||Jehovah’s Witness Belief
||There is only one true religious organization (administered by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). Believers must submit to this one true organization. The only reliable translation is the New World Translation.
||Although there is only “one faith,” there is not only one true religious organization. The church shows itself in different forms, and there is genuine disagreement over nonessential or secondary points of theology. Believers are not to meekly submit to whatever leaders tell them (Acts 17:11). No human leader is beyond question.
|Trinity and the Deity of Christ
||There is no Trinity; Jehovah, the Almighty God, is a solitary person.
Jesus is not Almighty God. Before he became a man, he preexisted in heaven as the first and only direct creation by God. He was empowered by Jehovah to produce the rest of creation, and resumed his divine position after his death and resurrection with the added privilege of eventually ruling over all creation under Jehovah’s authority.
The “holy spirit” is an impersonal energy or active force that God uses.
|The Bible teaches the Trinity. Over sixty times in the New Testament, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are associated together in creation, salvation, the Christian life, and the future judgment.
Jesus is Almighty God, and possesses the essential characteristics of God. He has existed eternally. Jesus is fully God.
The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, but is a divine person. The Holy Spirit is God.
|Death, the Soul and Hell
||Death ends personal existence. There is no immaterial personal soul or spirit, and there is no afterlife or eternal conscious punishment for the wicked.
||The Bible consistently teaches that there is a soul or spirit, and that there is an afterlife. There is an eternal punishment for the wicked.
|The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
||Jesus Christ was raised as a spirit creature. His human body was not raised from the dead, but was instead dissolved into gases or otherwise annihilated.
||The resurrection was physical in nature. Jesus is still a man. The body that was killed was the body that was raised.
||There are two classes of Christians: the “anointed” who will go to heaven as spirit sons of God, and the “great crowd,” who will be resurrected on earth and given opportunity to live on earth forever. This great crowd will include all pre-Christian believers and most of those now living. Salvation requires faith in Christ plus hard work. Only 144,000 are “born again.”
||All Christians have the same status and future. All Christians will live on the new earth. Christians, before being raised from the dead to everlasting life on the new earth, will wait with Christ in heaven for their final salvation. Salvation is by grace through faith, resulting in good works.
||Christ is invisibly present, and has been since 1914.. He will never actually return to the earth. His invisible presence is preparing for his invisible “revelation” in the events of Armageddon and the beginning of the Millennium.
||Christ will return personally, visibly, and bodily to the earth. Christ’s kingdom rule over the earth was inaugurated at his resurrection and ascension.