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The Gospel of John is a great starting place when looking for confirmation of the Deity of Jesus, who, in a fashion beyond our understanding, is not only God, but is the one God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. This essay looks at deity throughout John's gospel, and highlights places where the New World Translation has misconstrued the text to salvage their doctrines. In smaller part, the deity and personhood of the Holy Spirit is discovered as well.
From the time of Christ, the word "σταυρός" (transliteration "stauros") has meant a stake with the traditional cross-beam. However, in an effort to frighten followers away from the "pagan Christian Cross," the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses has gone through great lengths to hide the truth of this simple Greek word. This article explores why it is important to affirm that the Christian Cross was indeed made of two pieces of wood.
Who is Wisdom in Proverbs 8? Some false religions try to claim that Wisdom is Christ, and then use this logic to say that Jesus had to be a created being, but this argument falls apart with its own inconsistencies if given any true study. Let's look at the beauty of Proverbs 8, and its description of one of the eternal attributes of God.
Many people teach that God's power ended with the completion of the New Testament. But does the Bible give it's own self-expiration date? Is there biblical support for the cessationist view? Read this letter to a Jehovah's Witness friend where I discuss these issues, and show the biblical truth regarding the continuing power of God.

Also discussed is the Christian's adoption into the Jewish promise as Abraham's seed.
God's view of time is not the same as ours. In a moment, he sees the beginning from the ending. In God's view of time, Jesus had already paid the price for our sins before Adam was even created. Adam's sin was not unexpected to God - it was all part of the plan.

The Bible is very careful in how it describes Jesus. Jesus is the only begotten, and this word speaks to his uniqueness. From the Greek, it is clear that the who is begotten is exactly like the one who begot him. The word refers to Jesus' uniqueness, not his being a creation. A very different Greek word is used for "created" and this word is never applied to Jesus, unless describing Jesus as the creator. One has to purposefully ignore the meaning of the original texts to attempt to say Jesus is a created being.
This article discusses the similarities between the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses that Jesus is not God to the "little gods" heresy of some prosperity preachers today. These two derivations from scripture have similar roots, and both errors share some fundamental misunderstands from scripture.

William I. Cetnar's "wheel of deity" is reviewed regarding the biblical texts declarations that both God the Father and Jesus the Son are in fact, the one true God. The fullness of deity is applied to both in scripture, yet Christianity is a monotheistic religion. While difficult to explain, the clarity of scripture is absolute.