The group known as the Jehovah's Witnesses was founded in the 1870s. They originally called themselves Bible Students, but they changed to their current name in 1931.

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Crucifixion — torture stake or cross?

The Jehovah's Witnesses state that Jesus was not nailed on a cross, but on a torture stake. The New World Translation of the Bible is phrased accordingly. For example: Matthew 10:38 (NWT) And ...
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Why do Kingdom Halls have no windows?

I've noticed that most Kingdom Halls--the meeting place for Jehovah's Witnesses--have no windows in the building. What is the reason for this? Is there a Biblical basis for it or does it come from a ...
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What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?

If there is no clear definition stemming from the Bible of what makes one a Christian, how does mainstream Christianity justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non ...
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Was Jesus a separate god?

The New World Translation of John 1 seems to indicate that Jesus was a separate god from the Father. 1 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2 ...
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What is the origin of the idea that Michael is Jesus?

I recently came across the idea of identifying the angel Michael as Jesus. I'm surprised I hadn't heard it before. Wikipedia documents it as common to Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses. ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses use different language for theological reasons?

They don't have churches: they have Kingdom Halls (though it's not wrong to refer to a Kingdom Hall as a type of church). They don't have hymns: they have Kingdom Songs (though it's not wrong to ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not celebrate birthdays?

Wikipedia states this as a fact but does not explain further. In conversations with JWs, I understood that this is based on two birthdays in the Bible: Job's eldest son: Job was attacked by Satan on ...
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Are JWs restricted from expressing things in their own words?

I've been wondering if there is any official doctrine held by Jehovahs Witnesses that would restrict them from talking about their faith in their own words? I have noticed in my interactions with ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible? What is their reason for not accepting other versions such as the NIV or the KJV?
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Does “no part of this world” mean no involvement in politics?

Jesus is reported as having said that his kingdom was "no part of this world", and further of assuring Pontius Pilate that his followers posed no risk to the secular authorities. Given that, should ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate the Lord's Supper/communion? If so what are their beliefs about the nature of the Sacrament? Do they believe in Transubstantiation or some variant of symbolism? Is ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to marry outside the faith?

Some Christian denominations allow their members to marry whomever they please, others discourage it, and others just don't allow it (you are either disfellowshipped or the church refuses to perform ...
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What specific scholarship is there behind the New World Translation?

The New World Translation of the Bible was produced by the Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm wondering what specific scholarship is behind the translation. Who were the translators? What Greek Manuscripts ...
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How do JWs respond to Jude 9 in light of Matthew 4:10?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are one in the same. However, in light of these two verses: Jude 9 (NIV): But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing ...
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Why Are Jehovah's Witnesses Holding a Memorial Service for Jesus on Tuesday, March 26th?

I was approached by two Jehovah's Witnesses who invited me to a memorial service for Jesus to be held on Tuesday, March 26th. The flier they gave me said that this is the anniversary of Jesus' death. ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, who are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations?

The book of Revelation refers to 144,000 servants of God who will be sealed in two different places. I have heard that the Jehovah's Witnesses often refer to this number. Who, exactly, do the ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to pledge allegiance or salute the flag?

I have heard that Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden to recite the Pledge of Allegiance (to the United States flag) or even to salute it. What is the basis for this prohibition? I'm wondering what ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?

What is the official position of the Jehovah's Witnesses in regards to hell, specifically the doctrine of annihilation which says that people will not go on existing, that eventually God will just ...
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How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What does the Bible really teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41-42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
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From where do Jehovah's Witnesses derive the doctrine that Jesus was and now is Michael the Archangel?

According to some Watchtower literature, it is taught that Michael the Archangel is Jesus and that Jesus, after He ascended into heaven, resumed the name of Michael. "It proves Michael the ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?

I understand that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that "exactly 144,000 faithful Christians go to heaven to rule with Christ in the kingdom of God." However, in Revelation the 144 000 are from Israel ...
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How do Jehovah's Witness view divorce?

My husband is a disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witness and he has filed for a divorce. What is the Jehovah's Witness belief about divorce and the responsibility of the husband to a non JW wife?
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Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers? [closed]

Door to door Jehovah's Witnesses / Mormons, people preaching in town centres, posters outside churches, alpha course. Why do Christians have to promote their beliefs to other people? What difference ...
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If most of the Jehovah's Witnesses today are not a part of the 144,000, then what exactly are they?

I understand that the Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there are few of their members today who are part of the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations. This implies that most of their members ...
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How trained are the elders in the Jehovah's Witness denomination?

Jehovah's Witnesses are known to have no pastors or priests, because having pastors or priests would go against their theology. Instead, they have "elders". From an outsider's perspective, elders ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael?

Congregations such as the Jehovah's Witness and Seventh day Adventists believe that Jesus is Michael. What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael? Jehovah's Witness ...it is ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses define “active” membership?

On several occations I have seen terms used for active vs inactive Jehovah's Witness church members. I have also seen inactive ones referred to as passive or even with both monikers together as ...
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Why does the NWT capitalize “YOU” in many verses?

Throughout many passages in the NWT (Jehovah's Witness specific New World Translation), all instances of of the pronoun "you" are written in all capitals. Here is an example from Acts 2:38: Peter ...
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What is the scope of gambling prohibitions for JW's?

I know that gambling is forbidden for a Jehovah's Witness. Would this include a phone in competition on the radio, for example to win money or a holiday?
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Are birthday celebrations ungodly?

Friday the 20th was my birthday and as usual, I'll just have a quiet time thanking God for my life. I don't fellowship with JWs anymore but my conscience will not allow me as to why at all I should ...
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What is the biblical argument against the claim that Jesus is just “a god”, but not “God Almighty”?

As I understand it, Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus is a god, but not God Almighty. However, this goes against the teaching of the majority of Christian denominations and certainly evangelical ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?

To my understanding, Jehovah's Witnesses try to exclude pagan influences from their practice. Whether or not they do, what is their reason for doing this?
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, how many of the 144 000 have already been identified?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe1 that 144 000 of their number are different to the rest in that they will go to heaven, whereas the rest (presumably several million) will live on paradise Earth. I'm ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about evolution?

From Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in Creationism? on jw.org: No. Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe that God created everything. But we do not agree with creationism. Why not? Because a number of ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they ...
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If JW believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?

I think everyone knows that Jesus is Greek but why don't Jehovahs Witnesses use his Hebrew name which is closer to Joshua rather than Jesus?
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Why are Kingdom Halls sometimes built in the “quick-build” manner?

Wikipedia has an article on Kingdom Halls that states: In many countries, a number of standard designs of construction are used that can be built in just a few days. The act of constructing a ...
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Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?

I assume the Jehovah's Witnesses church has structure and organization for its membership. Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and what is their role? From whom do members receive ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that angels are doing the talking between God and mankind?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the conversations between God and the people are carried out by angels, but the angels are not mentioned in the Bible. They are merely assumed to be present, because ...
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According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, where does the Devil come from?

I had two ladies come over yesterday from the local Jehovah's Witness place. They asked if we knew where the devil comes from but left when my wife said we're Catholic. As a Catholic, I've got some ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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Have the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the end of the world?

I have heard somewhere that at various times in the past, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have predicted when the end of the world would be and perhaps when Jesus would ...
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Which denominations hold the quartodecimanist interpretation of John 19?

According to Wikipedia: The modern Jewish Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread is seven days, starting with the sunset at the beginning of Nisan 15. and According to some interpretations, ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that their “Governing body” will rule the world after “Armageddon”?

I understand that Witnesses follow an unelected body of men called a "Governing body". However I'm unclear on whether or not they believe this governing body is in charge of the earth after their ...
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According to Jehovah Witness Satan was cast to earth 1914

In my discussion with some Jehovah Witnesses, they claimed 1914 was the year referred to in revelation and that Satan came to earth. According to their belief, this is why from 1914 the world has ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses travel in pairs?

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses travel in pairs instead of a group and go proselytizing door-to-door? What is the typical arrangement (friend and friend, sister and sister, brother and brother, husband and ...
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Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline in a Jehovah's Witness Church?

I think the title says it all. Are there rules/guidelines for Church Discipline for members of the Church that are blatantly involved in adultery? Specifically, I'm referring to well-known, ...
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What is Beth Sarim building built for?

Is it a monument of sort, build by the prophet of Jehovah's Witnesses in remembrance of all the Old Testament prophet? I also understand that there are altars in this building in honour of each of ...
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What is the difference between the Jehovah Witnesses and Pentecostal Churches?

Is there any dogmatic difference between Jehovah Witnesses Churches and Pentecostal Churches? Are they one and the same as far as beliefs are concerned? Untill recently I thought both the Churches ...