I realized so many people misinterpret Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs after our online forum started a debate on whether this religious group believe in God.
While some members said that this denomination believes in God, others argued that they do not.
Since I lived with a former believer of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had extensive knowledge about their faith, I addressed this question.
The common misconceptions of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ faith inspired me to write this article to educate those with the question, “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in God?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in God and teach that He is the Creator and Supreme Being. However, they reject the doctrine of the Trinity and argue that there is only God and not three Gods in one. They view God as a separate person from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
In this article, I look at Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs about God in detail, including who their God is, if they pray to Him, and much more.
So, if you want to learn more about this topic, keep reading until the end.
What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about God?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God is the Supreme Being that created everything. They view him as the Father.
Though Jehovah’s Witnesses view God as infinite, they imply that he is not omnipresent, as explained in Psalm 139:7: “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!”
This religious group teaches that God has a specific location in heaven.
According to them, God is approachable, kind and merciful. They believe that God has personal relationships with people.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the one true God whom they worship is the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac, as recorded in Exodus 3:6: “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.”
They also believe that God gives us free will and does not force himself on us. According to them, he only chooses to save those who are willing to serve him.
However, they suggest that there are consequences of not choosing God since those who reject him will face extinction.
Who is the God for Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that God’s name is Jehovah. They believe that He must be distinguished by that name.
This denomination is convinced that it is the only one that makes God’s name known since no other religion uses the term Jehovah to refer to God.
The vocalization of God’s name is based on the Tetragrammaton, a four-letter Hebrew name of God according to the Hebrew Bible, which is YHVH or YHWH.
However, God is identified by many names in the Bible. For instance, Genesis 17:1 refers to God as Elshaddai or God Almighty, while Psalm 8:1 identifies God as Lord: “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.”
Do Jehovah’s Witness believers pray to God?
Yes. These believers pray to God since they consider prayer as one of the key aspects of true worship. This concept is based on Philippians 4:6, which reminds them that they should let their petitions be known to God through prayer rather than being anxious over anything.
They believe that praying helps one have a close friendship with God.
Jehovah’s Witnesses hold meetings to conduct prayers with other believers and also study God’s word together. Though they pray, they argue that Jehovah does not always listen to all prayers, especially when one lacks faith.
They teach that for Jehovah to listen to your prayers, you must put your faith in him, based on Mark 11:24: “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in the Trinity?
No. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity since they imply that this is a pagan teaching. They further posit that the Trinity is unbiblical since the word is not directly mentioned in the Bible.
Though certain verses like 1st Corinthians 8:4 say that there is only one God, the Bible also says that three persons are called God in verses like Matthew 28:18-19: “Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.'”
Since Jehovah’s Witnesses struggle to understand the concept of how three persons comprise the One Being of God, they suggest that there is one Big God and two little gods.
According to this denomination, God is an invisible spirit person who is separate from Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
They also posit that Jesus is not God but Archangel Micheal and God’s agent through whom sinful humans are reconciled with God.
While other denominations believe that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, Jehovah’s Witnesses speculate that he is not a person but an active force of Jehovah in the world.
This belief contradicts Matthew 28:18-19, which says that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity: “Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.'”
As a Christian, I have always been passionate about sharing God’s word with young people. This inspired me to pursue a Certificate in Christian Education, an Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and a Graduate degree in Theology. My knowledge in school and experience from dealing with the youth made me an expert at discussing Christian-related topics. I feel privileged working as the Coordinator of the Christian Youth Ministry at Christian Faith Guide. You can read more about me on the about us page.