You may have heard them talked about, in a derogatory way most
probably. They may even have visited you once or twice, but does
anyone really know who 'Jehovah's Witnesses' are?
In the early 1870's an inconspicuous bible study group began in
Pennsylvania, USA, now known as Jehovah's Witnesses. I was intrigued
to learn that Jehovah is Gods personal name. 'Yahweh', translated as
'Jehovah' appears almost seven thousand times in the original Hebrew
Scriptures, however most Bibles today substitute 'God' or 'Lord' for
it. A book of the Psalms presented to all year seven students at my
school contained a passage referring to 'Jehovah.' This was literally
crossed out and written above was simply 'Lord'.
Contrary to popular belief, Jehovah Witnesses are not a cult. They are
merely an organization who have made a dedication to God and whose
primary interest is in other people's welfare. They believe the Bible
to be the Word of God, and that it also is astonishingly historically
All Jehovah's Witnesses look forward to the paradise they believe is
to come after Armageddon. They preach the word of Gods Kingdom by
visiting peoples houses and distributing magazines and leaflets. This
is the main criticism they receive; however teaching these beliefs is
a commandment of God and the unselfish reason why they preach. They
want others to be able to share in this paradise.
I suppose my interest grew so gradually that I was hardly aware of it,
and before I knew it I was compelled to know more fascinating insights
into a book I had long ago disregarded along with the rest of the
Having been persuaded by a family friend to attend their weekly
meeting I was amazed by the homely and comfortable atmosphere that
greeted me, in contrast to the hard wooden pews and harsh echoes of
footsteps that I had personally found so disconcerting in churches.
The meetings involved discussions on topics relevant to today's
society. A copy of the Bible lay on each lap, constantly in use as
every piece of advice and every opinion were backed up by reference to
In addition what continued to surprise me were the people I had the
pleasure of meeting, each showing genuine warmth to friends and
strangers alike. The Jehovah's Witnesses seemed to me to be happy,
something rare among the dissatisfied population in the present day.
I began by learning a number of unexpected facts, which before I had
simply accepted without question, and I wondered how there could
possibly be so many inaccuracies in Christianity today. Not being a
particularly religious person it was purely the realization of
people's propensity to accept the words of bishops, vicars, priests
and popes rather than the inspired word of God, the Bible.
Much of the religion has...