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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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Is this appropriate to give to a Jehovah Witness? [closed]

I am not Jehovah Witness follower but my Mother in Law is. She has recently lost her son. I was going to paint her a plaque that has the saying "Your wings were ready, but my Heart was not" with a ...
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When a Jehovah's Witness is reinstated how does the congregation react?

When a disfellowshipped person takes the steps necessary to be accepted back into the Jehovah's Witness faith an announcement is made to the congregation informing all of the reinstatement of this ...
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What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The Order of Special Full-Time Servants appears to be a religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses. What is a religious order in the context of Witness theology? Is it theologically meaningful at all? To ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have anyone recognized as a “prophet”, or what kind of titles do they use? [closed]

I was looking for information about the founders of Jehovah's Witnesses. It looks like some notable early people were the founder Charles T. Russell and then Joseph F. Rutherford who was the president ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in ghosts (or what-ever these may be)?

Here's a bit of a story from my childhood that's related to this question. (Sorry if this is too long but I wanted to explain what I mean.) I grew up in Sweden in a family of Finnish immigrants. ...
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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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Have Jehovah's Witnesses always been politically neutral?

This is a follow-up that I wanted to ask after reading this other question. When I was looking for information on Jehovah's Witnesses and Christmas, I found this article at wol.jw.org that explains ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?

According to Jehovah's witnesses what evidences are there in the Bible that Jehovah is not Jesus Christ? What passages separate them, or declare them as different?
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Do Jehovah's witnesses believe that Jesus appeared in the Old Testament?

Many Christian teachers as far back as the early church fathers have taught it was Jesus that appeared to Abraham before destroying Sodom and Gammorah, wrestled with Jacob in the dessert, and appeared ...
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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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How can the translators of the New World Translation say that their version is near what was originally written?

The New World Translation of the Bible says much concerning the original Bible writings. As none are known to exist, how can the translators of the New World Bible, JWs, say that anything is anywhere ...
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Jehovah's Witness officiating a non-denomination wedding ceremony

I would like to ask my brother to officiate my wedding but he is a baptized Jehovah's Witness and my fiance and I are not. According to the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, can he legally officiate our ...
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Hierarchy and paid clergy of Jehovah's Witnesses church [closed]

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses say they have no hierarchy or paid clergy in the church organization, when from the Overseer clergy and upwards they get a wage, fully funded car and pension. Are the ...
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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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What are the current guidelines for Jehovah's Witnesses regarding blood use in medical treatment?

There have been a lot of new methodologies developed in medicine that isolates specific fractions of blood for use in specific needs of individuals. Whole blood is rarely transfused anymore. My ...
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Can Hebrews Chapter 4 use of “Today” Be Used to Refute mistranslation of Luke 23:43 in the New World Translation of the Bible? [closed]

See the "today" doctrine presented in Hebrews: Hebrews 4: 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of ...
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Why do Jehovah Witnesses think that the cross doesn't have hands? [duplicate]

They said that the original cross is just a torture stake. Why do they think that way? Not that I think they're wrong. I am just wondering.
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Do JWs believe the water canopy theory and do they think it will be restored?

Many creationist have beliefs concerning the pre-flood environment on earth. Are Jehovah Witnesses adamant about the water canopy being the source of flood waters? Do JWs believe the restored earth ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses Memorial of Christ's Death [duplicate]

Why did Jehovah's Witnesses not use the Passover this year to celebrate the memorial, as has been their tradition since Jesus instituted this to celebrate his death ?
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What does it mean to “flee to the mountains” as writen in Mark? [closed]

Mark 13:14 New International Version (NIV) 14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea ...
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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 Christians?...
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Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?

According to the article on “The Word” in the Watchtower publication Insight on the Scriptures, This Word, or Lo′gos, was God’s only direct creation, the only-begotten son of God, and evidently the ...
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Was Jesus a separate god? [closed]

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 This one ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?

I had it happen several times that Jehovah's Witnesses refused to pray together with me, even though I offered that they say the prayer. The reason, according to them, was that they believe we don't ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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How do Jehovah Witnesses support scripturely the idea that humans will live on earth after death?

A Jehovah Witness and I spoke the other day and he explained to me that JWs believe that we'll live on earth after we die. What scripture, if any, do they use to back this belief?
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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. I'...
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Which denominations believe that John 19 indicates that the crucifixion had the date of Nisan 14?

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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If Jesus ascended to heaven as Michael the angel why is he still called a man?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus was resurrected as a spirit creature Michael the archangel. If this is so, why do they still call him a man? 1 Timothy 2:5 (King James Version): For there is one ...
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What is the difference between Jehovah's Witnesses and Pentecostals?

What are the dogmatic differences between Jehovah's Witness Churches and Pentecostal Churches? Until recently I thought both churches were one and the same in beliefs.
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Are birthday celebrations ungodly? [closed]

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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Do Jehovah's Witnesses recognize marriages performed by non-denominational ministers?

I am seeking my Ordained Minister License and was asked to perform the wedding ceremony of my brother and his future bride, who are studying to become Jehovah's Witnesses. Do JWs require a particular ...
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How does the Jehovah's Witness denomination deal with the filial piety among its East Asian believers?

The Jehovah's Witness denomination has been preached in more than 300 different languages, apparently using the English text as the base instead of directly from the original biblical languages. ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses particularly anti-violence?

One of the things I've heard about Jehovah's Witnesses is that they've been persecuted by governments for their pacifism: They do not work in industries associated with the military, do not serve ...
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According to Jehovah's witnesses, why does an active force have a name?

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (KJV) From my understanding of Jehovah's witness theology, the ...
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Claims by Jehovah's witnesses from doctrine? [closed]

I have heard these three claims at different times from Jehovah's witnesses said in the presence of other JWs. Are they based in JW doctrine? Jehova created dinosaurs for the purpose of clearing ...
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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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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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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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How do Jehovah Witnesses come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. In my mind tho following verses indicate the Holy Spirit fulfills these basic attributes: ...
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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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Can a disfellowed JW marry after being reinstated?

I was disfellowed in 2010, because of having a girlfriend outside the congregation. In 2011 we had a marriage at home affairs and in 2012 I was happily reinstated with my wife. I was jobless then and ...
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What is the Jehovah's Witnesses response to mixed marriage with a Christian of another denomination? [duplicate]

What are the consequences in the Jehovah's Witnesses church, when a member marries a non-JW Christian?
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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 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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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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Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?

Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers? I have a JW friend and we have always respected each others faiths. I would ask Questions about her faith and she would answer, with out getting it ...
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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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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 Christians pray to Jesus instead of to God the Father directly, and isn't it risky? [duplicate]

This question is for anyone who belongs to a denomination that supports praying to Jesus instead of praying to God the Father. I was always puzzled by why the vast majority of Christians choose to ...