Jehovah Witness

By. Rylee Fichter

What is the religion?

Jehovah Witness has 1,331,000 followers. These people base their beliefs off of everything that is in the Bible. They believe that following the principles of the bible will bring them closer to God, which they call Jehovah, as well as well as better their lives all together.

Where did it all start?

In 1879 Jehovah Witness was established as a religion in the U.S. The founder was a man names Charles Taze Russell. When he was still in school he was fascinated by religion other beliefs then Presbyterian when he was 17. In 1875 he found that Jesus has returned invisibly to earth in 1874 (which has now been edited to 1914). He decided to devote his life to his faith and started having Bible studies known as the Bible Student Movement with people to deepen their understanding of God's Word. The groups preached the word of God wherever they went and had more and more converting. They launched a magazine known as Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence. that discusses their religion. Over time they had so many people following Charles and his beliefs that they made his beliefs into a religion by what we know today as the Jehovah Witness religion.
Top Ten Shocking Beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses

Holidays, Traditions, Rituals, Rites

Holidays: Jehovah Witnesses do not celebrate holidays, they believe they are more pagan based and it was not instructed by God to actually celebrate them.

Rites: To convert into the religion one must be baptized you will be baptized once you are sure you want to be apart of the religion.

Rituals: Go to the Kingdom Hall (church) regularly, Evangelism (go door to door spreading the word of God), attend public speaking classes at the Kingdom Hall, shunning of the disfellowship is exactly what it sounds like but it is a very controversial topic.

Traditions: Since they do not celebrate they do not have any traditions.

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What separates them from mainstream Christianity?

Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in holidays, they do not celebrate Easter, Christmas, birthdays or any other type of holidays. They do not believe in politics and refuse to take part in them. Another thing they do not take part in is blood transfusion. And lastly they believe that before Jesus came to earth he was the Arch angle Micheal, then when he came to earth he became Jesus.
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