Jehovah`s Witness/congregation comparison


QUESTION: What are the main differences between the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and other congregations?

ANSWER: Greetings Conan

Thank you for writing.

May I ask for more details please.  When you say congregations are you referring to different congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses or are you referring to different "christian" religions (denominations) eg Catholic, Baptists, Mormons, Presbyterian etc

Thank you

I look forward to being able o answer you


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QUESTION: The latter(other denominations)

Hello Conan,

Thank you for the clarification, I appreciate that.

There are many religions (denominations) that use the Bible as the basses for their teachings, and there are many difference between some of them,  so I will limit my comments to  the main differences   between Jehovah's Witnesses and what many people call the “main stream” churches of Christendom such as the Catholics,  Church Of England,  Presbyterian, Baptists etc   I will put a basic view of what they teach followed by our view in bold letters The other churches I will refer to as “they” and to Jehovah' s Witnesses as “we”.  At this time I will not give the scriptural support of each idea as that will take a lot of time, but, if you want our scriptural answer to any of these things, please let me know. These are not in any particular order of importance they are just as the difference come to mind

1) They celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus and Easter as his death  We do not celebrate Christmas because Jesus was not born in December and even though we remember the death of Jesus each year we do not celebrate Easter because of its non Christian origins

2) They believe  in a doctrine called the trinity - that Jesus the holy spirit (or holy ghost) and the Father are co equal and all make up God. We believe that Jesus was a created being, is not equal to God the Father and that the holy spirit is not a person, and that the trinity idea is an introduced doctrine based on pagan ideologies.  In English, the name of God is Jehovah

3) They believe  that God torments unrepentant humans in a fiery hell for all eternity We do not believe that a God of love would do such a thing.  The idea of a fiery hell is also an introduced pagan idea based on mistranslated Hebrew and Greek words  

4) They believe that the good and faithful will all go to heaven when they die.  They have varying ideas as to the future of the earth from being completely destroyed by fire from God or just going on as it is.  We believe that Gods purpose for the earth is to restore it its original condition – a perfect place for mankind to live where death will be no more. So the earths future is to be a home for mankind without any national boundaries and government.  The only government being Gods  We believe only a select few will go to heaven for the purpose of being Kings and priests with Jesus,

5) They believe that Jesus rose from the dead in the same body as he had when he died We believe that Jesus rose from the dead as a spirit

6) Most of those churches have a paid clergy that do the teaching   We do not have a paid clergy. All members are taught to be teachers of Gods word and our activity for teaching goes outside the congregation to the people in general in our door to door activity and trying to find people wherever they may be

7) They have no problem in supporting mankind governments.  They get involved in lobbying for them , voting them in or out of power, joining their armed forces, saluting their nations flags saying the nations oath of allegiance We have no part in politics in any nation, do not vote, will not join any armed forces, salute  any flag or say the oath of allegiance to any nation, as we put all our confidence in Gods government  

8) They have various ideas as to what is involved in salvation.  Most say all one has to do is believe in God and you will be saved, some say that a little more is involved. That you must have faith. Nearly all of them wrongly say that we believe salvation is by works  We believe No amount of  good works will ever save us - salvation is a free gift in the sense that God did not have to offer us salvation but he did because of his love for mankind.  We also say that we must do more that just believe, we must have faith.  That we show our faith in the provision for salvation by our actions in other words our life shows that we  do not take for granted the gift that God has provided for salvation.  

9) Just what they say we are being saved from I have never been really clear on, or why salvation is needed. So I can not give you the general belief on that matter. We say that we are being saved from the effects of Adams sin, that is death. When Adam was created he was never meant to die as long as he obey God.  He disobeyed God before he could have any children that caused sin and he passed sin and death on to all of us so our salvation is the ultimate reversal of that, bringing us back to what God intended for mankind when we created us

Those are the main difference in DOCTRINE  that I can think of right at this time.  There are many difference in the way of EXPLANATIONS of Bible prophecy where we vary from the other churches but that list is very long.

Sometimes people say that I do not express myself clearly, so I hope I have said things in an understandable manner, please feel free to ask for clarification on anything I have said or for further information.


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Brenton Hepburn


I AM one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I am always learning. I am NOT an expert in the full sense of the word but I can answer questions on the reliability of the NWT - the so called mind control problems-so called prophecies - how being a JW affects the individual and relatives and general practices and history of Jehovah’s Witnesses. >>WARNING<< Please be aware that there are people here who ARE NOT practicing JWs. By all means ask these ones questions. Depending on the question you will get an honest answer, but, generally the answer you get, will mislead you as to what we believe, often because, they do not give ALL the relevant details. These ones will, have an agenda against JWs., and will at times give answers that are not correct in regard to JW teachings and practices. If you are after a answer from one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, please read some of the answers that the various experts have published before choosing someone. If you want to ask one of the NON JWs a question, that is fine, BUT if you want a balancing view after asking one of the NON JWs, ask a JW the same question. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: There(have been)and are, some "experts" here who are NOT always the most courteous and polite, at times are actually quite rude, that applies to both JW's and non JW's and their answers may offend, especially when they get personal and attack the character of the person and not the message. Unfortunately some here that have done that. So it IS IMPORTANT to chose an "expert" that YOU feel will best suit YOU by reading some of their past answers . . . . .


I have been a publisher since 1964. When I first went on the internet I found a lot of negative information dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses covering prophecy, mind control and what many said was a very bad translation of the Bible known as the NWT. It shook my faith. After may hours researching these topics I could see why some felt that way, but, I was also able to explain why there were these misleading views. I can now set matters straight for anyone that has negative information about Jehovah’s Witness to show them that such information is at best misleading and at worst dangerous lies.

I have been a student of the Bible for many years, am trying to teach myself Biblical Greek. Was a public tax accountant for many years untill SEP 2009 when I gave it up due to health problems.

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