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Jehovah’s Witness Beliefs

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The beliefs and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses are based on the Bible teachings of its founder, Charles Taze Russell and his successors, Joseph Franklin Rutherford and Nathan Homer Knorr. Since 1976 the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been based on decisions made at closed meetings of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Jehovah’s Witness beliefs are propagated through The Watchtower magazine and other publications of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and at conventions and congregation meetings. Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to adhere to all such doctrines without criticism or dissent.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the present “age” of human existence is about to be terminated with the direct intervention of Jehovah God, who will use Jesus Christ to fully establish his heavenly government over Earth, destroying existing human governments and non-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and creating a cleansed society of true worshipers. Their mission is to preach the “good news”, proselytizing to as many converts as possible in the remaining time before Armageddon. All members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to take an active part in preaching what they term “the truth”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses endeavor to remain separate from secular society, which is regarded as a place of moral contamination and under the control of Satan the Devil, refusing any political and military activity and limiting social contact with non-Jehovah’s Witnesses. Members practice a strict moral code, forbidding adultery, premarital sex and homosexuality. Drug abuse, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol are prohibited, as are blood transfusions. Discipline within congregations is maintained by a system of judicial committees, which have the power to expel members (disfellowshipping) who breach organizational rules and demand their shunning by other Jehovah’s Witnesses. The threat of shunning also serves to scare off other members from dissident behavior.

Watch Tower Society publications teach that Jehovah’s Witnesses alone represent true Christianity and for that reason they refuse all ecumenical relations with other religious denominations. Members are expected to attend all congregation meetings that are held in local Kingdom Halls, as well as regular large-scale conventions, which are highly structured and based on material from Watch Tower publications.

Jehovah’s Witness Beliefs

Source of doctrines

Jehovah’s Witness beliefs and doctrines are established by the Governing Body, which assumes responsibility for interpreting and applying scripture. The Governing Body is described as the “spokesman” for God’s “faithful and discreet slave class” (the approximately 10,000 remaining “anointed” Jehovah’s Witnesses), although in practice it seeks neither advice nor approval from any “anointed” Witnesses other than high-ranking members at Brooklyn Bethel when making decisions or when producing material for publications and conventions. All members are expected to abide by the doctrines and organizational requirements as determined by the Governing Body. Watch Tower publications strongly discourage Witnesses from formulating doctrines reached through independent Bible research. Members who promote privately-developed teachings contrary to those of the Governing Body may be disfellowshipped.

Organization

Jehovah’s Witness beliefs and doctrines are underpinned by a belief that Jehovah God employs and directs an organization on Earth and deals with humanity only through that organization. The organization is identified as the “worldwide association” of Jehovah’s Witnesses, functioning under the direction of the Watch Tower Society. The organization is said to be theocratic, “ruled from the divine Top down, and not from the rank and file up”. All people not in God’s organization are said to be members of Satan’s organization. Watch Tower publications teach that the Bible is an “organizational book” that does not belong to individuals and that the Bible cannot be properly understood without guidance by “Jehovah’s visible organization”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses undergoing baptism are required to publicly confirm that they are associating themselves “with God’s spirit-directed organization”, thereby submitting themselves to its direction and judicial system. Watch Tower publications urge Witnesses to demonstrate loyalty to the organization without dissent, even at the cost of family ties. Loyalty to the organization is said to require a full involvement in public preaching and regular meeting attendance.

Sociologist Andrew Holden has observed that Witnesses see no distinction between loyalty to their God Jehovah and to the Watchtower Society itself and other researchers have claimed that challenging the views of those higher up the hierarchical ladder is regarded as tantamount to challenging Jehovah God himself.

Restoration of “true” Christianity

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that after the death of the apostles, the early congegregations embarked on a “Great Apostasy”, diverging from the original teachings of Jesus on several major points. Influenced by Restorationism in the 19th century, Charles Taze Russell and his associates formed a Bible study group in the 1870s in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, developing teachings that they considered to be a revival of “the great truths taught by Jesus and the Apostles”, in what the Watch Tower Society today says was a return to original Christianity. Although many of their fundamental teachings have changed over the years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have consistently claimed to be the only true religion.

Bible

The entire Bible (the same as Protestant canon of scripture) is according to Jehovah’s Witness beliefs the inspired, inerrant word of Jehovah God. Jehovah’s Witnesses accept the Bible as scientifically and historically accurate and reliable and interpret much of it literally, while also accepting it contains much symbolism. Jehovah’s Witnesses base all of their beliefs on the Bible, as interpreted by the Governing Body.

Jehovah’s Witnesses use the terms “Hebrew” and “Christian Greek” scriptures rather than “Old” and “New” Testaments to avoid implication that the Old Testament is outdated or inferior. They believe that the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) contain prophecy that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and that the books of the Christian Greek Scriptures (New Testament) are primarily directed to the 144,000 chosen by God for life in heaven. The Watch Tower Society’s New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, which Jehovah’s Witnesses use almost exclusively, reflects their view that God’s name, as represented by the Tetragrammaton, should be rendered as “Jehovah”, in the tradition of earlier versions of the King James Version, rather than “God” or “Lord”. They also accept the usage “Yahweh”.

Jehovah God

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jehovah God is the creator and supreme being. Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the Trinity doctrine, which they consider unscriptural. They view God as the Father, an invisible spirit “person”, and therefore separate from the Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is described as God’s active force, rather than the third person of the Trinity. They say he is “infinite, but approachable”. He is not omnipresent, but has a location in heaven. They believe it is possible to have a personal relationship with him as a friend; that God is kind and merciful, and would not eternally “torture” wicked people. Being respectful of the principle of free will, he does not force his sovereignty on people, choosing to save only those who want to serve him, even though the course of mankind in general may lead them to harm.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the Almighty God must be distinguished by his personal name – Jehovah. The name is a common modern representation of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, or four-letter name of the Eternal, which is YHWH. The use of his personal name is regarded as vital for true worship and Jehovah’s Witnesses rarely speak of “God” without prefacing the term with the name “Jehovah”. The term “Lord”, although common in the Bible, is rarely used by Witnesses when speaking about God. Because no other religion uses the name “Jehovah” with the same prevalence, they believe their religion alone is making God’s name known in harmony with scriptures such as John 17:6.

Jesus Christ

Jesus is acknowledged as God’s “only begotten” Son. As such, he began his life in heaven. He is described as God’s first creation and the “exact representation of God”, but is believed to be a separate entity and not part of a Trinity. Jesus is said to have been used by God in the creation of all other things. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is also known in the Bible as the Archangel, Michael and “the Word,” of John 1:1 in his pre-human existence. His birth on earth was accomplished when he willingly allowed himself to be transferred, by God, from heaven to the womb of the virgin, Mary. While on earth, Jesus was executed as a sacrifice to atone for mankind’s sins. He ultimately becomes “eternal father” to the human family.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that after his death, Jesus appeared to his disciples and convinced them of his resurrection, and then ascended into heaven to sit at Jehovah’s right hand until he would become the promised king of God’s heavenly kingdom. Jesus acts as the Mediator of a “new covenant” referred to in Jeremiah 31:31, Luke 22:20, and Hebrews 9:15; 12:24, directly mediating only for those going to heaven (the 144,000). Those with an earthly hope, and who therefore have no mediator, are said to be beneficiaries of that covenant. Jesus remains subordinate to God even in all his heavenly glory. Witnesses reject the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary, who they believe bore more children after Jesus.

Cross / stake

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society used the Cross and Crown symbol on tombstones, and on its publications until 1931. Since 1936, Jehovah’s Witnesses have rejected the idea that Jesus died on a cross, and instead teach that he died on a single wooden stake, asserting that the Koiné Greek word σταυρος stauros refers to a single upright post. They view the cross to be of pagan origins and an object of idol worship.

Satan the Devil

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Satan is God’s chief adversary and the invisible ruler of the world. He was at one time a perfect son of God but developed feelings of self-importance and craved worship that belonged to God. Satan persuaded Adam and Eve to obey him rather than God, raising the issue – often referred to as a “controversy” – of whether people, having been granted freedom of will, would obey God under both temptation and persecution. The issue is said to be whether God can rightfully claim to be sovereign of the universe. Instead of destroying Satan, God decided to test the loyalty of the rest of humankind and to prove to the rest of creation that Satan was a liar. Watch Tower publications teach that Satan misleads people on Earth, and that he and the demons are the reason for distress on the earth. Satan and his demons are said to have been cast down to earth from heaven in 1914, marking the beginning of the the “last days” and causing much of today’s troubles.

God’s messianic Kingdom

Jehovah’s Witness publications teach that God’s Kingdom is a government in heaven, ruled by Jesus Christ and 144,000 people drawn from the Earth. The kingdom is viewed as the means by which Jehovah God will accomplish his original purpose for the Earth, bringing about a world free of crime, sickness, death and poverty, ultimately transforming the Earth into a paradise. The kingdom is said to have been the focal point of Jesus’ ministry on Earth and was established in 1914.

Eschatology of Jehovah’s Witnesses

A central teaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that the current world era, or “system of things”, entered its “last days” in 1914 and faces imminent destruction through intervention by Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, leading to deliverance for those who worship God in truth. This judgment will begin with the destruction by the United Nations of false religion, which they identify as “Babylon the Great”, or the “harlot”, of Revelation 17. This development will mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Satan will subsequently attack Jehovah’s Witnesses, an action that will prompt God to begin the war of Armageddon, during which all forms of government and all people not counted as Christ’s “sheep” (thus all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses), or true followers, will be destroyed. After Armageddon, God will extend his heavenly kingdom to include earth, which will be transformed into a paradise similar to the Garden of Eden.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that after Armageddon, most of those who had died prior to God’s intervention will gradually be resurrected to a “day of judgment” lasting for the thousand years referred to in Revelation 20. This judgment will be based on their actions after resurrection, not on past deeds. At the end of the thousand years a final test will take place when Satan is brought back to mislead perfect mankind. The end result will be a fully tested, glorified human race. Christ will then hand all authority back to God.

Watch Tower Society publications teach that Jesus Christ returned invisibly and began to rule in heaven as king in October 1914. The resulting ouster of Satan from heaven to the earth has brought a period of “woe” to mankind, as prophesied in Revelation 12. They assert that the Greek word parousia (translated in most English Bible translations as “coming” when referring to Christ) is more accurately rendered as “presence,” with his return perceived only as a series of “signs”. Thus this Second Coming would be an invisible presence, lasting for an extended time.

Jehovah’s Witnesses base their beliefs about the significance of 1914 on the Watch Tower Society’s interpretation of biblical chronology, which is hinged on the belief that 607 BCE was the date of Jerusalem’s destruction and the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. They believe that Daniel chapter 4 prophesied a period of 2,520 years starting with 607 BCE and ending at 1914 AD. (Non-Witness sources date Jerusalem’s destruction to 587/586 BCE, some 20 years later.) They equate this period with the “Gentile Times” or “the appointed times of the nations,” a phrase taken from Luke 21:24. They believe that when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, the line of kings descended from David was interrupted, and that God’s throne was “trampled on” from then until Jesus began ruling in October 1914. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe their doctrine is confirmed by world events since 1914, including wars, famine, more severe earthquakes and increasing lawlessness, which they see as fulfillment of the “sign” of Christ’s presence. They believe that their preaching work is also part of that sign, citing Matthew 24:14.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that in 1918, Jesus resurrected to heavenly life those of the 144,000 (the “anointed”) who had already died; since 1918, any “anointed” are individually resurrected to heavenly life at the time of their death to serve as kings alongside Christ in his heavenly government.

Salvation

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all humanity is in a sinful state. Release from this is possible because Jesus’ shed blood provided a payment, or atonement for the sins of humankind. Salvation is said to be a result of the undeserved kindness (grace) of Jehovah God, but to be saved, one needs faith, demonstrated by Christian works, including the proper discharge of family duties, kindness and concern for others and proper conduct, as well as endurance in “zealous” preaching, which is singled out as the means by which Witnesses attain salvation.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe there are two destinations for those saved by Jehovah God. They say the number of Christians going to heaven is limited to precisely 144,000, who will rule with Jesus as kings and priests over Earth. The remainder have the hope of living forever in an earthly paradise. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the only scriptural hope of surviving Armageddon comes through adherence to the biblical teachings, including faith in Jesus’ shed blood. Those who do not show such faith and become part of God’s “organization” face destruction at Armageddon. Watch Tower publications make no explicit claim about whether small children or the mentally ill will survive, but say God’s judgment will be righteous and merciful. After Armageddon, most people will be resurrected with the prospect of living forever. They believe those who have already been condemned by God will not be resurrected. These are said to include any killed at Armageddon, or those in “Gehenna”, or doomed to everlasting destruction. Christ will rule for a thousand years, during which time, Earth will be transformed into a paradise, while Satan is abyssed and unable to influence humanity. At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released again to mislead as many people as he can. The final judgment will then take place, when Satan and all those corrupted by him will be destroyed forever, with evil never occurring again. Those who survive that final test will live forever.

Death

Jehovah’s Witnesses regard the soul as mortal, based on the statement at Ezekiel 18:4 that “the soul that sins, it shall die” and thus believe the soul does not continue to live after one dies. Death is considered a state of non-existence, based on their understanding of Ecclesiastes 9:5, “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing.” Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the only hope for life after death is in the resurrection, (as opposed to an immortal soul) which they say involves re-creation by God of the same individual with a new body. They believe that 144,000 people will be resurrected to a heavenly life to be priestly rulers under Christ, but the vast majority, to life on a paradise earth. Resurrected individuals will undergo a final test to determine their eligibility for everlasting life on earth.

Watch Tower publications teach that Hell (hades or sheol) is not a place of fiery torment, but rather the ‘common grave’, a place of unconsciousness. “Gehenna”, the Biblical word commonly translated “hellfire”, is said to describe a judgment of complete destruction, and that no resurrection is possible for anyone in Gehenna. They reason that complete destruction does not allow for literal “torture” of the wicked, as the deceased person lacks consciousness. Based on this, they believe that parables such as that of “the rich man and Lazarus” should not be interpreted literally, and that such references are speaking of symbolic death, not the physical death of actual individuals.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that sometimes wicked angels (demons) pretend to be spirits of the dead, and that their deception is the basis for many beliefs about the activities of “dead” people.

Education

Jehovah’s Witnesses are instructed to make their preaching work the top priority in their life. Higher education is discouraged because of the futility of planning secular advancement in a world they believe faces imminent destruction, as well as fears about succumbing to “worldly thinking” and concerns that advanced educated might lead to a lack of humility. Because evangelistic activities take priority over educational success, young Jehovah’s Witnesses rarely progress to college or university, which can be a source of regret in subsequent years among those who are reared in the organization and later defect. Watch Tower publications advise parents to recommend alternatives to university education for their children, suggesting associate degrees from community or technical colleges or short courses in subjects such as office administration, automotive repair, computing, or hairdressing. They urge that young Jehovah’s Witnesses should pursue higher education only to gain skills to obtain a reasonable living while maintaining flexibility to pursue their “true” vocation, serving God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses provide religious training programs for their members, including the congregational Theocratic Ministry School, Pioneer Service School, Ministerial Training School and Gilead Missionary School, which focus on improving skills for their ministry.

Practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Worship

Jehovah’s Witnesses held their meetings for worship and study are at local Kingdom Halls. Jehovah’s Witnessess are assigned to a congregation in whose “territory” they reside and are expected to attend weekly meetings as scheduled by congregation elders. The meetings are largely devoted to study of the Bible and Witness beliefs; traditions of mysticism, glossalalia, creed recitation or periods of silent meditation common in other Christian denominations are absent. During meetings and in other formal circumstances, Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to one another as “Brother” and “Sister”.

The form and content of the meetings is established by the religion’s Brooklyn headquarters, with the content of meetings in any week largely identical around the world. The week’s two meetings are divided into a total of five distinct sections, lasting a total of about four hours, with meetings opened and closed with hymns and brief prayers delivered from the platform. Jehovah’s Witnesses are urged to prepare for all meetings by studying Watch Tower literature from which the content matter is drawn. The Kingdom Halls are typically functional in character, and do not contain religious symbols. Each year, Witnesses from a number of congregations that form a “circuit” gather for one-day and two-day assemblies; several circuits meet once a year for a three-day “district convention”, usually at rented stadiums or auditoriums. Their most important and solemn event is the celebration of the “Lord’s Evening Meal”, or “Memorial of Christ’s Death”.

Weekend meeting

The meeting, usually held on Sunday, comprises a 30-minute public talk by a congregation elder or ministerial servant and a one-hour question-and-answer study of a Bible-based article from The Watchtower magazine, with questions prepared by the Watch Tower Society and the answers provided in the magazine. Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to use their own words to express the ideas in the printed material, though personal contributions from independent study are discouraged.

Midweek meeting

The meeting, typically held in the evening, includes a question-and-answer “Congregation Bible Study” (25 minutes) based on a Watch Tower Society publication; the “Theocratic Ministry School” (30 minutes) designed to train Witnesses in public speaking and proselytizing using talks and rehearsals of doorstop sermons; and the “Service Meeting” (35 minutes), following an agenda set in the Society’s monthly newsletter Our Kingdom Ministry to train Jehovah’s Witnesses for, and encourage “zealous” participation in, the public ministry. Prior to 2009, the midweek meeting consisted of the Theocratic Ministry School and the Service Meeting (each 45 minutes); the Congregation Book Study (1 hour) was typically held on a separate evening, divided into smaller groups in private homes.

Memorial of Christ’s death

Jehovah’s Witnesses commemorate Christ’s death as a ransom or “propitiatory sacrifice” by observing The Lord’s Evening Meal, or Memorial. They celebrate it once each year, noting that it was instituted on the Passover, an annual festival. They observe it on Nisan 14 according to the ancient Jewish lunisolar calendar. Jehovah’s Witnesses beleive that this is the only celebration the Bible commands Christians to observe.

Of those who attend the Memorial, a small minority worldwide partake of the unleavened bread and wine. This is because Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the majority of the faithful have an earthly hope. Only those who believe they have a heavenly hope, the “remnant” (those still living) of the 144,000 “anointed”, partake of the bread and wine. In 2008, the number of persons who partook worldwide was 9986, whereas the number who attended was 17,790,631. The lowest number of “Memorial Partakers” that the Watchtower Society reported was 8524 in 2005. The number has gone up every year since then. In 2008 the number of Partakers is 17% more than three years before.

The Memorial, held after sunset, includes a talk on the meaning of the celebration and the circulation among the audience of unadulterated red wine and unleavened bread. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the bread symbolizes Jesus Christ’s body which he gave on behalf of mankind, and that the wine symbolises his blood which redeems from sin. They do not believe in transubstantiation or consubstantiation. Because many congregations have no members who claim to be anointed, it is common for the bread and wine to be passed and have no partakers.

Assemblies and Conventions

Each year, Jehovah’s Witnesses hold a “Special Assembly Day” and a two-day “Circuit Assembly”, held in each circuit worldwide. Each circuit comprises several congregations in a geographical area. These are held either in Assembly Halls owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses, or in borrowed or rented facilities, such as public auditoriums. Once a year, Jehovah’s Witnesses come together at larger assemblies called “District Conventions” which are usually three days long. Every fifth year, “International Conventions” are held in selected cities, usually lasting four days, with visiting delegates from other countries. The attendance of some conventions numbers into the hundreds of thousands, with the largest-ever gathering held in New York in 1958 at Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds with a peak attendance exceeding 250,000.

Evangelism

Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to express their belief in the religion’s doctrines by participating in both organized and spontaneous evangelizing and proselytizing work, with baptism permitted only for those who demonstrate “regular and zealous” participation. Baptism is regarded as an automatic ordination as a minister and from that point Witnesses feel a moral obligation to serve as “publishers”, disseminating Watch Tower doctrines as evangelists of “the Truth”. Watch Tower publications describe house to house visitations as the primary work of Jehovah’s Witnesses in obedience to a “divine command” to preach “the Kingdom good news in all the earth and (make) disciples of people of all the nations”. Jehovah’s Witnesses are placed under continual pressure from Watch Tower publications, meetings and conventions to increase the quality and quantity of their preaching efforts.

Specialized territory maps of residential and commercial areas are prepared within each congregation’s boundaries and distributed to publishers who are responsible for preaching to people within each territory. Jehovah’s Witnesses are instructed to fill out monthly report slips on their preaching activity, listing the hours spent, publications placed with householders and the number of “return visits” made to households where interest had previously been shown. The reports are used to help measure of the “spirituality” of individuals and are critical in determining the eligibility of men as congregation elders and ministerial servants. A Jehovah’s Witness who fails to report for a month is known as an “irregular publisher”; those who have not turned in a field service report for six consecutive months are known as “inactive publishers”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses who can spend at least 840 hours of witnessing during a year (an average of 70 hours per month) can apply for the status of “regular pioneers”, or full-time evangelizers. Witnesses who wish to spend 50 hours in a month can apply to be an “auxiliary pioneer” and can serve in this capacity either a month at a time or consecutively. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses also volunteer for missionary service and are given specialized training at the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead. These individuals dedicate, on average, more than 120 hours a month to their work. As of 1998 there were 2,390 Jehovah’s Witnesses having missionary status serving in 148 “lands”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have, in the past, used a wide variety of methods to spread their belief, including information marches, where members wore sandwich boards and handed out leaflets, to sound cars (car-mounted phonographs), and syndicated newspaper columns and radio segments devoted to sermons. Between 1924 and 1957, the organization operated a radio station, WBBR, from New York.

Watch Tower literature

Jehovah’s Witnesses make extensive use of Watch Tower Society literature, including books, magazines, booklets and handbills, to spread their beliefs and for use as textbooks at their religious meetings. The publications are produced in many languages, with a small selection available in 410 languages. Their primary publications, The Watchtower and Awake!, are published simultaneously in hundreds of languages and are also available in audio and electronic formats. Issues of both publications are compiled annually into bound volumes, and are also added annually to the Watchtower Library CD-ROM, officially available only to baptized members, which contains many Witness publications from 1950 onwards. New books, brochures, and other items are released at their annual conventions. Additionally, a number of audio cassettes, videocassettes, and DVDs have been produced explaining the group’s beliefs, practices, organization and history. Some of these also provide dramas based on biblical accounts. Since 1942 all Watch Tower literature has been published anonymously.

Publications were sold to the public until the early 1990s, from which point they were offered gratis, with a request for donations. The change in policy was first announced in the United States in February 1990, with one newspaper claiming it was prompted by the loss of a US Supreme Court court case by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on the issue of sales tax exemption for religious groups. The Watch Tower Society had joined the case as an Amicus curiae, or “friend of the court”. The court ruling would have resulted in the Watch Tower Society having to pay millions of dollars in sales tax if sales of their literature had continued.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are urged to prepare for congregation meetings by studying the assigned Watch Tower literature, and are also expected to read all magazines and books published by the Society. One analysis noted that each year Witnesses are expected to read more than 3000 pages of the Society’s publications, according to its suggested program for personal study. In 1981 this would have included 1536 pages from The Watchtower and Awake!, 48 pages from Our Kingdom Ministry, 384 pages of a book for the congregation book study, 384 pages from the Yearbook, 360 pages of the Theocratic Ministry School textbook and 258 pages of assembly releases. Much of the literature is extensively illustrated, with sociologist Andrew Holden observing utopian, post-Armageddon images of happy Witnesses in bright sunshine and pristine environments, often playing with formerly wild animals such as lions and tigers, in sharp contrast to dark-coloured images of unfavourable activities such as murders, burglaries and promiscuity that highlight the moral dangers outside the organization.

Conversion

To become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a systematic Bible study course is followed. One must also accept Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and repent of sins, and make a personal dedication to God. Participation in the preaching work is required, as well as regular meeting attendance.

The elders ask a series of questions to ensure that the person understands and accepts the Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs. This is done in preparation for baptism. Baptisms are normally performed at assemblies and conventions. At these baptisms, the candidates make “public declaration” of their prior dedication to God. The speaker typically asks the candidates, “On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?” After the candidates answer with an affirmative “yes” and agree that their dedication and baptism “identifies of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization”, they can undergo water immersion.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and congregational discipline

Formal discipline is administered by congregation Elders. In the event that an accusation of serious sin is made concerning a baptized member, if there is sufficient evidence, a tribunal or judicial committee is formed to determine guilt, administer help and possibly apply sanctions.

Disfellowshipping is the most severe form of discipline administered. Before taking this step, the judicial committee must determine that the individual has committed a “serious sin”, and that there is no evidence of true repentance. To judge that repentance is genuine, members of the judicial committee ask questions and review the actions of the accused member. Baptized members who openly reject Jehovah’s Witness beliefs can be disfellowshipped for apostasy. Once the decision to disfellowship has been made, a person has seven days to appeal. After the seven days, if the person has not appealed, the disfellowshipping will be announced to the congregation; disfellowshipping does not take effect until the announcement is made to the congregation. After a person is disfellowshipped, the person is shunned by all baptized members. Exceptions to this would include cases where a member was forced to have commercial dealings with a member who is disfellowshipped, or if the disfellowshipped member is living with family members who are baptized. In these cases, the Witness are not permitted to speak about matters pertaining Jehovah’s Witness beliefs, except in the case of parents conducting a bible study with a disfellowshipped minor. The extent to which disfellowshipped or disassociated relatives living in the same household is included in family life is said to be left to the discretion of the family. But most family members living outside the home who are disfellowshipped have minimal or no contact at all.

Reproof involves sins that could lead to disfellowshipping. Ones considered “truly repentant” are reproved rather than disfellowshipped. Reproof is given “before all onlookers.” If the sin is private in nature, the reproof would involve just the individual(s) involved. If the sin is known generally by the entire congregation or the community, an announcement is made informing the congregation that the person has been reproved. Later, without disclosing names or private details, one of the Elders gives a separate talk ensuring that the congregation understood the sin, its dangers, and how to avoid it. Certain restrictions on congregation privileges will apply to the reproved one, until the Elders have determined that the member has regained “spiritual strength.” Restrictions may include not sharing in meeting parts, not commenting at meeting parts and not praying for a group. The length of the restricted period is dependent upon the elders. One cannot “pioneer” or “auxiliary pioneer” for at least one year after reproof is given.

Marking is practiced if a person’s course of action is regarded as a violation of Jehovah’s Witness beliefs, reflecting badly on the congregation, but is not a disfellowshipping offense. The person is strongly counseled. If, after repeated counsel sessions, the person still pursues the disturbing course, he might be ‘marked’, which involves an announcement stating that the actions in question are wrong, without naming the individual involved. Congregation members limit social contact with that person. The purpose of this is to shame the person into correcting their actions. They do not completely shun the “marked” individual, but social contact is minimised.

Family life

The family structure is patriarchal. According to Jehovah’s Witness beliefs husbands are considered the final authority of family decisions. He is the head of his family. He must only have one wife. Wives should be submissive to their husbands and husbands are to have deep respect and love for their wives. Husbands are instructed to treat their wives as Jesus treated his followers. He should not hurt or mistreat his family in any way. The father should be hard-working in providing necessities to his family. He must also provide for them in a spiritual capacity. This includes religious instruction for the family, and taking the lead in preaching activities. Parental discipline for children should not be in a harsh, cruel way. Children are instructed to obey their parents.

Married couples are encouraged to speak with local elders if they are having problems. Married couples can separate in the case of physical abuse and neglect, or if one partner attempts to hinder the other from being a Jehovah’s Witness. Divorce (with the ability to remarry) is permissible only on the grounds of adultery, based on their understanding of Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9.

Morality

Jehovah’s Witness beliefs regarding sexual behavior reflects conservative Christian views. Abortion is considered murder. Homosexuality, premarital, and extramarital sex are considered sins. Smoking, use of addictive drugs, and drunkenness are prohibited. Modesty is heavily encouraged in dress and grooming. Entertainment promoting immoral, “demonic”, or violent themes is strongly discouraged. In certain areas, personal grooming such as beards, long hair or earrings for men, along with any dress or grooming that is deemed to be rebellious or immodest is discouraged in everyday settings.

Gambling by making money through the losses of others is viewed as a “form of greed” and therefore prohibited. The trading of stocks, shares and bonds is viewed as acceptable.

Blood and Blood Transfusions

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits ingesting blood, and that this includes the storage and transfusion of blood, including in cases of medical emergency. This belief was introduced in 1945, and has been elaborated upon since then. Accordingly, the organization has established ‘Hospital Information Services’ responsible for education and facilitation of bloodless surgery. This service also maintains ‘Hospital Liaison Committees’, whose function is to provide support to adherents.

Although accepted by the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses, evidence indicates a minority does not wholly endorse this doctrine. Facets of the belief have drawn praise and criticism from members of the medical community.

Certain medical procedures involving blood are specifically prohibited under the Watchtower organization’s blood doctrine. Other procedures are not doctrinally prohibited. For procedures where there is no specific doctrinal prohibition, individuals are to obtain details from medical personnel and then make a personal decision.

Use of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and blood plasma are specifically prohibited under this doctrine. Other fractions derived from blood are not prohibited. However, the Watchtower organization states, “some products derived from one of the four primary components may be so similar to the function of the whole component and carry on such a life-sustaining role in the body that most Christians would find them objectionable.”

Separateness

Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that it is vital they remain “separate from the world” in harmony with Jesus’ description of his followers at John 17:14-16. Watch Tower publications define the “world” as “the mass of mankind apart from Jehovah’s approved servants” and teach that it is ruled by Satan and a place of danger and moral contamination. Witnesses manifest their world-renouncing beliefs in many ways. They avoid involvement in social controversies, remain politically neutral and do not seek public office. The Watch Tower Society has stated that voting in political elections is a personal conscience decision, though a Jehovah’s Witness who takes any action considered to be a “violation of Christian neutrality” may face religious sanctions. They refuse participation in ecumenical and interfaith activities, abstain from celebrating religious holidays and reject many customs they claim have pagan origins. They do not work in industries associated with the military, do not serve in the armed services and refuse national military service, which in some countries may result in their arrest and imprisonment. They do not salute or pledge allegiance to the flag or sing national anthems and patriotic songs and demand high standards of morality within their ranks.

Witnesses are urged to restrict to the minimum their social contact with non-members because of perceived dangers of worldly association.

Celebrations

Weddings, anniversaries, and funerals are observed, though they avoid incorporating certain traditions they see to have pagan origins. They may use rings in wedding ceremonies, The Watchtower stating that even if they were first used by pagans that doesn’t necessarily rule out their use for Christians.

Other common celebrations and religious or national holidays such as birthdays, Halloween, and Christmas are not celebrated because they believe that these continue to involve “false religious beliefs or activities.” Watch Tower Society publications rule out the celebration of Mother’s Day because of a claimed link with pagan gods and concerns that giving “special honor and worship” to mothers is a form of creature worship” that could turn people away from God. The Society also directs Witnesses to shun May Day, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day celebrations because of their pagan origins.

Their opposition to birthdays is said to be based on how the Bible presents them. Watch Tower Society publications note that the only birthday celebrations explicitly mentioned in the Bible are Herod’s and Pharaoh’s. Both were associated with executions, and neither celebrant was a servant of God. (Though some religions interpret Job 1:4 to indicate birthday feasts of Job’s sons, Jehovah’s Witnesses interpret them as a circuit of feasts from one house to the next.) The Bible does not show Jesus or his apostles celebrating birthdays and The Watchtower claims the absence of any record of the date of the birth of Jesus or his apostles provides a clear implication that “God does not want us to celebrate any of these birthdays”.

Witnesses typically observe wedding anniversaries, with the Watch Tower Society noting that wedding anniversaries apparently do not stem from pagan origins.

Funding of activities

Jehovah’s Witnesses fund their activities, such as publishing, constructing and operating facilities, evangelism, and disaster relief via donations. There is no tithing or collection, but all are encouraged to donate to the organization; Witnesses typically provide an opportunity for members of the public to make such donations as they encounter them in their preaching work. Donation boxes labeled for several purposes, are located in Kingdom Halls and other meeting facilities. Generally there is a contribution box for operating expenses locally, a Kingdom Hall fund for helping other Witnesses around the world needing a Kingdom Hall, and a general fund for the “Worldwide Work”, which includes the printing of literature, organization of conventions, supporting missionaries and disaster relief, and other operating expenses of the organization.

The accounts (including donations) and the financial operation of the local congregation are reviewed monthly with the entire congregation at the Service Meeting. (This meeting is open to the public.) Donations are also accepted via mail, and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society can be named as a beneficiary to an estate, and also accepts donations in the form of life insurance policies, pension plans, bank accounts, certificates of deposit, retirement accounts, stocks and bonds, real estate, annuities and trusts.

Categories: Doctrine & Changes
  1. Thumbup
    December 9th, 2014 at 11:20 | #1

    Nice Try>>>>>Attempting Kalilinux Testing>>>>>>>
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    We caught him using this to peep into visitors that goes to his website.
    He got mad and denied it said we are lying . There is proof right there that we are not.
    ****************
    Here’s an example of how this person behaved towards the visitors who spoke out.
    Below is a comment between two men on how to get Buddha9. Edoedo is a JW and the owner of a website, Slvlogs.com. He also go by as Bucky Raymond on Youtube.
    Bearon says:
    December 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm
    Oh got it… Hey I mailed a letter and you should get by either thurs or Friday… also I add news about Buddha9. sh sh sh sh sh

    Reply
    edoedo says:
    December 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm
    Bearon! Yes! I soon will know the TOP SECRET about someone.

    Tee hee hee.

    Reply
    **********
    Another hateful comment by Jw Edoedo towards me because I told him to leave Buddha9 alone.
    AH-HA!! See for yourself!
    Posted on December 7, 2014 byedoedo
    CLICK HERE Well, I hope more people will show up and see for yourself and Do you understand the words come out of my keyboard, Thumbup?
    I am Thumbup. See how snide his comment is? Another one for me from him.
    edoedo says:
    December 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm
    #!. I see, you haven’t read what Frekky said about your friend.
    #2.Remember, not all people are perfect, that don’t give you the right to tell me that.
    #3.I have made many mistake and are you telling me you are perfect?
    #4.I am kind of hard to believe you trying to bring up and figure out how to ruin me.
    #5.Are you doing evil things and telling people lie about people?
    #6.That’s not good.
    I responded to him with this.

    My answers.

    #1.Irrelevant

    #2.Rest assured I remember. Tell you what?

    #3.Is that an admission of your cyber abuse, reviling and making falsehood to 2 of the visitors at Slvlogs? Where have I said that I am perfect?

    #4.How am I ruining you? Everything that I said is the truth while yours has been nothing but lies.

    #5.Show me what evil things I have done and show me where I have been telling people lies. Show me the proof.

    I will show you what evil things you have done and you telling people lies about people. I will show you the proof.
    ******************
    This man Edoedo a Jw, also known as Bucky Raymond from Kentucky behaviour is not correct at all!

  2. Thumbup
    December 9th, 2014 at 11:00 | #2

    Hi,
    There is a man by the name of Bucky Raymond. He is a Jw. He owns a website called, Slvlogs.com. I need to report to someone about how he treated two of the visitors at his website.We complained to him that we did not like how he is exposing our email and ip address and he started being very reviling accusing us of being a lair when it is him that is the liar.Leaving nasty comments for us. What can we do?

  3. Jakaratz
    December 7th, 2014 at 17:46 | #3

    Quick to criticize the JWs because of a change in belief. Remember in the first center Apostle Paul had difficulties with his fellow apostles and changes were made back then. Read the Bible and look for yourself. If the first century Christians were corrected to be in line with Scriptures, why is a problem today? It is best to have correction than to live the lie.
    How many believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy? When you grow up and learn the truth you change and promote the truth than not one of the three mentioned are not real. Many Christians continue to this day to continue with the holiday trinity with their young children.

  4. Dan
    August 24th, 2014 at 22:49 | #4

    @Erik
    you are only quoting verse 18 where as verse 17 says that “the father loves me. because I surrender my life so that I may receive it again.” 18 No man takes it away from me. but I surrender it of my own initiative.”
    It is easy to misquote or misdirect from what you want to say unless someone actually reads the verses that you want to pose

  5. Jones
    June 30th, 2014 at 08:44 | #5

    If you will read the book of Genesis and focus on the first commands by God to Adam and Eve you will see that sin started it all. Eve ate the fruit and gave to Adam. They tried to cover themselves with leaves. The first animal death was to use as covering for their bodies. Why God accepted blood sacrifice and the connection to sin is throughout the scriptures. The last blood sacrifice was his own son Jesus as the perfect lamb for the sins of the world. I hope that you will study and pray that God will give you the understanding that will lead you to salvation. Be very careful and search the scriptures and understand what you are doing before you cast your lot with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. @Lorraine Wardley

  6. Lorraine Wardley
    June 28th, 2014 at 18:42 | #6

    Please help, I believe with all my heart in Jehovah, but I will never ever understand that God asked people to sacrifice animals, I am a true animal lover.. Jehovah created animals and they all feel pain and have emotions, I quote ”animals do have a soul” from you’re bible why on earth would a God find sacrifice acceptable. I have two wonderful friends who are Jehovah’s Witness’s I love them dearly, but when I asked them to say a prayer for my dying dog, they chose to say a prayer for me. and not my dog.. they refused?? . please help, this is the only reason I cannot give my life to Jehovah.. It truly breaks my heart.

  7. Jones
    July 23rd, 2013 at 09:33 | #7

    @VC
    Found your post interesting and would love to respond even though you are not addressing me.

    May I ask you what bible you use and if you are allowed to use any bible for comparison and reference?

  8. VC
    July 21st, 2013 at 22:28 | #8

    @Erik Erik, All I can say is you are reading a different Bible. The same word to describe Jesus and his Father as being one is also the same word that describe a husband & wife as one. Even Jesus when questioned by the religious leaders of his time told them that he was the son of God not God the Son. If Jesus and Jehovah were the same how would Jesus turn over the kingdom to his God and Father. The Apostle Paul told the Christians of his time to expel those that were not repentant. Jesus said his followers that they would be no part of the world,. In other words they would not get involved in the politics of the world. I could poke holes in everything you say, but we tell people the “The Good News of God’s Kingdom”. There is no other religion on the face of the earth that is preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom like Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  9. jes rowland
    April 20th, 2013 at 14:37 | #9

    jehovahs witness belief

  10. j.rowland
    April 16th, 2013 at 19:40 | #10

    copy thanks

  11. Kathy
    March 27th, 2013 at 01:59 | #11

    I live in Marysville, WA. Last Thursday morning there was a knock at my door. I opened it to find a single man who handed me a tract. It said Kingdom Hall on the back. I was taken aback as I don’t feel comfortable having a single man come to my door while my husband is at work. I wonder if he really was JW or just scoping out homes that might be empty or women who might be home alone during the day. When ever the JW missionaries have come to my home they have always come as 2 women. Just thought I’d make you aware of this odd occurrence. Single male/female missionaries knocking on doors is not a good practice.

  12. John Bassey
    March 11th, 2013 at 08:41 | #12

    Yes….hhhh! “Jehovah is” really, the One “rocking the nation, so that the desirable things of the nation can come in”… Bcoz, no one can come 2 Jesus Christ, ‘except the father draws him’….Jn6:44. Now, ask urself: to whom am I drawn to? As 4 me, I am a Jehovah’s witness(Isaiah 43:10-12)

  13. otto marconi
    February 22nd, 2013 at 10:33 | #13

    @Michelle
    Dear everything not coming forth from the mouth of the Brooklyn guys is forbidden. Luckily the list isn’t very long… it’s just endless…

  14. Michelle
    January 16th, 2013 at 00:21 | #14

    Is smacking of children condoned? Is imagination in children discouraged? eg fairies, dragons etc.

  15. Erik
    December 20th, 2012 at 18:51 | #15

    @vlcpoet
    Hello vlcpoet,

    I would like to answer some of your questions.

    1. firstborn – in Jewish context which Paul most certainly was, it means preeminent or chief, not always literally firstborn of the whom.

    2. He and the Father are One. Why does John 10:17-18 states Jesus sacrifices His life and resurrects His life on His own initiative.

    3. Jesus of the bible is fully man and fully divine.
    4. God, is He suppose to be an atheist. Who else would He pray to.

    I would really like to know how you understand Psalm 102:25-27 and Hebrews 1:10-12.

    It shows Jehovah as creator in Psalm and Jesus as the same Creator in Hebrews.

    I would say that either the apostle Paul is decieved or the WT is decieved. I know which I think is.

    I have been studying with JW’s now for almost an year and I do understand your theology, I do believe that JW’s are good and sincere people but I realize that there view on Jesus Christ being the Archangel Michael is just not biblical and I wont support that view.

    Blessings to all.

  16. anais
    October 27th, 2012 at 21:20 | #16

    I would like to ask questions to vicpoet.
    1. In which era do you live?
    2. Why and for whom all those questions you stated matter at all?
    3. How the answers pertaining to stories that happen 2000 + years ago will help people to find jobs today?
    4. Why don’t you encourage college education instead of discouraging it?
    5. Why only 2% of JW are college educated?
    6. Do you realize that the point of all your preaching is to tell all other people that they are clueless of how to live their lives, let alone how clueless are they about their own religion?
    7. Does it ever cross your ming how arrogant that is? It is like the US politics going abroad to instill democracy in tribal cultures who are yet to learn what the asphalt is.

    8. Why don’t you make distinction between religous doctrine and beleif in God?
    9. Why someone who believs in God needs an organization created by people to tell them what kind of sex they can have?
    10. Why don’t you talk about broken families and incredible pain you impose on your family members, wintesses or non-witnesses who dare to use their brain, not doctrine, to voice their opinions.

    You keep emphasizing how loving and kind JW witnesses are. Yes, to each other and to those they try to convert only. In general you have double standards, one for JW and others for the others you insultingly call apostates.

    God is Love. God does not disfellowship people or kill them. People do that, controlling freaks, a kind who invented your religion and you, the blind followers.
    Don’t call yourself poet. The poet you are not.

  17. Jones
    August 7th, 2012 at 09:26 | #17

    @vlcpoet Your comments and questions need to be addressed and if we look at scriptures with the desire to have the truth be revealed, we can learn together.

    Your WT bible is on line and I am able to reference it and compare the wording to that of the KJV and NIV. This is the only way I can gain an insight to what you are reading and understanding. It is sometimes difficult to come to the same conclusion as we do not have the same standard to use as our TRUTH. However I will attempt to bridge the gap. Will you join me in this study?

    Phil. 2:5-9 WTSB Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who altho he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men. More than that, he found himself in the fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes death on a torture stake.

    This should answer your questions as to the position that Jesus took and what he knew. Through his birth as a mortal man he became like you and me. That position had to be total human for him to experience what we are exposed to as human beings. He could never be that mediator if he did not know what it is like to be me. He is the firstborn as he is the only one who had this experience. Being totally human put him in the position of knowing what we knew and not what God knew. That was his choice. He created us and put himself in the position to save us also.

    Please read the following scriptures:
    1 Pet. 1:20; John 1:3; John 17:5; John 1:14; Col. 1:15-16.

    What amazes me more than anything is that Jesus is our creator and savior. How great is that?

  18. Perhaps
    July 16th, 2012 at 09:06 | #18

    There seems to be more evidence for Jesus being everything that GOD is and also being everything that man is.

  19. vlcpoet
    July 11th, 2012 at 04:39 | #19

    I have been a Jehovah’s Witness for 40 years and I can truthfully say they have been the best years of my life. In all these comments you only hit the outer edge of what we believe. Usually what you hear is from ex-witnesses that are disgruntled or from those that don’t have clue what the bible says (half-truths)The early Christian Congregation had a Governing Body. They were referred to as the older men. If God does indeed have a government to which you pray for in the Lords Prayer or the Our Father Prayer you certainly have to have those that rule and those that are subjects of that Kingdom. These that rule are the 144,000 or little flock.The subjects are the other sheep. So the idea of have a Theocratically arranged to rule over the subjects is not so unfamiliar. The book of Revelation speaks about most of this.

    Another area of great concern is the paid clergy. Jesus said that you received free you you should give freely. Jehovah’s Witnesses have no paid clergy. Yes, some that work at the headquarters get a small stipend of about 40-60 a month to pay for personal items and they get free room and board.

    There are no collection plates passed around at our Kingdom Halls. We have boxes appropriately placed so if you want to donate you can. We survive by voluntary donations. As for those that come to your door we don’t get paid 1 dime. Any monies collected goes into the printing and distribution of Bibles and Bible based books. In many cases it cost us money to do the work we do such as gas for our vehicles, maintenance,wear and tear on our clothing, we pay for that.

    There are more and more things I would like to address but will do so at another time. But I have some questions regarding the Trinity since it is such a pagan belief. The early Christians didn’t believe in the Trinity. So see if you can answer these 20 questions below.

    1. Why is he called the “firstborn” of all creation? (Col. 1:15; Rev. 3:14)

    2. Why did he say that he did not come of his “own initiative” but was sent? (John 8:42; 1 John 4:9)

    3. Why did Jesus not know the “day and the hour” of the Great Tribulation but God did? (Mt. 24:36)

    4. Who did Jesus speak to in prayer? (Mt. 26:36)

    5. How did he “appear before the person of God for us”? (Heb. 9:24)

    6. Why did Jesus say “the father is greater than I am”? (John 14:28; Phil. 2:5, 6)

    7. Who spoke to Jesus at the time of his baptism saying “this is my son”? (Mt. 3:17)

    8. How could he be exalted to a superior position? (Phil. 2:9, 10)

    9. How can he be the “Mediator between God and Man”? (1Tim. 2:5)

    10. Why did Paul say “the head of Christ is God”? (1Cor. 11:30)

    11. Why did Jesus “Hand over the Kingdom to his God” and “subject himself to God”? (1Cor. 15:24, 28)

    12. Who does he refer to as “my God and your God”? (John 20:17)

    13. How does he sit at God’s right hand? (Ps. 110:1; Heb. 10:12, 13)

    14. Why does John say “no man has seen God at any time”? (John 1:18)

    15. Why did not people die when they saw Jesus? (Ex. 30:20)

    16. How was Jesus Dead and God alive at the same time? (Acts 2:24)

    17. Why did he need someone to save him? (Heb. 5:7)

    18. Who is referred to prophetically at Proverbs 8:22-31?

    19. Why did Jesus say “that all authority has been GIVEN to me in heaven and on earth”? (Mt. 4:11; Dan 7:13, 14)

    20. Why did he have godly fear? (Heb. 5:7)

    21. How could he learn obedience and be made perfect? (Heb. 5:8, 9)

    22. Why would an angel be able to strengthen him or angels minister to him? (Luke 22:43; Mt. 4:11)

    23. Why would Satan try to tempt him if he KNEW that he was GOD? (Mt. 4:1-11)

    24. Jesus when sent to the earth was made to “be Lower” than the angels. (Heb. 2:7) How could any part of a God Head EVER be lower than the angels he created?

    25. If Jesus was the same as God, who was he being tempted to rebel against? Could God be tempted to rebel against himself? (Mt. 4:1)

    26. Near the end of his earthly life, Jesus cried out “My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt. 27:46) Can God desert or forsake himself?

    27. (Heb. 5:8) says that Jesus learned obedience! To whom would he obey if he was GOD? And does God need to learn anything?

    28. God’s justice is strictly perfect. (Ex. 21:23-25) The ransom price was one perfect human for another. An imperfect man’s life would be too low. (Ps. 49:7)

    If Jesus was the same as God, the ransom price paid by a God would have been too high. Adam was a perfect MAN and the ransom price was a perfect MAN, not higher or lower

    I will have more as time allows. But please keep an open mind don’t feel as you are being brainwashed as some will say you.

    This is a very loving and peaceful Organization If you go to a Kingdom Hall you will feel greet-fully and Spiritually warm.

  20. Anna M
    July 9th, 2012 at 20:48 | #20

    This is the Truth Jehovah Witnesses speak right out the bible.

  21. Anna M Boesenberg
    July 9th, 2012 at 20:38 | #21

    Anna M :
    I would like to start receiving the Whatchtowers and Awakes magazines by mail. My address is 41410 Iona Cr. Murrieta Ca nine2562. THANK You Very Much And my comment is Im a beleiver with Jehovahs Witnesses this is the truth.I am disfellowship and one elder or two have came to my door to encourege me to start going to meetings,and I have and enjoy it.Thank You Very Much

  22. Anna M Boesenberg
    July 9th, 2012 at 20:37 | #22

    I would like to start receiving the Whatchtowers and Awakes magazines by mail. My address is 41410 Iona Cr. Murrieta Ca nine2562. THANK You Very Much And my comment is Im a beleiver with Jehovahs Witnesses this is the truth.I am disfellowship and one elder or two have came to my door to encourege me to start going to meetings,and I have and enjoy it.Thank You Very Much

  23. eliakim
    June 22nd, 2012 at 06:46 | #23

    to reject jesus not died on the cross,you had miss the whole power of the cross,thus its difficult to believe in resurrection,i release that being a pastor or teacher in the word of God,it ask prayer becouse you will deceive many,and will result in the hell fire,i dont know if what iam saying is making sense when someone is already have a way to save himself and can believe in what or she know,that is the only true,but remember that not every one is perfect therefore ready the bible yourself and understand yourself about God,do not let others constrait their teaching on you,any try to assure you that what you believe is true,be careful,life is in your hand,you can make a choiceto do anything worth or worse for your life.

  24. michaelkemsons
    June 15th, 2012 at 20:24 | #24

    well dennis if you are still in need of them here is the contact
    and details,give them a call ,tell them micky heemson put you on

  25. Seeking The Truth
    March 12th, 2012 at 23:01 | #25

    so distraught . I made a lot of typing errors . Forgive me for the mistakes@Seeking The Truth

  26. Seeking The Truth
    March 12th, 2012 at 10:51 | #26

    I would also like to know who gives them authority over others .
    That authority should be left to JESUS. for he is the way. All those who receive and believe in Him shall be saved.
    There is a lot of TRUTH in JW belief….I’m learning more and more, but it’s still hard to give up the FAITH which I has grown up in as a child and the Spirit which touched me and saw me try so many times. But I am allowing myself opportune time to meditate deeply on the cause and effect of the troubles in my marriage. Married in sin…..is the worst weakness for SATAN to attack. But God has an armor that will block all of Satans blows, if we just call on Jesus to guide us and give us strength with accurate knowledge of GOD!

  27. Seeking The Truth
    March 12th, 2012 at 09:28 | #27

    I was a divorcee, married a christian who later I fond had been a JW.
    He also got divorced (with 2 kids) We actually married in SIN.
    Over the past 2 years of our newly marriage, Satan has literally destroyed us.
    Now my husband is trying to get back in JW. After he left our home for the 4th time and stayed god knows here, he vowed the only way to save his marriage was by getting back in JW.
    I started attending meetings but soon felt a knot in my stomach about the material I read on the Governing Body…..things were going ok until we had another fight and he left again. Now I just found material about the religion and it states:
    Married couples are encouraged to speak with local elders if they are having problems. Married couples can separate in the case of physical abuse and neglect, or if one partner attempts to hinder the other from being a Jehovah’s Witness. Divorce (with the ability to remarry) is permissible only on the grounds of adultery, based on their understanding of Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9.
    Well when he invited the elders to our house he never told them about any problems we were having. The whole subject was wanting to get re instated. I feel he is using this relion to clear his conscious of wanting a divorce. Alimony child support etc….company finical problems……so
    when we had our last quarrel which ended up with our glass door being broken (on both our part0 Tugg of war with the door knob he left yelling in the streets help me help me. I never touched him….
    Now i feel he’s calling the police to back up his claim of physical abuse to clear in his MIND a ground for separation. If so, he is still responsible to me as HIS WIFE to take care of my NEEDS and pay the bills on this house……or does he get away scott free of ALL HIS RESPONSIBILITIES to me.
    Why do I feel I married a man who was lost, baptized at the same church by the way, married too fast and now wants out.
    I am praying for the right answers because I will not FAKE joining a religion that does not set right in my HEART with my FAITH and BELIEFES…..any answers

  28. luis
    February 1st, 2012 at 21:53 | #28

    i am not a jw but have studied with them in the past, it kinda makes me sick to think that all these lies are being put on some people and im just a 15 year old. kid most people see teenagers as people who dont really care about religion. these are kind people and they dont say non of the lies most people say about them. the human brain tends to look at the darkside of the picture when they should also look at the bright side. i have studied the catholic church, Mormons, Muslims, and jw as well as many other forms of christainity. i have also seen alot of false profits who use gods word for money, also the bible states that the path to salvation is narrow while the wrong path is wide, this does not mean we cant be saved if we study gods word. but out of all the religions i have been to i have to say theres something different about jws, i mean the fact that they are nonprofit, there religion is free and they preach the word of god is just amazing. Jesus said to preach the word of god and that’s what they do, Jesus never forced people to give him money, and these people run on donations not stupid basket handouts and they don’t do none of the crazy things that i have seen in other churches, and they don’t call themselves perfect so you better think with logic a little bit here because if your reading this and have never compleatly read the bible then why are you even judging these people? do yourself a favor go read the bible, open your eyes a little, and then come back and try to find a way to surprise me cause truth is, your just a plain old hater.

  29. Genie
    December 28th, 2011 at 19:19 | #29

    How can I help my family understand the truth if they won’t even acknowledge I exist? I resigned 10 years ago and lost everyone.

  30. christine njeri
    November 17th, 2011 at 06:10 | #30

    Thank you for highlighting the Jehovah’ witness belief, I used to hear that they have weird beliefs, but I had never come across. I now know a few things they believe in . Thank you

  31. ernesto tongoy
    November 15th, 2011 at 19:44 | #31

    i would like to know he guidelines on how to report improper conduct and behaviour of elders of your congregation. thank you very much

  32. Chongola Mbelele
    September 1st, 2011 at 07:18 | #32

    @Annamama
    You are right. Jws do not do that. thank you for your quick understanding.

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