The following chart provides a quick-reference guide to the major similarities and differences between the beliefs and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses and mainstream Protestant Christianity. As is always the case with charts and summaries, the information is simplified for brevity and should be used alongside more complete explanations. The beliefs listed for both Witnesses and Protestant Christians represent those of most, but not all, churches or individuals within that tradition.
|Jehovah's Witnesses||Protestant Christianity|
||The New World Translation (NWT) of the Bible||
NIV, KJV, NRSV, etc. translations(Also see: Bible translations)
||"Hebrew Scriptures" and "Christian Greek Scriptures" (See Jehovah's Witnesses texts)||"Old Testament" and "New Testament"|
|Identity of Jesus Christ
||Son of God, Word of God, God's first creation, Archangel Michael (See Jesus Christ)
||Son of God, Word of God, God, second Person of the Trinity(See Christology)|
||God's active force (impersonal)||God, Third Person of the Trinity|
|Results of Fall||Physical and spiritual death entered the world||Physical death, tendency to sin|
||Free to do good or evil (See 10 Articles)||Free will to do good is seriously impaired|
|Purpose of Christ's Incarnation
||Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin (See Jesus Christ)||Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin, reveal God directly to humanity|
|Means of Christ's Execution
||Crucifixion on an upright stake (no crossbar)||Crucifixion on a cross (See Jesus Christ)|
|Resurrection of Christ?
||Yes||Yes(Also see Easter)|
|| Both faith and works;
| Both faith and works;
|Second Chance After Death?
|Afterlife||Souls of wicked are annihilated, a select few Witnesses go to Heaven, other Witnesses enjoy a paradise earth for eternity (See Afterlife)
||Souls of wicked sent to Hell, believers go to Heaven for eternity(S ee Afterlife)|
|Hell||Exists as a place of the dead (Jesus went there), but hellfire does not exist; idea was invented by Satan to turn people from Jehovah.||Place (or state of being) of eternal torment and distance from God.|
|Place of Worship||Kingdom Hall||Church(See Christian practices)|
|Meaning of Sacraments||Symbolic acts commanded by Christ||Symbolic acts commanded by Christ (some Protestant); means of grace if received with faith (Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant). (See Comparison Chart of Christian denominations)
|Number of Sacraments
||Two: Baptism and Lord's Supper||Two: Baptism and Lord's Supper (seven in Catholicism)|
||The watchtower||Cross, fish & others|
||Memorial of Christ's Death only||Easter, Christmas, saint's days, several others|
|Involvement in Politics
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|Title||Comparison Chart: Jehovah's Witnesses and Mainstream Christianity|
|Published||June 7, 2004|
|Updated||January 9, 2017|
|MLA Citation||“Comparison Chart: Jehovah's Witnesses and Mainstream Christianity.” ReligionFacts.com. 9 Jan. 2017. Web. Accessed 24 Jan. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/|