Hi! Happy Friday! I am so sorry for this day-late post, it’s the end of the school year, and I’m getting ready for my senior year and preparing for softball state tournament time, so I hope you can forgive my late posting. I hope all of you are having a great week so far! Thank you for all of your views on Lacey’s post this week, we appreciate all of your views, likes, and comments on our posts for this series! We are so glad that you’re enjoying this series, and we encourage you to keep sharing us with your friends. 🙂
Anyways, thanks for coming back to TGWAM today for my blog post! Today I’m writing about Christianity vs. Jehovah’s Witnesses. I know that many of you are thinking, “Isn’t the idea of Jehovah’s Witness just an extension of Christianity? Don’t they believe the same as we do? Come on, they’re just a little out there…” Well… to put it frankly, no, they don’t believe the same things we do. Sure, they believe SOME of the things we do, but there are some things that make the difference between Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses very clear. Some of the things I will point out today will seem very mediocre in regard to our faith, but Jehovah’s Witnesses take these things very seriously.
Starting with one of the biggest ideas of the Christian faith: the trinity. Christians firmly believe in God-the Father, God-the Son, and God- The Holy Spirit. We believe that these three forms of God are equal, and each of them is 100% God. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that this idea is unbiblical. They believe that there is no scriptural proof of this idea and that the idea of the trinity was created by the Devil. Jehovah’s Witnesses also try to back up each and every belief with scripture, and so after every point I make, I’ll be adding a scripture to it. The scripture that they use for this idea is John 14:28. They also believe that Jesus is the King of Heaven, and he began his reign in 1914. (Revelation 11:15) They do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, or that he is God in any way. They believe that he is “God’s active force” rather than a person.
In regard to death, they believe that there is no life after death. They do believe in Heaven, but they do not believe that everyone will go there. They believe that only a certain few will make it to Heaven, but there is no hell. That there is only a Heaven and that people who do not make it to Heaven will simply pass from existence. They believe that only the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation will make it to live in Heaven with Jesus. They believe that after death, God will bring back billions of people by the means of a resurrection in order to give them a second chance, but if they refuse to learn the teachings of God, then they are destroyed forever with no hope of another resurrection. They also believe that God created Earth to be mankind’s eternal home, and that God will bless the obedient with a perfect, Earthly paradise.
Like Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses are organized into congregations in their community. They attend their services at a place they call a “Kingdom Hall.” These Kingdom Halls can be church buildings, auditoriums, or theaters they they have rented or bought to hold their services. Unlike many Christian churches; however, clergy members at these Kingdom Halls are not paid, and there is no offering taken up. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not practice tithing and everything that they do is based on anonymous donation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses also do not celebrate holidays that have Pagan roots such as birthdays, Easter, and Christmas. They believe that celebrating these holidays is displeasing to God, and they believe that because of their Pagan roots, they are not to be celebrated. They do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, because they believe that according to Luke 22:19-20 Jesus commanded us to celebrate his death, not his birth or resurrection.
However, the most controversial practice of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that of shunning or disfellowshipping someone who turns away from their faith, or continues to “live in their sin” while trying to follow their faith. These complaints often come from former Jehovah’s Witnesses who claim that the actions of this religion are emotionally damaging and that this religion favors a cult.
Another similarity between these two religions is the fact that like many of us know, Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite the missionary religion. They often find themselves knocking on our doors in the middle of the day “witnessing” to us while we stand there awkwardly or others slam the door in their face. However, how many times do we as Christians find ourselves in the PERFECT situation to share our stories with others, and we cower down in fear of judgement or rejection? While the habits of Jehovah’s Witnesses can seem annoying, why aren’t we as Christians sharing the love of Jesus like they are? Why are we keeping this AMAZING news to ourselves instead of proclaiming the Gospel loud and proud? I don’t condone knocking on strangers doors and throwing a Bible at them (verbally or physically), but at work or school, I encourage you to share your faith. Don’t be afraid of rejection… the Great Commission isn’t just for missionaries, it’s for everyone!
Thanks for reading what I have to say this week! I hope that you enjoyed my post today, and will take what I said about the Great Commission to heart. I hope that you all will be encouraged to share your faith when the situation arises. Please be in prayer for our youth group as Youth Sunday approaches this Sunday and we lead the whole service from Sunday School to Preaching and everything in between! I hope that you all have a great end of the week and weekend and will come back Tuesday for Lacey’s final religion post!
Be His Hands and Feet,