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Four of them never studied the biblical languages, and the fifth studied non-biblical Greek for a short period.) Is Christ God? "If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I" (John ). To focus on this aspect of Christ's human nature to the exclusion of his divine nature is a gross misunderstanding of who and what the Bible says Jesus Christ is."Christ is God’s Son and is inferior to him." Given in support of this position are these verses: "And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased’" (Matt. "I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (John ). It does seem that Christ is inferior to God the Father in some sense. Some verses, such as these last five, refer exclusively to his Godhead. Other verses cited by the Witnesses, such as Matthew , show merely that Christ is God’s Son, not that he is inferior (in fact, John shows that being God’s Son is being equal to God). "Christ was the first of God’s creations." Verses cited by Witnesses in support of this claim include: "He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation" (Col. "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen , the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation’" (Rev. In the first of the two verses, Witnesses think that "first-born" implies succession and inferiority. Further, the Greek of this verse can also be translated as "the first-born over all creation," as in the New International Version of the Bible.
Russell served as the president until he died in 1916.
Russell also authored a series of books called "Studies in the Scriptures," which became the basis of the Jehovah Witness theology.
When Mormons come to your door, they don’t tell you that they believe in many gods, that Jesus and Lucifer were "spirit brothers," and that dark skin (in the case of blacks, Indians, and Hispanics) is supposedly a curse from God in punishment for wickedness.
If they told you such things up front, you’d close the door immediately. Thus, Mormonism is an esoteric religion (Webster: "esoteric: designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone").
Today, several men lead the Jehovah's Witness "theocratic" organization, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WBTS). Here are the basics of the Jehovah's Witness Watchtower doctrine: God is a single being, not a Trinity. (At one point, the WBTS proclaimed that God ruled the universe from somewhere in the Pleiades star system.
They have since backed down from this teaching.) First, God created Michael the Archangel, through whom God later created all "other things," such as the earth, the universe, and all mankind. When it was time for the birth of a savior, Michael became a man, in the form of Jesus Christ. According to Jehovah's Witness theology, Jesus was put to death on a "torture stake." It is here that He bore the sins of all mankind (except for Adam).
According to Mr Hill's cousin Melissa Buchanan, he is again working at the church which is run by his family.
He was last year found guilty of sexually assaulting Ms Buchanan in 1981 when she was just aged six The allegations of abuse from 35 years ago were brought against him by relative Melissa Buchanan - investigators were told they had been living in the same home at the time when he entered her room after showering wearing only a towel.
Ms Buchanan, 41, was then forced to sit on his lap and told to be quiet as he sexually abused her.