John 1:3, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him (or without Him) NOTHING came into being that has come into being." Also Colossians 1:16-17, "For by Him all things were created, in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created by Him and for Him."

Verse 17, "And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." I would also include Hebrews 1:10 spoken by God the Father, "And, Thou, Lord in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Thy hands."

The verses quoted are all encompassing and "ALL" things came into being by Him/Jesus Christ, and apart or without Him "NOTHING" came into being. So what are these "other" things that "a god" (NWT of John 1:1) the Jehovah Witnesses are referring to at Colossians 1:16? Why is the word "other" added to the verse?

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    You might want to read further because John1:18 speaks Jesus eternally existed in the "bosom of the Father". hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/21237/… Mar 18, 2020 at 23:55
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    Could you flesh out this question a bit more? In your mind, what is the relationship between these scriptures and the topic of whether Jesus is God?
    – user32540
    Mar 19, 2020 at 5:32
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    @NigelJ Not so, I am not stating my own argument. I posted Biblical verses that clearly identify Jesus Christ as God the creator. I am asking the Jehovah Witnesses to "RECONCILE" their position that Jesus Christ is "a god" from their own NWT Bible at John 1:1 to "RECONCILE" it to Colossians 1:16. Why did they add the word "other" in the verse and what are these "other" things Jesus created as "a god?" And no, I am not asking people to "attack" the argument. I am asking them (the JW's) to explain the contradiction, that's the point Nigel.
    – Mr. Bond
    Mar 19, 2020 at 20:02
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    @Mr.Bond Well, yes, they can do that from their translation, of course. But not from the original Greek.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 19, 2020 at 21:39
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    See my answer to another of your questions here christianity.stackexchange.com/a/75314/23657
    – User 14
    Mar 22, 2020 at 18:08

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Once it is understood that the word "other" is added five times by the NWT Committee to their rendering of Colossians 1:16-20, but NOT even once to John 1:1, that will give a fairer representation of their view that Jesus is an agent of creation. Also, to keep matters clear, it needs to be pointed out that they do believe Christ is deity in the sense of being "a god" (only one that must not be worshipped as the Father is worshipped).

The question is based upon why Christ is presented as the agent of creation, by Jehovah's Witnnesses. Again, for clarity, it should be pointed out that they speak of him as the MAIN agent of creation, but that the Father created Christ first, so that the Father is the initiating agent of creation, choosing to then use this one, whom they also call Michael the Archangel, as an instrumentality, yet without him deserving the title of "co-creator".

Only now that the question has been clarified can the Jehovah's Witness way of looking at it be fairly understood. It soon becomes obvious that their understanding is based upon their belief that the one spoken of in John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:16-20 had a starting point in time, and was the first and only direct creation of the Father. This is proven with this quote from their literature, re. John 1:1:

"This one was in the beginning with God. Since Jehovah is eternal and had no beginning, the Word's being with God 'from the beginning' must here refer to the beginning of Jehovah's creative works... Col. 1:15... Thus the Scriptures identify the Word (Jesus in his prehuman existence) as God's first creation, his firstborn Son...

The Son's share in the creative works, however, did not make him a co-Creator with his Father. The power for creation came from God through his holy spirit, or active force. And since Jehovah is the source of all life, all animate creation, visible and invisible, owes its life to him. Rather than a co-Creator, then, the Son was the agent or instrumentality through whom Jehovah, the Creator, worked." Insight on the Scriptures Vol.2 p.52, 1988

This clarifies another misunderstanding many people have about what Jehovah's Witnesses mean when they say that he is spoken of as "the agent of creation". Their meaning is that Jesus is simply an "instrumentality". Jehovah did all the work, simply using Christ (a bit like how a semi-conductor works? - that's not a JW phrase or idea; neither is the illustration of how a human can act as an instrumentality for a spirit messenger to speak and act; I'm just struggling to distinguish between an agent and an agency. I did look at Vol. 1 under 'Creation' p.527 but that offered no further insight as to the Son being an instrument through whom Jehovah created everything, indirectly.)

"Why is the word 'other' added?" The direct quotes given from their "Insight" book answer the question, from their point of view. It also helps explain why they insert the word 'other' into Colossians 1:16-20 no less than five times. The word is not in the Greek text, and if the translation stuck to "by means of him all things were created" etc. that would leave open the mainstream teaching that Christ was never created. Adding "other" detracts from that while bolstering their teaching that Christ was the first and only direct creation of Jehovah God.

"What are these 'other' things?" It must be repeated again that the NWT does not add 'other' anywhere in John 1:1-3. But it does in Colossians 1:16-20 and that has been answered: all things other than the Word of God himself. It does seem surprising, therefore, that adding 'other' to John 1:1-3 was refrained from. Had it done so, there would have been consistency.

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