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%).
Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘ believe that faith in Jesus ‘ ransom sacrifice is essential for salvation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that salvation is possible only through Christ’s ransom sacrifice and that individuals cannot be saved until they repent of their sins and call on the name of Jehovah . Salvation is described as a free gift from God, but is said to be unattainable without good works that are prompted by faith.
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.
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 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”.
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.
Heaven. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 people , a number found in Revelation chapters 7 and 14, will go to heaven to be kings and priests with Jesus Christ.
Witnesses do not aspire to receive a heavenly calling, preferring to live forever on Earth. Following Witness beliefs, Heaven is the invisible dwelling place of Jehovah God, Jesus, the angels and a chosen group of 144,000 humans—a number taken from the Bible book of Revelation.
Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas or Easter because they believe that these festivals are based on (or massively contaminated by) pagan customs and religions. They point out that Jesus did not ask his followers to mark his birthday.
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.
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 believe that it is against God’s will to receive blood and, therefore, they refuse blood transfusions, often even if it is their own blood .
Witnesses view the Old and New Testaments as “God’s inspired message to humans.” But they don’t take every word literally. Instead they believe that parts of the Bible are written in “figurative or symbolic language.” But they believe that Jesus is not God and that there is no scriptural basis for the trinity doctrine.