I recently started reading Philip Yancey’s The Jesus I Never Knew. With only the first two chapters under my belt, I’m already beginning to think about Jesus’ life and work in a new way.
For instance, I’ve been thinking hard about just how difficult it must have been for Mary to bring a son into this world, seeing as she was subject to the law and to a society which viewed her birth as scandalous. That’s how Yancey’s book starts: revisiting this man Jesus we’ve heard about for so long and in so many different contexts and reexamining the birth story I heard every Christmas Eve as a kid (usually while obsessing over the presents I knew were waiting in my parents’ closet). Yancey’s book is a necessary eye opener for sure.
I bought the book a few days ago, and on that same day, I saw two Jehovah’s Witnesses walking down my street. In the past, whenever I saw Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door, I recoiled in horror at the thought of talking to two stranger’s at my doorstep. Perhaps because my view of the life of Jesus was fresh in my mind, I realized that I wished they would knock on my door. I had a few questions to ask them…
- If you were to meet Jesus today, what would you do? According to your beliefs, wouldn’t you feel fulfilled simply shaking his hand and saying, “Man, it’s so cool to meet you!” whereas we all should immediately drop down at his feet and worship him wholeheartedly.
- According to your website, you believe that “Jesus is not Almighty God and that there is no Scriptural basis for the Trinity doctrine.” Don’t those beliefs contradict the countless scriptures that say that Jesus and God are one (John 10:30) and that, in Jesus, all the fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9)?
- You claim that verses like Colossians 1:15 (“[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”) prove that Jesus was a created being rather than fully God himself – that somehow this verse separates God and Jesus into two separate entities. However, the Greek word for firstborn – “prototokos” – means first begotten. In other words, at the moment of Creation, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit came into being simultaneously. It also points to the fact that Jesus has God’s favor as his firstborn Son. We, as adopted sons and daughters, are invited into this glory because of Jesus’ life and work (Ephesians 1:5).
Unfortunately, on this particular morning, they didn’t knock. They didn’t even walk down my side of the street. Truthfully, I was a bit disappointed.
My hope is that someone reading this is a Jehovah’s Witness, and we can have a conversation. That would be amazing!