James 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
I don't blame you for leaving that verse out.
Have I not done so? My lips have not dripped honey but they have not spewed poison. Have they?
My definition of worship is to put god above all else. My translation of verse 27; It's so vain you can't even worship it unless you are not defiled by religion.
I don't know what you mean. What is vain?
That sounds like the Trinity to me. It really does.
According to the trinity Jesus was both "fully God" and "fully man". It says that there is one God in three persons, adding to it Holy Spirit as the third person. Each is said to be fully God, but they form one God. They are all coequal and coeternal.
Witnesses belive that only Jehovah is God. Holy spirit is not a person but God's impersonal "active force". It would be similar to saying that God's power is present, but it's not his power. It's his spirit, but like his power it's a thing and not a person.
Christ, rather than being part of a God head is God's son. That is, the first thing God created. He is the "firstborn of creation". (Col 1:15). Now while that does make him divine (heavenly), it is not God, nor was he immortal. He is unique in that Christ participated in the creation of all other things. He was speaking to his first born son when God said, "Let us create man in our imagine". Since Christ participated in the creation of all other things, he is the only one created directly and soley by Jehovah. That is why he is called the "only begotten" son.
So yes, he was definately god-like in his heavenly existense. However, he emptied himself and gave that up to be born a human. It is not believed that he even had any memory of his prehuman existense before his baptism and possibly not even after that. Whatever the case may be he was as Adam was.
Saying that Christ was God actually takes away from the greatness of what God accompished in Christ. Christ fully had free will and he was a human, not God in the flesh. Christ could have failed just as Adam failed. When he was tempted he was fully temped. He was not just going through the motions where faithfulness was a gaurantee. What great accomplishment is that?
Since Christ was fully human, he is the ultimate proof that the claim made by Satan, as shown in Job, and carried on to this day even here on this forum, that humans are a flawed creation, is wrong. Christ was completely faithful in the worst of circumstances, proving that the human creation is capable of doing that for which it was created. Jehovah was right when he called it "good". This dignity of man brings glory to his creator. Those around here that claim that the human creation is flawed should consider that their claim has already been proven
false. Christ was faithful to death, perfectly.
Are you leery of what you believe?
Very much so. The last thing I want in this world is to be mislead.
Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.
Sounds cruel JW.
In which way do you mean? What makes it cruel to you?
What's going to happen to those mentioned in 2 Peter?
They will not live forever, "they too will perish". In scripture "perish" has the thought of wearing out, like perishables.