Jehovah's_Witnesses

Jehovah Witness vs. Christianity Chart

Jehovah’s Witness

Christianity

Scriptures

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Bible – The New World translation and JW magazines Bible – Any reputable, scholarly translation

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God’s name is Jehovah Bible says God’s name is YHVH (): Pronunciation “Jehovah” was instituted by Christian scholars in 12th century

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The greatest name is Jehovah The greatest name is Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:20-22
Philippians 2:9

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We are to worship Jehovah only We worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Hebrews 1:6, Rev. 5:13

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Christ is Michael the Archangel Christ is God Hebrews 1:13

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Christ is God’s son and is inferior to him Christ is God. He took on the form of man to come to earth. John 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:16

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Christ was first of God’s creations Christ is co-eternal with God, and as such was not created Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1, Hebrews 13:8

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Christ died on a stake Christ died on a cross John 20:25, Matthew 27:37, 27

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Slavation requries both faith in Christ plus works Salvation requires faith in Christ alone Romans 3:28, Galatians 3:24, Ephesians 2:8-9

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Christ was raised from the dead as an immortal spirit person Christ was raised from the dead bodily Luke 24:39, John 2:21, John 20:27

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Earth will never be destroyed or depopulated God will create new heavens and earth. God’s people will be removed from earth. Matthew 24:31, Mark 13:27, 1 Thess. 4:16-17

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The wicked will be annihilated The wicked will be eternally punished Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 25:46,Mark 3:29

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The human soul ceases to exist at death The spirit of man goes to be with God Ecclesiastes 3:21,12:7

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144,000 early JW’s go to heaven and rule with Christ. All others remain on a paradise earth. All people who confess Christ as Lord and Savior will go to heaven and rule with Christ Romans 6:8, 2 Corinthians 13:4, 2 Timothy 2:11-12

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Prayers must be directed only to Jehovah Prayers may be directed to God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit only Matthew 6:9, Acts 7:59,Romans 8:14

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Taking blood into the body through mouth or veins violates God’s laws The Bible says nothing about taking blood through veins

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Two classes of believers: “John” class only will inherit Heaven All believers are equal in Christ 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:28

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Jesus second coming occurred invisibly in 1914 and His kingdom was established in heaven Jesus will return physically to earth and all alive will see Him as His kingdom is established on earth Matthew 24:30
Revelation 1:7

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Christians must keep separate from non-believers Christians have the liberty to socialize with non-believers Galatians 5:13, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

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Christians must not fight in war Christians may fight in war

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Christians must shun those who become unbelievers Christians must separate from unbelievers claiming to be believers 2 Corinthians 5:9-11

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Birthdays and holidays are not to be observed Anything done unto the Lord is legal and pleasing to Him Romans 14:5-6

 

Chart adapted from Godandscience.org.

 

I’m not so bad – my good works will outweigh the bad ones

James 2:10  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

When a person stands before a judge in court, the judge is not trying to figure out how good a person is but how guilty an person is.  One violation of law requires the judge to declare guilt and a punishment.  It is similar with God.  Just one violation of His law determines us as guilty in the same way as if we broke all the laws.  Good human judges cannot be bribed and neither can God.

Deuteronomy 10:17  “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.”

A good human judge does not overlook punishment and neither does God.

Proverbs 11:21  “Be sure of this, God will not let the guilty go unpunished.”

But you say, “I’m so good (self-righteous).”  Many criminals don’t think they are bad people either.  But it does not matter – it only matters what the judge thinks.  What does God think of our good works?

Isaiah 64:6  “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”

It is not our goodness that saves us but God’s goodness and grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

For a more detailed explanation why goodness does not save, read the first lesson of Why Jesus available in the sidebar for free.

 

Atheism: No God or lack of belief in God?

From Online Etymology Dictionary:

Atheist,  1570s, from Fr. athéiste (16c.), from Gk. atheos “to deny the gods, godless,” from a- “without” + theos “a god.”

Agnostic,  1870,  from Gk. agnostos “unknown, unknowable,” from a- “not” + gnostos “(to be) known.”

Many atheists pride themselves that their views are based on knowledge and not beliefs.  While they claim there is no good evidence for God’s existence, neither can they say they know God does not exist.  To know God does not exist would require all knowledge of existence, which no person has.  To accept the badge of agnostic is in conflict with the atheist’s claim that they only hold views based on knowing something.  So to avoid calling themselves agnostic, the definition ‘lack of belief in God’ has come about so the term atheist can still be without acknowledging it is a belief.

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