The JWs have started an English service at their hall and have been going around to find English-speaking people in town to invite to their services and share the literature. One of them in particular has latched on to me. I met C when she was driving through the neighborhood looking for houses that were for rent. She stopped to ask me about a house she thought she had seen for rent (turns out it was my house- apparently right before I moved in). We started talking and I found out she was a JW. Ever since then, she has made it a point to stop frequently here at the house to give me literature and talk to me about the "Bible" and the "truth".
Since her visits have become more frequent, I have started researching more about what the JWs actually believe and have discovered how much they truly are a cult. Let me outline just a few of the beliefs of the JWs that is in contradiction to Christianity.
- They believe that there is only one God in one person- there is no Trinity.
- They believe that Jesus was the first creation of God- that He was created, was the first angel, was named Michael, and that Michael (Jesus) helped in the creation of the rest of the universe.
- They believe that Michael became Jesus when he was born on Earth, that he died on a torchure stake, and that he rose spiritually but not physically.
- They believe that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force and not a member of the Trinity (no trinity).
- They believe that a person must do good works in order to be in favor with Jehovah (God).
- They believe that only 144,000 people will go to heaven. These specially chosen people will inherit immortal life and live in heaven with Jehovah (God).
- They believe the rest of the JWs will inherit eternal life and will live on Earth paradise forever.
- They participate in communion only one time per year and only those who have immortal life can partake.
- Before a JW can be baptized, they must attend a certain number of classes to learn about the religion and answer questions before a panel of leaders. These classes are held every day and the JW is encouraged to attend class 5 days a week.
- The JW bible has been wrongly translated- changed in order to fit the beliefs of the JWs.