This is a photo of the Our Kingdom Ministry for November 2006 which had a handy-dandy list of which blood fractions are acceptable and which ones are not. Notice that some fractions have a certain percentage point, like albumin being 4% of plasma. So I decided to do a little bit of digging to find out exactly what was in the rest of the blood components
Blood Plasma components
Blood plasma consists of these components:
- Water (ca 95%)
- Clotting factors
- Carbon dioxide
The Watchtower only mentions Albumins, Globulins and Clotting factors as being a matter of conscience, so there must be something among the other components that is not a matter of conscience, something that a Jehovah’s Witness couldn’t possibly accept. Let’s go through the list.
Plasma consists 95% of water. Is water something that Jehovah’s witnesses can not ingest or inject into their bodies? Definitely not. You’d die within days without water.
Proteins – Fibrogens
The two other types of proteins present in plasma – albumin and globulin – are OK for Jehovah’s Witnesses to use if their conscience allows it. What about Fibrogens? Fibrogens are a type of protein that is one of the clotting factors, and clotting factors are allowed, so fibrogens are also allowed.
Glucose is sugar. I know of no ban against sugar among Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Although some of the brothers in the Governing Body could probably benefit from a lower glucose intake.)
It’s what plants crave. Blood plasma’s got electrolytes. Blood plasma has got what plants crave.
Electrolytes are nothing but electrically charged minerals, found for example in many sports drinks, such as Brawndo- The Thirst Mutilator.
Blood plasma contains regular human hormones. As far as I know there is no restrictions on hormone treatments. Insulin, estrogen, as well as thyroid and adrenal hormones help many people live healthy lives. The Watchtower does not condemn them.
It’s the gas you expell when exhaling. It’s what green plants loves and what’s causing such a ruckus in the Gaia worshiping population lately. But it’s not condemned in the Bible.
You need oxygen to survive for more than a minute. It’s not condemned in the Bible.
Conclusion about Blood Plasma
There is no single component in Blood plasma that is condemned either by the Bible or by the Watchtower. So if you in theory took all the components and mixed them together, it would be a mixture they consider completely OK to transfuse. However if you have the exact same components in blood plasma, for some reason it’s wrong. That’s like saying it’s wrong to eat bread, but it’s ok to eat flour mixed with yeast, sugar, salt, water, kneaded and baked in an oven. Just doesn’t make sense.
Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, are very simple cells. They don’t even have a nucleus with DNA in them. Apart from the cell membrane they only contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains hemin. Since both hemin and hemoglobin are allowed by the Watchtower, the question is, is there something wrong with cell membranes?
All human (and animal) cell membranes are made the same way, so if you eat one, you can eat the other. If you eat meat, fish, fowl, you are eating cell membranes that contain the exact same components as red blood cell membranes. Also it is impossible to remove all red blood cells out of meat, so if you have ever eaten meat, you have eaten red blood cells. Furthermore as you will see in the section about white blood cells, we humans also ingest other humans’ cells at least at some point in our lives, so the argument can’t be made that somehow ingesting human cells is different.
White Blood Cells
White Blood cells come in 5 different varieties:
- Neutrophils (62%)
- Lymphocytes (30%)
- Monocytes (5.3%)
- Eosinophils (2.3%)
- Basophils (0.4%)
Yes, Jehovah designed humans so that mothers feed their babies this blood fraction for several months. Breast milk contains all sorts of goodies that bootstraps and boosts the baby’s immune system, including white blood cells. One drop of breast milk contains around a million white blood cells.
And this is true for other species as well, cows, goats, you name it. If you have ever drunk milk, eaten butter or cheese then guess what, you have eaten blood fractions by the billions.
If the Watchtower wants to disfellowship people for eating blood fractions, then they must disfellowship everyone who has ever been breastfed, eaten butter, cheese or drunk milk.
According to Wikipedia, platelets are “cytoplasmic fragments of bone marrow megakaryocytes”. This means that they are tiny parts of bone marrow that break off and enter the blood stream.
Animal bone marrow was apparently used for food by the Israelites. (Compare Mic 3:2, 3.) It has a very high nutritional value, being rich in protein, fats, and iron. Jehovah’s banquet for all the peoples, therefore, fittingly includes symbolic “well-oiled dishes filled with marrow.”—Isa 25:6.
The Israelites ate bone marrow. Micah 3:3 describes how they used to do:
Micah 3:3 – Smashing their bones, crushing them to pieces, Like what is cooked in a pot, like meat in a cooking pot.
And in Isaiah 25:6 it says:
In this mountain Jehovah of armies will make for all the peoples A banquet of rich dishes, A banquet of fine wine, Of rich dishes filled with marrow, Of fine, filtered wine.
So Jehovah offers you platelet-filled bone marrow. Will you accept it?
There doesn’t seem to be one single blood fraction that is actually prohibited by the Watchtower. Therefor the four main components – Red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets – can’t be wrong to use either. So if anything, only whole blood could be said to be prohibited.
Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood…
Blood is truly life giving, and as you can see from this brief overview. The Watchtower says “There was only one use of blood that God ever approved, namely, for sacrifice“, but as you have seen, God has even created us to automatically transfuse blood to our offspring, so apparently the Watchtower is jumping to false conclusions. Their previous, more strict view of blood fractions has already cost the lives of thousands of brothers and sisters. Some day you may give your life for a policy that they may change a day later. This kind of frivolous deaths for religious reasons is no different than the human sacrifices to Molech that Jehovah condemns over and over again.
But notice that the Bible only ever prohibits the eating of blood, so using it’s components for medical purposes would be in line with the principles we learn in Matthew 12:10-12:
10 and look! there was a man with a withered hand! So they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them: “If you have one sheep and that sheep falls into a pit on the Sabbath, is there a man among you who will not grab hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do a fine thing on the Sabbath.”
The Jewish rabbis had a principle called “Life before law”, which mean that when life was on the line, you were allowed to break the law. They tested Jesus by seeing if he would heal on the Sabbath. If it was a matter of life and death they would also agree that it was right to save the life of someone on the sabbath. But Jesus elevated this principle as he healed the man, even though it wasn’t life threatening. “It’s lawful to do a good thing on the Sabbath.”
If it is ok to break the law to cure an infirmity, then it is much much more ok to break the law to save a life.
If the religious leaders who were so headstrong that they opposed Jesus were asked if it was right to use a blood component to save a life, they would say an emphatic yes! Isn’t it then sad that the religious leaders that call themselves the “Governing Body” believes that it is better for you to die than to use blood components?
If Jesus were here, he’d run into their conference room with a whip of ropes, flip the table over and drive them out while shouting curses at them for sacrificing thousands of their followers to Molech. That’s what he’d do.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 — All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
You know it, I know it, you’ve used it a billion times. But have you ever thought about what it means when it comes to how you should read your Bible?
The Watchtower has long claimed that without their literature there is no way for people to understand the Bible. Even Russell wrote:
if he then lays [The Studies in the Scriptures] aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.
So the question is, can we understand the Bible ourselves, or do we need someone to interpret it for us?
Think of the wording of 2 Timothy 3:16,17. “All Scripture is inspired of God”. All of it. This is in stark contrast to what the Watchtower says about the spiritual guidance of the Governing Body, that it’s “neither inspired nor infallible”. So which one is the wisest to trust?
After listing the benefits, verse 17 goes on to say why the scripture is inspired by God. “so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” God inspired the Bible so that reading it, and it alone, we will be fully competent and completely equipped.
What does fully and completely mean?
They mean that there is nothing else to add. In other words, the Bible contains all the information we need.
But what if there’s something we don’t understand?
We sometimes need help to understand the Bible. Jesus knew this, but did he tell us to “Look it up in the Insight book” or “Search the library for an article from the Watchtower about it”?
No, this is what he said:
John 16:13 — However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, **he will guide you into all the truth**, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.
Our Helper, the Holy Spirit is the one who will guide us into all the truth. Not the Watchtower. The Holy Spirit. And God has promised to give Holy Spirit to everyone who asks for it.
John further underscores this in his first letter:
1 John 2:27 — And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but the anointing from him is teaching you about all things and is true and is no lie. Just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.
Is there other help?
I’m glad you asked. There are many many excellent concordances, dictionaries and Bible commentaries with which you can do research and see what scholars say about different passages. But remember that you should never trust any human completely in their interpretations of the Bible, just as you should not trust the Watchtower’s interpretation without checking with other sources.
Especially considering that the Watchtower Society is notoriously uneducated. They basically have no scholars of their own but rely heavily on cherry picking Christendom’s scholarly research.
For example, the reason why the NWT translation committee wanted to stay anonymous is because of their lack of education. Only one of them had even a rudimentary understanding of Greek, the rest, none. They basically just copy-pasted other English works and added, removed and changed words to fit their doctrine.
The Bible tells us
1 John 4:1 — Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Bible commands you to not trust the Watchtower but to test their statements to see whether they are false prophets or not.
So read only the Bible, let the Holy Spirit guide you, look up words and context you need to understand. But if you want to see what other humans have said about it, compare many scholars and be sure to not put your complete trust in any particular interpretation, but let Holy Spirit guide you.
In a recent Watchtower study we had this gem:
While a bit creepy, it does point out that parents have responsibility for their children. Fair enough. But what I’d like to focus on is the scripture referenced to support this. A scripture you’ve probably heard a million times and always used to prevent you from broadening your perspectives:
1 Corinthians 15:33 — Do not be misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits.
On its own it seems quite clear and is always used to warn you against associating with unapproved people. But since the Watchtower is notorious for using proof text and take things out of context we are going to look at the context today, because “if you take the text out of context, the result is a con.” And we do not want to be conned, do we?
So let’s start in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 to understand what Paul is writing about.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 — Now I remind you, brothers, of the good news that I declared to you, which you also accepted, and for which you have taken your stand. 2 Through it you are also being saved if you hold firmly to the good news I declared to you, unless you became believers for nothing. 3 For among the first things I handed on to you was what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, yes, that he was raised up on the third day according to the Scriptures;
The topic of discussion in 1 Corinthians 15 is the good news of salvation:
- Jesus died for your sin
- He was buried for 3 days
- He was resurrected, defeating death
- Through faith in his sacrifice and resurrection we are saved from death
This is a “first thing” or the basics of Christian faith. This is what saves you (and not your membership in a society belonging to a printing corporation.)
But Paul goes on to belabor the third point, the resurrection of Jesus and how important it is.
1 Corinthians 15:12-14 — Now if it is being preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If, indeed, there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised up. 14 But if Christ has not been raised up, our preaching is certainly in vain, and your faith is also in vain.
If Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is in vain, completely pointless. And how was Jesus raised from the dead?
1 Corinthians 15:20,22 — But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. […] 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.
So everyone will be resurrected in the same manner Jesus was resurrected. And how was that? What did Jesus say?
Luke 24:39,40 — See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you see that I have.” 40 And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
John 20:27,28 — Next he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here, and see my hands, and take your hand and stick it into my side, and stop doubting but believe.” 28 In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!”
John 2:19-21 — Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said: “This temple was built in 46 years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was talking about the temple of his body.
Jesus said he was to be resurrected bodily. The same body he died in was resurrected fleshly, with one difference, which Paul discusses in 1 Corinthians 15:
1 Corinthians 15:35,42,44 — Nevertheless, someone will say: “How are the dead to be raised up? Yes, with what sort of body are they coming?” […] 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised up in incorruption. […] 44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised up a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one.
The resurrected body is incorruptible, spiritual. So how does this harmonize? Jesus was raised in a physical body, but Paul talks about a spiritual…
- Either Jesus was a spirit and he lied about not being a spirit and deceived the apostles by manifesting a fake body complete with wounds they could see and handle. Hence Jesus is a liar, deceiver and a fraud.
- Or Paul didn’t mean “a spirit”, but a body that is elevated above the physical, given incorruptibility. And Paul didn’t say “spirit body” but “spiritual body” meaning that it has spiritual qualities a regular physical body doesn’t have.
The Watchtower society believes it’s the first one: That Jesus life to his disciples and defrauded them. The Jesus that the Watchtower promotes is a deceiver, fraud and liar. That’s qualities of Satan, not of God.
Jesus was resurrected in the same body, only it was immortalized, glorified and spiritual. It had the capability to travel vast distances instantly, appear and disappear anywhere, even in locked rooms, and of course it’s immortal.
If the Watchtower is correct then it also means that you will not have a physical resurrection, since everyone will be resurrected in the same manner as Jesus.
However if the idea of a spiritual glorified immortal physical body that can freely move through time and space, such as Jesus and Paul describes, is true then you are looking forward to an amazing future!
And this is what 1 Corinthians 15:33 is all about. It means “have nothing to do with people who say that Jesus wasn’t resurrected, or that his resurrection wasn’t a physical one.” They are the “bad associations” and “false witnesses”.
So the next time you hear 1 Corinthians 15:33 quoted, think about who teaches falsehood about Jesus’ resurrection, how it distorts the resurrection hope, how you should avoid such bad associations, and also how they are trying to con you by taking the text out of context.
From 2012 to 2017 the Australian government examined how child abuse was handled in various institutions. Among them religious institutions. Among them Jehovah’s witnesses. The result is not flattering.
70 survivors told us about abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Of the victims we heard about, 80.0 per cent were female. The average age of victims at the time of first abuse was 8.4 years.
8.4 years. On average! That means half of them were younger than that.
As part of our case study, the Jehovah’s Witness organisation provided us with files containing allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse. They provided us with documents relating to at least 1,800 children and over 1,000 alleged perpetrators.
So the 70 survivors in the report was only 4% of the number the Society themselves knew about, but refused to help. They protected over 1000 pedophiles!
the organisation dealt with allegations of child sexual abuse in accordance with internal, scripturally based disciplinary policies and procedures.
Bringing reproach to Jehovah’s name and the Bible by claiming their loveless procedures are “scriptural”.
individuals making complaints of child sexual abuse were required to state their allegations in the presence of the person against whom the allegations were made. The ‘two-witness’ rule applied – that is, wrongdoing could only be established on the basis of testimony from two or more ‘credible’ eyewitnesses to the same incident
As if being raped is not traumatic enough, you also have to face your rapist before a tribunal of old men. And you must provide additional eye witnesses testimony, because your word means jack shit, and small children apparently always make sure there’s at least one other adult watching them get raped, right?
Allegations were investigated by elders, all of whom were men and had no relevant training.
True. The Elders don’t know how to handle these things. Their role is to make the congregation appear spot free.
the Jehovah’s Witness organisation had inadequate regard for the risk that the person might reoffend. Alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse who were removed from their congregations as a result of allegations of child sexual abuse were frequently reinstated.
They favor the abuser rather than the victim.
We found no evidence of the Jehovah’s Witness organisation reporting allegations of child sexual abuse to police or other civil authorities.
NO EVIDENCE of doing what comes natural to sane, loving people. NO EVIDENCE of reporting a most heinous of crimes to the proper authorities. NO EVIDENCE of doing what is right.
survivors of child sexual abuse […] were not provided with adequate information by the Jehovah’s Witness organisation about the investigation of their allegations, felt unsupported by the elders who handled the allegations, and felt that the investigation process was a test of their credibility rather than that of the alleged perpetrator.
We also heard that victims of child sexual abuse were told by congregational elders not to discuss the abuse with others, and that if they tried to leave the organisation, they were ‘shunned’ or ostracised from their religious community.
So when a child is raped, the Jehovah’s witnesses side with the rapist, make everything as traumatic and difficult as possible for the child, fail to support the victim, tells the victim to shut up to “not bring reproach to Jehovah’s name” most likely, and if the victim can’t take this extra abuse and decides to leave these psychopaths, they are cut off from their entire social life forever, just like their dead.
Just a fine example of “unfailing love”, isn’t it?
Who in this scenario is actually “bringing reproach on Jehovah’s name”?
Why is it this way?
The Jehovah’s Witness organisation addresses child sexual abuse in accordance with scriptural direction, relying on a literal interpretation of the Bible and 1st century principles to set practice, policy and procedure. These include the ‘two-witness’ rule as discussed, as well as the principle of ‘male headship’ (that men hold positions of authority in congregations and headship in the family). Scripturally, only men can make decisions. Other scripture-based policies include the sanctions of reproval (a form of discipline that allows a perpetrator to remain in the congregation), disfellowshipping (exclusion or excommunication as a form of punishment for serious scriptural wrongdoing), and shunning (an instruction to the congregation not to associate with a disfellowshipped person). As long as the Jehovah’s Witness organisation continues to apply these practices in its response to allegations of child sexual abuse, it will remain an organisation that does not respond adequately to child sexual abuse and that fails to protect children.
None of these principles are scriptural or applicable to Christians. The two witness rule was for Jews under the mosaic law. Male headship was severely relaxed in the Christian congregation with sister being deacons (ministerial servants). The only example we have of Sanctions of reproach is when a brother commutes a sin that was against Bible principle but not an illegal crime (marrying his fathers widow). Disfellowshipping and shunning are unscriptural and based of a misinterpretation.
What’s the solution?
We recommend that the Jehovah’s Witness organisation abandon its application of the two-witness rule in cases involving complaints of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.27), revise its policies so that women are involved in processes relating to investigating and determining allegations of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.28), and no longer require its members to shun those who disassociate from the organisation in cases where the reason for disassociation is related to a person being a victim of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.29).
Until the organization changes these things they are going to continue protecting and supporting pedophiles. And as long as you support them, you support pedophiles and child sexual abuse.
As I was browsing trhrough the What does the Bible really teach book, chapter 4, I came across paragraphs 11-13 and they contain some prime examples of how the Watchtower uses dishonest writing, misdirection and half truths to mislead readers. Let’s dig in.
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.* (Colossians 1:15) There is something else that makes this Son special. He is the “only-begotten Son.” (John 3:16) 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. (Colossians 1:16) Then, too, Jesus is called “the Word.” (John 1:14) This tells us that he spoke for God, no doubt delivering messages and instructions to the Father’s other sons, both spirit and human.bh 4:11
Let’s start off with a light assumption and contradiction. The Bible says, and the paragraph quotes that Jesus is the “only-begotten son”. The word only-begotten, or monogenes, means unique or special. The same appelation refers to Isaac, who was neither first nor only, but he was special to Abraham. But that’s just a side-note, because what does the word “begotten” mean? To beget something means you are the parent by blood, it means the same a to give birth, only men (or spirits) don’t give birth, but they beget children. Adam begat Seth, Abraham begat Isaac. It means that the one begotten is the same kind of creature as the one doing the begetting. A dog begets a dog. A giraffe begets a giraffe. A human begets a human. A God begets a God. That Jesus is “begotten” means that Jesus is also a divine being. It means Jesus is the same kind of being as his Father. It means that Jesus has the same nature as his Father.
But then they play a word trick by in the very next sentence using a word that means something completely different but is similar enough to confuse people. Can you spot it?
Yes, “create”. Create is not the same thing as beget. Create is to make something that is different than yourself. You don’t “create” a child. You create a robot, or a meal, or a car, or a piece of art. But you don’t “beget” any of these. Create implies the creation is not the same nature as the creator. See how they cleverly uses a word that is totally different than what the Bible actually uses. Jesus was begotten, not created. BIG difference.
Now, on to the next paragraph.
Is the firstborn Son equal to God, as some believe? That is not what the Bible teaches. As we noted in the preceding paragraph, the Son was created. Obviously, then, he had a beginning, whereas Jehovah God has no beginning or end. (Psalm 90:2) The only-begotten Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is greater than the Son. (Read John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 11:3) Jehovah alone is “God Almighty.” (Genesis 17:1) Therefore, he has no equal.bh 4:12
In this paragraph they rely on people being ignorant about what the doctrine of the trinity actually says. What does it mean to be equal to God? Equal in nature, or equal in rank? If you don’t know what that means, that’s exactly what they’re hoping for.
They claim the son was created, which we already covered. The son wasn’t created, but begotten. The son is not part of creation, his origin is in eternity, before time began. So they follow it up with a false conclusion. A false premise leads to a false conclusion.
The only-begotten Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is greater than the Son.
Just to rub it in how you missed the part about “begotten”, they again mention that Jesus is begotten, not created. They say he never considered trying to be equal to his father. Technically that’s true, but again, what do yo mean by equal? In nature or rank? And yes, the Bible teaches that the father is greater in rank than the son, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not equal in nature.
If it’s confusing, think of it this way: My father is Human. My father has seniority over me, his son. Does this mean that I am not human? Of course not!
My father is human, that’s his nature. I’m human, that’s my nature. But my father has seniority over me, that’s his rank.
Jesus father is God, that’s his nature. Jesus’ is God, that’s his nature. But Jesus’ father has seniority over him, that’s his rank.
The doctrine of the Trinity is not more complicated than that.
Jehovah alone is “God Almighty.”
Jehovah is God Almighty is technically true, but they again rely on your ignorance of the trinity doctrnie. Jehovah is the name of God, of the whole “Godhead” or Divine Nature consisting of the three persons. Jesus is one of the persons of the Godhead. Jesus is one of the persons of Jehovah. Jesus is the second ranking member of God. The name “Jesus” literally means “Jehovah saves” because that’s his job, he’s the member of Jehovah that saves humanity.
So they’re mixing and jumbling concept and hope that you won’t understand what any of them mean.
Jehovah and his firstborn Son enjoyed close association for billions of years—long before the starry heavens and the earth were created. How they must have loved each other! (John 3:35;14:31) This dear Son was just like his Father. That is why the Bible refers to the Son as “the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15) Yes, even as a human son may closely resemble his father in various ways, this heavenly Son reflected his Father’s qualities and personality.bh 4:13
It would be impossible for The Father and Son to not enjoy close association since they existed together for eternity (together with the Holy Spirit). That is why “God is love”. Think about it, the only way God could be love is if God consisted of at least two minds or persons. Because you can’t have love unless there’s a give and a receiver. If there was a point in time where the Father existed without the Son, then who did the Father love? There was no one to love, hence he could not love, hence he could not be love.
If you believe “God is love” then you must necessarily believe that God consists of at least two individual minds or persons.
the Bible refers to the Son as “the image of the invisible God.”
One of the jobs of the Son is to represent God before humanity. Hence he is necessarily the representation or image of God. He’s the manifestation of God in the physical universe.
I have a fish tank in my living room. The little fishes have no idea what goes on outside their little world. They may have some kind of idea that I exist, but can’t fully comprehend me. If I put my hand down my fish tank to move about a stone or something, then my hand is the visible representation of me inside their little universe. So the question is: Is my hand a part of me, or not?
Jesus is the part of God that interacts with the universe.
this heavenly Son reflected his Father’s qualities and personality
This tries to strip Jesus of his glory and divinity.
Colossians 2:9 — because it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.
Jesus has all the fullness of the divine nature, meaning he is fully God, just as his Father is, even though his rank of authority is one step lower.
John 1:14 — So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of divine favor and truth.
This scripture emphasizes that Jesus glory is the glory of God, because they have the same nature, he being begotten of the father.
This is an example of dishonest writing. The Society use words they hope you don’t know the definition of, and they mix and jumble concepts like “create” and “beget” and make unfounded assumptions to come to a conclusion that goes against clear Bible teaching.