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

5

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

10

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

17

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.

 

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Can a Person be Born with the Wrong Gender?

The transgender issue can be confusing, so let’s define some terms. It used to be that most people considered sex and gender to be one in the same. This is changing as the transgender movement and others are insisting that sex is determined by how one is biologically born and gender is determined by the identity of the brain. Some people who have this experience do not embrace transgender identity. They feel their brain is not properly identifying with their body and see the issue as a mental disorder. Others embrace their transgender identity and seek to normalize it.

The most referenced evidence for inborn gender identity is brain scans. When transgender peoples brains are scanned, they often exhibit some similar patterns as those of the opposite sex. Therefore, a biological man who identifies as transgender would claim his brain scan shows he has a female brain. But this turns out to be no evidence at all when one learns of neuroplasticity. The brain changes based on the thoughts, experiences, and other information the it intakes. So people who think alike, such as artists or accountants or writers, often have some similarities in their brain scans. So it is no surprise that if a man constantly thinks about being a woman, that his brain scan would show some similarities with that of women. What if such a man dies and this body is donated to medical research? What if his brain was removed and students had to identify it by the organ alone? Both DNA and size wise, the students will conclude they are studying a male brain. Therefore, the reasonable conclusion is that transgender identity is not a biological reality but a mental state that is not ordered with the body.

Conclusion

God created two biologically perfect people who rebelled against Him (Genesis 3:6). Since this time people have been born imperfect and have to deal with feelings and desires contrary to God’s purposes. Psalms 51:5 says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” It is because we all have been born in sin and live sinful lives that we need a Savior. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our sins have earned us a death sentence but Jesus offers the free gift of eternal life to those who repent (Luke 13:3) and trust in Him (Romans 10:9).

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Does the Bible Say Homosexuality/Bisexuality is a Sin?

The Old Testament

The Old Testament prohibits homosexuality (and therefore bisexuality).

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).”

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;… (Leviticus 20:13).

But these verses are from the Old Covenant that God made with Moses and the Jewish people. Christians live under the New Covenant and therefore these passages are not binding.”

While much of the Old Covenant is not binding on Christians, it is mistaken to assert that none of it is binding on Christians. What primarily carries forward are moral commandments. Nine out of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament. The prohibition against homosexuality is not just repeated in the New Testament but is even more clear. And both chapters 18 and 20 in Leviticus are clear that God is not only finds homosexuality sinful for Jews but Gentiles as well.

“Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 18:2-30).”

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them (Leviticus 20:22-23).”

So God judged the Canaanites sexual sins to be so serious He had them driven out of their land. Leviticus 18:26 also mentions that both native (Jews) and strangers (Gentiles) were not to engage in the sexual sins listed in the chapter.

But these passages are referencing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Moses had in mind.”

Both passages speak of adults, men and women. To say otherwise is to read into the text and not what it actually states. There is simply no basis for such an interpretation.

These passages only speak of male homosexuality. Therefore, lesbianism must be permissible.”

There are no biblical or extra-biblical historical records of religious Jews approving of lesbian relationships. But the New Testament does directly address lesbianism in Romans 1.

The New Testament

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27).”

Again, this is addressing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Paul had in mind.”

First, the passage only references adults. Second, is was not common for women to abuse girls. This is further evidence the claim that the Bible means to only reference adult homosexuality with youth is unfounded. Third, notice both homosexual partners are “consumed with passion for one another.” Children are not consumed with passion for their sexual abusers.

Romans 1:22-25 states that these people became very sinful because of idolatry, worshiping created things instead of God. He then gives them over to their lusts and they delve into their sins, the first listed being homosexuality. So this passage doesn’t even apply to homosexuals worshiping God in Christian churches.”

The teaching of Romans 1 continues into chapter 2:

“We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:2-6).”

So some of the Christians in the Roman church were engaging in the sins listed in chapter 1, including homosexuality. Such people “deserve to die” (Romans 1:32), are under God’s judgment (Romans 2:2-3) and wrath (Romans 2:5). The passage applies to both people inside and outside the church.

Conclusion

Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

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