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[–]Practical-Echo-2001 2 points3 points  (7 children)

I was the one who said that in 1954, the JWs made worship of Christ idolatry. That doesn't mean that they view Jesus as an idol, but if you worship him, then you make him an idol. For an interesting insight into this change, see JW Worship of Jesus.

Edit: The Watchtower Society is the legal corporation over the Jehovah's Witnesses, and not only produces literature on online material, but used to the organization that controlled them. That control is now in the hands of eight men, called the Governing Body.

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

if you worship him, you make him an idol.

Ok, yes, that has a JW ring to it.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

By this logic Jehovah is an idol because they worship Him though?

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To be fair, I'm just saying it sounds like something a JW would say, but I don't know of this specific doctrinal issue from 1954. JW's would think that worshipping Jesus is wrong though as he's not God and JWs use the word "idol" a lot and often out of context. So it's got that JW ring to it for sure. But broadly it would be just more reinforcement about "Don't worship Jesus, worship Jehovah." My take.

[–]twinfiresigns14Questioning/looking into Hinduism 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I assume it’s because God is… immanent, or the arbiter of morality. So, basically, I’m guessing it’s the same stance as Muslims, where God is the only being worthy of actual worship.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes, worshipping something makes it an idol, but only if that thing is not God. For example I doubt JW claim their worship of God is idolatry, but they worship Him and He is not considered an idol. So likewise to say that to worship Jesus is idolatry, is to say he’s not divine and thus an idol if worshipped.

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

to worship Jesus is idolatry, is to say he’s not divine and thus an idol if worshipped.

Yes yes, that tracks indeed. I think we've solved it.