Denomination Differences

Jehovah's Witness Beliefs

How does one get saved?

Repent of your sins, believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to save you, be baptized, and do good works for the rest of your life. The 144,000 most faithful Christians will go to heaven; the rest will live on earth.

Who gets saved?

Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.

Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

Who gets baptized and why?

Saved people get baptized by immersion as a public demonstration of their new lives.

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When does one receive the Holy Spirit?

God's holy spirit is received after one prays for it, learns God's Word, and lives in line with it.

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What is the trinity?

There is no Trinity. Jesus is God's first creation, and the Holy Spirit is not a person.

What is the human nature?

Human nature is corrupt and naturally inclined to evil.

Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?

No, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.

Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?

No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.

Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?

No, although Christians can and should sin less, they can never become sinless in this life.

Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?

No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.

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Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?

No, the dead cannot be baptized.

What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?

Death itself is the full and complete punishment for sin.

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Did Mary ever sin?

Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.

How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?

The church has two ordinances: Baptism and Holy Communion.

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What day of the week should Christians worship?

Jehovah's Witnesses meet on any two days of the week.

What is marriage?

Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.

Is sex permissible outside marriage?

No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.

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When does a fetus become human?

Humanity begins at conception.

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Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

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Should women cover their heads?

Women should cover their heads when praying or teaching when a man normally would.

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Should Christians drink alcohol?

Yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.

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Should Christians fight in wars?

No, Christians should never fight.

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Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

After death, one's existence ceases until and unless God resurrects him.

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