What’s the difference between jehovah witnesses and christians (particularly baptist)?


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  • xero says:

    They all believe in false hope

  • good tree says:

    JW’s do not believe that Jesus is God, they do not believe in the trinity, they believe the Holy Spirit is a force in the world but not a person. They don’t believe in hell but in annihilation. They don’t believe that the spirit is at work through miracles today.

  • Nathan says:

    JWs seem to feel the need to go round knocking on doors at UNgodly hours & tryin to convert heathens like me.
    they predicted the world would end, to the day, many years ago.
    when they wrong, they picked another day.
    when that day passed & they were wrong, they just sort of stopped talking about it. idiots.

  • Em says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians,

  • gtahvfaith says:

    JW’s don’t believe that Jesus is God

  • jack99skellington says:

    Jehovah’s witnesses believe that when you die, you don’t go to heaven. Instead you just die. Then later, if you were good, you are resurrected physically.

    They don’t believe in many types of medicines, blood transfusions, etc, and that if you die because you didn’t get faith-healed, then that was gods will.

    They also don’t believe in celebrating holidays or birthdays.

    They do not believe that Jesus is God. Instead, they think he is the angel “Michael”, the highest created being.

  • T-D says:

    jehovah’s wittnesses are non-trinitarian, they belive that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit are three different people, baptists are trinitarian, they also have no creed, the bible is their only creed, but they all share some common beliefs, the acronym, BAPTIST, my advise is to become a catholic, it’s the first church, it was established by Jesus, Peter, Jesus’ disciple was the first pope, before protestants came along there were only Catholics, and don’t just deny them because of what the bible says,
    every denomination interprets the bible differently, the Catholics interperet the bible the best

  • Lone Dissenter again says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses stick only to what the bible teaches .

  • Unsolved Miseries says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in a corrupted translation of the bible.

  • justbenelson says:

    the differences could fill the gap of the grand canyon.

  • Jamie says:

    jehova wittness belive hell is the ground and christians belive it is the lake of fire!

  • anonymousCapii says:

    They (JWs) don’t believe that Jesus is God, they only believe that 144 000 will enter heaven, they don’t celebrate anything, they don’t watch tv etc etc. JW is a religion compiled of rules which they believe are biblical and they even have another book which adds to the bible, when in fact, Revelations 18 – 19 warns us that “those who would distort and twist this book; Whoever adds to the book, God will add the plagues written in the book. If anyone takes away from the book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city.” There are many things they believe which Christians do not.

  • Christian on Mission says:

    As a Baptist who know a lot about Jehovah’s Witnesses, I will be happy to answer. Baptists do not believe that God has to be called by the name of Jehovah. We believe Jesus Christ died on a cross, not a stake. We also believe Jesus to be the son of God and part of the trinity, three persons in one being father, son and holy spirit. Jehovah’s witnesses do not consider Christ to be God’s equal and just consider him a “god.” Baptists, who are just a denomination of Christianity, believe in heaven and hell in the afterlife. JWs believe that if you are faithful and abide by the Watchtower Society’s tracks and literature that you will die and some day wake up and live forever on this earth. JW’s say God only approves of certain types of worship, particularly where you call him by the name Jehovah. I am currently studying Hebrew, and a funny thing to point out is that the word Jehovah is a German mistranslation. I still like the name but it is wrong to assume it’s God’s only name. The JWs also believe only 144,000 will rule in heaven with Christ, or as it was explained to me by the woman at my door, “They will also rule as princes on Earth.” JWs first thought the world would end in the year 1914 and that Adam became an archangel. We won’t go there though. These are just a few of these differences.

  • travis w says:

    I can compare jehovah witnesses to christians (I don’t know about the baptist thing though) Jehovah witnesses believe that Jesus is the archangel Micheal-Christians believe that Jesus is the incarnate God. Jehovah’s witnesses believe the watchtower is a prophet of God (although I’ve heard from some jehovahs witnesses lately that they don’t believe that anymore) – Christians do not believe the watchtower is a prophet. In the history of Jehovah’s witness they have made several major predictions involving the end of the world, and the end of the churches and all have not happened. Christians have made similar predictions, but the Bible never explicitly predicts any date. Jehovah’s witnesses don’t believe in hell. Jehovah’s witnesses used to believe that they were the 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelations (even though when read in its own context it is boldly speaking of the 144000 being of Jewish descent.) Now since there are more than a million Jehovah’s witnesses they have had to alter that thought a bit. Christians do not believe this. Also the Jehovah’s witnesses bible reads slightly different than the christians bible. They are nearly the same, but in certain spots, especially ones that reference Christ’s divinity the Jehovah’s bible will have an altered wording as to avoid the obvious implications. There are some other differences but they become smaller in nature. (the micheal deal is probably the biggest difference) Anyway, hope this is of help. I must add while I am not a Jehovah’s witness, and I think that their logic may not stand on solid ground, I will say that the Jehovahs witness I was approached by was a kind, gentle, genuine man who I infact enjoyed and liked. In our efforts to find truth we must remember that those who disagree with us aren’t enemies, and are humans capable of love, and in need of love.

  • Reverend K says:

    Here is a list of some beliefs held by the cult and what true Christians believe.

    JW cult…..The Father alone is the only true God “Jehovah.”

    Christian……Jehovah God is Father, Son, Holy Spirit. – Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 48:16; Zechariah 2:8-11; 11:13; 12:10; 2 Samuel 23:2-3; John 1:1-3; 20:28; Hebrews 1:8

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    JW cult…….Jesus is the created Archangel “Michael.”

    Christian…….Jesus is not created. He is Almighty God. – Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 7:3; Isaiah 44:24 c.f. John 1:3; Isaiah 48:12 c.f. Revelation 1:7-8, 17,18; 2:8; 22:12-13, 20
    ————————————–…

    Jw cult………Jehovah raised Jesus from the dead in an angel “spirit body,” devoid of His human body.

    Christian………Jesus raised His physical body from the dead, fully human and fully God. – Luke 24:39; John 2:18-22; 10:17-18; Acts 17:31; Philippians 2:5-11
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    Jw cult……God’s “holy spirit” is an impersonal force.

    Christian……..The Holy Spirit who is God is also a Person. – Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 3:17
    ————————————–…
    Jw cult……….Jesus is not the mediator for all mankind, but only for 144,000 people.

    Christian…….Jesus is the mediator for all who place their faith in Him. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
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    JW cult……..Heaven and the born-again experience is only for 144,000 Christians who lived from 33 A.D. – 1935A.D.

    Christian………All believers are born-again and enjoy eternal life in Heaven – John 3:3-7; 1:12; 1 John 5:1; Revelation 7:9-15; 19:1
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    Jw cult………..Survivors of Armageddon will rebuild the earth to make it into a Paradise during Christ’s 1000-year reign.

    Christian………After the 1,000-year reign of Christ, God will completely destroy this present universe and recreate a new heavens and a new earth. – 2 Peter 3:7, 10-13; Revelation 21:1-2
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    Jw cult……..The human soul ceases to exist at death.

    Christian………..The human soul survives death into eternity. – Matthew 10:28; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23-24; Revelation 6:9-11
    ————————————–…
    Jw cult………Hell does not exist as a place of torment, but is symbolic of the common grave.

    Christian………Hell is eternal punishment – Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43, 47-49; Luke 16:22-29; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:13-15; 21:8

    God Bless!

  • Unsilenced Lioness says:

    What do the Jehovah’s Witnesses Teach?

    by Matt Slick

    1. There is one God in one person, Make Sure of All Things, p 188.
    2. There is no Trinity, Let God be True, p. 100-101; Make Sure of All Things, p.386.
    3. The Holy Spirit is a force, not alive, Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, p.
    406-407.
    4. The Holy Spirit is God’s impersonal active force, The Watchtower, June 1, 1952,
    p. 24.
    5. Jehovah’s first creation was his ‘only-begotten Son’. . . was used by Jehovah in
    creating all other things”, Aid to Bible Understanding, p. 390-391.
    6. Jesus was Michael the archangel who became a man, The Watchtower, May 15,
    1963, p. 307; The New World, 284.
    7. Jesus was only a perfect man, not God in flesh, Reasoning from the Scriptures,
    1985, p. 306.
    8. Jesus did not rise from the dead in his physical body, Awake! July 22, 1973, p. 4.
    9. Jesus was raised “not a human creature, but a spirit.” Let God be True, p. 276.
    10. Jesus was born again, The Watchtower, Nov. 15, 1954, p. 682.
    11. Jesus did not die on a cross but on a stake, Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985,
    p. 89-90.
    12. Jesus began his invisible rule over the earth in 1914, The Truth Shall Make You Free,
    p. 300.
    13. Jesus’ ransom sacrifice did not include Adam, Let God be True, p. 119.
    14. Their church is the self-proclaimed prophet of God, The Watchtower, April 1,
    1972, p. 197.
    15. They claim to be the only channel of God’s truth, The Watchtower, Feb. 15,
    1981, p. 19.
    16. Only their church members will be saved, The Watchtower, Feb, 15, 1979, p. 30.
    17. Good works are necessary for salvation, Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 1,
    p. 150, 152.
    18. The soul ceases to exist after death, Let God be True, p. 59, 60, 67.
    19. There is no hell of fire where the wicked are punished, Let God be True, p. 79, 80.
    20. Only 144,000 Jehovah’s Witness go to heaven, Reasoning from the Scriptures,
    1985, pp. 166-167, 361; Let God be True, p. 121.
    21. Only the 144,000 Jehovah’s Witness are born again. Reasoning from the
    Scriptures, 1985, p. 76.; Watchtower 11/15/54, p. 681.
    22. Only the 144,000 may take communion.
    23. Blood transfusions are a sin, Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, pp. 72-73.
    24. The Cross is a pagan symbol and should not be used, Reasoning from the
    Scriptures, 1985, p. 90-92.
    25. Salvation is by faith and what you do, Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 1, p.
    150,152.
    26. It is possible to lose your salvation, Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, p.
    358-359.
    27. The universe is billions of years old, Your will Be Done on Earth, p. 43.
    28. Each of the 6 creative days of God in Genesis 1, was 7000 years long.
    Therefore, Man was created toward the end of 42,000 years of earth’s
    preparation, Let God be True, p. 168.
    29. They also refuse to vote, salute the flag, sing the “Star Spangled Banner,” or
    celebrate Christmas or birthdays. They are not allowed to serve in the armed
    forces.
    30. Satan was entrusted with the obligation and charged with the duty of
    overseeing the creation of the earth, Children, p. 55.

  • Wendi888 says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs are based solely on God’s Holy Word, the Bible
    *Bible is God’s Word and is truth 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; John 17:17
    *Bible is more reliable than tradition Matt. 15:3; Col. 2:8
    *God’s name is Jehovah Ps. 83:18; Isa. 26:4; 42:8, AS; Ex. 6:3
    *Christ is God’s Son and is inferior to Him Matt. 3:17; John 8:42; 14:28; 20:17; 1 Cor. 11:3; 15:28
    *Christ was first of God’s creations Col. 1:15; Rev. 3:14
    *Christ’s human life was paid as a ransom for obedient humans Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6; 1 Pet. 2:24
    *Christ’s one sacrifice was sufficient Rom. 6:10; Heb. 9:25-28
    *Christ was raised from the dead as an immortal spirit person 1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 6:9; Rev. 1:17, 18
    *Christ’s presence is in spirit John 14:19; Matt. 24:3; 2 Cor. 5:16; Ps. 110:1, 2
    *We are now in the ‘time of the end’ Matt. 24:3-14; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Luke 17:26-30
    *Kingdom under Christ will rule earth in righteousness and peace Isa. 9:6, 7; 11:1-5; Dan. 7:13, 14; Matt. 6:10
    *Kingdom will bring ideal living conditions to earth Ps. 72:1-4; Rev. 7:9, 10, 13-17; 21:3, 4
    *Earth will never be destroyed or depopulated Eccl. 1:4; Isa. 45:18; Ps. 78:69
    *God will eliminate present system of things in the battle at Har Magedon Rev. 16:14, 16; Zeph. 3:8; Dan. 2:44; Isa. 34:2; 55:10, 11
    *Wicked will be eternally destroyed Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:6-9
    *People God approves will receive everlasting life John 3:16; 10:27, 28; 17:3; Mark 10:29, 30
    *There is only one road to life Matt. 7:13, 14; Eph. 4:4, 5
    *Human death is due to Adam’s sin Rom. 5:12; 6:23
    *The human soul ceases to exist at death Ezek. 18:4; Eccl. 9:10; Ps. 6:5; 146:4; John 11:11-14
    *Hell is mankind’s common grave Job 14:13, Dy; Rev. 20:13, 14, AV (margin)
    *Hope for dead is resurrection 1 Cor. 15:20-22; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26
    *Adamic death will cease 1 Cor. 15:26, 54; Rev. 21:4; Isa. 25:8
    *Only a little flock of 144,000 go to heaven and rule with Christ Luke 12:32; Rev. 14:1, 3; 1 Cor. 15:40-53; Rev. 5:9, 10
    *The 144,000 are born again as spiritual sons of God 1 Pet. 1:23; John 3:3; Rev. 7:3, 4
    *New covenant is made with spiritual Israel Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8:10-13
    *Christ’s congregation is built upon himself Eph. 2:20; Isa. 28:16; Matt. 21:42
    *Prayers are to be directed only to Jehovah through Christ John 14:6, 13, 14; 1 Tim. 2:5
    *Images should not be used in worship Ex. 20:4, 5; Lev. 26:1; 1 Cor. 10:14; Ps. 115:4-8
    *Spiritism must be shunned Deut. 18:10-12; Gal. 5:19-21; Lev. 19:31
    *Satan is invisible ruler of world 1 John 5:19; 2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:31
    *A Christian ought to have no part in interfaith movements 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 11:13-15; Gal. 5:9; Deut. 7:1-5
    *A Christian should keep separate from world Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15; John 15:19; 17:16
    *Obey human laws that do not conflict with God’s laws Matt. 22:20, 21; 1 Pet. 2:12; 4:15
    *Taking blood into body through mouth or veins violates God’s laws Gen. 9:3, 4; Lev. 17:14; Acts 15:28, 29
    *Bible’s laws on morals must be obeyed 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim. 3:2; Prov. 5:1-23
    *Sabbath observance was given only to Israel and ended with Mosaic Law Deut. 5:15; Ex. 31:13; Rom. 10:4; Gal. 4:9, 10; Col. 2:16, 17
    *A clergy class and special titles are improper Matt. 23:8-12; 20:25-27; Job 32:21, 22
    *Man did not evolve but was created Isa. 45:12; Gen. 1:27; Matt. 19:4
    *Christ set example that must be followed in serving God 1 Pet. 2:21; Heb. 10:7; John 4:34; 6:38
    *Baptism by complete immersion symbolizes dedication Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:23; Acts 19:4, 5
    *Christians gladly give public testimony to Scriptural truth Rom. 10:10; Heb. 13:15; Isa. 43:10-12

    Jehovah’s Witnesses will happily use other Bibles such as the KJV, Catholic Douay, NIV, Revised Standard, The Bible in Living English and others as the truth is found in all of them.

  • A Worshiper of JAH says:

    The chasm is great!

    For a start:
    Jehovah’s Witnesses are true Christians.
    they are the only organized faith on the entire planet
    -the world over- whom “”Actually do, as Jesus did.”"
    “Go and teach and preach the Kingdom of God
    as the Only hope for mankind.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses…….
    Live by and adhere to the Bible as the authority in all matters.

    We do not believe in the trinity lie. ~ Not a Bible teaching.
    Matt 12:31,32 20:20-23, 26:39; John 8:17,18; Col1:15-17;
    Acts 7:55,56; Rev 1:1,3:14 7:10; 22:1,3; Mark 13:32

    We do believe Jesus Christ to be the only-begotten Son of God.~
    John 14:28; 17:3, 20:17; 1 Cor 11:3, 15:27,28.

    We do not believe in the Greek philosophy of an immortal soul. ~
    Ezek 18:4; Isa 53:12; Ecc 9:5,6; Ps 146:4; John11:11-14.
    1 Thess 4:13

    And more……go to
    http://www.watchtower.org
    to learn more.

  • BAR-ANERGES says:

    Greetings,

    The term “Jehovah’s Witness” is a Scriptural description for True Christians (Isa.43:10-12).

    When you compare two religions who both claim to be Christian you must use Scriptural evidence to identifying the true Christians? These evidences are not complicated.

    Scriptures say true worshipers could be identified in at least three main ways: Love, Truth (Jn.4:23; 17:17), and Fruitage (Mt.7:16ff). Conversely, by these we can also identify the false.

    The True religion would be primarily known for it’s love toward all (Jn.13:34,35; 1Jn.3:10-12; 4:7, 8). This would include their enemies (Mat.5:44-48; Rom.12:17-20; 1Pet.2:21-23; 3:8- 9). It would not participate in or condone carnal war (2Cor.10:3,4; Isa.2:4).

    Apply this basic evidence to what happened in both world wars and current conflicts. People of the same religions met on battlefields and slaughtered one another because of nationalistic differences. Each side claimed to be Christian, and each side was supported by its clergy, who claimed that God was on their side. The definition of a “Christian” is “one who does what Christ would do”: WWJD (1 Pet.2:21). That slaughter of “Christian” by “Christian” is rotten fruitage. It is a denial of any claim to being the true Church (cf. Mat.26:52). No Christian would continue to associate with these religions (Rev.18:4). What is the historical record of Catholics and Protestants including Baptists regarding warfare? Jehovah’s Witnesses have never participated in warfare.

    Another evidence is that the true religion would be made up of people who would all be in agreement on doctrine. It would not have members who believe differently on abortion, war, homosexuality or morals. Its members would not “agree to disagree” (1Cor.1:10; 2Cor.13:11; Phil.1:27). True Christians would be separated from the world by “truth” from God’s Word the Bible (Jn.17:17; 4:23). All its teachings would be based on the Bible (2 Tim. 3:14-16; Gal. 1:8, 9).

    The true religion would have a reputation for promoting exceptional morality in its members (1Cor.6:9,10; Eph.5:3-5; 2 Pet.3:14; 2Cor.7:1; 2Tim.3:5). Does a religion *require* their congregation members to live moral lives, not allowing practicers of homosexuality, fornication, or adultery to be accepted members of their congregation? Or do they turn a blind eye? If so, their “fruitage” would show they are not true Christians.

    True Christians would be associated with God’s name: (Jn.17:3,6,26; Acts 15:14/Isa.55:5; 1 Peter 2:9/Ex.19:4- 5; Ps.83:18). They would not use Bibles which have removed the Most Holy Divine Name of God. Replacing the Divine Name with the common noun “Lord” cannot be justified by any translational principles so it is a blatant “subtraction” from God’s word which brings a curse on anyone who approves it (Rev.22:18).

    The true Church would be engaged in an unprecedented teaching activity (Matthew 24:14, 28:19, 20). Witnesses right now are performing the greatest Bible education work ever done in all human history!

    There are more scripture evidences, however these are plenty to show which religion meets the requirements of being the True religion.

    Apostate Christianity has neither the spiritual strength nor the support of God’s holy spirit to motivate people to follow the truthful teachings of Jesus Christ. For this reason, the result in Christendom is not true Christianity but counterfeit believers, “weeds” unfit for the Kingdom.-Mat13:24ff.

    When you examine most religions you find that they cannot meet any of the other requirements of true Christianity. Their historical record is of bloodthirsty wars, immorality, sectarian violence and factional splits (Mat.7:21- 23; 2Tim3:5; Gal.5:19-23). Today Catholics continue to kill Catholics and Protestants kill Protestants, something true Christians would not do (1Jn.3:10,15; 4:8). Our hearts tell us that any religion who is willing to shoot their own members in warfare cannot possibly be trusted to teach Biblical truth.

    I have found only one group which has presented absolute evidence of truly being Christian: Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is the testimony of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:9-11; Gal.5:19-22).

    Yours,

    BAR-ANERGES

  • Sean says:

    As already stated, Jehovah’s Witnesses ARE true Christians. For accurate information, visit watchtower.org for information on many Bible subjects or jw.org to download various versions of books, brochures and magazines, etc. for free, on specific subjects. Even well-intended people promote wrong ideas when they pass on anecdotal information or access blogs and biased/mis-informed web sites. These are the only trustworthy sites to visit. Otherwise simply call your local Kingdom Hall and request a home visit or attend our meetings. Always go to the source!

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