Are Jehovah's Witnesses polytheistic or monotheistic?

Monotheism is "belief in the existence of one god, or in the oneness of God. As such, it is distinguished from polytheism, the belief in the existence of many gods (...)"

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  • TeeM
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Was Paul a polytheistic or a monotheistic?

    Let us read what he said:

    (2 Corinthians 4:4) “4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.”

    (1 Corinthians 8:5, 6) “. . .just as there are many “gods” and many “lords,” 6 there is actually to us one God, the Father, from whom all things are and we for him;. . .”

    The basic term 'god' literally means "a mighty one".

    In this context there are as Paul states, "many gods and many lords" including Satan.

    But for Christians there is only one God, the Father, Jehovah.

    Our God sent his Son to die as a ransom so that you and I can come to have a personal relationship with Him and may also have forgiveness and thus gain eternal life.

    It is the trinitarian who is confused.

    They play word games, but they believe in 3 Gods meeting the definition of a polytheist.

    It is the trinitarian who is confused, because their God is a mystery, unknowable.

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  • 1 month ago

    One can argue that they are henotheists

    believing in

    - Almighty God ("Jehovah")

    - Jesus, "a god"

    - Satan, "the god of this world"

    but worshiping only one of those.

  • 1 month ago

    Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Definition: The worldwide Christian society of people who actively bear witness regarding Jehovah God and his purposes affecting mankind. They base their beliefs solely on the Bible.

    What beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses set them apart as different from other religions?

    (1) Bible: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, and instead of adhering to a creed based on human tradition, they hold to the Bible as the standard for all their beliefs.

    (2) God: They worship Jehovah as the only true God and freely speak to others about him and his loving purposes toward mankind. Anyone who publicly witnesses about Jehovah is usually identified as belonging to the one group—“Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

    (3) Jesus Christ: They believe, not that Jesus Christ is part of a Trinity, but that, as the Bible says, he is the Son of God, the first of God’s creations; that he had a prehuman existence and that his life was transferred from heaven to the womb of a virgin, Mary; that his perfect human life laid down in sacrifice makes possible salvation to eternal life for those who exercise faith; that Christ is actively ruling as King, with God-given authority over all the earth since 1914.

    (4) God’s Kingdom: They believe that God’s Kingdom is the only hope for mankind; that it is a real government; that it will soon destroy the present wicked system of things, including all human governments, and that it will produce a new system in which righteousness will prevail.

    (5) Heavenly life: They believe that 144,000 spirit-anointed Christians will share with Christ in his heavenly Kingdom, ruling as kings with him. They do not believe that heaven is the reward for everyone who is “good.”

    (6) The earth: They believe that God’s original purpose for the earth will be fulfilled; that the earth will be completely populated by worshipers of Jehovah and that these will be able to enjoy eternal life in human perfection; that even the dead will be raised to an opportunity to share in these blessings.

    (7) Death: They believe that the dead are conscious of absolutely nothing; that they are experiencing neither pain nor pleasure in some spirit realm; that they do not exist except in God’s memory, so hope for their future life lies in a resurrection from the dead.

    (8) Last days: They believe that we are living now, since 1914, in the last days of this wicked system of things; that some who saw the events of 1914 will also see the complete destruction of the present wicked world; that lovers of righteousness will survive into a cleansed earth.

    (9) Separate from the world: They earnestly endeavor to be no part of the world, as Jesus said would be true of his followers. They show genuine Christian love for their neighbors, but they do not share in the politics or the wars of any nation. They provide for the material needs of their families but shun the world’s avid pursuit of material things and personal fame and its excessive indulgence in pleasure.

    (10) Apply Bible counsel: They believe that it is important to apply the counsel of God’s Word in everyday life now—at home, in school, in business, in their congregation. Regardless of a person’s past way of life, he may become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses if he abandons practices condemned by God’s Word and applies its godly counsel. But if anyone thereafter makes a practice of adultery, fornication, homosexuality, drug abuse, drunkenness, lying, or stealing, he will be disfellowshipped from the organization.

    (The above list briefly states some outstanding beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses but by no means all the points on which their beliefs are different from those of other groups. Scriptural basis for the above beliefs can be found through the Index of this book.)

    Source(s): Does God Have an Organization? https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2011406#h=1:0-...
  • Peter
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    J/W's believe there are many God/s, but that only one is true.

    • Michael
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      True many god's The Bible explains the course we need to pursue to enjoy a close, loving relationship with our Life-Giver, Jehovah.

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  • 1 month ago

    They like to have many partners and sleep with anyone so poly 💟😙

  • 1 month ago

    The reason why your Q is reasonable, is due to the confusion caused by the JW stance on the deity of Christ. On one hand, JWs say Jesus is 'a god' but a different, created god to Jehovah God; then on the other hand they refuse to give their Jesus any worship whatsoever.

    And, as for the Holy Spirit, that does not come into their worship equation whatsoever because they say 'it' is merely an energy source from Jehovah, basically, a commodity they can tap into the more they study and do JW things. JWs are encouraged to avail themselves of more 'holy spirit' by getting closer to the tiny group of JWs who claim to be anointed with 'holy spirit' power.

    Perhaps I can illustrate the problem like this. There are two thrones. One has Jehovah God seated on it. The other has Jesus Christ seated on it. JWs bow before Jehovah's throne but refuse point blank to bow before Jesus' throne. Given their conviction that Jesus is a creature, with a starting point in time (and humans are not to worship creatures), we can understand how they are trying to be monotheistic. But the situation is that because they so deride the blessed Holy Spirit, they are blind to the full, uncreated deity of Christ, who is of the same divine Being as is the Father and the Holy Spirit.

    The one god JWs worship is a simple god, a numerically singular god, and the other god they speak of (Jesus Crist) is a god in name only (meaning 'a mighty one') but because Jehovah supposedly created Jesus, they must never worship Jesus. They are trying to bow down in worship before Jehovah's throne alone, but have fallen down in a heap between two thrones. Only the Holy Spirit can lift them up and make their worship acceptable, for He would reveal to them that God is a complex Being, and that when you worship the Father, you equally worship the Son and the Holy Spirit, as this is the One Being of God the Bible depicts. That is why Rev. chs 5 & 6 & 22 depict the throne of God in Heaven as having the Lamb [Jesus] at its center, and the seven-fold Spirit surrounding that one throne - all Heaven worshipping Him who sits on the throne, and the Lamb.

    Until JWs take these words of Jesus seriously, they remain in a heap. "That all may honor the Son JUST AS they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him." John 5:22-23 And for as long as they have corrupted the Bible by changing it where the full deity of Christ is stated, the Holy Spirit will not lift them up, because they refuse to lift up the Son. Jesus said that the role of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Him, so that is why the JWs do not bring glory to Jesus: "The Spirit of truth... will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine." (John 16:13-15)

    So, yes, the JWs are monotheistic, but the question remains, "Is their God really the God of the Bible, or the God of the Watchtower Society, which has emasculated the Son and the Holy Spirit from equally being this One God?"

    • Annsan_In_Him
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Montez - you have just contradicted yourself in that comment. JWs believe Jesus is the Mighty God of Isaiah 9:6, right? That's how they've rendered their holy book there. And in 10:21 Jehovah is called the Mighty God too. Care to explain what, to JWs, must be a contradiction?

  • 1 month ago

    Every time I see anything from them it seems like nonsense as it rarely agrees with what the real bible says. They have their own translation and therefore have invented their own religion which is NOT Christian.

    • Michael
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      it advocates are unsurpassed. Its message is powerful and beneficial. This book of incomparable value deserves to be taken off our shelves and given careful attention and scrutiny.

  • 1 month ago

    Say whatever else you will about Jehovah's Witnesses. At least they know the difference between one and three.

    • Michael
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Holy spirit - The invisible energizing force that God puts into action to accomplish his will. It is holy because it comes from Jehovah, who is clean and righteous to the highest degree, and because it is God’s means to accomplish what is holy.​—Lu 1:35; Ac 1:8.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    JW' are Morontheistic like all Christians .

    Other christians are jealous of how true christian JW's are

    • 1 month agoReport

      Sweet - Yoel is the literate one here . Morontheistic does look like Mono

  • 1 month ago

    Jehovah's Witnesses are educated enough to know what monotheism and polytheism are you condescending nothing.

    • Annsan_In_Him
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      To all JWs - do you know what henotheism is? For that is what you are - henotheists.

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