Thursday, 5 July 2018
1.Christian belief of “Who is God”?
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7 (KJV)
Jehovah’s Witnesses belief of “Who is God”?
They reject the biblical concept of a triune God. God is known as “Jehovah”, the Almighty. Although He is eternal and omnipotent, He is not omnipresent. In addition, Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity of the Holy Spirit.
2. Christians belief of “Who is Jesus”?
We believe that Jesus is God and eternally exist.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus became flesh which we can touch and dwelt among us.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (KJV)
Jesus is our God and Saviour.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:13 (KJV)
Jehovah’s Witnesses belief of “Who is Jesus”?
The Watchtower Society teaches that Jesus is not God incarnate but is just a created directly by Jehovah. Before Jesus came to earth He was Michael the archangel. He was later re-created on earth as a perfect man.
Jehovah’s Witnesses also deny the bodily resurrection of Christ. They believe that after Jesus was buried, God disposed of His physical body. Jesus was raised as a spirit creature and temporarily “materialized” different physical bodies to make Himself visible to His disciples. Now back in Heaven as a spirit, He is once again known as Michael the archangel.
3.Christians belief of Heaven and Hell.
The Bible speaks clearly of the existence of Heaven. It describes a place in which sadness, pain and death end.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 (KJV)
Hell is also spoken in the Bible. It is a place of torment or misery an eternal punishment of the wicked after death and complete separation from God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
Jehovah’s Witnesses belief of Heaven and Hell.
They deny the existence of Hell as a place of everlasting punishment for the wicked. They believe in “soul sleep” that humans don’t have immortal souls, so when the body dies there is no longer conscience existence. They teach that Hell is simply the common grave of mankind. Those who are righteous will be resurrected and those who are ultimately condemned by God will be annihilated and cease to exist.
The Watchtower theology of Heaven teaches that only 144,000 anointed ones can only enter Heaven. So, for the vast majority of remaining Jehovah’s Witnesses they will never go to Heaven or see Jesus/Michael. Their only hope is to live in the Paradise established on earth.
4.Christian belief of Sin and Salvation.
We believe that sin is a transgression/violation against God’s Holy law. An act of rebellion against Him.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4 (KJV)
Salvation however, the Holy Bible says God is rich in mercy, and in His great kindness, He provided a Saviour, Jesus took the punishment for the sin of the world. He died on the cross, so that we could be forgiven, then He rose from the dead and defeated death.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
Jehovah’s Witnesses belief of Sin and Salvation.
They believe that in the Fall, all mankind inherited “imperfection” from Adam and Eve and hence are sinners who are subject to death. But they believe sin was only partially atoned for by Christ. As a perfect man, Christ death paid the ransom that removed the effects of Adam’s sin, but Individuals still have to work to earn forgiveness for their present and future sins. Salvation include baptism by immersion, repentance, active association with the Watchtower Society, righteous conduct and absolute loyalty to Jehovah. Even then, there is no assurance of Salvation, only hope for a resurrection. Those who fail to live up to these requirements, or who are disfellowshipped by the Watchtower Society, have no hope of Salvation.
With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay