30 May

Christianity and Jehovah’s Witnesses Compared

Actually, this comparison should be called the differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and mainstream Christianity. After all, Jehovah’s Witnesses will tell you that they believe in Christ, making them fall under the definition of Christians. However, there are differences in the theology of mainstream Protestants and this other denomination, so that mainstream Christians don’t really regard Jehovah’s Witnesses as Christians.

Comparing Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christianity

One of the biggest differences between these two beliefs is the way that they regard the nature of Christ. Protestants don’t just consider Jesus Christ as the son of God. They believe that he is God incarnate or “God made man,” so that Christ and God are the same. In this sense, Christians worship a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and all three of these are actually one.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ is more literally the son of God, and that he is secondary to God in hierarchy. They believe that Christ was God’s first creation, but mainstream Christians believe that Christ is a manifestation of God and is eternal.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that Christ was raised from the dead as a spirit, but they don’t believe he came back to life as a human being. Mainstream Christians believe that life actually came back into his body, so that he lived after he was crucified as an actual person.

Incidentally, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ died on a stake and not a cross, but mainstream Christians believe that Christ died on a cross. In fact, a cross is the symbol of most Christian religions to reflect that belief.

It is interesting that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God’s actual name is Jehovah. Mainstream Christians actually agree with Jews that God’s name cannot be pronounced, and it was simply represented by some Hebrew letters that cannot really be pronounced. In about the 12th Century, some scholars mistranslated these letters int the name of Jehovah, and this is where the newer religion got its name.

Comparative Views Of Life After Death

Jehovah’s Witnesses also don’t believe that everybody will get resurrected from the dead. However, they also don’t believe that this will only be reserved for Christians. According to this newer denomination, everybody who God approves of will be given another chance at life.

Mainstream Christians believe that only proper faith in Christ earns a place in Heaven. However, everybody will come to life. Those who did not have faith will be punished eternally, but those who did have faith will be rewarded forever.

The Role Of The Clergy

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe that a church hierarchy and clergy are important. However, mainstream Christians believe that the structure and hierarchy of the church come from the bible.

Are The Beliefs So Very Different?

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It’s interesting to compare the beliefs of these two groups of people. The major difference seems to be the way that Christ and life after death are regarded.

For mainstream Christians, Christ is God. Also everybody who believes that can have a chance at heaven. Faith is first, and actual actions are secondary. As part of God, Christ is equal and eternal like God. Jehovah’s Witnesses are more literal about believing that Christ was secondary to God and only created by God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that behavior on Earth is more important than belief. They also believe that those who behave in a way that God approves of will have a second chance of life after death but not everybody will gain this chance just because of the way they believe. Their actions on Earth will be the most important determination. Learn more about Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religions at getversed.org.

6 May

Let’s Trust God By Embracing Whom He Is

Let’s Trust God By Embracing Whom He Is

Trust is a substance that’s of great importance due to the fact that it’s connected to one’s own integrity, character, reputation, and ability. Let’s say for instance that you’ve given all yourself to someone else and somehow that person cannot trust you for some reason. How would you feel about that? I bet you would be deeply hurt by that. It’s as if you’ve been betrayed by that individual after all you’ve done.

That feeling isn’t that much different from how God Himself feels when cannot trust. The same analogy thoroughly applies to God who has an absolute integrity to a much greater extent. The point is that when we cannot trust God with our problems, it rips His heart apart. It’s nothing more than us telling God that He’s not trustworthy. That may not be expressed openly in order for Him to see it that way.

Trust is the essence of the relationship we have with God almighty. If trust cannot be applied in a relationship, it’s very unlikely this relationship will be a healthy one. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). God is longing for us to depend on Him without reservation since He’s the only One who is able to meet all our needs.

Trusting God means embracing Him as whom He’s claimed Himself to be within His Word. You take His Word at face value by allowing it to determine your response to dreadful life’s problems. The thing is that problems will always surface regardless of how hard you may try in order to avoid them. But as God’s children, we should not let them influence us to live our lives in such manner like those who have no hope due to their unbelief.

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