5 Differences Comparing Mainstream Christianity Versus Jehovah’s Witnesses
While it’s always hard to compare one branch of Christianity to “general Christianity” since there are so many denominations that disagree on a wide array of things, but most of them agree on certain basic components of the faith. When comparing the difference between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christianity, we could create a very large list, however you don’t need to need hundred of details.
The following article focuses on the largest differences that will seem strange to individuals who are familiar at all with mainstream Christian theology. Read on to learn about 5 of the major differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and mainstream Christians. Read more here.
Difference #1: There are a limited number of places in heaven.
This is a belief that is not in any mainstream denominations of Christianity, although Jehovah’s Witnesses believe there are limitations based on passages out of the Book of Revelations describing the tribes of Israel in attendance of the final days, which is why the number 144,000 comes up as that is the number of witnesses mentioned.
Difference #2: Jesus is not divine and there is no Trinity or Holy Spirit.
This is a huge difference in belief that directly contradicts the very tenants of Catholic and Protestant faiths of Christianity. All mainstream forms of Christianity believe in the Trinity in some shape or form, and Jesus is seen as divine in both Protestant and Catholic faiths.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is not God nor the son of God, but well below God and not divine. In fact, they believe Jesus was created by God and is the same person as the archangel Michael. http://getversed.org/jehovahs-witness/is-jesus-the-archangel-michael/
In addition to this, they believe the Holy Spirit describes a force, like electricity, but don’t believe it has any consciousness whatsoever. It’s just a force.
This is a massive difference from other branches of Christianity, and is one of the largest rifts that other branches of the faith have with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and their point of view is harder to accept from conventional interpretations of Christian scriptures, as they have been read by Catholic and Protestant religious scholars.
Difference #3: Jesus did not come back from the dead – there was no resurrection.
Perhaps the most important event in all of Christianity, the Resurrection, isn’t believed in by Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is not only why Easter is celebrated among Christians, but it is the point of baptism and completely changes the sacrifice aspect of sin and forgiveness that is a major part of the Christian faith.
Difference #4: Jehovah’s witnesses believe the soul ceases to exist upon death.
This is one where the theology can be hard to understand or explain if you’re used to more mainstream interpretations of Christianity. The soul is a major part of most Christian theology and the balance of explaining heaven and the promised time of resurrection when they believe the soul dies with the body.
Difference #5: Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true church, the only true believers, and only some of their members will end up in heaven.
There are some mainstream Christian branches who believe this (like the Apostolic Church) but most branches of Christianity one denomination doesn’t believe the denominational differences means hell.
In other words, most Methodists don’t believe all non-Methodists go to hell and most Lutherans don’t believe all Baptists go to hell, etc.
There are many other differences that come up when looking at Christianity and comparing it to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but these 5 reasons should help to show you why so many Christians see Jehovah’s Witnesses as a separate group or faith.