Jehovahs Witnesses | Facts About Their Beliefs
I included this post to bring many of the new visitors “up to speed” with regard to Jehovah’s Witnesses and the facts about their beliefs. If you know little or nothing about the Jehovah’s Witnesses then pull up a chair.
I’m moving fast with this so feel free to ask questions using the comment form or you can send a direct question to me by clicking here. This list is by no means complete nor is it intended to be. It is merely here to clue newcomers in on the facts about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their beliefs.
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Just The Facts
- The Jehovah’s Witnesses actively teach that the Bible is virtually impossible to understand and that it has to be interpreted through someone who is “anointed” by Holy Spirit. Conveniently enough they have plenty of these “anointed” ones at their headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.
- They teach that God is Jehovah, the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. They teach that He is “one Jehovah” and not part of a trinity.
- They teach that Jesus was just a man while on earth. While in heaven He was and is, Michael the Archangel.
- They teach that Jesus isn’t equal to Jehovah and that the two are separate and distinct beings.
- They teach that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force, much like electricity. This force is used by Jehovah to accomplish His will.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that any belief system or religious teaching other than theirs is part of the “great apostasy” and is “of the devil”.
- They teach that Jesus was hung on a “torture stake” or pole and not a cross.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that when we die we are completely unconscious. Nothing survives the body except for a memory that Jehovah has of us. If we were good then Jehovah may choose to resurrect us in the “New System” (a non-biblical Watchtower term to describe paradise).
- They teach that when Armageddon comes, all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses and any who are not “good enough” will be destroyed by God and this will usher in the new system of things and paradise.
- They teach that taking blood of any type is a violation of God’s laws and is a grave sin. This includes eating blood and taking blood transfusions.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowship members for violations of their laws such as smoking, drinking to excess, fornication, adultery, murder, eating or accepting blood, adopting another faith or attending another church, and disagreeing with the teachings of their leaders, the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society. They will also disfellowship anyone found to be associating with another disfellowshipped person. Eating with such a person or even speaking to them is considered a grave sin.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they are duty bound to preach door to door about the impending end of the world in order to avoid being held “blood guilty” by Jehovah at Armageddon. They believe that if they fail to “witness” to others about the need to convert to their faith, they themselves will die at the hands of Jehovah at Armageddon or if they die sooner than that, they won’t be resurrected by Jehovah.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses are obsessed with the notion that objects, books, and television shows can be “demonic” and provide a channel for influence from the demons. The term “demonized” is used frequently and is a basis for extreme fear in JW’s.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in two classes of Christian. One is of the “earthly class” or the “other sheep”. The other class is a “heavenly class” of a literal number: 144,000 spoken of in Revelation. They believe that only the “anointed” or members of the 144,000 have the power to interpret the scriptures and to make policy for the “great crowd” of the “other sheep”.
- They teach that meeting attendance and field service (door to door preaching) is mandatory and that to become “inactive” (missing meetings and failing to report time in field service) is to risk losing Jehovah’s favor and dying at Armageddon.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses teach a decidedly works based salvation. While they do accept the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a perfect man, they believe that they still must work to prove themselves worthy to Jehovah.
- They teach that all holidays are “of the devil” and are steeped in paganism. Anyone caught celebrating a holiday stands to be disfellowshipped.
- They teach their followers not to join the military or engage in any other profession that might involve taking a life. Any JW that joins the military can’t be disfellowshiped because of federal law, but a letter can be read from the “platform” stating that this person is not fit association and is therefore disassociated from the congregation.
- Any involvement in politics is strictly forbidden including voting or running for any office. Even JW children are not allowed to run for student council or any other post that requires a vote.
- JW children are strongly discouraged from engaging in any organized sporting activity at school.
- Associating with anyone not “of the faith” is strongly discouraged.
- The Jehovah’s Witnesses have their own version of the scriptures that was put together by a team of translators. The New World Translation is their only approved version. Other versions are considered biased and Jehovah’s Witnesses will do their best to get you to use their bible rather than your own.
- They teach that Christ is not to be worshiped and that only Jehovah (the Father) is deserving of such worship.
- They believe in a classical creation using 7,000 (I incorrectly put 1,000 years here originally. It has now been corrected. Thanks for pointing this out James!) years for each day of the creation account.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the doctrine of “hell fire” and instead teach that “hell” or “hades” is the common grave of mankind.
I’m sure I missed quite a few “spots” so if anyone wants to contribute some comments regarding the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses please feel free. This should help educate non-Jehovah’s Witnesses and help them along in the reading of this blog.