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Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses Fast Facts

Adherents

6.5 million

Beliefs

One God: Jehovah. No Trinity. Christ is the first creation of God; the Holy Spirit is a force.

Practices

No blood transfusions, no celebration of holidays, no use of crosses or religious images. Baptism, Sunday service at Kingdom Hall, strong emphasis on evangelism.

Main Holidays

Memorial of Christ's death, celebrated annually. All Christian or other religious-based holidays are rejected as unbiblical and pagan.

Texts

New World Translation of the Scriptures

Jehovah's Witnesses Overview

The group now known as the Jehovah's Witnesses was founded in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell, a Pennsylvania businessman. Russell's Adventist background and study of the Bible led him to conclude, among other things, that the second coming of Christ would occur in 1914, that Hellfire did not exist, and God was not a Trinity. Today, there are 6.4 million practicing Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Witnesses are very active in evangelism and missions, both in the group's original home of the United States and throughout the world.

Jehovah's Witnesses adhere to Russell's teachings on Hell and the Trinity and emphasize the immanent End Times, clean and moral living, the equality of all races, and adherence to the teachings of the Bible. They reject blood transfusions because of the New Testament command to "abstain from blood" and do not vote or serve in the military. Witnesses reject the symbol of the cross, do not celebrate any traditional Christian holidays, and do not celebrate birthdays.

  • Beliefs

    The religious beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses are in some ways similar to those of orthodox Christians, but in other ways they are quite different... full article →
  • Ethics

    Jehovah's Witnesses place a high value on moral living, teaching that "believers...will be saved to eternal life only if they continue to adhere to all of God's requirements" {1} and that "persons who practice things that God says are bad will not inherit God's kingdom... full article →
  • Glossary

    Definitions of terms related to Jehovah's Witnesses. full article →
  • History

    The group now known as the Jehovah's Witnesses was founded in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell, a Pennsylvania businessman. Russell's Adventist background and study of the Bible led him to conclude, among other things, that the second coming of Christ would occur in 1914, that Hellfire did not exist, and God was not a Trinity... full article →
  • Holidays

    One of the more well-known practices of the Jehovah's Witnesses is their non-celebration of holidays. All holidays, including birthdays, are considered "pagan holidays" and may not be observed by Witnesses... full article →
  • Organization

    The Official Web Site of the Jehovah's Witnesses summarizes the society's organization and system of leadership as follows: > Following the model of first-century Christianity, Jehovah's Witnesses have no clergy-laity division... full article →
  • Practices

    The Jehovah's Witnesses were established as a religion in 1879 in the United States. The religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell who was a businessman from Pennsylvania... full article →
  • Texts

    The fact that texts are central to the Jehovah's Witnesses is clearly seen in the name of their governing organization - Watchtower Bible and Tract Society - and their designation of members as varying degrees of "publishers... full article →

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Title Jehovah's Witnesses
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MLA Citation “Jehovah's Witnesses.” ReligionFacts.com. 29 Oct. 2016. Web. Accessed 23 Feb. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/jehovahs-witnesses>

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