By Ron Spenser
Some time back, I was witnessing to a Jehovah's Witness fellow and he went to denying the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (regular Watchtower tripe). The Lord lead me to ask him if he had an inter-linear Bible. No surprise, a brand new, leather-bound volume was produced. We turned to John 1:1 and read the New World Translation's English text. Then I began reading the Greek to him. My Greek skills were weak, but quite sufficient. Shortly, we saw that the definate article "a," found in the last pharase of the verse in their per-version was missing in their own copy of some Greek text. The verse translated exactly as is in God'sWord, not with the added "a" they put in their propaganda Bible.
Before leading a Mormon family to the Lord several years ago, the contacts were many and full of Bible research. Late in the process, the dad was still denying that Jesus pre-existed His nativity in Bethlehem. I showed him the following:
1. Gen. 1:1: "In the beginning God...." God is from the blip word Elohim. The -im ending is plural. blip grammar allows for singular - 1, dual - 2, and plural - 3 or more.
2. Gen. chapters 1 and 11: "Let us...." are words spoken by the Creator.
3. John 1:3 "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." This "him" is the same as the Word in verse 1 who in verse 14 put on flesh and dwelt among us. EVERYTHING THAT WAS MADE, HE MADE IT.
4. Eph. 3:9: "...who created all things by Jesus Christ:"
5. Col. 1:16, 17: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Again, this "him" is Jesus Christ.
After pointing out that since Jesus created everything that exists, and if He did not exist prior to His nativity, He would have had to create himself ! ! ! At this point the gentleman gave up doctrinal debates. From this point forpiano coversd, it was a battle within himself.
At an earlier time, with this same Mormon gentleman, he was declaring that hell, as we teach it, does not exist. I quoted the passage from Luke 16 (KJV). Without thought, he bleated out, "That's your interpretation." I said, "No. I did not interpret anything. I just quoted it. Your understanding of the English language defined the meaning of the passage clearly enough." He sat dumbfounded.