What do you know about Jehovah witnesses?
- BJLv 71 decade ago
I know for a fact, their organization is growing whereas others are not.
Last year 2005, 247,631, became Jehovah's Witnesses and everyone of these had to change their minds pertaining to the false teachings that they had been taught, these were people that used their own Bible, King James, etc., 28,384 were from the United States.
40 new Kingdom Halls are build each and every "week" and when they are finished, they fill up very quickly, which is more than you can say about other Religions.
Recently a clergyman in Brooklyn, New York, obtained a copy of the book The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life. He was so impressed with the chapter dealing with prayer that he used the book to teach members of his church this chapter in a special meeting. Later he was asked by one of them, “Are you teaching us out of those Jehovah’s witnesses’ books?”
He replied: “It is the truth, isn’t it? When you want Sunday-school literature, you buy it from several sources, don’t you? Well, Jehovah’s witnesses teach the truth. Furthermore, when you see Jehovah’s witnesses with the Watchtower magazine, you ought to take it, because they print the truth.”
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I know a lot because I was a JW for many years.
I could say many good things about the Witnesses, yet I chose to leave them. Why? Because even though JW's are nice moral people , who do a lot of good, the bottom line is that they are a religion based on the teachings of men. They teach error and falsehood and call it "truth".
If today their Governing Body tells them that a certain Scripture should be interpreted in a certain way, then they will argue to the death that that is tthe "truth" and the ONLY acceptable interpretation. But if their Governing Body changes their minds (and they've changed their mind lots of times), then they will abandon what they swore to you was "truth" today and teach the exact opposite of it tomorrow. All the while insisting that the new revised belief is "truth".
They say they believe the Bible, but ithe Bible doesn't change. In reality they believe the Watchtower and it has changed quite a lot. So they change with the Watchtower instead of holding fast to the Scriptures.
From Day One they have claimed to have special direction from the Holy spirit and God himself, yet their prophecies - which they have confidently proclaimed as being certain of fulfillment because they were supposedly guaranteed by God himself - have all failed, including the one about 1914 which was supposed to bring an end to all earthly governments. Instead, it brought World War I which the Witnesses have skillfully incorporated into their 1914 teaching - regardless of the fact that their teaching about 1914 now is vastly different than it was prior to 1914.
Jesus said that if a blind man guides a blind man, they will both fall into a pit. Considering the track record of the Watchtower, I think I can find my way just as well without them.
- MicahLv 61 decade ago
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the entire Bible is the inspired word of God.They hold to the Bible as a standard for all their beliefs.
They worship Jehovah as the only true God(Psalms 83:18 Exodus 6:3)
They believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, the first of all God's creations, that he sacrificed his life for imperfect humans so that we have the chance to receive everlasting life,something that our first parents Adam & Eve lost.
They believe that God's Kingdom is the only hope for mankind; that it is a real government; that it will soon put an end to all wickedness, including all human governments, and that it will produce a new government in which righteousness will prevail.
They believe that God's original purpose for the earth will be fulfilled; that the earth will be completely populated by worshippers of the true God and that these will be able to enjoy eternal life in human perfection; that even the dead will be brought back to life with an opportunity to also share in those blessings.
They believe that the dead are conscious of absolutely nothing; that they are experiencing neither pain nor pleasure, that they exist in God's memory, so hope for their future lies in a resurrection from the dead.
They believe that we are now living in the last days, that some living today will also see the destruction of the wicked; that lovers of righteousness will survive into a paradise earth.
They remain separate from the world just as Jesus commanded them to do.They remain neutral when it comes to politics or warfare against their fellowman.
They believe that blood is sacred and that life is in the blood and their lives rightly belong to God. (See Gen.9:4, Leviticus 7:27, Acts 15:20, Acts 15:29. )
They expect to be hated and persecuted since Jesus said they would be. Many do not hate them personally, but they hate the message that the Witnesses bring to them regarding God's Kingdom.
They strive to apply Bible counsel in every aspect of life.
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- KaeMaeLv 41 decade ago
more than I knew 4 months ago. after meeting one, I found out they spend lots of their time trying to preach the good news. They are very enjoyable to study with. They very considerate,if you tell them you have to stop studying for a while or forever , they respect that or will do what you have time to do. They study scriptures probably more than any other group. They only teach 144,000 go to heaven and the others go to paradise earth if they obey Jehovah. They teach hell is the grave. They try harder then any other group to convert others.They use a Bible called New World Translation which is easier to understand. But they use anyother Bible you prefer to compare scripture.
- achtung_heissLv 71 decade ago
Jehovah's Witnesses understand the Scriptures to teach that God's Kingdom will soon replace all earthly governments.
(Daniel 2:44) God of heaven will set up a kingdom... It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite
That Kingdom will rule over the vast majority of mankind, most of whom will have been raised from the dead after Armageddon.
(John 11:23,24) Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”
(Acts 24:15) There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.
Until that resurrection, there is no suffering in "hell", or the grave. Sometime after the resurrection, death and "hell" will themselves be destroyed.
(Ecclesiastes 9:5) For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all
(Ecclesiastes 9:10) there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol ["hell"]
(Revelation 20:14) And death and Hades ["hell"] were hurled into the lake of fire
While a limitted number of humans will be resurrected to heaven to share in ruling over mankind, the vast majority (literally more than 99.9%) of Jehovah's Witnesses expect an EARTHLY hope, the same hope given to Adam and Eve.
(Genesis 1:28) God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill THE EARTH and subdue it [caps added]
(Genesis 2:17) You must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die [so never eating from that tree means never dying]
Interestingly, the Scriptures are full of references to this earthly hope.
(Psalms 37:11) 'the meek will possess the earth'
(Proverbs 2:21) 'upright will reside in the earth'
(Isaiah 45:18) 'God formed the earth to be inhabited'
(Matthew 5:5) 'the mild will inherit the earth'
(Revelation 21:3) The tent of God is with mankind
Jehovah's Witnesses' official website:
- 1 decade ago
"Jehovah's Witnesses are members of an international religion who believe they are the restoration of first-century Christianity. Their preaching, evangelistic, and publishing activities are extensive, with congregations in most parts of the world. Their most widely-known publications are the religious magazines, The Watchtower and Awake!. Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, they are directed by a Governing Body. Each local congregation is overseen by a group of elders, who are appointed by representatives of the Governing Body. Official membership of the organization currently stands at over 6.6 million."
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I was raised as a JW and I could talk for days on end about the experience. The main thing I take away is they are not a very loving community of people. They segregate themselves socially from non-JW's and shun any who have the nerve to not agree with them. I did not choose this religion, I was born into it. When I reached an age to make my own choices and did not choose their way I was shunned by all. Including my mother, sisters, grandparents and all other JW's including best friends from childhood. They come off as very normal and reasonable people and can manipulate the scriptures to fit their beliefs as anyone can do if you take things out of context. But beware, they build the community in isolation then pull the rug aout from underneath you if you do not agree or choose to go a different path. There is only ONE way and that is THEIR way.
- TeeMLv 71 decade ago
1st it Jehovah's Witnesses, We witness about Jehovah God.
I know they fulfill Jesus' identifying mark of true Christianity, by showing love.
I know they practice what the bible says.
I know they don't mix Plato's teachings with Jesus' such as, immortal soul and the trinity.
I know they would rather die than kill their neighbor.
I know that my life has been so much better after becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses than it was prior to.
- MerryLv 41 decade ago
To Martin S ... So, Russell was only 18...
Josiah was only 8 when he began ruling in Jerusalem
(2 Kings 22:1,2)
Did you never read,Out of the mouths of Babes...?
Knowing the young children of JW's, I'd say 18 is
a man...and God is certainly wise enough to draw
honest-hearted ones of ANY age.
- Martin SLv 71 decade ago
Jehovah Witness: The Historical Background
Jehovah Witness doctrine was founded by Charles Taze Russell. He was only 18-year-old when he began a Bible study that focused on the second coming of Jesus, as well as the chronology of the Bible. As a result of his study, which took place around 1870, he published numerous books. During that decade, he also presented several formal lectures. In 1879, Russell founded Herald of Christ's Presence and Zion's Watch Tower, which became monthly publications. In 1884, the Zion's Watch Tower and Tract Society were officially formed. Russell served as the president until he died in 1916. Russell also authored a series of books called "Studies in the Scriptures," which became the basis of the Jehovah Witness theology. Today, several men lead the Jehovah's Witness "theocratic" organization, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WBTS). The organization is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Jehovah Witness: The Basic Theology
Jehovah Witness theology has many subtle (and not-so-subtle) nuances. Here are the basics of Watchtower doctrine: God is a single being, not a Trinity. He is not all-knowing or present everywhere. (At one point, the WBTS proclaimed that God ruled the universe from somewhere in the Pleiades star system. They have since backed down from this teaching.) First, God created Michael the Archangel, through whom God later created all "other things," such as the earth, the universe, and all mankind. This process took place over exactly 42,000 years. When it was time for the birth of a savior, Michael became a man, in the form of Jesus Christ. He was without sin and kept every law of God. According to Jehovah's Witness theology, Jesus was put to death on a "torture stake." It is here that He bore the sins of all mankind (except for Adam). Later, Jesus rose from death in spirit, but did not rise in physical form. Jehovah's Witnesses who faithfully abide by God's organization on earth (the WBTS) will be spared from eternal annihilation. They will live forever on Paradise Earth. Heaven is a special place that is reserved for a distinct group of 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, who have been deemed "born again" by the WBTS and are allowed to take annual communion. Generally, Jehovah's Witnesses agree to attend five meetings a week where they are taught from WBTS literature. After studying the material for at least six months, they answer a series of questions before a panel of elders, and upon approval, are baptized into the organization. Followers are then asked to maintain a modest appearance and demeanor, refusing to vote in government elections, salute the American flag, join the U.S. armed forces, or celebrate birthdays and Christmas. Each member is required to fulfill a schedule of public canvassing in order to distribute WBTS literature and collect donations for WBTS headquarters in New York. If a Jehovah's Witness leaves the organization, he is shunned in all ways. Outside the WBTS organization, "Christendom" is considered "demonic." Christianity is deemed "apostate," filled with pastors who are antichrists, in churches run by Satan, who support the earthly governments.
Jehovah Witness: Watchtower Doctrine vs. Christian Doctrine
Jehovah Witness and Christian theology actually have some basic similarities. Generally, they both teach that God is the Creator of everything, as opposed to naturalistic evolution, and they both share the belief that Jesus Christ will ultimately return to earth to destroy Satan and establish God's eternal kingdom. However, this is where the general similarities cease. There are many important differences in doctrine between the Jehovah's Witnesses and evangelical Christianity, most important of which is the person and nature of Jesus Christ. The deity of Christ is the central point of the entire Bible. Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is God. The Jehovah Witness teachings concerning Jesus Christ clearly contradict the teachings of the Bible. Multiple passages tell us that Jesus Christ, who existed as God, took the bodily form of a humble servant so that He could die on the cross in our place.
Jehovah Witness doctrine considers the 66 books of The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) as the only true and divinely inspired Word of God. The NWT is produced and published by an "anonymous" translation committee of the WBTS. The NWT is regarded as the best and only translation of the Bible, because "the translators held so closely to what is in the original Bible languages." In addition, the "governing body" of the WBTS is regarded as God's only true channel of accurate biblical interpretation. As such, Jehovah Witness doctrine requires that we be "associated with God's channel, his organization" in order to be true followers of God. This means that there is no salvation apart from the WBTS. Christian doctrine holds that the Bible is indeed composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, and is indeed the inspired and infallible Word of God. However, the NWT is not a legitimate translation, and merely reflects Jehovah Witness theology, especially its bias against the deity of Jesus Christ and the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. For example, John 1:1 in the NWT reads, "and the Word [Jesus] was a god." All other legitimate Bible translations say, "and the Word [Jesus] was God."
Jehovah Witness: The Basic Christian Response
As far as the Jehovah's Witness claim that the NWT is the only true interpretation of the Bible, the Christian response is that no religious leader or religious organization can claim exclusive control or possession of the true interpretation of the Bible. Through the Holy Spirit, all Christians are capable of interpreting and understanding the Holy Bible. As far as the Jehovah's Witness claim that the WBTS is the only way to God and salvation, the Christian response is that all people who have accepted the free gift of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are saved. Salvation is "by grace through faith" in Jesus Christ alone. No amount of works or membership in any religious group is required for eternal life with God.Source(s): The Answers button @ http://web.express56.com/~bromar/