While discussing various religious groups on our online interdenominational forum, the members burst into a heated debate when we began exploring Jehovah’s witnesses’ beliefs.
Of course, there were many misconceptions as the members tried to explore the unique beliefs of this religious sect. Although I had gained basic knowledge about them during my last year in Theology, I had no solid answers to many other questions.
Therefore, I decided to research by consulting with different members of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their clergy, who gave me first-hand information.
Having gained in-depth knowledge from them, I gave the group a detailed answer regarding Jehovah’s witnesses’ beliefs.
Also, I decided to write this detailed article to provide answers to many questions about this religious group. So, what are Jehovah’s Witness beliefs?
They are said to believe in God and Jesus, but they hold that Jesus is not as powerful as God. Also, they believe that once someone dies, their soul and spirit die too—they cease to exist. In addition, they are said to believe that God’s Kingdom is like a government.
So, join me in this article as I write what Jehovah’s Witness believes about life after death. I will also discuss Jehovah’s Witness beliefs on heaven.
Read on to find out more.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about the Bible?
They are said to believe that the Bible was written under the inspiration of God. Their beliefs are based on the 66 books, the Old and New Testaments.
However, they are also said to believe that some bible verses are symbolic. Also, they are said to believe one Biblical translation, NWT.
What does Jehovah’s Witness believe about life after death?
Many people suggest that according to Jehovah’s Witness when someone dies, they stop existing; the soul and spirit also die.
Therefore, their beliefs are interpreted to mean that there is no life after death, but they believe in resurrection.
Many people speculate that many of the believers in this denomination believe that the faithful ones will resurrect when God comes to take his people.
However, they are also said to believe that 144000 people will resurrect, and most of the spots are taken by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
What are Jehovah’s Witness beliefs on heaven?
Members of Jehovah’s Witness believe that heaven is in three forms: physical heaven, spirit realm, and the high place of elevated authority.
According to them, the physical heaven consists of an atmosphere just like the earth’s atmosphere, full of bird sounds; there is different weather.
They back their beliefs with their interpretation of Deuteronomy 4:19 (in their Bible, NWT): “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.”
Although the verse is a warning that they should serve the army of heaven God, they also use it to form a description of heaven made of sun, moon, and stars.
However, they also believe that God does not dwell in the physical heaven. Also, they believe that there are spirits in the physical heaven, yet humans cannot see them with their naked eyes.
Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe in the spiritual realm, which they also say means heaven, a higher level above the physical heaven. They believe that Jehovah, God, lives in this spiritual realm with the holy angels.
According to their beliefs, Jesus Christ lived in this spiritual heaven before He became a human. They also say that the devil and his angels once lived in this spiritual realm, but they were thrown away.
Also, many say they believe that there is no physical material; there are no deities or any human ancestors in this heaven.
Also, one of the famous beliefs associated with them is that they believe that there is no human who is in this spiritual realm in the name of they lived a good life and were judged by God and brought to heaven after their death.
In addition, they believe that there is no communication that happens in the spiritual realm.
Also, they hold that heaven refers to a higher place of authority. They say it is not really a place but an exalted authority and God in the head.
They believe that government from this heaven will come to replace human rule. After they come, a selection of 144000 witnesses will join and rule with God’s government.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about the Kingdom of God?
Jehovah’s Witness members are said to believe that the Kingdom of God is a government that God established. They hold the idea that the kingdom shares attributes with human governments only that it is superior in all ways.
According to different interpretations of how they perceive the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom is made up of rulers, mission, education, duration, laws, and subjects.
It is said that they believe that Jesus is the King in the Kingdom that is not limited to any duration—it lasts forever. Also, they are thought to be describing subjects as human beings who do what God wants, and education is What God teaches humans so that they do what He wants.
Also, it is said that laws in the Kingdom of God refer to the commandments. Lastly, the mission of the Kingdom, as they are said to believe, is to accomplish the will of God.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about salvation?
Jehovah’s Witnesses hold that salvation happens when a believer has faith in Jesus. However, they also believe that for full salvation, a believer should be associated with God’s organization.
In this case, they are believed to mean that a person should associate with their church; the organization of God is said to be referring to their church.
In expansion, many believers suggest that the Jehovah’s Witnesses mean that to gain salvation, one should start following the rules of their church.
How do Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs differ from other Christians’ beliefs?
First, while Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to God strictly as Jehovah, Christians refer to Him using many names like Lord, God almighty, and Lord of Hosts, among many others.
Second, they are said not to believe in the holy trinity because they say the word is not in the Bible. On the other hand, Christians agree that the word is not mentioned, but the composition of the trinity is mentioned in:
1 Peter 1:2 (father), “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood.”
John 20:28 (son), “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'”
Acts 5:3- 4 (Holy Spirit), “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?'”
Also, unlike the Christians, the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is lesser than God and was Archangel Michael before he was sent to earth.
How do the Jehovah’s Witnesses justify their doctrines?
Many people conclude that Jehovah’s Witnesses justify their doctrines by saying that the Bible has been corrupted by many people in different centuries.
For these reasons, they have translated the Bible to justify their beliefs. Also, many people posit that this new translation, New World Translation, has been edited severally when the Jehovah’s Witnesses find that some scriptures do not support their doctrines.
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