Fact Sheet on Jehovah's Witnesses Author:
Russ Wise Date:6/11/2003 10:01:26 AM
Doctrine of God
JW:The doctrine of the Trinity is "a false, unbiblical doctrine" originated by Satan. (Let God Be True, page I 01).
Bible: There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), but three distinctive Persons in the
Godhead, the Father (Philippians ), Jesus Christ the Son (John ), and the
Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4,9).
JW:Christ the Son was originally the first created being of Jehovah God. (Let God Be True, page 32).
Bible: Christ the Son is eternal, uncreated God (John , Revelation 1: 1 7-18 and Isaiah 44:6).
JW:Jesus Christ arose from the grave as a spirit being and was allowed to materialize a different body in which to appear to His disciples. (Your Will Be Done On Earth, page 143; Make Sure Of All Things, 1953 ed., page 314).
Bible: Jesus Christ arose in the same body that was laid in the tomb, which explains the marks of crucifixion. (Luke 24:39; John 20:20, 25, 27; John 20:1-9).
JW:The Holy Spirit is not a Person, but rather the impersonal, active force of
God. (Let God Be True, 2nd ed., page 108; The Watchtower, June 1, 1952, page
Bible: The Holy Spirit is an eternal Person, possessing all the essence of God. (John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 5:3-4).
Doctrine of Man
JW:A person's soul is an inseparable part of the body, so that when a person
dies there is no continued existence of the soul. (Make Sure Of All Things, 1953
ed., pages 349, 352).
Bible:Christ taught that there is life after death (Luke -31).Christ promised continuing life the same day after death (Luke -43), and Paul taught an independent existence apart from the body after death. (2 Corinthians 5:5-8; Philippians 1:19-24).
JW:The doctrine of the immortality of the soul finds its origin with Satan. (Let God Be True, 2nd ed., pages 74,75).
Bible:The immortality of the soul is a God-inspired truth. (Ecclesiastes 12:7; 2Corinthians 5:1,6-8).
Doctrine of Salvation
JW:Christ's death only purchased for mankind the earthly life and earthly blessings lost when Adam sinned. (Studies in the Scriptures, V.5, page 145).
Bible:Christ's death purchased present forgiveness of sins and blessings beyond this earthly existence. (Ephesions 1:3-14).
JW:Christ's death only provides an opportunity for a person to attain eternal life through obeying God's laws.There is no assurance of eternal life. (Studies in the Scriptures, V.1, pages 150,152).
Bible:Christ's death provides salvation from sin for all who accepts, by faith, His sacrifice on their behalf. (I Peter 3:18, Ephesians 2:8-9). God also preserves eternal life given by grace to believers. (I John 5:11-13; John , -29).
JW:Christ's blood shed on Calvary applies only to 144,000 of the "anointed class" or the elite JW’s and not for the "great crowd," the remainder of JW’s. (Aid To Bible Understanding, page 389).
Bible:Christ died on behalf of all men. (I Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 2:2; 2Corinthians ; Hebrews 2:9).
JW:One can only live in God's paradise through (1) studying the Bible accompanied by the Watchtower, (2) associating with Jehovah's Witnesses, (3) changing living habits from the former way to God's way (requiring JW baptism), and (4) being a preacher and a witness of God's Kingdom. (From Paradise Lost To Paradise Regained, pages 242-249).
Bible:Salvation is offered only through trusting Jesus Christ as Savior. (Acts 4:10-12, -43; Romans 3:21-24).
JW:The doctrine of a burning hell where the wicked are tortured eternally
after death is false. (Make Sure of All Things, 1953 ed., pages 154-155).
Bible:Hell is a place of everlasting torment for the unrepentant wicked.
(Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50; Mark -48).
Adopted from Jehovah's Witnesses Prophets, Promises... and Problems - American Tract Society