Jehovah's Witnesses

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Jehovah's Witnesses are members of a religious movement who, although identifying themselves as Christian, are not generally considered as Christians by mainstream Christianity because they are non-trinitarian. They number around seven million. Their headquarters are in New York, USA. It is an international organization known for its extensive preaching and publishing activities. They are well known for their rejection of blood transfusions and their specific version of the Bible with a number of crucial differences from mainstream translations.

History of Jehovah's Witnesses

The Jehovah's Witnesses had their beginnings in the late 1870's when a small group under the leadership of Charles T. Russell began to question a number of accepted Christian doctrines including the Trinity and Hell.

Beliefs

The Jehovah's Witnesses teach the following as core doctrine, basing them on certain passages. Some of these interpretations, in particular, Jesus as a created being, are in direct conflict with orthodox Christianity.


, as it says the 144,000 are celibate Jewish males.

Jehovah's Witnesses: Jesus

According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus was created by God and came to earth and lived a sinless life that ultimately ended in his death. His death is seen as a sacrifice for all sinful humans.

View on Blood Transfusions

The Jehovah's Witnesses are well known for their refusal to receive blood transfusions. This is based on their interpretation on a number of passages in the Bible. These include Genesis 9:3-4, where God commanded Noah and his family to not eat blood. This command is re-iterated in Leviticus 7:26, Deuteronomy 12:16 and again in the New Testament. In a list of things that Christians were forbidden to do, since there was confusion because the Law had been abolished, the disciples said that Christians were supposed to abstain from blood (Acts 15:28-29).

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that this declaration applies to all forms of taking blood into the body because the Scripture in Acts does not say that you cannot eat blood but that you must completely abstain from blood. They claim that taking a blood transfusion would not be abstaining from blood.

Jehovah's Witnesses Today

There are around 7,000,000 Jehovah's Witnesses today. They spend billions of hours preaching every year and hold millions of Bible studies in an effort to teach people what they believe the Bible really says. They have the most extensive publishing operations in an effort to print Bibles and Bible aids in every language to reach all people with the Gospel. Many find their international operations to be surprisingly impressive.

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