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Before we start to answer this, a little history is needed. Both the Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses are Restorationist churches. That means that they were founded on the belief that all the other churches in the world had ceased to hold to the whole correct Christian doctrine, and that a direct revelation from God to the founders caused them to ...


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I want to preface the rest of this with the statement that I am merely answering the question. I am not saying whether mainstream Christians are right or wrong in their position. But I am going to answer exactly the question by showing why they classify these two groups as non-Christians and backing it up with references. The Basis: I'm going to ...


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A fundamental issue here is that the term "Christian" admits different meanings. In a broad sense, a Christian is anyone who self-identifies as a follower of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 11:26), which would include all bodies such as Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, and Restorationists (including JWs and Mormons). To use "Christian" in a narrower ...


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I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses my entire life, 35 years, and was recently appointed as an elder. What are the requirements for a person to become an elder? - They have to fulfill the requirements mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9. What type of training do elders have? - When they are first appointed as elders they usually have had the ...


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At the most fundamental level, Roman Catholics subscribe to the Nicene Creed, Jehovah's Witnesses do not. (JWs would call the Creed itself heresy, so this is not a slam.) This means that unlike 98% of the world's Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses deny such things as: The Trinity The Divinity of Jesus The Nature of Salvation The Communion of Saints / The ...


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First of all, we are allowed to read any bible and most of us have a few different translations at home. Furthermore, every Jehovah's Witness is trained to become an ordained minister and publisher. An instrument for that training is our Theocratic Ministry School. Besides that we have several 'schools' that are specialized in training , elders, overseers, ...


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The Seventh Day Adventist view The SDA view is well articulated here: Amazing Facts: Who Is Michael The Archangel? The primary arguments involved are: There are appearances of the preincarnate Christ with titles of “Angel of the LORD”, “Angel of His Presence” and “Angel of the Covenant”. The meaning of angel has a wide range of interpretations (it ...


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Q. Are JWs restricted from expressing things in their own words? A. No. We who are members of the worldwide unified Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses both can and do express ourselves / our Bible based beliefs in our own words, however, we would much rather and prefer to express ourselves / our Bible based beliefs in the way in which our ...


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Q. "Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?" A. Yes. We whole heartedly believe in what is stated under divine inspiration of God's holy spirit found at 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 and 2 Peter 3:7... and I quote: "This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for YOU, 7 but, to YOU who ...


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To begin answering your question let me first begin by saying that the Bible makes only two references to birthday celebrations: Gen. 40:20-22 (NWT): “Now on the third day it turned out to be Pharaoh’s birthday, and he proceeded to make a feast . . . Accordingly he returned the chief of the cupbearers to his post of cupbearer . . . But the chief of the ...


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As another answer stated, we get the building done in 3 days for convenience mostly. The whole thing is amazingly organized and thus moves quickly. Nothing is done to be cheap. That would be disrespect to Jehovah. The main concern is to not take time away from the builders lives and to continue the preaching work. The preaching work is the #1 priority to ...


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This could probably be a lengthy answer, but it would be better to summarize one core belief, which should easily answer the remainder of your question. Jehovah's Witnesses believe by a number of scriptural proofs that Christ himself is an angel, the highest ranking one, and he is the primary means that through which the speaking between God and man occur. ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses are very well educated and we highly value divine education. (Isaiah 54:13) Any interested person must go through a Bible study program with another baptized member of the congregation as their personal teacher before getting baptized. Thereby every member is well taught. When we study the Bible, taking in accurate facts and knowledge is ...


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It is because we like to use our time wisely... so the less hours we put in a building the more hours we have left for our meetings... and preaching work. Furthermore we build our Kingdom Halls with volunteers. Most of the time they come from all over the state(s) so its more efficient if we do the job in only a few weekends with hundreds of workers. It has ...


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Practice will vary from place to place. I live in the middle of Ireland. I’ll try to describe general principles, but this may work out differently in different areas. Each congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses has its own “territory” (roughly analogous to a parish in other denominations, perhaps). That territory will then be subdivided into maps. The ...


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Truly this is a question that cannot be answerd because the watchtower keeps changing who the 144000 are... One of the core doctrines of the Watchtower is that only 144,000 humans will go to heaven, where they are to rule as kings. Most Jehovah's Witnesses are not considered part of the 144,000 and do not expect to go to heaven. Rather they believe ...


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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael? None! In fact the Bible declares quite the opposite. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? —Hebrews 1:5 (AV) The quotation in verse 5a comes from Psalm ...


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I think this is a question of terminology as well as being a question of theology. I’ll try to address both. The vast majority of branches of Christianity will divide the world up into groups which look roughly like this: Us (the people who agree with us theologically, and associate with us); People we disagree with on minor matters; People we disagree ...


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So, not to be too blunt about it, but JWs are demographically typically drawn from the least well-off amongst society. Put crassly, they tend to be the poorest and least-educated Christians in the United States. Furthermore, this is a very cheap method of putting together a building. Especially when you consider the amount of volunteer labor (think Amish ...


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Q. "Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not celebrate birthdays?" A. For the same reasons that God's faithful worshippers during both the pre-Christian period and during the time of the 1st century Christianity DID NOT partake / participate in the custom of annually celebrating birthdays. I say "annually", due to the fact that God's faithful worshippers during the ...


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I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses. We don't gamble because: We avoid greediness. We don't want to put our faith in the "god of Good Luck" (Isaiah 65:11). We don't want to take someone else's money in exchange for nothing. This does not include a radio contest because the other radio listeners in the contest aren't losing any money if they don't win the ...


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As one of Jehovah's Witnesses he really shouldn't even be dating anyone outside the congregation either since dating is a precursor to marriage. tacosalad is correct, that is the reason we do not marry outside our faith. The scripture that really elaborates on this is 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what ...


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Q. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to pledge allegiance or salute the flag? A. The answer is found in the very definition of what the words "pledge" and "allegiance" mean and on what God's word the Bible states / shows to Whom we are to pledge our allegiance. "pledge noun \ˈplej\ : a serious promise or agreement : a promise to give money : ...


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Q. "According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, where does the Devil come from?" A. ALL of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses are based on and found within the Holy Scriptures. The question therefore should more accurately be "According to the Holy Scriptures, where does the Devil come from?". We who are Jehovah's Witnesses DO NOT believe that there are MANY ...


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Q. "Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?" A. The One True Almighty God JEHOVAH through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who has granted authority to Christ's "faithful and discreet slave" as THE ONLY appointed channel by God during Christ's Heavenly PRESENCE (from the GREEK word "Parousia" which is often mistranslated as "Coming") of the ...


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I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years. Here is a short answer in my own words: The bible sometimes says things that God did, but really means that he was the 'architect' of that action but had a 'laborer' actually do that action. For instance: Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and the earth. But later in the bible (Colossians ...


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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 wondering how near to complete they believe that they are now, eg 25%, 50%, 99%? And do they keep records on the 144 000 so that they can answer this ...


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Q. "Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?" A. Because the doctrine we who are members of the unified worldwide Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses strive to the very best of our imperfect ability to obey is the doctrine found in God's word the Holy Bible... and I quote: "Therefore do not become partakers with ...


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Q. "If most of the Jehovah's Witnesses today are not a part of the 144,000, then what exactly are they?" A. While the scriptures show that a limited number of 144,000 have the God given hope of living FOREVER as Kings & Priests RULING in God's Heavenly Kingdom with Christ himself, the overwhelming vast majority of Jehovah's Witnesses have the awesome ...


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The academic credentials of the translators is unknown since the committee choose to remain anonymous just like translators of some notable Bible translations. Any suggested names on the translators are pure assumptions since the publishers have never revealed it and most of the first edition translators are probably dead by now. And remember that not just ...



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