THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES- Introduction
Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus was raised as a spirit rather than in a glorified physical body. What does the Bible say?
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES- Scripture-Twisting
Jehovah’s Witnesses reason that Jesus had to give up (or sacrifice) His physical body permanently in order to atone for mankind’s sins. Thus, God is alleged to have raised Jesus merely as a spirit creature. And in a desperate bid to justify this false teaching, Jehovah’s Witnesses have repeatedly resorted to “Scripture-twisting.”
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES- The Evidence
The Bible, however, remains clear in confirming Christ’s bodily resurrection. In Luke 24:37, for example, we find that the disciples were startled and frightened by Jesus’ sudden appearance in their midst, “thinking that they had seen a spirit;” in other words, they mistakenly thought that their risen Lord was some sort of a spirit creature. Did Jesus confirm their fears? Hardly. Instead, Jesus says: “Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES- Jesus Lied?
Now, Jehovah’s Witnesses typically try to dismiss such passages by arguing that even though He occasionally “materialized” in a physical body, Jesus was in fact nothing more than a spirit creature. However, if this really were the case, then Jesus would’ve clearly been guilty of deliberately misleading His disciples into believing that He was actually showing them His own body — as in Thomas’s case, recorded in John 20:27. Furthermore, in John 2:19-22 Jesus announced that He would raise His own body from the dead.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES- Conclusion
Denying Jesus’ physical resurrection spells disastrous consequences for Christianity. For instance, a non-physical resurrection would have absolutely no evidential value, and would undermine Jesus’ claim to be God. A non-physical resurrection would also mean that Jesus still hasn’t solved the problem of death, since His physical body is still dead. Such false teachings are both unbiblical and, in fact, destructive. By the way, the resurrection is the most well-attested fact of ancient history. If you can’t believe this, you can’t even believe Napoleon lived!On Jehovah’s Witnesses and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.