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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe?

Updated on March 12, 2012

Yes Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians's.

As Another hub asked, Are Jehovah's Witnesses Christians? - To answer that question, first one must answer, What is a Christian?

By definition as quoted from - a Christian (noun) is, "a person who believes in Jesus Christ" Then you would need to ask What to Jehovah's Witnesses's Believe?

1. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the holy bible, all of it - the old and new testament or as some call it the Hebrew and Greek scriptures. They do not believe in adding anything to it, changing it, in any way shape or form. They believe that all of their beliefs should be based from bible scripture, and can and will show you those scriptures. Matt 15:3, Col 2:8, 2 Pet 1:20,21, John 17:17, 2 Tim 3:16,17

2. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Jehovah God. They believe that God has a name and in English that name is pronounced Jehovah. It can be found in most bibles that have not been changed at Psalm 83:18, Isa 26:4, Isa 42:8. However due to superstition God's name was removed from most of all but the oldest versions of the holy scriptures. More about this can be found as I write more hubs and at

3. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Jesus Christ as God's son. They believe that he died for our sins. They do not believe in the belief of the trinity or that Jesus is God or that he is equal to God. Matt 3:17, John 8:42, John 14:28, John 20:17, 1 Cor 11:3, 15:28 They believe that Jesus Christ was God's first creation. Col. 1:15, Rev. 3:14

4. Jehovah's Witnesses believe God made the earth for a purpose for Adam and Eve - to be inhabited, so that they could live forever in paradise. Gen 1:28 When they sinned, because of the devil telling the first lie to them - they brought death to humankind - Gen 3:3-4, Rom 5:!2 They believe that God's purpose for the earth still has not changed and there will be those of us that will still inhabit the earth forever. Matt 5:5, Ps 37:29

5. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that it is Jesus's commandment to go door to door to teach the good news of Jesus and the bible. Matt 28:19

6. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that only 144,000 go to heaven to rule as kings with Christ Jesus over those that will be living forever on earth. Rev 14:1-3, Luke 12:32, Matt 5:3, Rev 7:4-8, 2 Pet 3:13, Rev 7:9,10, Matt 6:9,10

7. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that we are living in the times of the end getting closer and closer everyday to the battle of Armageddon. Matt 24:3-14, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, Luke 17:26-30

8. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that hell is the common grave of mankind. The current common belief that hell is a place of forever torment is again due to tradition and superstition and replacements of the words by translators of the bible. Three words, Gehenna, Sheol and Hades were used in the original Hebrew and Greek scriptures of the bible. Gehenna was used as a symbol for eternal destruction. Sheol (Hebrew) and Hades (Greek) meant the common grave of mankind. These words were replaced by translators with the word hell which then came with the definitions that we know it to mean today. Look it up, it is historically accurate!

9. Jehovah's Witness's believe that Satan is the current ruler of our world. 1 John 5:19, 2 Cor 4:4, John 12:31

10. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that all prayers should be said to God through Jesus. John 14:6, 13, 14, 1 Tim 2:5

That said, I think you could clearly say that they do believe in Jesus Christ, they do practice his belief's and teachings and that they are Christians.


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    • Darrin Hart profile image

      Darrin Hart 

      3 years ago


      Where did you draw the conclusion that I left the Christ? You do understand the difference between Jesus Christ and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society..... right?

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      4 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

      Finally,finally, i found an oasis in the desert......after so many frustrations about coming across hubs and pages all over the internet blubbing Jws,i finally feel like i am home once again.The truth will always stand out.....Thank you so much beloved sister you are a living example of why i should go on fighting for my faith....forget pple like Darrin Hart who on hearing the lord talk about "unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood,you cannot be saved" message shocks him and stumbles him to the point of actually leaving the Christ .Have any idea how many pple walked away from the Christ that day?The response from the lord himself was: "no-one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him" Therefore, do not listen to people like Hart who are abandoning the covenant for they are earning for themselves "reproaches and everlasting abhorrence" just as the angel indicated to prophet Daniel about what Christendom leaders would do during Hitler's time and during world war one.They would turn their backs against the lamb in favor of the man-made organization for world peace:UN.Please tell this to Darrin in case he forgets. And by the way,I am one of the pioneer hubbers here on HP, came on board two,three years after its inception in 2006 and i have been on and off after becoming frustrated with the amount of hate that the so called Christian hubbers were heaping on Jws so i decided to take a break but if there are pple who are standing for the truth and i bet there are many in this community, i guess we need to support each other's hubs .I liked the lazyazdayz suggestion i will definitely give it a try to recommend you too both check out mine at lupandiomo.Let's judge those inside rather than those outside the organization.It's Jehovah who will judge them for their end is fast approaching.

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      Darrin Hart 

      5 years ago

      I appreciate your fine efforts at explaining some of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses. I would like to encourage you to look much deeper into this 'religion'...please don't take the surface 'basics' that you're given in their bible study program... consider the Bible's own words regarding groups like the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. There is much to consider before dedicating yourself to their organization. And make no mistake.... from the baptism questions on, you will note you are dedicating yourself to a man made organization.

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      5 years ago

      You have taken on a HUGE responsibility defending our faith and have done a wonderful job. I hope by now you are my true sister.

      FYI -- a few years ago (I don't know the year) there was a Jeopardy question (answer) asking what was the most accurate Bible translation and the correct response was the NWT.

      Where most Bible translations are revisions from the KJB the Society went directly to the oldest manuscripts available and copied directly from them, then the information was fed into a computer for accuracy. On the other hand, the KJB was found to have about 20,000 major errors.

      Recently the KJB has been revised and the divine name, Jehovah, has been restored to it's rightful place in over 7,000 scriptures. This is the Divine Name King James Bible (

      Thank you for taking the time and interest in Spiritual truths to write your beautiful hub. Remember even in Jesus' day the good news fell on many deaf ears and those who refused to believe because they don't want to.

      You might enjoy visiting my hubs at I've tried to give a good witness with my "How We Can Benefit from the Lord's Prayer". I've also referenced in some of my other hubs and I have two wonderful, beautiful poems.

      One of them, "Faith Can Move Mountains" was written by a very good friend of mine who is of the remnant.

      I'm so glad to know your husband is now reinstated. I fell away for a while and the world is not a nice place to be.

      May Jehovah God bless your efforts and I hope to meet you on the other side of Armegeddon.

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      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      jehovah witnesses are not Christian. It is a CULT.

      the bible says no man knows the day and the hour when Jesus will return but they have falsely proclaimed the day of His return on numerous occasions and He is still has not returned.

      Charles T. Russell (1852- 1916) founded the JW movement

      From Barbour he borrowed the belief that Christ returned invisibly to the world in 1874, and that 1914 was the year the world would be destroyed and the Millennium would begin.

      He was caught trying to sell wheat for an exhorbitant price claiming it was "Miracle Wheat" - sound familiar? like many current false prophets.

      jw's do not believe Jesus is God

      they believe that salvation is not just by grace

      and there are many many more unscriptural beliefs including that only 144 go to heaven

      and their beliefs change from time to time back and forth

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      Michelle Smith 

      5 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      My comment to that is that is a pretty generic argument. I would ask you to specify a certain teaching that you say is not supported by the Scriptures and then I could help you from there...

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      6 years ago

      I do not find none of Watchtower Society teachings supported in the Scriptures. What say ye?

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      Michelle Smith 

      6 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      When I met my husband he was disfellowshiped. I have been through the ups and downs and struggled myself with my own conclusions and interpretations. I have done much research. I consider myself a very educated person. I have six years of college education, the military wanted me in intelligence. The first time I studied with the witnesses was shortly after the birth of our first child, my husband went through the process of getting reinstated - as I have said we have struggled through it all - but those requirements are there for very important reasons. My husband at the time was not living the life of a christian - neither was I. We were living in sin, conceived our first child in sin and so forth. The reasons for disfellowshiping are to protect the congregation from bad influences. Ones who might try to willingly or unwillingly corrupt the morals or faith of others. I understand this now, and the sayings of my non-witness mother come back to haunt me, "You show me who your friends are and I will show you who you are..." It is painful, and it is meant to be so that you will want to regret your wrongdoing and repent, seek forgiveness and return to doing what is right. Even the early congregations removed members who were found to be unrepentantly sinning.

      As to your judgment of the bibles, I have done much studying on this topic. In fact I have compared the NIV, the KJV, the NWT, ASV, GNT and the YLT along with several Interlinear Translations including the JW and Young's. I do not blindly follow men. I make sure of what is true. What you are talking about with the article 'a' at John 1:1 is still debated among Latin scholars today.

      Wikipedia quotes, "The text of John 1:1 has a sordid past and a myriad of interpretations. With the Greek alone, we can create empathic, orthodox, creed-like statements, or we can commit pure and unadulterated heresy. From the point of view of early church history, heresy develops when a misunderstanding arises concerning Greek articles, the predicate nominative, and grammatical word order. The early church heresy of Sabellianism understood John 1:1c to read, "and the Word was the God." The early church heresy of Arianism understood it to read, "and the word was a God."

      — David A. Reed"

      So therefore, again I say you cannot use one scripture to argue the deity of Christ. However - I can quote you MANY where Jesus Christ himself state that he is not as great as the father. I can also lead you to historical documents where men got together went "into a room and prayed" on the matter and decided that Jesus was God - please refer to the Nicean Creed. Before that time in history - Christianity was mixed on the belief since the death of the apostles. When the apostles were alive it was clear there was God and there was his son - Jesus Christ.

      Like I said before, the 'first' time I studied - because I was not ready to live the truth. I do not even know if I am ready now. I know I studied before, became an unbaptized publisher and because of life - my husband and I separated. I blamed the religion for our issues and when we got back together - we did nothing with religion for the next ten years. But God kept calling me. Then last year some mormans came knocking on my door - I thought - well lets see what they have to say. So I studied with the mormans - which got me thinking about what I had learned with the JW's. So I started praying and praying for God to show me what his will was and what the truth really was. Within three days - the JW's were at my door. I started a study again - and now I am studying again. I am happy, going to the meetings, and rekindling my faith and relationship with God. I have missed him.

      I can't say for certain that any one religion has all the right answers or all the right ways. (I've was baptized Baptist as a child, raised Methodist, went to Catholic elementary school, became Wiccan in high school, studied theology, science, psychology, education, history etc in college, studied with the Morman's and the JW's.) What I can say is there is a God. The Bible is true and can be proven scientifically and historically, and that so far the only religion I have come across to have the most accurateness is the JW's. They don't sugar coat it for you though. They are going to show you what the bible says, what you should do by what the bible says, and that is all. That is what makes it so hard.

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      Robert E Smith 

      6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      First Kitaine, I appreciate you interacting with me on here. I am honored that you would treat me with such kindness. Changes in the New World Translation are different than what appear in other translations. I'm not saying that there is not another translation that is changed in the same manner but I can't have them in my house either. The king James and NIV and others try to keep to the original manuscripts. The NWT omits Scripture in texts. It leaves out words that are there and puts in words that are not. In John 1:1 follow it in the interlinear (if you still have it) the word a is inserted where there is no article denoting "(a) god" Jesus is God. The Scripture where Jesus is described as the fullness of the Godhead bodily has been altered. The references speaking of worship are changed to obeisence. The original means worship not respect. If you look you will see. There was no change from old to New Testament. That is why Jesus said He "came to fulfill" Scripture. They Jews knew the prophecies and they knew Jesus' lineage. Jesus was the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. The Scripture that says that Jesus is the "name above every other name" is downplayed for the word Jehovah. If the accuracy is maintained there is no J's nor V's in Hebrew. God's name is Yahweh. But still Jesus' name is above every name. But the Bible tells us that God has many names. His name will be wonderful, counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father,The prince of peace." Isa. 9:6. Change is good if error is found. But dogmatic statements over the years and even now isolating and punishing people for having seen the need for those corrections not changes is wrong. Also there is the little matter of Revelation which says that whosoever "adds or subtracts" from Scripture are guilty and will be punished. Adding or subtracting is different than clarifying. Revelation is not progressive. The method of getting illumination has not changed but the ones there at the headquarters knew that they were caught in their statement that angels delivered the doctrine. So now they get into a room and pray and come up with the material. That is what they always did, get into a room and pray and then the angel relayed the changes and okayed the material. That was how the doctrine veered so far off in the first place. Problem is they never corrected the doctrine that was delivered by "angels" in the first place. "If We or An Angel from heaven deliver any gospel other than what we have written, let them be accursed." I hope I've answered the question you asked. Change either by adding or subtracting is wrong but clarifiction is needed. So if something is sin and punishable today it always is. God does not give rules and then change and say now this is the rule. "I change not" You have no idea how close I came to suicide when I got the news I was disfellowshipped. I was not even there to defend myself. I know of another young man who shot himself in the stomach because he was disfellowshipped. His family was not even allowed to cry for him. My family views me as dead. I've missed the most of my mom and dad's life. Now my brother has moved my parents away and I don't even know where they are so I can make my once a year call to get abused by them. I can't even hear their voice and hear their disappointment anymore. Read the church discipline, I know that you probably have someone telling you what it means. Well let me tell you what it means. The line treat "them as one of the infidels" (or however the NWT says it) means that you treat them like they are not the Christians they say they are. You begin to show them AGAIN who Jesus is. You do not listen when they say, "I know what I'm doing" "I am a Christian like you." You love them and keep telling them until they realize their mistake and come back. You do not shun them not recognizing their alive until they commit suicide and then don't even recognize they lived or cry for them. The entity that made up this dogma is certainly evil and I can see how it could have been an "angel" doing it.

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      Michelle Smith 

      6 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      I appreciate you reading and commenting on my hub. I appreciate your thoughtful deliberation. However, again I do not understand where you are coming from. Perhaps it is because I like that much like the early Christians were able to change when the need arose. When Christ came the need arose for Christians to accept the change in the scripture and accept his presence and the fact that the Mosaic Law was no longer necessary. Throughout the Bible many changes are documented. What makes you think that this would be done away with now?

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      Robert E Smith 

      6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Going along with the concerns of PDXkaraokeguy, the 144,000 of Revelation is from every tribe of Israel. The Jews not thinking of themselves as going to heaven does not matter. The Bible clearly says 144,000 Jews from every tribe. The Witnesses seem to be able to quote many verses but then to ascribe symbolism to each Scripture. They will stand on that symbolism and if someone question that, they will disfellowship them. Then the claim is made that there is a "clearer understanding" of that Scripture and it changes. Scripture does not change. I am speaking emphatically but I have my heart and emotions in this for you. The changes made between the time I was a witness and now are myriad. I asked the question, "What happens when all the 144,000 are gone?" I was told the end comes. I asked, "Will there be any more added to the number?" I was told no. All the number is sealed and there will be no more added. I read them the Scripture that talks about the promises to the ones going to heaven and I said, "this looks like more will be added." I was put under strict watch by my parents who were to report to the elders should I "get any worse." Now that the time is well past that the Number should be home in heaven, the rule changes and suddenly there is a clarification. The rule was (and this rule was never in Scripture either) that to be a member of the "faithful and discreet slave class going to heaven" a person needed to be the age of understanding in 1914. I'm sure that the 1914 date has also changed, everything does. Nothing is based on the solid word of God. It reminds me of an Indiana Jones movie where pieces of the floor, the foundation that you stand on, gives way and you are left with a tiny square on which to hang whole doctrines on. Based on one or two verses many conclusions are made and those conclusions can change so you must do the two-step to not fall through the foundation you stand on. One gets so used to change that the word loses its power and unchangability. Each summer came with a whole new set of changes which the people faithfully jotted down along with why the urgency of the end is real. I still have that urgency because it IS in Scripture and has not changed. I know that the things happening in this world are things signaling the end. But the verse of the end for me is 1 Thessolonians 4:13-18: "I don't want you to be ignorant brethren concerning those that have fallen asleep lest you sorrow as those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For we say to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. THEN WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."

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      Michelle Smith 

      6 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      The belief is that God created the Earth for man (Adam and Eve and there progeny) to live forever on it in paradise - we were not supposed to die. It is through sin that death entered the world. There are many scriptures to back this up, too many to post but I will try to post some of the main ones to back up what is written so you can make your own judgments. Gen 1:28, Gen 2:16,17 Gen 3:3,4, Gen 3:17-19, Rom 5:12, Rom 6:23

      So in fact most of us are actually meant to live forever on earth - not go to heaven. We are who Jesus called those belonging to the "other sheep, not of this fold", or the "great crowd". Those that go to heaven are supposed to go to heaven and rule as kings with Christ over the Earth and we will live happily in Jehovah's kingdom. (Does anyone remember praying the lord's prayer - Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...)John 10:16, Rev 7:9,10Matt 25:31-33,2 Pet 3:13, Heb 2:10-3:1, Many scriptures in the bible back this up as well - Ps 37:9,11,29 Matt 5:5, Matt 6:9,10, Rev 21:1-4, Mic 4:3,4

      In fact the Jew's never though of themselves of going to heaven - these were things that came about from certain verses that Jesus spoke to his "little flock" the 144,000 that you spoke of. Luke 12:32, Matt 5:5, Rev 14:1-3, Rev 7:4-8 John 14:2,3, Those versus when taken in context of the whole bible - and the whole theme of the bible are perfectly clear.

      And the versus the applies to what those that go to heaven will do there ...Rev 20:6, 1 Cor 6:2, Rev 5:10

      And who chooses who goes to heaven? - 2 Thess 2:13,14

      So to sum it up without the numbers and versus and scriptures referenced above - We were created to live forever in paradise on Earth. Not to grow old and die. Adam and Eve were supposed to procreate and fill the Earth and live happily ever after worshiping God - with none of the problems that we have today - no sickness, no death, no hunger etc. Satan came into the picture and said God is lying - you won't die if you eat the fruit and you will be like God able to decide for yourselves what is good and bad. They sinned - and so before they had any children yet - passed sin on to all of there progeny. That is why Jesus had to die for our sin's he was the only other perfect (non-sinner) born. The ancient Israelite's constantly were under the mosaic law to remind them of being sinners - always having to do sacrifices and such - and they were always trying to create an actual kingdom of Jehovah's on Earth. They kept messing it up though - because we are sinners - but finally in comes Jesus the final sacrifice. He gives his life for ours...and then goes and sits at the right hand of his father until the kingdom is given to him. The bible says when the kingdom is given to him - it will be close to the end of this system of things - (signs of the end in the bible more scriptures and another post) Then Jesus wages a battle of Armageddon with Satan and locks him away for 1,000 years. During this time - The wicked are destroyed (not sent to 'hell' just destroyed - as in dead - ceasing to exist) - and the righteous and unrighteous will be resurrected (we've all heard about the Resurrection) and we will live under Jehovah's kingdom for those 1,000 years. Finally at the end of the 1,000 years - any who remain that still do not see that it is better to follow God's guidance and live in peace and harmony and Satan will be destroyed. Rev 21:1-5

      The benefit really in believing in anything - is the faith and hope that you get out of it. As I said, I am just studying. Personally - I always wondered about a God that could create us as a loving father to just die. Then it dawned on me - you know what - What if Adam and Eve had not sinned? Would we die then? Then who would go to heaven? We were created in his image and with that quality we have the quality to think and reason. We weren't created to die and go to heaven. I am a mother - I would never (not if I had the power) create something to watch it grow and just die. I would give my life for my children, and I would give them every chance I could to make it right if they did wrong. That is the type of God he is.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I appreciate you sharing... my biggest question with JW's has always been... if 144,000 go to Heaven, and there are well over that number of JW's past, present and future, which JW's go to Heaven and what happens to everyone else? I see no benefit to believing in this religion, though i really appreciate you laying it all out here and commenting on my hub.

      Blessings to you.

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      Michelle Smith 

      6 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      My purpose was only to educate some on some of the beliefs and biblical scriptures of why the Jehovah's Witnesses believe what they believe. It wasn't to try to convert anyone or change anyone's minds. I've heard so many crazy things about "the witness's don't believe in Jesus", or "the witness's don't use the bible" etc. - that I'd thought I'd post a hub to try to clarify some of the misinformation, and give proof of why - not just ramble on that this is this and that is that (lol). It is amazing to me that so many religions (and I have studied a lot of them) can believe so many things and disagree on so many little things and use the same book as a reference! The thing that I like as I study with the witness's is that they do show me the why for, and where for - and they don't care which bible I use. Mine, your's, there's, my mom's etc. Which is more than what the Mormon's ever did, and the Catholic's, and the Methodist and the Baptist that I have studied with.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to HubPages. Although I believe in some of the same things, I disagree on others, but the beauty of HubPages is that we can all share different beliefs and topics.

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      Michelle Smith 

      6 years ago from Pennsboro, West Virginia

      Anytime :) I am not a "Jehovah's Witness". But I am studying the bible with a Jehovah's Witness and am married to a Jehovah's Witness. So I have been around the religion on and off for 12 years. I have experienced many religions, and I feel they are often times unfairly judged because many do not know what they truly believe or why, so I felt I should write a hub about it to answer some questions.

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      Joshua Pine 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Very clear and easy to read hub. Thank you for getting me up to date on this interesting branch of Christianity.


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