not so sure on your point 4. Jesus is perfect (matching the perfect man Adam in sacrifice), and so are the angels and those of the 144,000 who have been resurrected. So will be the humans resurrected into the New System. But Jehovah is "Good" in a specific way that no one else is. I forget all the subtleties. I agree with everything else. –  TRiG Jul 20 '12 at 17:10
@TRiG Fixed.... –  Monika Michael Jul 21 '12 at 5:55
Don't you mean that only Jehovah is omniscient? –  Narnian Jul 23 '12 at 12:31
@Narnian Yes I do. :-| –  Monika Michael Jul 23 '12 at 12:58
Job 4:18 was definitely used out of context - a quote from a man used as a satanic pawn to discourage Job. Have JWs ever used this scripture in this way? –  1Up 5 hours ago
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:Of course Jesus knows everything. John 1:1- In the BEGINNING was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD ---WAS GOD-- John 1:14- and the WORD was made FLESH and DWELT AMONG US In Isaiah nine:six, the same JESUS is called both the Father (GOD), as well as (son) : For unto us a child is born, a SON is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and he will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty GOD, Prince of Peace. In Revelation Chapter 1, Jesus calls himself the ALPHA and OMEGA and acknowledges having resurrected. (which means the beginning and the end) I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God: “I am the one who is, WHO ALWAYS WAS, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”I am he that liveth, and WAS dead (crucified); and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.--To sum it all up- Jesus answered the question himself in John 1:30-"I and the father ARE ONE." A lot of people fight this-but God can do anything-if he wants to be the Father and the Son at the same time-He can.. Let him..But it is God's gift- if you can see this. (Not everyone will see it..)-Just like many people who are baptized in the three manifestations of God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost's name-but never really mentioning the name itself) but some can see the meaning of Acts 2:38- the summary of Matthew 28:19, clearly, when they read "Repent and be baptized (everyone of you) in the name of Jesus Christ." It's almost as if people have different levels of faith, respect and true honor for God's name. Maybe those who chose to honor God by vocalizing "Jesus" in baptism- will receive some kind of special reward for doing so. When people argue that evoking "Jesus" as commanded in Acts 2:38 is "not such a big deal" (what kind of reverence to God is that anyway!!??)- You know they would not talk like that if they were in front of Jesus... It's not a "little" thing, you know.

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If Jesus wants to sing with a voice like an archangel-he can do that too.. (It wouldn't be hard for him to do that either) Obviously...READ people READ. In the same verse, Jesus is called "LORD" not angel. Please do not let the spirit of the Anti-Christ come into you. In the end, it's either Jesus Christ's (GOD) side, or the anti-Christ's (devil) side... which side will you be on? THAT IS THE QUESTION!!!

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..One thing you MUST understand is that GOD is everywhere/In every time zone/In every "Era" (50BC,1855, 1920-s, 1950-s,now, etc.)- ALL AT ONE TIME!..- JESUS (his son state "quality"), The father (His Beginning and End state "quality") and the Holy Ghost (His everywhere/everytime/every-"Era"-at once state "Quality")-exist all at once and they ARE all one- because God is not small and cannot be in only a few places at once.- He's too great to be in only a "few eras" at once-HE IS EVERYWHERE/PLACE/TIME at once! he was so awesome that in the "Son" state-he made that point of his "Father" quality very clear-by always "differentiating" his "Father/God" state-then he mentioned his "Holy Ghost state"-(Which is invisible to be everywhere in every year through eternity) "and I will send you a comforter" (After that he would descend into heaven)-Remember though-he was speaking of his own Spirit): Just because God speaks of his other 2 manifestations-as if they are other people- they are still all one.)Existing at the SAME TIME and a part of each other..Why?- Because GOD is Awesome, and is EVERYWHERE/ EVERY ERA (TIME)---- AT ONCE!!! (He was also called Son of Man-does that mean that he was our son?- it meant that Jesus came as "human man" In the same way "Son of God": means he came of God. Besides The Godhead being all three of God's manifestation in one/at once-why not? God can!! We also must remember that Jesus came as a teacher- and a very humble one at that- everything he did was to be our example..He wanted to leave us a clear example of how to pray to God and to know there was a "God" for us to believe in..& Maybe for him to have said, "I am God!" "Worship me now!!" straight out, would have been to pompous of him... He knew that once he was in heaven himself-he would be rejoined into his Godhead.. and we at that point-to coincide with his future state) would refer to him as simply "God". John 10:30 "I and the Father are one." (need anyone say more?) IF you're having trouble with this it's probably because you're trying to force the divine nature abilities of God (and all he is) into your "human nature"- and that of course-does not work: We are finite. God is INfinite..-For example, God also has plenty of names!

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