Jehovah’s Witnesses identify as Christians , but their beliefs are different from other Christians in some ways. For instance, they teach that Jesus is the son of God but is not part of a Trinity. The share of all U.S. Christians who believe in hell is 10 times larger (70%).
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe ? Witnesses believe in one God, not the Trinity. Like most Christians, they believe that Jesus Christ died for humankind’s sins, however they do not believe that he was physically resurrected after his crucifixion.
Jesus is called Jehovah Since the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jehovah is the one true name of God, any passages that apply the term Jehovah to Christ would conclusively destroy their entire theology.
Witnesses hold a number of traditional Christian views but also many that are unique to them. They affirm that God —Jehovah—is the most high. Jesus Christ is God’s agent, through whom sinful humans can be reconciled to God . The Holy Spirit is the name of God’s active force in the world.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that exactly 144,000 faithful Christians from Pentecost of 33 AD until the present day will be resurrected to heaven as immortal spirit beings to spend eternity with God and Christ. They believe that these people are “anointed” by God to become part of the spiritual “Israel of God”.
Jesus Christ Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is God’s “only-begotten Son”, and that his life began in heaven. He is described as God’s first creation and the “exact representation of God”, but is believed to be a separate entity and not part of a Trinity.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 people will go to heaven and that all the other people who obey God will live forever on a paradise Earth. They do not believe that God is a Trinity. They believe Jesus died on a pole (also called ‘[torture] stake’) rather than a cross.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe their allegiance belongs to God’s Kingdom, which they view as an actual government. They refrain from saluting the flag of any country or singing nationalistic songs, which they believe are forms of worship, although they may stand out of respect.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses funeral service is similar to other Christian faiths, but lasts only 15 or 30 minutes. The funeral usually takes place within a week after death. At the service, men wear a suit and tie, and women are expected to dress modestly, but neither needs a head covering.
Jehovah was first introduced by William Tyndale in his translation of Exodus 6:3, and appears in some other early English translations including the Geneva Bible and the King James Version.
In Jehovah’s Witness theology, only God the Father ( Jehovah ) is the one true almighty God, even over his Son Jesus Christ . They teach that the pre-existent Christ is God’s First-begotten Son, and that the Holy Spirit is God’s active force (projected energy).
Although Christian scholars after the Renaissance and Reformation periods used the term Jehovah for YHWH , in the 19th and 20th centuries biblical scholars again began to use the form Yahweh .
A Kingdom Hall or Assembly Hall may originate from the renovation of an existing structure, such as a theater or non-Witness house of worship. In areas of repeated or reputed vandalism, particularly in cities, some Kingdom Halls are built without windows to reduce the risk of property damage.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate most holidays or events that honour people who aren’t Jesus. That includes birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Hallowe’en. They also don’t celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter in the belief that these customs have pagan origins.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in drinking and dancing. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not against parties, music, dancing and drinking of alcohol , as long as they are done in moderation. Witnesses are cautious about their entertainment choices, avoiding R-rated movies and music with immoral lyrics.