On Thursday night at Community Group, we had a fascinating discussion about Jehovah’s Witnesses. We addressed some of the different beliefs that exist between them and us and then spent time talking over useful Scripture-centered questions that could be asked of them to challenge those differences. I thought that the questions that came out of our conversation were profitable enough to share with the rest of the church. I’d also like to point out that all of these questions have come out of our Sunday morning study of John’s Gospel. It’s a powerful thing to be able to apply the truth we’re learning to real-life situations.
I pray that the next time they come knocking you might be tempted not to close your door in their face, but instead engage them with grace and diplomacy.
- Can you explain your interpretation of John 10:30. What else could Jesus have meant when He said that He and the Father are one?
- Why did Jesus preface most of His statements as though He was God?
- Why did Jesus identify himself with God’s name; I AM (John 8:24)?
- Why did Jesus claim equality with God (John 5:18)?
- How could Jesus demonstrate omnisciences if he wasn’t God (John 2:23-25)?
- If Jesus wasn’t God, why was He worshipped as God by those who followed Him?
- How can Jesus merely be a created being if scripture claims he created all things (John 1:1-3)?
- Do you give worshipful honor to Jesus as God, just as you give honor to the Father as God? If not, then what does Jesus mean in John 5:23?
- If you don’t believe that Jesus is God (I AM), then why does He say that you will die in your sins if you don’t (John 8:24)?
- If you only believe in a spiritual resurrection, not a bodily one, then what was Jesus referring to in John 2:18-19.
Please note that these ten questions are not exhaustive, but are certainly a great place to begin. May we always recount the sobering words of C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Chrisitianity.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as aC.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
demon;or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to
Jesus was either God, wholly insane, or he was the devil himself. He doesn’t leave us with the option of solely being God’s son by the claims He made.