“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Yet simply calling something a rose does not make it one.
This is the problem with many of the modern day cults that claim to be Christian groups. They may claim to be Christian. They may be have the word ‘Christian’ in their name. But at a closer look you can see that they simply are not. Here is a list of some of the major teachings about Jesus from some of these groups and why what they teach doesn’t smell as sweet as true Christianity.
1. Was Jesus Created?
Jesus is the literal “son of God”.
He was the first spirit baby created.
He and Satan were brothers.
2. Jehovah’s Witness
“Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last book of the Bible identifies Jesus as “the beginning of the creation by God.” Jesus is “the firstborn of all creation.” … Yes, Jesus was the only one directly created by God himself.”
3. The Bible does not teach that Jesus was created.
Revelation 3:14 means that Jesus is the source of all creation, not the first thing created.
Colossians 1:15,16 means that he is first in order of important – the firstborn of creation.
John 1:3 says that there is nothing that has been made that was not made by Jesus (this would include himself!).
2. Is Jesus God?
1. Jehovah’s Witness
“Jesus never claimed to be God. Everything he said about himself indicates that he did not consider himself equal to God in any way—not in power, not in knowledge, not in age. In every period of his existence, whether in heaven or on earth, his speech and conduct reflect subordination to God. God is always the superior, Jesus the lesser one who was created by God.”
2. Christian Science
“Do you believe that Jesus is the same as God? No. But Christian Scientists do believe that Jesus stands alone in his mission and purpose as the promised Messiah. Christian Science teaches that Jesus embodied the divinity of God but that he himself was not Deity—in keeping with Jesus’ own words that he was not the Father, and that God, the Father, alone should be worshiped.”
3. The Bible claims that Jesus is God.
He is prayed to (2 Corinthians 12:8).
He forgives sins (Mark 2:1-12).
He fulfills OT passages that are clearly about YHWY, the God of Israel (Mark 1:3; Matthew 11:28-30; John 10:14).
He is called God (John 20:28; Titus 2:13).
He affirms to others that he is God (John 8:58-59).
He is worshiped by men and angels (Matthew 14:32-33; Revelation 5).
3. Is Jesus Our Only Hope?
1. Both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons
Salvation is through Christ, but also involves participation in the organization, obedience to the organization’s practices and rules.
Jesus is the greatest spirit-filled human teacher that ever lived; yet salvation is for everyone of every religion and faith.
3. The Bible clearly claims that Jesus Christ is our only hope.
Salvation is in no other name (Acts 4:17).
I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father, but through me (John 14:6).
There is one God and one mediator between God and men – the man Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2:5).