A Witness to the Witnesses
6.4 million believers dedicated their lives to worshipping Jehovah, but how do they challenge the Christian faith? Jehovah Witnesses, an apocalyptic Christian denomination, believes many distinct and different things that break away from mainstream Christianity. As one observes the Jehovah Witness’s beliefs, one notices four distinct objections to the Christian faith involving the Trinity, the recreation of heaven and earth, and the Omniscient powers of God with logic and good scriptural evidence.
On February 16, 1852, a baby boy named Charles Taze Russell came into the world, influencing the futures of millions. As he developed into an independent young man and turned eighteen years old, he organized a bible study in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1872, Russell founded The International Bible Students Association and spent a lot of time delving into the scriptures. Through his studies, he came to the conclusion that hellfire doesn’t exist, God distinguishes himself not as a Trinity, and the second coming of Christ would happen in 1914. Russell hoped to expand his doctrines by co-publishing a magazine called “The Herald of the Morning.” As “The Herald of the Morning” evolved, Russell later changed the name to the “Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.” With only 6,000 copies produced a month, the release of the “Watchtower” magazine grew slowly but surely. Today the Watchtower publishes 800,000 copies of its magazine a day for more than six million practicing Jehovah Witnesses. For the final change in 1931, Joseph Franklin Rutherford established the name as “the Jehovah Witnesses.” As the Jehovah witnesses expanded they have developed a different form of service to fit their needs.
As the Jehovah Witness churches continued to grow and expand, the meetings in these churches differed greatly from traditional Christian services. They praised their God with musical instruments just like Christians, but other than that their meetings differ almost completely. Christians introduce a pastor who preaches a message during the service, but the Jehovah Witnesses instead introduce a member of the congregation to lead the service. The leader of the service speaks on specific topics, and then lets the audience reply with supportive ideas and thoughts. After the message finishes, they read an article from the “Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom” magazine, and the congregation discusses the different topics.
The Jehovah Witnesses religion and Orthodox Christianity share certain aspects in common. They believe in only one God and take the Bible’s Word as high authority. They place heavy emphasis on teaching the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Witnesses reject the idea of Hell and refuse the doctrine of the Trinity. They teach that Jesus, in a pre-human form, existed as Jehovah’s agent of creation and His main spokesperson. They believe armageddon currently knocks at their door, and that Jesus’ reign over the Earth...