Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

By | August 30, 2019

Around the world, there are estimated to be
thousands of different Christian denominations, with Catholics alone making up more than one
billion adherents. And while all of these denominations have
different beliefs about aspects of Christianity, none are quite as well known for their unique
views as the Jehovah’s Witnesses . You yourself may have even been visited by one on your
doorstep. But what exactly sets Jehovah’s Witnesses
apart, and what do they believe? Well, unlike Christianity as a whole, the
Jehovah’s Witnesses were founded relatively recently, in the late 1800s, just about forty
years after Mormonism got its start. The founder was Charles Taze Russell, a biblical
scholar, who, like other religious founders, had his own interpretation of the Bible. Russell would say that the world was soon
coming to an end, and expressed this and other thoughts in a journal called The Watchtower. Supporters of Russell would meet to study
the Bible, and eventually became a small religious ministry. After Russell’s death, the group was taken
over by a high ranking member and former judge, Joseph Franklin Rutherford. Rutherford a number of failed predictions,
including that the biblical Abraham and Isaac would be resurrected in 1925. This eventually forced a split within the
ministry in 1931. The remaining group was led by Rutherford,
and renamed the Jehovah’s Witnesses, operating out of Brooklyn, New York. Today Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to have
roughly 8 million adherents worldwide, or “publishers” as they’re called, and
yet, most people know very little about the religion’s unique views. For one, it is taught that Satan was thrown
out of heaven and came to earth around October 1st, 1914, and that Armageddon would occur
during the lives of those living in 1914. The door-to-door proselytizing for which Jehovah’s
witnesses are famous for is, in part, based on the urgency of this “end times” prophecy. But in 1995, when it was clear that most of
the people alive in 1914 were dying, the prophecy was officially revised to have no clear end
date. Jehovah’s Witnesses also deny Trinitarianism,
which is the Christian belief that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one entity. Instead, they believe that Jesus, being the
Son of God, is a lesser entity, and call the Trinity a form of pagan idolatry. Along those lines, they also do not celebrate
birthdays or any non-Christian holidays, seeing them also as pagan. Jehovah’s Witnesses stress that the only
date to be commemorated is the death of Jesus. They don’t even celebrate his birth, Christmas. In 1945 it was established that Witnesses
could not give or receive blood transfusions based on a unique reading of a bible passage,
calling blood itself sacred. However, it’s not all alternative beliefs. There is also a strong emphasis on cleanliness,
both physical and spiritual, manifesting as honesty and modesty. While these are inherent in many religions,
they are especially paramount for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Between believing the world is about to end,
never celebrating a birthday, and not being allowed to receive blood in a life or death
situation, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are an interesting group, with some very unique beliefs. Another religious group, often compared to
Jehovah’s Witnesses, and stemming from roughly the same recent time period, are Mormons. Mormons wield considerable influence in the
United States, and in the 2012 election, Mormon Mitt Romney nearly became president. So, just how powerful is the Mormon Church?

0 thoughts on “Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

  1. Leona Banks Post author

    I decided to leave this Organizational Cult when they were no longer following the Teachings of Jesus Christ and started following the teachings of the Governing Body. We are instructed to follow Jesus, not people. People can be our example, but they should never be our Standard. We are supposed to be becoming more Christ like, not more like imperfect men who have admitted in their own literature and broadcast that they are NOT Inspired by God, nor are they Infallible. I promised  my Mother, who have passed that I would remain LOYAL to Jehovah and ALWAYS follow Jesus teachings. I will go to my grave doing just that. I now belong to a Non-Denominational Bible Study Group. They study JUST the BIBLE and not BOOKS. After reading each Chapter we have questions for discussion based on each Chapter. Everyone is encouraged to do THEIR OWN Research and discuss it with the Group. I’ve never been HAPPIER Spiritually. Like the BIBLE teaches us at John 13:35 – “By this all will know that you are My TRUE Disciples, if you have LOVE for one another.” The way JW’s destroy lives and shun people for things that are UNSCRIPTURAL, is NOT LOVING at all.


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