John 1:1 isn’t the only verse Christians use to prove the Trinity, but it is key because the Watchtower (Jehovah’s Witnesses organization) has proven the Trinity for us from this verse. The JWs have a book called “What does the Bible Really Teach,” which is their number one “evangelization” book they give to everyone, and it’s available on the JW.org website for free.
Bear in mind that this part of the Bible was originally written in Greek. Later, translators rendered the Greek text into other languages. A number of Bible translators, though, did not use the phrase “the Word was God.” Why not? Based on their knowledge of Biblical Greek, those translators concluded that the phrase “the Word was God” should be translated differently. How? Here are a few examples: “The Logos [Word] was divine.” (A New Translation of the Bible) “The Word was a god.” (The New Testament in an Improved Version) “The Word was with God and shared his nature.” (The Translator’s New Testament) According to these translations, the Word is not God himself.
John also states that the Word was *“with *God.” But how can an individual be *with *someone and at the same time *be *that person?
The official Christian doctrine of the Trinity teaches that Personhood and Nature are different. You are a person, you are a different person than your own dad, but you have the same (human) nature as your dad. You are not your dad, but you have his nature, and thus you have his same ‘abilities’.
The Watchtower officially thinks that what Christians are saying by John1:1 is this: “In the beginning was the Son, and the Son was with the Father, and the Son was the Father.” But this is completely wrong and is the exact opposite of the Christian doctrine on the Trinity. :crying:
Rather, the Greek text makes it very clear what John was saying so that there would be no confusion (it only becomes confusing in English). How do we know this? Because the Watchtower has given us correct translations of 1:1c above! “The Word was divine” and “The Word was with God and shared God’s nature.”
Thus, the true doctrine of the Trinity, proven directly from the JWs is this: “In the beginning was the Son, and the Son was with the Father, and the Son had the God the Father’s divine nature.” That is what the Greek is saying, and this is what Christians have always believed (Jesus is “consubstantial” with the Father, as the Creed says) Thus, Jesus is a different person than the father (just as you are a different person from your parents), but Jesus has the same divine nature as God the Father (just as you have your parents nature).
The Watchtower repeatedly thinks the Trinity means “the Father IS the Son,” but that’s completely wrong. :eek: Rather, the Trinity means “the Father and Son are distinct persons but have the same divine nature”.
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