Regarding the Trinity, Jesus, Adam, and immortality of the soul

by Matt Slick

  1. Regarding the Trinity
    1. "Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than that of the trinity. It could have originated only in one mind, and that the mind of Satan the Devil." Reconciliation, 1928, p. 101.
    2. "The doctrine, in brief, is that there are three gods in one: 'God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost,; all three equal in power, substance and eternity." (Let God Be True, 1952, p. 100, here they misrepresent the doctrine of the Trinity).
    3. "Ask the student, 'How many Jehovah's are there?' Let him answer. The answer is obvious that there is only one Jehovah . . . If he is one Jehovah, then could he be three gods, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, as the Trinitarians teach?" (Watchtower, April 1, 1970, p. 210, again, the Watchtower misrepresents the doctrine of the Trinity).
  2. Regarding Jesus
    1. "The fact that our Lord received worship is claimed by some to be an evidence that while on earth he was God the Father disguised in a body of flesh and not really a man. Was he really worshiped, or is the translation faulty? Yes we believe our Lord Jesus while on earth was really worshiped, and properly so. While he was not the God, Jehovah, he was a God. The word 'God' signifies a 'mighty one,' and our Lord was indeed a mighty one. So it is stated in the first two verses of the gospel of John. It was proper for our Lord to receive worship in view of his having been the only begotten of the Father. . ." (Watchtower, July 15, 1898, p. 216).
      1. JW's often say that the light is getting brighter.  In other words, they have more and more information and can disregard earlier WT quotes if need be.  Then ask, "If the WT has changed over the years such that the WT has contradicted itself, then how do you know it won't continue to change and in the future contradict what you believe now?  Does God make mistakes?  No.  Do his prophets EVER make a mistake when speaking for God?  No.  Yet, the WT claims to speak for God and yet makes mistakes . . .   How, then, can you or I trust the WT?"
        1. IDENTIFYING THE "PROPHET"--"So does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet? . . . This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian Witnesses . . . Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a 'prophet' of God. It is another thing to prove it." (Watchtower, April 1, 1972, p. 197). (See Deut. 18:21.)
        2. "Only this organization functions for Jehovah's purpose and to his praise. To it alone God's Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book," (Watchtower, July 1, 1973, p. 402).
    2. "As Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem three and a half years after he was anointed with God's spirit to be King, so three and a half years after he received kingly power in the autumn of 1914 he came to the spiritual temple as Jehovah's Messenger and began to cleanse it.  So this occurred in the spring of 1918.  That marked the beginning of the period of judgment and inspection of his spirit-begotten followers," (Let God be True, p. 202).
  3. Miscellaneous
    1. "This seventh 'day' on which God desisted from his work toward our planet is not to be understood as a 24-hour day.  This seventh day follows upon the preceding six days of creation.  The Scriptural evidence is to the effect that all those six preceding days were much longer than 24 hours each. . . each of those days was 7,000 years long.  Man being created toward the close of the sixth day, he was put on earth toward the end of 42,000 years of earth's preparation," (Let God Be True, p. 168).
    2. "The man Adam is not included in those ransomed.  Why not?  Because he was a willful sinner, was justly sentenced to death, and died deservedly, and God would not reverse his just judgment and give Adam life.  He had a perfect life, and this he deliberately forfeited," (Let God be True, p. 119).
    3. "Accepting the message of salvation and devoting ourselves to God through Christ and being baptized in water is only the beginning of our exercise of faith.  It is only the beginning of our obedience to God. It sets us on the way to everlasting life, but it does not mean our final salvation," (This Means Everlasting Life, p. 181).
    4. "Thus it is seen that the serpent (the Devil) is the one that originated the doctrine of the inherent immortality of human souls.  This doctrine is the main one that the Devil has used down through the ages to deceive the people and hold them in bondage.   In fact, it is the foundation doctrine of false religion," (Let God be True, p. 74-75).

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.