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Jehovah Witnesses Their Beliefs

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Jehovah Witnesses Their Beliefs

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

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