OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Just a note raised by the recent thread on denominations:
JWs believe that Jesus is the incarnation of Michael the Archangel. They specifically argue that he should not be worshipped and that only the Father God should be. They believe that Michael/Jesus is the first thing ever created by God.
I have argued these issues with them before. I point out Hebrews 1 where it is quoted from the OT that all the angels of God should worship him. They retort that here, the word ‘worship’ should be translated as ‘do obeisance to’ or some such.
Logically, they are simply assuming the conclusion and their argument falls down on that basis. But arguing logic rarely achieved much, Aristotle notwithstanding! Therefore I try to go a little deeper with them: they assume that worship is something you only ever give to God. This is the real error, there are lots of worldly situations where you give worship - there is no need to give examples here. I argue that whoever Jesus is, he is worthy of worship for who he is and even God (assuming their own stance) still needs to be worthy of worship before we should worship him. We don’t worship God merely because he is God. and by deliberately mistranslating Heb 1, they deny Jesus something that he truly deserves.
To my mind their belief in Jesus as Michael, a created angel, and their refusal to worship Jesus, is enough to put them outside true Christianity. (As an organisation - I of course wouldn’t deny that an individual JW could be a true Christian if somehow he had accepted Christ in a different way in his heart, but I guess that would be most unlikely anyway.)