Monday, November 26, 2012
Quick Question for Jehovah's Witnesses # 2
1 John 3:9 Everyone who has been born from God does not carry on sin, because His [reproductive] seed remains in such one, and he cannot practice sin, because he has been born from God.
So far what's evident is that one cannot habitually practice sin if he is born of God. The next verse says:
"The children of God and the children of the Devil are evident by this fact: Everyone who does not carry on righteousness does not originate with God, neither does he who does not love his brother."
So verse 10 reiterates the thought that those "born of God" carry on in righteousness and notes that there are "children of God" and "children of the devil." This creates a sobering dilemma for Jehovah's Witnesses because even the Watchtower would have to admit that being born of God means being born again. In the Watchtower Insight book, volume 1, under "incorruption", 1 John 3:9 is given as a reference text for those who are "born again." Yes, being born again (which, again, is synonymous with being "born of God") is 1 John's admonition if one is to carry on in righteousness and hence be a child of Yahweh.
So my question for Jehovah's Witnesses is, given that there are only two options in 1 John 3:10 which are:
1. to be a child of God, born of him, yes, born again essentially or
2. to be a child of the devil
Whose child are you? If you say God's, then you must be born again according to 1 John.
In addition, 1 John 2:29 says:
"Everyone who does what is right has been born of him."