Jehovah's Witnesses - Who are they

Jehovah's Witnesses are open community

As the name of the site denotes, it is for Jehovah's Witnesses solely. Why? As stated on the site's principles, its mission is to help Jehovah's Witnesses earth wide to build trusting friendships or relationships among the fellowship. Does it mean that Witnesses are closed community or that they view non-Witnesses as untrustworthy? Not at all! Anyone may attend weekly meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses. In fact Jehovah's Witnesses around the world are well-known to that driven by their love they talk to people who do not share their beliefs from house-to-house. Anyone wishful may take advantage of a free home bible study with them.

Why are they proud of being part of the fellowship?

True unity and Christian love

Jesus said: “This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) Jehovah's Witnesses in the entire earth are united in one teaching and are all members of an international brotherhood which is admittedly impossible to find in any organization on earth and this is an identifying mark that separates them from the rest of the world. (John 13:35) If anyone wish to conform this key commandment, the first matter is not to kill a brother. Jehovah's Witnesses do not take weapon against anyone else, even from other country or nation. They strive to conform to the loving standards in all aspects of their life, which in effect strengthens the bond of the fellowship worldwide.

The extent of preaching work

More than 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses are voluntarily spending billions of hours teaching others. No other church has more preachers. Taking numbers of active preachers into account, Witnesses form a biggest Christian religion of all. Leaders of other Christian religions are in general aware about the responsibility for preaching work (Matthew 28:19), but they are not able to fulfill it. In contrary, all Jehovah's Witnesses are willing and able to do this great work, because they truly understand what they are talking about.

High moral standards

Jehovah's Witnesses strive to cultivate the “fruitage of the spirit” such as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control (Galatians 5:22). Because they love God, they make effort to avoid lying, stealing, gambling, drugs abusing, or sexual immorality (Ephesians 4:25). If you are interested, you may read short article about Jehovah's Witnesses and Homosexuality.

No clergy class

No one is superior than the other as God created everyone equally. “For who makes you to differ from another? Indeed, what do you have that you did not receive? If, now, you did indeed receive [it], why do you boast as though you did not receive [it]?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) Jesus said: “Everyone that exalts himself will be humiliated, but he that humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

Political neutrality brings clean conscience

Jehovah’s Witnesses abide the laws of the land (Romans 13:7) but they stay neutral in the world's political affairs. Jesus said his followers would be “no part of the world.” (Matthew 17:16). Witnesses are also known for the refusal of military service (Isaiah 2:4), (Matthew 26:52), (John 13:35). The neutrality in praxis means, that Jehovah's Witnesses was the only church which did not support Hitler's regime. When Catholic church signed agreement and praised the cooperation as a blessing from the heaven, Jehovah's Witnesses bravely opposed to support the regime despite the strong pressure and persecution.

For more details you may look e.g. at short study Jehovah's Witnesses: Victims of the Nazi Era by US Holocaust Memorial Museum or Holocaust: Non-Jewish Victims - Jehovah's Witnesses by historian-publicist Terese Pencak Schwartz or follow further resources, e.g. "The Other Victims: First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis" by Ina R. Friedman (Boston, 1990, pp. 47–59), "Jehovah’s Witnesses under Nazism" by Christine E. King in Michael Berenbaum's "A Mosaic of Victims: Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis" (New York, 1990, pp. 188–193), or "The Nazi State and the New Religions: Five Case Studies in Non-Conformity" also by Christine E. King (New York, 1982).

Deep Bible understanding

Even though they know they do not possess ultimate understanding, they believe that they are closest to the real meaning of Bible. The deep understanding brings them strong faith and a true hope. You may check some of their beliefs.

Do you know anything better?

This statement was published in The Watch Tower some 100 years ago:

“Are we not a blessed, happy people? Is not our God faithful? If any one knows anything better, let him take it. If any of you ever find anything better, we hope you will tell us. We know of nothing better nor half as good as what we have found in the Word of God. ... No tongue or pen can tell the peace, the joy and the blessing which a clear knowledge of the true God has brought into our heart and life. The Story of God’s Wisdom, Justice, Power and Love fully satisfies the cravings of both our head and our heart. We are seeking no further. There is nothing more to be desired than to get this wonderful Story more clearly before our mind.” (The Watch Tower, December 15, 1914, pages 377-378)

That's true even after all the years. Jehovah's Witnesses' gratitude for spiritual light and truth and for the value of their exceptional worldwide family is unchanged. If you ever find anything better, we hope you will tell us! If you wish to learn more about Jehovah's Witnesses, you may visit the official web. Anyway, thank you for stopping by!

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