Question for Jehovah Witnesses?
Tell me more about who is Jesus for You?
What the difference between Jehovah faith and Christian faith ?
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Definition: The only-begotten Son of God, the only Son produced by Jehovah alone. This Son is the firstborn of all creation. By means of him all other things in heaven and on earth were created. He is the second-greatest personage in the universe. It is this Son whom Jehovah sent to the earth to give his life as a ransom for mankind, thus opening the way to eternal life for those of Adam’s offspring who would exercise faith. This same Son, restored to heavenly glory, now rules as King, with authority to destroy all the wicked and to carry out his Father’s original purpose for the earth. The Hebrew form of the name Jesus means “Jehovah Is Salvation”; Christ is the equivalent of the Hebrew Ma·shi′ach (Messiah), meaning “Anointed One.”
How Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Different?
PEOPLE generally view Jehovah’s witnesses as ‘just another religion’ and frequently class them as a “fundamentalist” group. However, it is often recognized, to their credit, that the Witnesses are more active than others in their zeal to share their beliefs with everyone—Catholics, Protestants, Jews and others.
There is a difference, indeed, in their manner of preaching. But the great difference lies in what Jehovah’s witnesses believe and teach.
BELIEVE ENTIRE BIBLE, BUT ARE NOT “FUNDAMENTALISTS”
The Witnesses hold the Bible to be the complete Word of God (the sixty-six books of the “Old and New Testaments,” as they are listed in most Bibles). But they are not “fundamentalists,” as that term is generally understood. They do not believe that everything in the Bible is to be taken literally. They take the balanced, commonsense view, which is indeed the Scriptural view, that, while the Bible has many direct, literal statements, such as the laws it gives to govern the Christian’s life, much in that Book is symbolic or figurative.
For example, the parables of Jesus Christ are admittedly symbolic. The Greek word used in the Bible for “parable” can be translated “illustration.” It is said of Jesus: “Indeed, without an illustration [parable] he would not speak to them [the crowds], but privately to his disciples he would explain all things.”—Mark 4:34; Matt. 13:34.
The Bible’s prophecies are often symbolic. Of the prophetic book of Revelation the opening verse explains: “He [Jesus Christ] sent forth his angel and presented it in signs through him to his slave John.” (Rev. 1:1) Either by direct statements such as this, or by the context, it can easily be determined which statements are literal and which ones are symbolic.
Therefore, Jehovah’s witnesses are not led into unreasonable and unscientific conclusions, such as the fundamentalists’ belief that the earth was created in six literal twenty-four-hour days. The Witnesses know that the expression “day” basically means a period of time. For example, we might say, ‘In our grandfather’s day,’ which would cover a number of years. The Bible helps us on this point when, after outlining God’s acts during the six creative “days,” it speaks of them all together as being performed in one “day,” saying: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth . . . in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.” Accordingly, a Biblical “day” may be a period of a thousand or many thousands of years.—Gen. 2:4, AV; Dy; 2 Pet. 3:8.
GOD’S KINGDOM A LITERAL GOVERNMENT
A marked difference between Jehovah’s witnesses and the churches of Christendom is that the Witnesses recognize God’s kingdom as a real government that will rule the earth undisputedly, from the heavens. It is not just something ‘in one’s heart’ that will gradually convert all mankind to do the will of God. The prophet Daniel was certainly speaking about a government when he said about God’s kingdom: “It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.”—Dan. 2:44.
The God of this kingdom is no “trinitarian” god. He alone is the Universal Sovereign, whose name is Jehovah. (Ps. 83:18) Jesus Christ is not part of a “godhead,” but is Jehovah’s Son, a separate and distinct individual. This Son is the One whom God seats on the throne of the Kingdom, which will rule the earth for a thousand years, to bring about the doing of God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. (Rev. 20:4, 6; Matt. 6:9, 10) Christ’s reign will accomplish the resurrection of the dead and will raise all obedient humans up to perfection here on earth.—Rev. 20:11–21:4.
Furthermore, Jehovah’s witnesses see, from Bible prophecy and the fast-moving world events in fulfillment of prophecy, that the Kingdom government has been established in the heavens, with Christ enthroned, at the end of the “Gentile Times” in 1914 C.E. (Luke 21:24) They realize that God is allowing time to give the people, especially those in Christendom, opportunity to receive warning of the destruction of this system of things so that they may find safety by taking their stand on the side of the Kingdom government. But Jehovah’s witnesses are giving warning that the time is now near when the Kingdom will crush all human governments at the war associated in the Bible with “Har–Magedon” or “Armageddon.”—Rev. 16:14-16; 19:11-21; Ezek. 3:17.
A WAY OF LIFE
Jehovah’s witnesses recognize Christianity as not merely a belief—it is a way of life. Actually, in apostolic times Christianity was called “The Way.” (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:22) All the Bible’s fine principles must be applied in the Christian’s life, at home, in business—at all times. Any among them who may turn from this way, insisting on violating God’s righteous laws by immorality, stealing, slandering, teaching false doctrine, causing divisions or sects, are expelled from their congregations.
In contrast, consider most of the churches of Christendom, which retain and even welcome those who continue to practice bad things, including sodomy and drug abuse. But the Witnesses do not ignore the Bible command. They keep the congregation clean, in order that God may continue his favor on the congregation, and to protect the members thereof. (1 Cor. 5:5, 9-13) Do you not expect Christians to be clean, upright people with whom you can enjoy spiritual association?
NO RITUAL, NO CLERGY-LAITY DISTINCTION
At the meetings of the congregations of Jehovah’s witnesses (of which there are more than 30,000 throughout the world) there is no ritual. The meetings are for education—study and discussion of the Bible. The appeal is not through highly charged emotional displays, but by an intelligent yet warm approach that appeals to mind and heart. There are no membership dues or assessments, no tithing, and no collection plate is ever passed. The expenses of maintaining their Kingdom Halls are cared for by voluntary contributions. These halls are not ornate and image bedecked, but are neat and functional.—2 Cor. 8:12-15; 9:6, 7.
There is no clergy-laity distinction. All, regardless of race or social status, are “brothers” and “sisters.” As among first-century Christians, a body of elders is appointed to oversee the activities of the congregation and to provide spiritual help to all. These men are selected on the basis of their Christian maturity, their love, their concern for and willingness to help others. They receive no salary and have no religious titles designating them as a special class, above others. They share in the work of preaching and teaching in the homes of the people, as did the apostles, and as do the rest of the congregation’s members.—1 Tim. 3:1-7.
ATTITUDE TOWARD THE WORLD
Jehovah’s witnesses do not engage in any political movement or participate in any political activity, as do most of Christendom’s church members. As Jesus said of his followers, they are “no part of the world.” They are not trying to change the political or social structure of the world. They look to God to ‘make all things new.’ (John 15:19; Rev. 21:5) They are neutral as to all wars and other affairs of the governments and do not advocate “demonstrations,” strikes or any seditious or subversive activities. They obey the laws of the land in which they live. (Matt. 22:21) However, when an attempt is made to get them to violate their Christian consciences by disobeying God’s commands they take the course of choosing to “obey God as ruler rather than men.”—Acts 5:29.
For similar reasons, Jehovah’s witnesses do not join or sponsor any interfaith or ecumenical movement. The churches of Christendom and the religions of the non-Christian world make themselves part of the world by their doctrines and practices, and so they do not fit Jesus’ description of his true followers. (John 17:14-16) Such religions, the Bible shows, constitute a great religious “empire,” called “Babylon the Great.” (Rev. 17:5, 18) These will suffer destruction at the hands of the world rulers, as a judgment from God.—Rev. 17:15-17.
In short, Jehovah’s witnesses are different in that they hold closely to the Bible’s teachings. They reject worldly philosophy and the traditions of Christendom. If the Witnesses appear to some persons as “strange,” it is because these persons are measuring the Witnesses by the yardstick of Christendom’s religions. These very organizations have actually become “strangers” to God by substituting men’s philosophies for God’s Word, just as the ancient Jewish priesthood did. Jesus said to them: “You have made the word of God invalid because of your tradition.”—Matt. 15:6.
Today, Christendom lists a membership of a thousand million persons. Significantly, Jesus Christ foretold that, at the time of his presence in Kingdom power, not a few, but many professed Christians will appeal to him, saying: “Lord, LSource(s): Reasoning and Watchtower October 15,1974
- jeshurunLv 61 decade ago
Jesus is to me the way to salvation. Acts 4:12 says there is not another name that we get salvation through.
However it is interesting to know in the Book of Judges it calls Ehud a savior at Judges 3:15.
Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of mankind from our sins. Ehud could not release a person from sins. Jesus did just that.
When on earth one of Jesus main goals was to preach the Good News of God's Kingdom Luke 4:43.
Now that Jesus is in Heaven he gives Holy Spirit to those who's goal it is to carry out the preaching and teaching work about the Good News of God's Kingdom. Acts chapter 2. Jehovah's Witnesses do this work today.
Christian faith is inexorably tied in with the name Jehovah. The Hebrew scriptures (old testament) uses the name Jehovah thousands of times, Psalms 83:18.
Jesus himself used the name Jehovah when being tempted by the Satan, Luke 4:1-13. Jesus worshiped Jehovah and so do those who follow Christ.
Jehovah's Witnesses use the Bible extensively in their worship like Jesus, again Luke chapter 4 he read from the scroll of Isaiah and said in Luke chapter 4 that release from a crushed spirit was now beginning.
Jehovah's Witnesses print a cornicopia of literature that gives real meaning to the Bible. One book is called "What does the Bible really Teach" you can obtain a copy from one the next time you see one, or you can go to a Kingdom Hall in your area, meetings are open to the public. May God bless you also. Agape'
- AbdijahLv 71 decade ago
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the one God sent as our Savior so that those who have a real faith in him can live forever and not be destroyed - John 3:16.
We must learn about Jehovah, the only true God, AND the one whom he sent, Jesus Christ. - John 17:3.
Jesus is the way, truth, and life, and our connection to God. - John 14:6.
We must obey him. - Hebrews 5:9.
He is our pattern for life.- 1 Peter 2:21 & John 13:15.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God. (Luke 1:32)
The Most High God is named Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18; compare Exodus 6:3)
All those passages are from the King James Bible (Not the New KJV but the other one.)
By the way, Jehovah's Witnesses ARE Christians.
Check out the following links as to our beliefs. On the first link go to the third article and scroll about halfway down the page and you will see a list of some of our basic beliefs, and the Scriptures from which we got those beliefs.
- Anonymous4 years ago
nicely an identical way that we've a private call and can want to be stated as with the help of our call fairly of guy, lady, Boy & so forth is an identical way that God feels. Psalms eighty 3:18 says "might human beings comprehend which you, whose call is Jehovah,You on my own are the main severe over all the earth." the reality that his call is stated interior the Bible shows God needs his call to be prevalent & when you consider that we are his witnesses or followers, we are stated as Jehovah's Witnesses.
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- achtung_heissLv 71 decade ago
Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians. Believing in Christ implies belief in Jehovah, since the Son must have a Father.
Adherents of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses believe everything the Bible teaches about Jesus. Jehovah's Witnesses teach that no salvation occurs without Christ, that accepting Christ's sacrifice is a requirement for true worship, that every prayer must acknowledge Christ, that Christ is the King of God's Kingdom, that Christ is the head of the Christian congregation, that Christ is immortal and above every creature, even that Christ was the 'master worker' in creating the universe!
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus the Son was uniquely created by God the Father, and that as a distinct person Jesus serves as God's primary agent. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is much more blessed and powerful than any mere angel, but they also believe that the terms "archangel" and "angel" are not inappropriately applied to Jesus (see 1 Thess 4:16).
There are dozens of Scriptures which plainly show that Jesus is lesser than (and subject to) Almighty Jehovah God the Father. Obviously, all of the authority which Jesus received was delegated to him by Almighty Jehovah (God the Father). Caps are added to some citations below.
.. ..(Acts 2:36) God MADE HIM both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you impaled.
.. ..(Matthew 28:18) And [the resurrected] Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been GIVEN me in heaven and on the earth.
.. ..(John 3:35) The Father loves the Son and has GIVEN all things into his hand.
.. ..(Acts 5:31) GOD EXALTED this one as Chief Agent and Savior
.. ..(Daniel 7:14) And to him there WERE GIVEN rulership and dignity and kingdom
.. ..(Matthew 11:27) All things HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO ME by my Father, and no one fully knows the Son but the Father, neither does anyone fully know the Father but the Son and anyone to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.
.. ..(Philippians 2:9) For this very reason also GOD EXALTED HIM to a superior position
.. ..(1 Peter 3:22) [Jesus] went his way to heaven; and angels and authorities and powers WERE MADE SUBJECT to him.
.. ..(1 Corinthians 15:25) For [Jesus] must rule as king until GOD HAS PUT all enemies under his feet.
.. ..(Psalm 110:1) The utterance of Jehovah to my Lord [Jesus] is: “Sit... Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”
Incidentally, where is Jesus' exalted position? It is NOT replacing Jehovah God, because Jesus remains humbly at Jehovah's right hand.
.. ..(Psalm 110:1) The utterance of Jehovah to my Lord is: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”
.. ..(Ephesians 1:19-20) the mightiness of [God's] strength, with which he has operated in the case of the Christ when he raised him up from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places
.. ..(Acts 7:55,56) [Stephen], being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of God’s glory and of Jesus standing at God’s right hand, and he said: “Look! I behold the heavens opened up and the Son of man standing at God’s right hand.”
.. ..(Matthew 26:64) Jesus said to him: “...From henceforth you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power
.. ..(Romans 8:34) Christ Jesus is the one who died, yes, rather the one who was raised up from the dead, who is on the right hand of God
.. ..(Colossians 3:1) Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
.. ..(Hebrews 1:3) [Jesus] sat down on the right hand of the Majesty in lofty places.
.. ..(Hebrews 8:1) Now as to the things being discussed this is the main point: We have such a high priest as this, and he has sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
.. ..(Hebrews 10:12) But this man [Jesus] offered one sacrifice for sins perpetually and sat down at the right hand of God,
.. ..(Hebrews 12:2) Look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. ...he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
.. ..(1 Peter 3:22) He [Jesus] is at God’s right hand, for he went his way to heaven