Finding out about the different faiths of the world can be as enlightening and fascinating as it can be scary.
After all, there is so much information to process that it can be incredibly difficult to take it all in. You may think that you can never learn all about a faith, but by breaking it down you can. Most religions operate on the basis of several fundamental beliefs. Take the Jehovah's Witnesses for example. Jehovah's Witnesses practice a faith that is an extension of early Christianity and have several core principles that are really easy to learn.
The Jehovah's Witnesses principle beliefs help them to live their lives under their faith effectively and take the message to so many others the world over. After all, Witnesses are bound to others of the same faith under God regardless of where they live. Their allegiance to God and each other is much stronger than any other identity they may have, such as a national or ethnic identity. If you can understand this then you will easily be able to understand their basic beliefs, some of which are outlined below:
The Bible - First and foremost, the Bible is considered to be a historic book that features only fact. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that it represents the life and work of God and so everyone should follow the teachings that are laid out in it. The Bible that the Jehovah's Witnesses use is the New World Translation, their own translation and one that is effectively a guide to living.
God - The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there is only one God. He is Jehovah. They do not believe that anything exists above God at all because He created the world and everything within it. Although the Christian religion looks to Jesus Christ far more than God in some ways, Jehovah's Witnesses believe that he is inferior. They also believe that the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Christian Holy Trinity, is God's active force rather than an actual person.
Death - Jehovah's Witnesses are incredibly active in the community during their lifetime because they believe that there is no life after death. Instead, when you die your existence ceases because you do not have an immortal soul. This is a teaching of the Bible, as is the idea that there is no Hell. Instead, Jehovah's Witnesses believe that they can achieve eventual resurrection if they do enough to be remembered in life.
End Times - It has been well documented in the media that the Jehovah's Witnesses have predicted several dates that are Biblically significant and may just be End Times, meaning the end of the world. In fact, they believe that this period began in 1914 and will conclude with just 144,000 people going to Heaven. As such, they work towards being one of that number during their lifetime. The 144,000 chosen ones are known as The Anointed, although not every one of those people will be a Jehovah's Witness. Those Witnesses not chosen will live in paradise on Earth instead.
Looking at the beliefs outlined above, it is easy to see why the Jehovah's Witnesses follow a strict way of life, and one that is so often spent trying to help others and spread the word of God to the masses one by one if necessary.
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