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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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If Jesus is not God according to Jehovah’s Witnesses, why was He accused of blasphemy?

Denying the deity of Jesus Christ is one of the core beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses: Jehovah’s Witnesses View of Christ. John 5:18 states, For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the ...
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Revelation 1:8 declares that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, on what Biblical basis do the Jehovah Witnesses deny this declaration? [closed]

We read at Revelation 1:4, "John to the seven churches that are in Asia; Grace to you and peace, FROM HIM who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before HIS ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, does Jesus make the same claim as God, that he is the “first and the last,”?

Isaiah 44:6, "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel And his Redeemer, the Lord of host; I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me." But Jesus Christ makes the same claim in ...
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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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How do Jehovahs Witnesses Interpret Revelation 1:17&18…who is this text referring to, and what contextual evidence substantiates the interpretation? [closed]

All passages below are quoted from the Watchtower Online New World Translation...so i make the assumption that it is the latest edition of the scriptures according to Watchtower and therefore ...
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Evangelical Christians claim Jerusalem was destroyed in either 587 or 586 BCE. What is the evidence?

Whereas Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BC, many evangelical Christians who write on such things believe it was destroyed in either 587 or 586 BCE. Is there any Biblical ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses claim Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE. What is the evidence?

The usual date given for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in academic and Christian publications is either 587 BCE or 586 BCE. The Watchtower claims it was destroyed in 607 BCE. This ...
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Is the Russian Orthodox Church pressing the government of Russia to ban Jehovah's Witnesses?

As early as today (April 7 2017) the Supreme Court of Russia may ban the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. This would make it a criminal offense for Jehovah's Witnesses even to meet together to pray. ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses think there is an important difference between saying 'Jehovah' and 'Yahweh'?

As the denomination's name implies, Jehovah's Witnesses place importance on the name Jehovah. Do they distinguish between Jehovah, Yahweh, the Tetragrammaton, and so on, or do they think these are all ...
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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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Can a Christian or Jehovah witness change religion? [duplicate]

I have a boyfriend we are okay and happy to each other until one day he asked my religion. I said I'm a Christian and he said to me that we can't be together because he's a member of JW and I'm not ...
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If according to the Jehovah Witnesses that “there was a time when God was alone,” who was with God at John 1:1?

The source for my question is found at the Jehovah Witnesses own web site: The Watchtower : His Origin Was From Early Times: "Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Do any other denominations agree with the Jehovah Witnesses that Satan was cast to earth in 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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On what basis was Jesus’ death sufficient for redemption according Non-Trinitarians who maintain that Jesus was not eternal God as God the Father is?

To Peter Turner’s point A) Scripture is the source that says blood was necessary and that blood was sufficient, question revolves around why a Non-Trinitarian Jesus has sufficient worth to save ...
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Do JW teach that Luke 23:43 was corrupted? On what basis?

If I recall correctly, in a past conversation with some Jehovah Witnesses, to prove that there is no life after death, I gathered from them that these words of the LORD on the cross in Luke 23:43 (...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Paul's apparent equating of Yahweh and Jesus in Ephesians 4?

Recently I was listening to a lecture by Reformed theologian Robert Cara, in which he mentioned how frequently NT writers connect and apply OT Yahweh references to Jesus. A number of examples could ...
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Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses cite William Barclay as to the identity of the speaker in Revelation 22:13 knowing he believed it is Jesus?

This is according to the article, Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”? which also says, "This term occurs three times in the Bible. Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6; and here at Revelation 22:...
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What denominations, besides JWs, hold that the Star of Bethlehem was sent by Satan?

I looked up information about the Star of Bethlehem on Jehovah's Witnesses website and it looks like their point on it was that it was actually created by Satan in an attempt to kill Jesus. Now of ...
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Under what circumstances may female Jehovah's Witnesses teach doctrine to men in an evangelistic setting?

I will apologize at the outset as this question stems more from anecdote than from research. Anecdote 1 - Some years ago, while at the local dump, I was approached by a woman for help unloading the ...
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What do Jehovah’s Witnesses teach about water baptism and is baptism by full water immersion essential to salvation?

This question has arisen from answers to a question I recently asked about the Lutheran Church and what they teach about salvation (they call it justification) and whether or not they think water ...
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Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for blood transfusions through taxation?

I’m having a discussion about abortion and taxes, and it was mentioned that Jehovah Witnesses have to pay taxes that fund blood transfusions. Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for ...
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Since there is only one God who is not formed then how can the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus is a created god?

If there is only one God, how can Jesus be another "god" as taught by the Jehovah's Witnesses? Isaiah quotes Jehovah in Isaiah 43:10-11 the very verse from which the Jehovah's Witnesses ...
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses state that Jesus was God's first creation? How do they reconcile that with Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:15-18?

They state in this Watchtower Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last ...
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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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Jehovah Witnesses teach that Michael the arch-angel is Jesus. So did Michael swear the oath to Abraham at Genesis 22:15-17?

My point is why does Michael the arch-angel swear an oath on behalf of God and multiply Abraham's seed at Genesis 22:16-17 in light of what Hebrews 6:13-14 states? "For when God made the promise to ...
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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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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

John's Gospel is written so that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and may have life in that name" Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are ...
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According to Jehovah Witnesses, in what way is Jesus human?

From what I understand, Jehovah Witnesses believe in a form of Arianism that claims Jesus is “the son of God”, but he is inferior to “God the Father”, as he is usually understood as “God’s first ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Jesus Christ being a created being according to Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ is a created being. What is the Biblical basis for this position?
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 24:1–34, about the generation that would not pass away before great tribulation?

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the last days started in 1914 because that was the year that the world changed from the start of WW1. The drastic changes from 1914 onward are the sign of the Lord's ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, are the “overlapping generations” only the Witnesses or are they all the people of the current/last days? [duplicate]

As I understand Jehovah's Witnesses' eschatology, the "generation" Jesus referred to in Matthew 24:34 and parallels in Mark 13:30 and Luke 21:32 refers to all of the generations that saw the ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Galatians 1:11-12?

The Apostle Paul stated at Galatians 1:11-12 the following: Galatians 1:11-12: For I would have you know, brethern, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain the dramatic changes in their eschatology?

Apologies for the length of this introduction but I felt it was important to begin with a weight of evidence. There have been a great many changes in the Jehovah's Witness understanding and prophetic ...
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In the tradition of Jehovah's Witnesses, does Romans 6:23 mean that all people who are resurrected have their sins blotted out?

Since the Bible itself says there is to be a resurrection of the good and bad (Acts 24:15) how do Jehovah's Witnesses explain their position that death blots out the sins of all? If death blots out ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses is Jehovah God omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent?

In talking to Jehovah's Witnesses I found it difficult to discover what they believed on these three attributes: Omnipotent - God cannot be thwarted by the Devil, sin, sinners, or the world but is all-...
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses what does the name Immanuel mean in light of their belief that Jesus is a created being and not God?

This article goes on to say, Without accurate knowledge, we may become ensnared by false teachings promoted by God's opposer, Satan the Devil. Therefore, if a doctrine contradicts God's Word, if it ...
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How do Jehovah’s Witnesses explain the unique wording of Colossians 1:15-17 in the NWT?

Compare the wording of the NWT and the NKJV at Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV says 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are ...
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How do the Jehovah's witnesses reconcile Isaiah 44:24 with their belief that Jesus is the only direct creation of God?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's only direct creation, and that it was Jesus who created all other things: Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses make the Old Testament forms of address to God ( “Jehovah” and “Father”) more important than “Abba?”

Jehovah's Witnesses believe God is the Father whose name is the Hebrew YHVH, the Tetragrammaton, which was the name the Apostles called on to be saved. However, after calling on the name to be saved, ...
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Don't the questions of Hebrews 1:5 and 1:13 demand an answer of 'None'? So how can Jehovah's Witnesses say that Jesus is the archangel Michael?

There's a suggested duplicate to this question but that question deals with how the Jehovah's Witnesses explain the begotten divinity of Jesus while still maintaining that He is unequal to God. This ...
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are the two messengers at Malachi 3:1?

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are these two messengers in Malachi 3:1? Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will ...
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Distinction between Created Son and Begotten Son for Jehovah's Witnesses

In the New Testament, the Greek word monogenēs (μονογενής) appears 9 times and is translated as only or only begotten every time. 4 times it is used to describe the solitary physical descendant of ...
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If Jesus is “a god” do Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be polytheists?

Isaiah 44:6, Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel And His Redeemer, the Lord of host; I am the first and I am the last, AND THERE IS NO GOD BESIDES ME. Isaiah 44:24, Thus says the Lord your Redeemer,...
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The founder of Zion's Watch Tower Charles Taze Russell made the following statements and now directly contradict new information by the organization

One of the statements is from the November 1879 Watch Tower page 48. https://i.imgur.com/y6dOdXe.jpg Mr.Russell clearly states that all the angels including Michael are to worship Jesus and I agree ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses maintain 'secret' teachings?

I have heard that within the JW faith, there are additional teachings that converts do not learn until after some time has passed since their inclusion into that group or the convert achieves some ...
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For Jehovah's Witnesses, what are the ingredients to the bread and the wine?

I am wondering what ingredients do the Jehovah's Witnesses use in the bread and the wine. I talked to one of my friends who is a active member of the Jehovah's Witness religion but was not satisfied ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God equips humans today with the gift of prophecy?

On a number of occasions, God revealed information about future events that were to take place by giving humans the gift of prophecy. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God still does this today, or has ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses cancelled the 2020 Memorial on April 7?

Recently I was looking at the statistics in the latest Yearbook for Jehovah's Witnesses and noted that the Worldwide Memorial Attendance in 2019 was 20,919,041. In the USA it was 2,416,752 and in the ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the 1918 influenza was caused by Satan?

The accepted answer to this other question of mine mentioned that epidemics like the Spanish influenza are thought to be strong evidence of Satan’s being confined to the vicinity of the earth. ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses justify their interpretation of Daniel chapter 4 given the specificity of the text?

Pages 215-218 of the Jehovah's Witness book "What Does the Bible Really Teach?" contains a section entitled 1914​—A Significant Year in Bible Prophecy. In that section Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the ...

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