Jehovah's Witnesses vs. Christianity



The following chart provides a quick-reference guide to the major similarities and differences between the beliefs and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses and mainstream Protestant Christianity. As is always the case with charts and summaries, the information is simplified for brevity and should be used alongside more complete explanations. The beliefs listed for both Witnesses and Protestant Christians represent those of most, but not all, churches or individuals within that tradition.




 

Religious Authority

The New World Translation (NWT)
of the Bible

The Bible
(main page)

NIV, KJV, NRSV, etc. translations

(Also see: Bible translations)


Bible Sections

"Hebrew Scriptures" and "Christian Greek Scriptures"

(See Jehovah's Witnesses texts)
"Old Testament" and "New Testament"

(See the New Testament)

God

Jehovah
(click for article)
Trinitarian God
(click for article)

Trinity

Rejected
(click for article)
Affirmed
(click for article)
 
See Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs

See Christianity beliefs

Identity of Jesus Christ


Son of God, Word of God, God's first creation, Archangel Michael

(See Jesus Christ)

Son of God, Word of God, God,
second Person of the Trinity

(See Christology)

Holy Spirit

God's active force (impersonal) God, Third Person of the Trinity

Results of Fall

Physical and spiritual death
entered the world
Physical death, tendency to sin
(click for article)

Free will

Free to do good or evil
(See 10 Articles)
Free will to do good is seriously impaired






Purpose of Christ's Incarnation

Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin
(See Jesus Christ)
Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin, reveal God directly to humanity

Means of Christ's Execution

Crucifixion on an upright stake
(no crossbar)
Crucifixion on a cross
(See Jesus Christ)

Resurrection of Christ?

YesYes
(Also see Easter)

Salvation

Both faith and works;
works emphasized.
Both faith and works;
faith emphasized
  See Jehovah's Witnesses main page
See Christianity main page


Second Chance After Death?

YesNo
Afterlife
Souls of wicked are annhilated, a select few Witnesses go to Heaven, other Witnesses enjoy a paradise earth for eternity
(See Afterlife)

Souls of wicked sent to Hell, believers go to Heaven for eternity
(S ee Afterlife)
Hell
Exists in the sense of a place of the dead (Jesus went there), but hellfire does not exist; idea was invented by Satan to turn people from Jehovah.

Place (or state of being) of eternal torment and distance from God.

(See the doctrine of hell)

Place of Worship

Kingdom Hall
(click for article)
Church
(See Christian practices)
Meaning of SacramentsSymbolic acts commanded by Christ
Symbolic acts commanded by Christ (some Protestant); means of grace if received with faith (Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant).

(See Comparison Chart of Christian denominations)


Number of Sacraments

Two: Baptism and Lord's Supper Two: Baptism and Lord's Supper (seven in Catholicism)

Symbols

The watchtower Cross, fish & others

Holidays

Memorial of Christ's Death only Easter, Christmas, saint's days,
several others
 
See Jehovah's Witnesses symbols


See Christian symbols


Involvement in Politics

Minimal Full

Blood Transfusions

Rejected Accepted


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