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This article goes on to say,

Without accurate knowledge, we may become ensnared by false teachings promoted by God's opposer, Satan the Devil. Therefore, if a doctrine contradicts God's Word, if it is a lie, then believing it and teaching it discredits Jehovah and brings us into opposition to him. So we need to examine the Scriptures carefully to distinguish truth from falsehood.

They quote Acts 17:11.

Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things are true.

The Apostle Paul is telling us to check out what people say as it relates to the Bible to see if what they are saying conforms to what the Scriptures say and teach. (Acts 17:11).

Again, I could not agree more.

The Jehovah Witnesses teach in their NWT of the Bible that Jesus Christ is "a god" at John 1:1.

At Isaiah 7:14 is a prophecy

 Therefore, Jehovah himself will give you a sign: Look! The young woman* will become pregnant and will give birth to a son,+ and she will name him Im·manʹu·el

(Immanuel meaning literally "God" or "Jehovah with us." since Jehovah is the only God).

The Apostle Matthew at Matthew 1:23 quotes Isaiah 7:14,

 “Look! The virgin will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and they will name him Im·manʹu·el,”+ which means, when translated, “With Us Is God.”+

Isaiah also says at Isaiah 43:10-11,

"You are My witnesses, declares the Lord, And my servant whom I have chosen, In order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He, Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. vs11, "I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides Me."

I believe since there is no other God except for Jehovah, which even the Jehovah Witnesses attest too, that Jesus Christ and God the Father are one and the same being who are equal in nature/essence, power and eternal yet distinct in persons.

Then there is Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."

The Son, Jesus Christ in this verse is identified as "Mighty God."

Isaiah 10:21 says,

Only a remnant will return,

The remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.+

Also Jeremiah 32:18.

O great and mighty God, The Lord of hosts is His name."

Obviously there cannot be two mighty Gods because for the Witnesses there is only one true God as Isaiah 45:22 and of course John 17:3 inform us.

Which viewpoint of "ACCURATE" knowledge of God and His Son does not contradict God's word?

Is it Matthew 1:23 which says “God with us?"

Or is it John 1:1 in the NWT that teaches "a god" is with us in the form of a created creature known as Jesus Christ and His role as Michael the arc-angel?

  • Thanks for the edit Kris! – curiousdannii Jul 14 at 23:53
  • There are many biblical names ending in -el. Would you therefore conclude most (or all) of these persons to be divine ? Or can God's presence not be bestowed by means of an intermediary agent, such as an angel, a prophet, or an apostle ? (Matthew 10:40; Luke 9:48; John 13:20). – Lucian Jul 15 at 8:38
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    @NigelJ: If you say so... – Lucian Jul 15 at 11:48
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    @Mr.Bond: If you say so, Mr. Bond... – Lucian Jul 15 at 16:23
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The name Im·manʹu·el means "With Us Is God", and Jehovahs Witneses (JWs) believe that is the translation of that name it-1 pp. 1187-1189.

Not necessarily everyone with that name is a god, but we also consider the meaning of the name to be true in the case of Jesus. Jesus is a God, but we do not consider him to be equal or the same as Jehovah or Yahweh. (To avoid any confusion about where Lord refers to Jesus and where it refers to Jehovah i will use the ASV here.)

Isaiah 43:10-11 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour. (ASV)

We believe that the titles mentioned in Isaiah 9:6: “His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" all apply to Jesus. Note that it was not written almighty God, and note that a prince is typically defined as a son of the king. The "mighty" god in Isaiah 9:6 is a translation of 'El Gib·bohr' not of 'El Shad·dai' (Almighty). We there fore do not consider the word mighty, or the combination 'mighty god' to have the necessity to be uniquely used for Jehovah God, although it can also be used for Jehovah God. More information about what JW's believe about the difference between mighty and Almighty can be read in it-1 pp. 77-79

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  • Can it be said, Jehovah's witnesses are not monotheists then? – Anixx Jul 15 at 20:32
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    @Anixx No wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1986491 – Kris Jul 15 at 21:04
  • Comments should be for clarification about how a point answers the question if it isn’t clear. Please do not use the comment box using terms that may be looked out as being worded in bad taste on another’s comment. Be polite to others. – Ken Graham Jul 15 at 22:38
  • @Anixx, No because we only worship Jehovah God (Mat 4:10). Jesus is very important to us, we pray to the Father (Jehovah) in his Jesus name (John 16:23). We believe than no one can enter heaven without knowing, believing and following Jesus. But we do not worship Jesus. We consider him the way to the Father, not the destination (John 14:6). – JWsa Jul 16 at 5:54
  • @JWsa polytheism does not require worshipping several gods, only admitting there are. You can worship only Zeus but is you admit his progeny is also divine, you are a polytheist. – Anixx Jul 16 at 9:59

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