Jehovah's Witnesses

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The Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus came in the flesh, which violates Luke 24:39-43 and Acts 2:31 as well as passages warning that those doing so have the spirit of Antichrist. They also do not believe in the existence of Hell or in political involvement. Although their view of the Trinity is otherwise very accurate, they do not believe in worshipping Jesus or calling Him God despite Scriptural precede

Accurate Doctrines[edit]

The Godhead[edit]

See also Trinity

The Jehovah's Witnesses accurately believe that the doctrine of the Trinity is false, and that Jesus the Son of God, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are dtinct individuals, which is what the Bible teaches.

The Bible[edit]

Biblically, God the Father is greater than Jesus. Jesus and God the Father are one in the same sense Christians are one with them, through them indwelling with their spirits.

John 14:28 ¶ Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

John 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

JW Doctrine[edit]

"In fact, the God of the Bible is never described as being part of a Trinity."[1]

"The Trinitarian dogma is a late fourth-century invention."[2]

"However, because Jesus was God’s first creation and the only one created directly by him, the Bible describes Jesus as the foremost Son of God... God created Jesus before he created anything else. Regarding Jesus, the Bible says: 'He is . . . the firstborn of all creation.'—Colossians 1:15. He is 'the beginning of the creation by God.'—Revelation 3:14. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy about the one 'whose origin is from ancient times, from the days of long ago.'—Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6."[3]

Inaccurate Doctrines[edit]

Hell[edit]

Jehovah's Witnesses emphasize God's love and mercy, and have thus falsely concluded that Hell, a place of torment, does not exist. While this does not prevent them from being Christians, they are not accurately presenting the danger humans face from God's judgment.

The Bible[edit]

The concept of eternal punishment for the wicked is clearly and repeatedly stated throughout the Bible.

Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

JW Doctrine[edit]

Political Involvement[edit]

Jehovah's Witnesses maintain political neutrality based on several misinterpreted passages, claiming that Jesus did not intend Christians to get politically involved.

The Bible[edit]

See also Political Involvement

In contrast to the teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses, prophets in both the Old and New Testament were closely involved in politics, urging rulers to follow God, serving as political advisors, or even assisting in the rule of governments themselves. Examples include:

  • John the Baptist: He was martyred for telling King Herod that his adultery/incest with his brother's wife was unacceptable. John did not stray away from a political sex scandal but intervened to tell the King what was right, even though it ultimately cost him his life.[4]
  • Simon Zelotes (the Zealot) was one of the twelve apostles and a political activist. (Luke 6:15)
  • Matthew, one of the twelve apostles, was a tax collector who worked for the government. (Matthew 9:9)
  • Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Daniel was not only a prophet, but one of the chief advisors and rulers to multiple rulers. Daniel and his three friends were the chief advisors to King Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel 1:18-20) Daniel helped the King interpret dreams and understand God's will.[5] His three friends were promoted after they refused to commit idolatry and God divinely protected them.[6] Despite plots against Daniel and his friends by evil people who did not want them to gain political power, God protected them, even though Daniel had intervened to protect them from being killed as false prophets earlier.[7] Daniel also served as the 3rd-ranking official in the kingdom under the brief reign of Belshazzar.[8] Daniel was furthermore made one of the highest-ranking officials under Darius the Mede.[9] Daniel was not only a prophet but one of the most prolific politicians in the Bible, serving as a top-ranking political official across three different dynasties.
  • Joseph: Joseph, like Daniel, interpreted the dreams of rulers, including Pharaoh in the role of an advisor.[10] Pharaoh appointed Joseph second-in-command of Egypt.[11] Joseph was not only a prophet but a politician.
  • Elijah: Elijah repeatedly told King Ahab and King Ahaziah to do what was right, to the extent that there were numerous attempts on his life. Elijah spent much of his time hiding in the wilderness or in villages from the assassination attempts on his life.[12] Elijah even deliberately confronted Ahab face-to-face, knowing that there were assassination attempts on his life.[13]
  • Elisha: Elijah's pupil, Elisha, advised rulers (Kings Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Jehoash) when it came to war strategy.[14] Elisha helped heal Naaman, the ruler of Syria, refusing reward for doing so.[15] Despite attempts on his life, the armies of Heaven protected Elisha, and Elisha ordered blindness on those who had targeted him.[16] Elisha then led the blinded army right into Israel, but required the King of Israel to let them go without killing them afterwards.[17]
  • Amos: The prophet Amos publicly accused the nations of Israel, Judah, Ashdod, and Egypt in their palaces about the evils they were doing.[18] Amos brought attention to political injustices done during war, as well as Israel's mistreatment of the poor and righteous, adulteries, idolatries, and corruption of prophets.[19] Amos was then plotted against by enemies and accused to the rulers of Israel who hated him for condemning their evil deeds. They told him to stop prophesying in the government palaces and courtyards, but Amos refused.[20]
  • Isaiah: The prophet Isaiah served as a military advisor to King Hezekiah, resulting in the horrible collapse of Assyria's government after it attacked Israel as recorded in archaeology per Sennacherib's Annals[21], the Azekah Inscription[22], Lachish Relief[23], and the Treaty of Esarhaddon with Baal of Tyre.[24][25] Isaiah served as a physician so that King Hezekiah was healed by God.[26] Isaiah served as a scribe recording the acts of Kings Uzziah and Hezekiah. (2 Chronicles 26:22; 32:32) He called attention to social injustices in Israel in failing to help the oppressed, orphans, and widows. (Isaiah 1:17,23; 10:2; 58:7,10) Isaiah called out government corruption and bribery.[27] Isaiah accused Israel of harming the poor.[28] He brought attention to the theft of land by the rich.[29] He called out social problems like drunkenness, adultery, and murder.[30] He accused those in power of targeting the righteous with unjust technicalities; immoral regulations to entrap the righteous.[31] Isaiah condemned those sacrificing children.[32] Isaiah served multiple political roles while prophesying to Israel on God's behalf.
  • Jeremiah: Jeremiah prophesied against the kings, rulers, priests, and people of Judah because of their wickedness, to the extent that they fought against him, attempting to assassinate him, but could not prevail because God was with him.[33] God set him over kingdoms and nations.[34] Jeremiah was imprisoned for his witness for several years.[35] The empire of Babylon then attacked Judah so the rulers came to Jeremiah for advice, only to be told the nation would be overcome for its sins.[36] Jeremiah was then freed just before the Babylonian Captivity.[37] God then killed the politicians who had falsely accused Jeremiah. [38] Following all of that, Jeremiah advised King Jehoiakim. After the King had Jeremiah's writings burned, Jeremiah simply had new copies made and rebuked the King, who was under pressure from the impending Babylonian invasion.[39] Now-terrified politicians sought Jeremiah to pray for the nation, having released him from prison, only to be refused.[40] He was then imprisoned again due to false accusations, and gave advice to King Zedekiah from there on how he could survive the coming invasion.[41] Jeremiah was freed as a result of the invasion, and the King by ignoring Jeremiah's advice was horribly tortured and his whole family executed.[42] Jeremiah was then allowed to go freely while the rest of the nation became slaves.[43] Jeremiah gave military advice to Jewish rebels under Johanan, but when they rejected that advice and fled to Egypt, the nation of Egypt was also enslaved by Babylon.[44] Jeremiah cried out against the nation's adultery, theft, and murder.[45] He accused Judah of harming poor innocents.[46] He accused the wealthy of stealing from the poor through deceit.[47] Jeremiah called attention to the harm those in power were doing to the orphans, widows, immigrants, and poor.[48] Jeremiah condemned the horrible sacrifice of children.[49] He condemned Israelite idolatry to false gods.[50] Jeremiah called attention to the poor withholding wages from the poor.[51] Jeremiah was heavily involved in politics for most of his life, much of it as a prisoner, advising rulers and urging the nation to repent and reform numerous social problems.
Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

JW Doctrine[edit]

Jehovah’s Witnesses remain politically neutral for religious reasons, based on what the Bible teaches. We do not lobby, vote for political parties or candidates, run for government office, or participate in any action to change governments. We believe that the Bible gives solid reasons for following this course.

We follow the example of Jesus, who refused to accept political office. (John 6:​15) He taught his disciples to be “no part of the world” and made it clear that they should not take sides in political issues.​—John 17:14, 16; 18:36; Mark 12:13-​17.

We are loyal to God’s Kingdom, which Jesus spoke of when he said: “This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth.” (Matthew 24:14) As representatives of God’s Kingdom, commissioned to proclaim its coming, we remain neutral in the political affairs of all countries, including the one where we live.​—2 Corinthians 5:​20; Ephesians 6:​20.

By remaining neutral, we are able to speak freely to people of all political persuasions about the good news of God’s Kingdom. We try to show by our words and practices that we rely on God’s Kingdom to solve the world’s problems.​—Psalm 56:11.

Since we avoid political divisions, we are united as an international brotherhood. (Colossians 3:​14; 1 Peter 2:​17) In contrast, religions that meddle in politics divide their members.​—1 Corinthians 1:​10.

Respect for governments. Although we do not take part in politics, we respect the authority of the governments under which we live. This is in harmony with the Bible’s command: “Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities.” (Romans 13:1) We obey the law, pay taxes, and cooperate with efforts of the government to provide for the welfare of its citizens. Rather than participate in any attempt to subvert the government, we follow the Bible’s counsel to pray for “kings and all those who are in positions of authority,” especially when they are making decisions that could affect freedom of worship.​—1 Timothy 2:​1, 2, footnote.

We also respect the rights of others to make their own decisions in political matters. For example, we do not disrupt elections or interfere with those who choose to vote.[52]

Sources[edit]

  1. "Bible Questions Answered: Is God a Trinity?" JW.org.
  2. N.a. (2009, November). "Myth 4: God is a Trinity." The Watchtower.
  3. "Bible Questions Answered: Why Is Jesus Called the Son of God?" JW.org.
  4. Matthew 14:3-10.
  5. Daniel 2; 4.
  6. Daniel 3.
  7. Daniel 2:24; 3:8-; 6:4-24.
  8. Daniel 5:29.
  9. Daniel 6.
  10. Genesis 41:1-37.
  11. Genesis 41:43-57.
  12. 1 Kings 17-19; 2 Kings 1.
  13. 1 Kings 21:17-29.
  14. 2 Kings 3:13-27; 6-7; 13:14-19.
  15. 2 Kings 5.
  16. 2 Kings 6:12-18; 31-33.
  17. 2 Kings 6:19-23.
  18. Amos 3.
  19. Amos 1:6-2:8,12; 4:1.
  20. Amos 7:10-17.
  21. The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh. British Museum.
  22. Holden & Geisler (2013). The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible. Harvest House Publishers. <https://books.google.com/books?id=b6WGSkPqUyUC&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83>
  23. Collins, Paul. Lachish Reliefs. BBC.
    Stone Relief from the South-West Palace of Sennacherib. British Museum.
    Stone panels from the South-West Palace of Sennacherib (Room 36, nos. 8-10). British Museum.
    Bedlam Productions. Secrets of the Dead: Lachish Relief. PBS.
  24. Grayson, A.K. (1987, Autumn). "Akkadian Treaties of the Seventh Century B.C." Journal of Cuneiform Studies (39)2: 127-160. JSTOR.
  25. 2 Kings 19:5-37; Isaiah 37:5-38; 39:5-8; 2 Chronicles 32:20-21.
  26. 2 Chronicles 32:24-25; Isaiah 38:1-39:1.
  27. Isaiah 1:23; 33:15.
  28. Isaiah 3:14-15; 10:2; 32:7; 56:11.
  29. Isaiah 5:8-10; 61:8.
  30. Isaiah 1:21; 5:11,22; 28:1,3,7-8; 33:15; 47:7-10; 56:12; 57:3-5,8; 59:3,7.
  31. Isaiah 29:21; 32:6; 57:1.
  32. Isaiah 57:5.
  33. Jeremiah 1:18-19; 11:19-23; 26:21-24.
  34. Jeremiah 31:10.
  35. Jeremiah 20:1-6.
  36. Jeremiah 21; 34.
  37. Jeremiah 28:10-17; 32.
  38. Jeremiah 28:17; 29:24-32.
  39. Jeremiah 36:27-32.
  40. Jeremiah 37:4-10.
  41. Jeremiah 37:11-38:28.
  42. Jeremiah 39; 52:1-11; 2 Chronicles 36:11-21.
  43. Jeremiah 39:13-40:6; 52.
  44. Jeremiah 42-43; 44:30; 45.
  45. Jeremiah 1:20,24-25; 3:1-3,6-11; 5:7-9; 7:9-11; 9:2; 11:15; 13:27; 22:20-22; 23:10; 30:14.
  46. Jeremiah 2:34.
  47. Jeremiah 5:26-28; 6:13; 8:10; 9:4-8.
  48. Jeremiah 5:28; 7:6; 22:3.
  49. Jeremiah 7:31-32; 19:4-9; 22:3.
  50. Jeremiah 16:11-13,20; 19:4; 22:9; 35:15; 44:6-25.
  51. Jeremiah 22:13-17.
  52. "Frequently Asked Questions: Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Maintain Political Neutrality?" JW.org.