Jehovah's Witnesses Essay

2707 words - 11 pages

Jehovah’s Witnesses
I have had some personal experience with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, my wife’s aunt and uncle are Jehovah’s Witnesses. This came in to play during our wedding in fact. We had the wedding at the beach, one of the deciding factors in our decision to have it there was to accommodate her aunt and uncle who are not supposed to go in to another denomination’s church building. I have never had the Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door, nor have I before closely examined their beliefs. Still, because of the family connection I have some familiarity with parts of their doctrine.
Jehovah's Witnesses are described as a millenarian, and a restorationist denomination of ...view middle of the document...

The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the present world will soon be destroyed in Armageddon as is depicted in the book of Revelation. (Beckford 1975) The establishment of God's kingdom on Earth will follow, and this is seen as the only solution for the problems faced by mankind in this present age.
By the literal interpretation of Bible scripture which inform their doctrine, the Jehovah’s Witnesses further identify themselves with the fundamentalist mindset of other religious sects, despite the fact that all the group’s doctrines are determined for them by the Governing Body. The sense of hopelessness for the present age is also in keeping with other groups described as fundamentalist. Those others who believe that only the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on the Earth can solve the problems we face.
The sect now known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses was started by Charles Russell, he was born in 1852 and grew up in Pittsburgh. (Chryssides 2008) Russell was raised a Congregationalist, when he was seventeen he attempted to convert an atheist to Christianity but was instead converted himself, at least to an agnostic world view. (Holden 2002) A few years later Russell attended an Adventist meeting, he was told that the second coming of Jesus would soon occur; thereafter he became interested in the Bible.
The leader of the Adventist movement had been William Miller; Miller predicted that the end of the world would occur in 1843. (Chryssides 2008) When 1843 came and went, Miller determined that there was an arithmetic error in his calculations and concluded that the end would come in 1844. (Crompton 1996) After this second prediction failed, many of his followers began to withdraw from the Adventist movement. A portion of the group led by Ellen White would go on to form the Seventh-Day Adventists.
I was interested to learn of the early connection between the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Jehovah’s Witnesses; I had previously noticed some similarities between the two sects but did not previously know that they both sprang up from the same original group. It is less surprising then that both groups are often labeled as heretical or even cults by some mainstream Christian denominations.
It was during this period of instability within the Adventist movement that Russell became involved. Russell took a position as a Pastor, despite his lack of formal education. Then in 1879, Russell formed the Watch Tower. (Chryssides 2008) It was this Watch Tower which would later become the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the backbone and teaching organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 1908 the Watch Tower moved its headquarters to Brooklyn, New York where it has remained ever since.
Some of the doctrines that Russell taught his flock that were different from those taught by most Christian churches include the non-existence of hell. Russell believed that all unsaved people would simply be destroyed by God at the Day of Judgment, which was a...

Other Essays Like Jehovah's Witnesses

Hispanic Americans Essay

1427 words - 6 pages arrival of the Spanish in the 15th century, but the increasing presence of Protestant, Latter-day Saint (Mormon), Pentecostal and Jehovah's Witnesses. The Stateside Puerto Rican community has usually been characterized as being largely poor and part of the urban underclass in the United States. Studies and reports over the last fifty years or so have documented the high poverty status of this community. (Baker 2002) However, the picture of

To What Extent Do Different Players Have Contrasting Attitudes Towards the Protection of Cultures and Cultural Diversity?

900 words - 4 pages very religion. In recent times, one example of this would be the Jehovah's Witnesses. This is a group of people that have created their own interpretation of the bible but still are christian, and their most common form of attempting to spread their beliefs is by door-to-door preaching and hoping they will be able to recruit new blood. They would like to protect their culture through spreading it in a peaceful manner, however this can be argued

Sdfgklkl; L

725 words - 3 pages ," John Marrick, according to news reports. His third album, "Bad" album released, goes platinum four times, sells more than 8 million copies. 1988 - Releases autobiography, Moonwalk. Has surgery to put cleft in his chin. 1990 - First reported wearing surgical masks in public. Discontinues practice of distributing Jehovah's Witnesses literature to Los Angeles homes in a fat suit, wig, beard and glasses. 1991 - Releases Dangerous album

Adolf Hitler-a Lifetime Essay

1323 words - 6 pages Endlosung (Final Solution), the extermination of the Jews, Gipsies, Slavs, homosexuals, communists, and other "undesirables" and "decadents" in death camps run by the SS and controlled by the Gestapo. About six million European Jews die in the following 'Holocaust', The Holocaust also claims about 500,000 Gipsies, between 10,000 and 25,000 homosexuals, 2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, up to 3.5 million non-Jewish Poles, between 3.5 million and six

Terror and Repression in Nazi Germany

1521 words - 7 pages groups' such as homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and gypsies. Anti-Semitic ideas were also influenced strongly and Jews became a primary target for the Nazi Regime. The SS (Schutzstaffel) was formed in the mid-1920s and acted as Hitler's personal guard. The SS operated as a political police to root out all open and secret enemies of the Reich. After wider aspects of the terror were introduced and some persuasion from Himmler, Hitler in March 1936

The Holocaust

1689 words - 7 pages , isolation and internment, and mass executions at their camp sites, in labor camps and death camps. Polish Christians Of the six million Poles murdered by the Nazis, half were Polish Christians. Among the dead were more than 2,600 Catholic priests. Other Victims of Nazi Genocide The Germans rounded up thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses and homosexuals and sent them to the death camps for extermination. Homosexuals were forced to wear pink

Health Status in Mexico

1412 words - 6 pages the population. The urban population is 78% of the total population. The rate of urbanization is increasing at 1.2% annually. The ethnic groups that comprise Mexico is “mestizo” which is about 60%, Amerindian 30%, Caucasian 9% and other 1%. The religious bodies that encompass Mexican’s are Roman Catholic 76.5%, Protestant 6.3% (Pentecostal 1.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, other 3.8%), other 0.3%, unspecified 13.8%, none 3.1%. The infant

Good News From Outer Space By

1776 words - 8 pages .' 'Jehovah's Witnesses Torn by Schism.' 'High-Tech Pioneer Founds American Atheist Party.' 'Saucer Men Land at Fatima.'" (p.49) These articles are keenly similar to the ones produced in our society by the tabloid newspaper, Weekly World News. They have been known to produce such unrealistic articles as the following: "Satan's Face Appears in Hawaiian Volcano's Lava", "Tallest Women in the World Marries Smallest Man in the World" and "The Four Horseman of

Try To Praise A Mutilated World By Adam Zagajewski

2082 words - 9 pages hundreds of thousands of Romani (Gypsies), Polish nationals, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, political criminals and others, were systematically murdered"(Austin). When the speaker writes "while salty oblivion awaited others." (9) It gives a negative connotation. When one gets salt in their wounds, it is painful, when they are being shipped off it is a painful experience to them psychologically rather than physically. Much like what The Jews and

The Separation Of Capital Ownership And Control

1577 words - 7 pages The argument of whether the separation of capital ownership and control is an efficient form of organization has constantly been a controversial issue. The criticism whether the controllers’ act is in the best interest of the owners’ wills never end as long as hired managers operate management. As the number of public companies has been increasing over the course of this century, meanwhile the American style of contact based corporation has

The Versatility And Flexibility Of OLED's

1014 words - 5 pages In April 1, 2002, organic light emitting diodes gain rise in the scientific community with their published, more practical form at Ames Laboratory. “Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have developed and demonstrated a novel, fluorescence-based chemical sensor that is more compact, versatile and less expensive than existing technology of its

Related Papers

Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird", A Novel Which Exemplifies The Life In The South And The Human Rights And Values Given To Everybody

891 words - 4 pages prejudice in Jehovah's Witnesses' case. When they come strolling up people's street, the first reactions to the neighborhood is to lock the door.They lock their doors because they hear the jokes and prejudice against Jehovah's Witness which puts the thought in people's minds that Jehovah's Witness is just a joke. On the other hand, many are already faithful followers to their own religion and don't want to waste the time listening to a mini sermon

Badges Of The Holocaust Essay

767 words - 4 pages undesirable were not completely rounded up, but taken only in random samples Homosexuals, political prisoners, and Jehovah's Witnesses are among the groups who were sent to the concentration camps for reeducation.( ) They were supposed to renounce their particular orientation. In many cases the political and social prisoners dies for what they believed. The Nazi's thought that incarceration would stop their religion or their way of life but it

M3:Assignment 2

1048 words - 5 pages ?url= Remington, T. (2003). Nation of Islam. In P. Knight (Ed.), Conspiracy theories in American history. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from: Stein, S. (2011). Jehovah's witnesses. In I. McFarland, D

Technology Vs Morality Essay

1592 words - 7 pages Biographies (2012): 1. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 18 May 2015. Penn, James W. "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes (review)." Journal of Latin American Geography 11.1 (2012): 188-90. Web. Tilney, Nicholas L.. Invasion of the Body : Revolutions in Surgery. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2011. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 18 May 2015. Watchtower. "Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Accept Blood Transfusions