THE WATCHTOWER JANUARY 2015 page 14-15 ‘Should We Pray to Jesus?’
The article begins with a research poll of 800 youths from more than a dozen religious denominations [source not revealed], asking whether they believed that Jesus answers prayers. Over 60 percent said that they firmly believe that he does. However, one youth crossed out the name Jesus on the survey and wrote “God” instead. The question is then posed “What do you think? Should we address our prayers to Jesus or to God? To find the answer, first let us consider how Jesus taught his disciples to pray.”
Is This What God Purposed?
You are going to need a lot of patience whenever you witness to a Jehovah’s Witness. Whenever you ask one of them a question, he will give a lot of explanations–as if you do not know anything about the Bible–and this will take a long time.
It can be tiring to have to listen so much, but it is important to listen well, because Jehovah’s Witnesses will very often contradict themselves and you can point this out later to your advantage.
Also, when you ask a question for which they don’t know the answer, they will often begin a long explanation about another subject. When this happens, remember your question. When they get finished with this long explanation about something you are not talking about, go back to the original question and ask it again. Do not pick up on something you are not discussing and go “chasing rabbits.”
Remember that you are not only dealing with a Jehovah’s Witness but the Lord will be dealing with you, and He is able to teach you many things. You are going to need patience—to be long-suffering, kind, gentle, loving–and should spend a lot of time in prayer.
By Les Kerr.
Jehovah’s Witnesses want all people to listen to what they have to say about Jesus Christ, whom the apostle Paul describes as “The last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). Before doing this, we will take a close look at what they teach about “The first Adam”. Knowing they will agree with us that this subject is of vital importance, let us imagine a conversation between Thomas (A Jehovah’s Witness) and David (a Christian) …
Thomas: Hello David. Have you seen our book* on creation? It shows the fallacy of thinking that evolution is the means of how God made everything.
The book shows what the Bible says about how everything came into existence. I’m sure you will find it very interesting, and you will see that we can really trust what the book of Genesis says about this very important subject.
David: Thanks, Thomas. I’ve already had a close look at the book, and I have a few questions. I know that Jehovah’s Witnesses firmly reject evolution as an explanation of how all things came about, but there are some teachings from your organisation, expressed in this book which are certainly not in accord with the inerrant Scriptures.
I recently got given a copy of the Jehovah’s Witness book “What Does the Bible Really Teach?”
This is the book that JWs use to “study” with potential new members.
As I looked at it I found that at the rear of the book, there is an appendix that lists a number of different topics (mainly concerning some of the JWs more unique beliefs).
One of these topics asks “Who Is Michael the Archangel?” on page 218.
ANY Jehovah’s Witness will tell you that they believe Jesus is not God, but was created by God.
The Watchtower cites Proverbs 8:22 as proof that Jesus was created.
22“Jehovah himself produced me as the beginning of his way, the earliest of his achievements of long ago.
New World Translation
But does this verse prove that Jesus was created by God?