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Quick Thought - Did Jesus Receive Worship?

Does the New Testament teach us to worship Jesus? Absolutely. We can find multiple instances throughout the New Testament of various people worshipping Jesus. So, how is it that Jehovah’s Witnesses can claim that Jesus was never worshipped? 

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 11, 2015

Quick Thought - Did Jesus Rise Physically from the Dead?

Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The Jehovah’s Witness takes the resurrection of Jesus to be non-physical. Jesus’ physical body did not rise; He only rose as a spirit being. Conversely, Christians hold that Jesus rose physically from the dead. Moreover, the same body that died on the cross is the same body that rose three days later, leaving an empty tomb.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 9, 2015

Was Jesus the First Created Being?

Scripture is clear that Jesus is the eternal, uncreated One. When Christians try to argue for the deity of Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses are quick to bring up Colossians 1:15. Paul writes, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15). The modern English translations and the New World Translation agree on the translation of the text. However, the Christian and Jehovah’s Witness differ with their interpretation of the text. 

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | November 13, 2015

Quick Thought - Is the Holy Spirit an Impersonal Force?

Jehovah’s Witnesses adamantly deny that the Holy Spirit is God. Instead, they assert that it is simply God’s power in action; it is His active, impersonal force. However, there are numerous passages that testify to the deity and personhood of the Holy Spirit. 

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | October 26, 2015

Quick Thought - Purgatory is a Denial of the Power of the Cross

The doctrine of purgatory places an emphasis on our own merits to attain righteousness. It is a very dangerous thing to add to the finished work of Christ, but this is precisely what millions of people do when they accept the doctrine of purgatory. Purgatory is the belief that there is an intermediate state after physical death where people undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. However, to hold to this doctrine you must deny the power of the cross, and distort the gospel.

Quick Thought | Theology | Tim Barnett | October 15, 2015

God’s Judgment Is According to the Light Available

If faith in Jesus is the only means by which we can be saved, how can God judge the person who has never heard about Jesus? This common challenge appears to strike at the heart of God’s divine justice. 

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | October 7, 2015

Quick Thought - Is the Father Greater than the Son?

This is a very common objection you will hear from Jehovah’s Witnesses when they come to your door. They will cite a verse like John 14:28, where Jesus says, “You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | September 4, 2015

Quick Thought - Don't Give Up Your Christian Convictions

There’s no need to change your religious convictions in order to treat people you disagree with like any other person that you respect. That’s why I’m mystified by the trend of some Christians to abandon their Christian theology and adopt pro-gay theology, then go back to the Bible to try and reinterpret the biblical passages to make them sound gay-affirming.

Quick Thought | Christianity & Culture | Alan Shlemon | July 7, 2015

Are All Sins Equal to God?

It is very common among Christians to hear that all sins are equal. But is that really true? Are all sins equal to God?

Quick Thought | Philosophy | Tim Barnett | June 26, 2015

Quick Thought - Why Do We Need God for Morality?

Let’s say you’re in a Chinese food restaurant. At the end of your meal, you crack open the fortune cookie, and it says, “Get up, and leave now.” How many of you would get up and leave? Would you feel obligated to obey that command? I don’t think anyone would. 

Quick Thought | Philosophy | Brett Kunkle | June 18, 2015