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?
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.