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Jehovah Witnesses Their Beliefs

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    • The main beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses
    • Authority
      • Contrary to many religions, including Christianity, Jehovah Witnesses is a very well organized religion
      • The hierarchy is well established
      • Sole authority is given to the Governing Body and the Bible
      • In reality, it is given to the Governing Body because the governing Body is the only Entity that can correctly interpret the Bible
    • Their Bible
      • New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures/ volunteer times
      • Translated by unknown scholars
      • Claimed to be anonymous to deny credit to themselves
      • But researchers say that it is because of their lack of credibility and credentials
      • Only Fred Franz had one semester of Greek in a seminary
      • Overemphasis on Jehovah as God’s name
      • Mistranslations to deny Christ’s deity
      • Interpretation is accurate only when done by the Watch and Tower Society under the leadership and instructions of the Governing Body
      • The interpretation needs to be mediated by this only organization to be valid
    • God
      • There is one God for the Jehovah Witnesses
      • There is only one name for them: Jehovah
      • Jehovah is sovereign and Almighty
      • Jehovah is the Creator
      • Jehovah is God of the Universe
      • Jehovah is fully in control
      • There are a monotheistic religion
    • Jesus
      • Jesus was a great prophet
      • Jesus never claimed equality with God and is not part of a Trinity
      • Jesus is not to be worshipped...It is a form of idolatry
      • His life is divided into three stages
      • Before coming on earth
      • During his life on earth
      • And after his second coming
      • Jesus is a created spirit being, ruling as king of God’s Kingdom
      • Jesus is not God Almighty
    • Trinity
      • Since Jesus is not God, there is no need of a trinity
      • Trinity is outrageous to Jehovah Witnesses
      • Man was created in the image of God
      • Have you ever saw a man with three heads?
      • The Holy Spirit is just an active force of God (just like electricity)
    • Death
      • Death is a state of sleep until resurrection for the judgment
      • The soul that sins will die but the righteous will live
      • The soul will die also when someone dies, therefore the soul is not immortal
      • Not everyone will resurrect, only those chosen by Jehovah
      • The sinners are destroyed forever
      • No need to be resurrected to be judged
    • Salvation
      • No Witnesses have the assurance of salvation
      • They only hope that they can be saved and hope that they will
      • The proven works will show them worthy enough to be saved and they can not know when they reach that point
      • They have to work enough in order to maintain a standard that can show worthiness
      • Salvation is not guaranteed in Jesus Christ because any perfect man could have done it
      • Two groups that will reach salvation: 144,000 and a great multitude. The first in heavens and the latter on earth
    • Hell- last days
      • A basic foundation of JW doctrines is that hell doesn’t exist
      • No bodily torment for anyone
      • End times were key to the beginning of the JW movement
      • Many key dates were given in the beginning for the end times (none of them was correct)
      • Armageddon is the literal end of this world
      • The destroyed people will be annihilated, disappeared, destroyed with no chance to come back
    • Witnessing to the Witnesses
      • We need to have a heart of compassion for the Jehovah Witnesses
      • We have to realize that they are not just a denomination with different ideas and ways of functioning
      • They are different from Christianity
      • They Reject the only way to God
      • They deny the promise of Christ for a special place in heaven
      • We need to share Christ to them
      • As long as they don’t close the door on us, we need to keep our door open to share Christ love to them
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