An Analysis Of The Jehovah's Witnesses' Religion
When the name of Jehovah's witness arises, most of the public of
differing religions, a picture of an overly nice person or group of people all
dressed in suits and nice clothes, arrive at your door and offer a sampling of
pamphlets, (large or small). To most of the general public, the religion is a
far cry from Christianity, but this is untrue, as a visit to one of the
services that the congregation provides.
Upon arriving at the building Kingdom hall of Jehova's Witnesses,
there was nothing especially different about it except there was no cross on
the outside nor a steeple. Arriving about a half an hour early we were greeted
with a handshake and a almost too friendly smile from a member of the
congregation. As we waited for the service to begin, more and more people
started to pile into the building. Slowly conversations between members and
nonmembers, including myself. After about twenty minutes, the talking reseeded
and people started to seat themselves. The inside of the room was well lit up
with no pews, but there were many chairs connected by metal bolts on the bottom
of each chair. Amazingly though there was no cross and no altar. First the
service started with singing, as any ordinary church would. We sung out of a
book of songs that they provided for us.
After the singing there was a guest speaker from Bagley, Minnesota.
The speaker spoke to the congregation about topics in the bible, his speech
lasted about three fourths of an hour. Afterwards the priest came to the
podium and thanked the guest for coming. Then the priest leaded another song,
sung from the song book. Next the congregation headed a bible discussion from
an article from a Jehovah's Witness weekly magazine The Watch Tower.
The article had to deal with what is paramount in our lives. The
discussion lasted for another hour and a fifteen minutes, with questions at the
end of each paragraph. The different thing about the questions was that people
in the congregation actually answered some of the questions with the help of two
men that stood in the back and held microphones on sticks so that they could be
heard. After the bible discussion was over with, the service was ended in
another song from the song book.
The priest supplied me with the Watch Tower magazine that was discussed
over during the service, and some further information on the church itself.
Some of the beliefs of the church are most like that of most Christian religions
with the exceptions that they do not regard the cross as highly as most
Christians do. The Jehovah's Witness religion believes more in the guidelines
of the Bible.
One of the elder members of the Church was happy to answer some
questions that I had. He was an elderly man with a full head of white hair, and