Who is Jesus? Was he created by God? or IS he God?
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Dave: Jehovahs Witnesses try to show that Jesus was a creation, rather than the creator.
Jeff: They cite Proverbs 8:22, “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old”
Dave: Well, is this about Jesus – and does it show that he was a creation?
Jeff: The book of Proverbs personifies wisdom during the first nine chapters. There’s no reason to believe that this book temporarily suspended the discourse on wisdom to speak of Jesus as a creation, only to pick it up again in the next chapter.
Dave: In fact, wisdom is referred to as she, in previous chapters. If this personification of wisdom is truly about Christ we must believe that Jesus is a woman – hardly a stance the Witnesses would want to take.
Jeff: Now, the Jehovah’s Witnesses say early Christian writers used this section to refer to Jesus symbolically.
Dave: That’s true. But “the Christian fathers generally understand this passage of the humanity of Christ. The Lord created me, in respect to my humanity.” 1
1 Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.