When coming into a serious conversation with another individual, it is important to know the facts of what you will be speaking about. The presentation should be clear, but not offensive, so that it is still possible to get the point across. It is important to also take time to explain what you are speaking about… That way, you can be sure the other party understands. In some cases, though, it is hard to get other individuals to understand the point you wish to represent to them- those who have already learned one thing, and have been studying and practicing it for a number of years, are usually stuck in their preconceived notions. In the instance of witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness, the Christian explaining the Biblical truth should be sound in their studies and scriptural knowledge. There are several steps that must be taken in order to have an effective witness.
First, let’s take a look at a few beliefs of a Jehovah’s Witness. A Jehovah’s Witness does not believe that Jesus is Jehovah God. He or she believes that Jesus was the first thing that Jehovah created (Martin). A Jehovah’s Witness believes that Jesus is “the archangel Michael”, who was Satan’s brother (Lewis). He or she also does not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus- he or she believes He was “raised from the dead, not with a physical body, but as a mighty Spirit creature” (Martin). However, if Jehovah God had created Jesus first, and Jesus, or in the Jehovah’s Witnesses eye- Michael, created all other things, it would make Jesus Satan’s father, not Satan’s brother. (Defending) All these beliefs are very different from what Christian’s believe. When witnessing to a Jehovah’s Witness, it is important for Christians to bold, but not offensive, so we may still keep our opportunity to speak the truth to them.
To defend the deity of Christ, we must focus on what the Bible says. A Jehovah’s Witness “does not deny the virgin birth of Christ” (Hoekema). This is a good place to correlate the New and Old Testament scriptures – the Old Testament prophesied about Jesus being virgin born, and the New Testament tells about it. Do not forget to use your Bible- “the Bible the Jehovah’s Witnesses use is the New World Translation (NWT), which is a modified version of our Bible. The Watchtower Society has taught these witnesses to understand their translation, and have formed the verses to fit their teachings” (Defending). This may make it harder for your point to get across; however, if you are adamant in your presentation, and make sure that your words are backed up by scripture, it is possible to represent the truth one wishes to portray.
Another point that can be made to show Jesus’ Deity is His coequality with God. John 5:19 states that He “can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do”. It may seem that Jesus shouldn’t need to be praying to the Father if He is God, yet Jesus was both “God and man” (Slick, CARM) and was under the Law, just as all other men were. But,...