Who Should We Pray To? – The Father or the Son? – Chapter 9 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!

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.:SHOULD WE PRAY DIRECTLY TO JESUS? —If we are encouraged to pray to Jesus, when should we pray to the Father?

“I read the Acts 7:59 verse quoted on your website to support the idea that we can pray directly to Jesus, but I am still unsure about this because I have been taught to pray to Jehovah the Father and not to Jesus the Son. Can you please send me more Scriptures that explain why we can pray to Jesus?  Also, if we are supposed to pray directly to Jesus, what do you say about the Lord’s prayer where Jesus taught us to pray saying: ‘Our Father…’ Since Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, why should we pray to Jesus?”

OUR RESPONSE:

Dear friend,

We agree with you that prayer is a form of worship that belongs exclusively to the Jehovah, the true God.  Thus, when we see verses like Acts 7:59 where Stephen said: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,”1. we conclude that Scripture elevates Jesus to the level of Jehovah God because He not only receives prayer, but He is also worshipped along with the Father (see Revelation 5:11-14). Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses often argue that this verse at Acts 7:59 does not support the idea of “prayer” because a few verses earlier, Stephen saw Jesus in a vision. They maintain that Stephen was merely talking to Jesus like he would any other being whom would appear to him (as the angel Gabriel that spoke to Daniel in a vision at Daniel 9:21-22). Continue reading “Who Should We Pray To? – The Father or the Son? – Chapter 9 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!”

Why Do Christians Emphasize Jesus more than Jehovah?

 

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Hi, my name is Tressa. If you are a Jehovah’s Witness or are thinking about leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, you probably have the same question that I had when I first left Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Why do Christians emphasize Jesus instead of Jehovah?

As a Witness, I wore the title “one of Jehovah’s Witnesses” proudly. Over and over in the Kingdom Halls, we spoke of Jehovah, sang of Jehovah, worshipped Jehovah and prayed to Jehovah. But when I decided that I wasn’t going back to the Watchtower and started visiting many different Christian churches, looking for the “right organization” that could tell me what I was supposed to believe, I was shocked. Continue reading “Why Do Christians Emphasize Jesus more than Jehovah?”

David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was born in London, England in 1947. My mother and father had both been badly injured during the second World War and were raising us in post War Britain. I had a younger brother and sister and can remember our early life together as being warm and loving as our mother was a wonderful woman—even though she had lost a leg in the final part of the War.

During the early 1950s our lives changed suddenly when two Jehovah’s Witnesses called at our door and told my dad why the World was in such a terrible mess. They explained that it was not God who caused all the Wars—but Satan the Devil. They started a Bible Study with my parents and within 6 months, they were baptized.

From that moment on, my dad became a fanatical preacher of the Watchtower message. Before the War, my dad had been a nominal Catholic and my mother an Anglican, so I had been christened in both churches and then baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness when I was only seven years old. Continue reading “David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?

 

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TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?

Coming out of the organization after over 40 years of faithful service, one Jehovah’s Witness described his feelings this way:

“The JWs are kept so busy, they have no time to be ‘normal’ with some compassionate feelings. I feel sorry for them and must wait on Jehovah, for I don’t have the answers to adjust these ‘life’ seekers. If they truly seek the ‘Kingdom,’ matters would change.

They are tired and sit on the bus to the new world with their ‘tickets to salvation’. They all seem to believe the driver’s announcement ‘We will be on our way soon.’ Getting off the bus is humiliating, and every eye looks at you like you’re out of your mind. After the exit, one finds that the adjustment on the solid pavement is not easy, cause you have not learned the ‘right lessons’ for salvation and must start over with just your love of Jehovah and a hollow feeling of guilt. Continue reading “TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?”

How can I have Jehovah’s approval on my life?

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“‘Everyone thought I was this happy and vivacious full-time minister. I was always the one to help others with their problems. At the same time, though, I felt as if I were dying inside. Disquieting thoughts and mental anguish were taking a toll on me. I started to feel alienated from people. I just wanted to stay home in bed. For months, I begged Jehovah to let me die.’ —Vanessa” —The Watchtower, June 1, 1997, p. 24

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try, you’re not measuring up? Oh, you attend Kingdom Hall and plaster a smile on your face as if to say: “Everything’s fine,” but in your conscience, you know that you do not have Jehovah’s approval upon your life.

“Keep testing whether you are in the faith, keep proving what you yourselves are. Or do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in union with you? Unless you are disapproved.”—2 Corinthians 13:5

I think we all go through times of self-examination where we reflect back on our lives and question our loyalty to Jehovah God. After all, this is what Scripture commands us to do! Each one of us needs to ask himself, “How am I measuring up?” “Am I truly ‘in the faith’?” Continue reading “How can I have Jehovah’s approval on my life?”

Watchtower Doctrine Exposed

–Shining God’s Light on Jehovah’s Witness Beliefs

– Reference Chart exposing the doctrinal errors of the Watchtower Society in parallel form by comparing Watchtower doctrine against the clear teachings of the Bible.

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PRAYER TO JESUS: John 14:14 – Did Jesus Say “Ask Me” Anything? – Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!

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JOHN 14:14 — DID JESUS SAY “ASK ME ANYTHING” OR DID HE SAY “ASK ANYTHING”? —Does John 14:14 indicate that Christians should pray directly to Jesus?

NEW AMERICAN STANDARD:
JOHN 14:14: “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

KINGDOM INTERLINEAR TRANSLATION

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION
JOHN 14:14: : “If ever anything you should ask me in the name of me this I shall do.”
JOHN 14:14: “If You ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree that if Jesus is not God, He should not be prayed to because prayer is a form of worship. However, when we see that Scripture supports the idea that Jesus is worthy of prayer and worship, we must conclude that Jesus is indeed God by nature. Thus, the idea that Jesus receives prayer in Scripture is strongly contended against by Jehovah’s Witnesses who maintain that no such practice exists in Scripture.

One Scripture that Christians appeal to in support of the idea that Jesus receives prayer is John 14:14. It says in the New American Standard Bible: “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” Christians appeal to the fact that not only does Jesus encourage believers to pray to Him by saying, “ask Me anything,” but He is the One who answers the prayer when He promises, “I will do it.” Continue reading “PRAYER TO JESUS: John 14:14 – Did Jesus Say “Ask Me” Anything? – Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!”

The Deity of Jesus Christ

“Worship God On His Terms” – Chapter 8 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!

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CHAPTER 8: “WORSHIP GOD ON HIS TERMS”

SHOULD WE WORSHIP JESUS?

“Therefore, if we want God’s approval, we need to ask ourselves: What does God say about himself? How does he want to be worshiped? What are his purposes, and how should we fit in with them? An accurate knowledge of the truth gives us the right answers to such questions. Then we can worship God on his terms.”—Should You Believe in the Trinity?, p. 30

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Dialogue 10: Doing God’s will- What does it mean to “Come to Jesus?”

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(WDGR Lesson 15: “Helping Others to Do God’s Will”)

Who did Jesus say we must go to in order to have eternal life? Is it proper to pray to Jesus?1.

CINDY: Karen, “By now” in our study of the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, “you have learned many good things from the Bible. This knowledge should lead to your cultivating a Christian personality.”2. Just as John 17:3 states: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.”3. “Such knowledge is essential in order for you to gain eternal life.”4. Continue reading “Dialogue 10: Doing God’s will- What does it mean to “Come to Jesus?””

Dialogue 9: What must a person do in order to be clean in God’s eyes?

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(WDGR Lesson 9: “God’s Servants Must Be Clean”)

What did Jesus do for us when He died? Was His death merely a “ransom” sacrifice to release mankind from the “condemnation to death” due to Adam’s sin?1.

CINDY: Karen, are you home?

KAREN: Oh, yes, Cindy. Come on in. I’m working on getting grape juice stain out of my blouse. Seems like this is the toughest stain I’ve ever tried to get out of an outfit.

CINDY: That’s awful, Karen. I know how hard it is to get grape stain out of clothes. Just like we’ll be studying today in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, “God’s servants must be clean in all respects.” Why do you think we must “be clean in every way?”2.

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Do you obey Jehovah?

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“ ‘And they will all be taught by Jehovah.’ Everyone that has heard from the Father and has learned comes to me.” —John 6:45, NWT

“Jesus… said ‘…Child, your sins are forgiven.’…some…reasoning in their hearts… ‘He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except one, God?’ But Jesus… said to them: ‘Why are YOU reasoning…the Son of man has authority to forgive sins…’ ” —Mark 2:5-10, NWT Continue reading “Do you obey Jehovah?”