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.
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