Wednesday, April 20, 2016

So What's the Difference - Jehovah's Witnesses

While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion.  

                                         Worldview                                  Jehovah Witnesses

Authority              The Bible, the Word of God                 Watchtower Society & its
                           The only infallible source of truth           publications only.
Only source of       Bible, Word of God                           Watchtower & its publications
truth                       2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16                         Cannot understand Bible by
                              Romans 1:16                                   yourself.
                              John 1:1-5,14                                 Use New World Translation -  
                              Matthew 4:4                                     an edited version of the 
                                                                                     King James Bible.

Core Beliefs         1 Corinthians 15:1-3  Jesus                Jehovah (One God the Almighty)  
                                was crucified, died, buried             Jesus (Mighty - incarnation of the  
                                & rose from the dead.                     archangel Michael). 
                           Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body                Jesus did not rise bodily from the 
                               (church composed of all                   dead.
                                believers), one Spirit, one              No hell, hard works earn Paradise.   
                                hope of your calling (heaven),         
                                one Lord, one faith, one baptism,    
                                one God & Father of us all.           

Salvation by          Faith in Jesus Alone                         Works / good living - Jesus created  
                                John 3:16, 14:6                              the opportunity for the individual to
                                Ephesians 2:8-9                             to work for their salvation.
                                Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17             

Life of faith            Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27)     Devotion / work for Jehovah 
 characterized by  Living for Jesus (the walk) &             Attend 5 meetings a week at the    
                                imitators of His life                       kingdom hall    
                                Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6        Share beliefs with those who will listen.  
                                Colossians 3:1-4:6                       
                             Telling others of Jesus 2 Cor. 5       .

Afterlife belief       Millennial kingdom - Jesus will         Heaven for the original 144,000 who 
                              return & reign for 1,000 year as        believed & followed.
                              promised.   Revelation 20:4          Paradise for those who believed &    
                            Heaven, paradise, the New               followed after 1935.    
                              Jerusalem - eternal                      For all who did not become a       
                              Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation        Jehovah Witness - they will be 
                               chapter 21 & 22.                            annihilated & cease to exist.    
                            Hell - place of eternal suffering       There is no hell / eternal suffering.    
                              for those who rejected God &              
                              Jesus.  Revelation 20:10-15

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