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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tressa.:WHY CHRISTIANS EMPHASIZE JESUS INSTEAD OF JEHOVAH

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?”

Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My mother was a teenage runaway that used prostitution to live and support her addictions. My father is not known. Almost immediately after birth, the state placed me with my maternal grandmother. As I grew older I realized the things I had heard about my mother started close to home. My grandmother and other family also had drug and alcohol addictions. I desperately craved normalcy. I hadn’t been brought up in church, but we always had a Bible around the house, so I tried to “be good” by reading it. Continue reading “Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Julie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF JULIE

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Church was nothing but a social gathering for me when I was growing up in a nominally Protestant religious setting. I was in my twenties before I even knew how to look up a scripture reference by chapter and verse.  Still claiming “spiritual” as my religion, I hesitated to call myself a “Christian,” because I thought I needed more knowledge of their beliefs. So, in my thirties as a young mom of two children, I began to earnestly read the Bible on my own.  Having very little religious background, I only knew about the fellow named Jesus, and I knew that I wanted to be on His side when the end came. Continue reading “Julie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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 5: How can Jesus be “with” God and at the same time be God?

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Is Jesus “a god” or is He the one true God? If Jesus is God, why does the Bible say “No one has ever seen God”? How can Jesus be the Son of God and at the same time be God? Should Jesus be worshipped?

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KAREN: Not too good, Cindy. My nephew just returned to the U.S. after spending a year in Japan and evidently he has decided to become a Buddhist. When he was a teenager, he turned his back on God and now he thinks that by following the path of “enlightenment” through his good deeds, he can reach nirvana.

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Do you honor Jehovah?

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“Any who use Jesus’ name in their worship but fail to give the greater honor to Jehovah do not manifest a genuine love of the light.” —The Watchtower, August 1, 1991, p. 9

“But in the latest songbook of 1984, Jehovah is honored by four times as many songs as is Jesus.”—Revelation Its Grand Climax At Hand, p. 36 Continue reading “Do you honor Jehovah?”