Knowing what people believe helps us prepare to share the Truths of Christianity with evidence and confidence. Here are some of the beliefs Jehovah’s Witnesses have about the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. How would you answer their charges?
“Jehovah’s only-begotten Son willingly left heaven and came down to earth to live as a human. But you may wonder, ‘How was it possible for a spirit creature to be born as a human?’ To accomplish this, Jehovah performed a miracle. He transferred the life of his firstborn Son from heaven to the womb of a Jewish virgin named Mary. No human father was involved. Mary thus gave birth to a perfect son and named him Jesus.” (Where Did Jesus Come From? Watchtower.org)
“Jehovah’s only-begotten Son willingly left heaven and came down to earth to live as a human. But you may wonder, ‘How was it possible for a spirit creature to be born as a human?’ To accomplish this, Jehovah performed a miracle. He transferred the life of his firstborn Son from heaven to the womb of a Jewish virgin named Mary. No human father was involved. Mary thus gave birth to a perfect son and named him Jesus.” (Where Did Jesus Come From?, Watchtower.org)
“Jesus is Jehovah’s most precious Son—and for good reason. He is called ‘the firstborn of all creation,” for he was God’s first creation.’ There is something else that makes this Son special. He is the “only-begotten Son.’ This means that Jesus is the only one directly created by God. Jesus is also the only one whom God used when He created all other things. Then, too, Jesus is called ‘the Word.” This tells us that he spoke for God, no doubt delivering messages and instructions to the Father’s other sons, both spirit and human.” (Where Did Jesus Come From?, Watchtower.org)
“The Bible teaches that Jesus lived in heaven before he came to earth. Micah prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and also said that His origin was ‘from early times.’ On many occasions, Jesus himself said that he lived in heaven before being born as a human. As a spirit creature in heaven, Jesus had a special relationship with Jehovah.” (Where Did Jesus Come From?, Watchtower.org)
“At times, individuals are known by more than one name. For example, the patriarch Jacob is also known as Israel, and the apostle Peter, as Simon. Likewise, the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, before and after his life on earth … God’s Word refers to Michael “’the archangel.’ This term means “chief angel.” Notice that Michael is called the archangel. This suggests that there is only one such angel. In fact, the term ‘archangel’ occurs in the Bible only in the singular, never in the plural. Moreover, Jesus is linked with the office of archangel. Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 states: ‘The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice.’ Thus the voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel. This scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael.” (Who Is Michael the Archangel?, Watchtower.org)
Question: Why do you believe that?
It’s important in talking with Jehovah’s Witnesses that you get to the heart of why they believe what they believe and show them the error of their thinking. As with the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses call themselves Christians, but they are not. Their beliefs about Jesus Christ are not the same as historical Christianity. Jehovah’s Witness is a non-Christian cult.
It’s helpful to understand what’s going on in the mind of a Jehovah’s Witness when he or she knocks on your door or when you meet them on the street. They are under intense pressure from their leaders to perform their duty of “publishing” their message through “field service,” which includes proselytizing door-to-door and teaching potential converts to become Jehovah’s Witnesses. They have to give a report of their field service every month to Kingdom Hall leaders in addition to attending weekly meetings and semi-annual assemblies where they’re told to spend even more time in field service. Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that Jehovah will destroy human governments at any moment in the Battle of Armageddon, then establish the millennial reign of Christ on earth. They feel even more pressure because they’re taught that Jehovah will reward or punish them based on how well they performed their field service. That’s in addition to being faithful in following all the rules of the Watchtower Society and attending Kingdom Hall meetings regularly.
We’ll learn more about how to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses in our next study, but it’s helpful to understand ahead of time their spiritual and psychological struggle as they try to convince people they are right and everyone else is wrong. Praying for them, asking insightful questions and presenting strong evidence are part of revealing the fallacy of their belief system and need for the “real” Jesus to save them from their sins.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,
Building Confidence Through Evidence
“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”