I have to admit I really don’t know much aboutÂ Jehovah’s Witnesses, heck, I thought they were calledÂ Jehovah Witnesses, Â but I found this article about them interesting.Â It seems to match up with the Wikipedia entry on them, but who knows if that is 100% accurate.
Mattsson says according to last year’s counting report, the active Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country have reached 43,000, with over 150 kingdom halls (churches). Globally, they now have 6.7 million believers.
A Witness will tell you that:
- Christ died on an upright stake (pole), not a cross
- Christ was raised from the dead as an immortal spirit person
- The earth will never be destroyed or depopulated
- Prayers are to be directed only to Jehovah through Christ
- Only Israel was meant to observe the Sabbath
- Satan is the invisible ruler of the world
- Heaven is limited only to 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses
- There is no Hell
- Salvation is by good works
- You cannot be sure of salvation
- All pastors are the Antichrist
- All churches and governments are of satan
- You cannot take a blood transfusion
- You cannot be a police officer or serve in the military
- You cannot salute the flag, stand for the national anthem, or own a flag
- Jesus’ second coming occurred in 1914
- You cannot run for political office or vote
- You are discouraged from giving to charity (except Watchtower causes)
- You cannot accept Christmas gifts
- Only Jehovah’s Witnesses can understand the Bible
- Angels direct the Watchtower organisation
And what about those that are not part of the 144,000 in heaven?
The rest of the faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses (not of the 144,000) will live forever on an earthly paradise. Both of these classifications are determined to a great extent on membership in the Watchtower organisation, as well as going door-to-door spreading the message of the Watchtower.