" jehovah's witnesses maintain that they have a strong policy to protect children, adding that the best way to protect children is by educating parents; they also state that they do not sponsor activities that separate children from parents. 100 "although it is the preferred translation by the witnesses, they remain willing to use other translations in house-to-house ministry and in countries where a nwt has not yet been published".'s witnesses believe their highest allegiance belongs to god's kingdom, which is viewed as an actual government in heaven, with christ as king.^ "questions from readers—do jehovah's witnesses accept any medical products derived from blood? officials use publications from jehovah’s witnesses to aid community development. persistent legal challenges by jehovah's witnesses have influenced legislation related to civil rights in several countries. surrounding various beliefs, doctrines and practices of jehovah's witnesses has led to opposition from local governments, communities, and religious groups. central teaching of jehovah's witnesses is that the current world era, or "system of things", entered the "last days" in 1914 and faces imminent destruction through intervention by god and jesus christ, leading to deliverance for those who worship god acceptably.'s witnesses believe that god's kingdom is a literal government in heaven, ruled by jesus christ and 144,000 "spirit-anointed" christians drawn from the earth, which they associate with jesus' reference to a "new covenant". it is a great privilege to get baptized as one of jehovah's witnesses. millions now living will never die: a study of jehovah's witnesses.^ ronald lawson, "sect-state relations: accounting for the differing trajectories of seventh-day adventists and jehovah's witnesses", sociology of religion, winter 1995, "the urgency of the witness's apocalyptic has changed very little over time. official published membership statistics, such as those mentioned above, include only those who submit reports for their personal ministry; official statistics do not include inactive and disfellowshipped individuals or others who might attend their meetings.
sociological comparative study by the pew research center found that jehovah's witnesses in the united states ranked highest in statistics for getting no further than high school graduation, belief in god, importance of religion in one's life, frequency of religious attendance, frequency of prayers, frequency of bible reading outside of religious services, belief their prayers are answered, belief that their religion can only be interpreted one way, belief that theirs is the only one true faith leading to eternal life, opposition to abortion, and opposition to homosexuality. "bioethical aspects of the recent changes in the policy of refusal of blood by jehovah's witnesses". so it would be foolhardy, as well as a waste of valuable time, for jehovah’s witnesses to accept and expose themselves to false religious literature that is designed to deceive. religious commentator ken jubber wrote that "viewed globally, this persecution has been so persistent and of such intensity that it would not be inaccurate to regard jehovah's witnesses as the most persecuted group of christians of the twentieth century. the jehovah's witnesses' interpretation of christianity and their rejection of orthodoxy influenced them to produce their own translation of the bible, the new world translation.'s witnesses teach that satan and his demons were cast down to earth from heaven after october 1, 1914, at which point the end times began. until late 2012, the governing body described itself as the representative and "spokesman" for god's "faithful and discreet slave class" (approximately 10,000 self-professed "anointed" jehovah's witnesses).'s witnesses have been accused of having policies and culture that help to conceal cases of sexual abuse within the organization. the trumpet of prophecy: a sociological study of jehovah's witnesses. july 26, 1931, at a convention in columbus, ohio, rutherford introduced the new name—jehovah's witnesses—based on isaiah 43:10: "'you are my witnesses,' declares jehovah, 'yes, my servant whom i have chosen, so that you may know and have faith in me and understand that i am the same one. millions now living will never die: a study of jehovah's witnesses.^ jehovah's witnesses—proclaimers of god's kingdom, watch tower bible & tract society, 1993, pages 78, 632. the objective is to start a regular "bible study" with any person who is not already a member, with the intention that the student be baptized as a member of the group; witnesses are advised to consider discontinuing bible studies with students who show no interest in becoming members.
's witnesses are perhaps best known for their efforts to spread their beliefs, most notably by visiting people from house to house, distributing literature published by the watch tower society in 700 languages.^ "questions from readers—why do jehovah's witnesses decline to exchange their bible study aids for the religious literature of people they meet".^ jehovah's witnesses—proclaimers of god's kingdom, watch tower bible & tract society, 1993, page 183.'s witnesses is a millenarian restorationist christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream christianity. 173, he quotes from "they shall know that a prophet was among them", (the watchtower, april 1, 1972,) which states that god had raised jehovah's witnesses as a prophet "to warn (people) of dangers and declare things to come" he also cites "identifying the right kind of messenger" (the watchtower, may 1, 1997, page 8) which identifies the witnesses as his "true messengers . i am general counsel for the national organization of jehovah's witnesses out of brooklyn, new york. membership of jehovah's witnesses reached 113,624 in 5,323 congregations by the time of rutherford's death in january 1942. witnesses are told that spontaneous giving at other times can help their children to not feel deprived of birthdays or other celebrations." chryssides has suggested that with the exception of statements about 1914, 1925 and 1975, the changing views and dates of the jehovah's witnesses are largely attributable to changed understandings of biblical chronology rather than to failed predictions. because we witness, or talk, about jehovah god and his kingdom, we are known as jehovah’s witnesses. stroup, the jehovah's witnesses, colombia university press, new york, 1945, pg 14,15: "following his election the existence of the movement was threatened as never before.^ john dart, "jehovah's witnesses abandon key tenet", los angeles times, november 4, 1995. witnesses are taught that association with "worldly" people presents a "danger" to their faith, and are instructed to minimize social contact with non-members to better maintain their own standards of morality.
^ gary botting, fundamental freedoms and jehovah's witnesses (calgary: university of calgary press, 1993).'s witnesses believe that jesus christ began to rule in heaven as king of god's kingdom in october 1914, and that satan was subsequently ousted from heaven to the earth, resulting in "woe" to humanity. other critics charge that by disparaging individual decision-making, the religion's leaders cultivate a system of unquestioning obedience in which witnesses abrogate all responsibility and rights over their personal lives.: jehovah's witnessesapocalyptic groupsbible student movementchristian groups with annihilationist beliefschristian new religious movementsnontrinitarian denominationspremillennialismreligious organizations established in the 1870srestorationism (christianity)hidden categories: cs1 norwegian-language sources (no)articles with russian-language external linkspages using isbn magic linkswikipedia pending changes protected pages (level 1)all articles with unsourced statementsarticles with unsourced statements from february 2017commons category with local link same as on wikidatagood articleswikipedia articles with viaf identifierswikipedia articles with gnd identifiers. satan will subsequently attack jehovah's witnesses, an action that will prompt god to begin the war of armageddon, during which all forms of government and all people not counted as christ's "sheep", or true followers, will be destroyed.^ the orwellian world of jehovah's witnesses, toronto: university of toronto press, 1984, passim. while other religious groups count their membership by occasional or annual attendance, this figure reflects only those who are actively involved in the public bible educational work [of jehovah's witnesses]. witnesses’ annual conventions are now recognized as religious holidays, reaffirming the right of parents to educate their children according to their religious beliefs. wilson, in his consideration of five religions including jehovah's witnesses, noted that each of the religions:. individuals undergoing baptism must affirm publicly that dedication and baptism identify them "as one of jehovah's witnesses in association with god's spirit-directed organization," though witness publications say baptism symbolizes personal dedication to god and not "to a man, work or organization." sociologist andrew holden states that most members who join millenarian movements such as jehovah's witnesses have made an informed choice. they consider secular society to be morally corrupt and under the influence of satan, and most limit their social interaction with non-witnesses.^ "false prophets—have not jehovah's witnesses made errors in their teachings?
's witnesses have an active presence in most countries, but do not form a large part of the population of any country. witnesses are told not to read books like this one. since the bible is held to contain predictive prophecy, jehovah's witnesses claim to see into the future through the society's interpretation of scripture. rodney stark states that jehovah's witness leaders are "not always very democratic" and that members "are expected to conform to rather strict standards," but adds that "enforcement tends to be very informal, sustained by the close bonds of friendship within the group", and that jehovah's witnesses see themselves as "part of the power structure rather than subject to it. "the embryonic state of a religious sect's development: the jehovah's witnesses". jehovah's witnesses are taught that it is vital to remain "separate from the world. jehovah's witnesses accept non-blood alternatives and other medical procedures in lieu of blood transfusions, and their literature provides information about non-blood medical procedures.’s Witnesses: Our official website provides online access to the Bible, Bible-based publications, and current news. i am a trained scholar of the bible, familiar with the texts and tools in use in modern biblical studies, and, by the way, not a member of the jehovah's witnesses.'s witnesses refuse blood transfusions, which they consider a violation of god's law based on their interpretation of acts 15:28, 29 and other scriptures. is a requirement for being considered a member of jehovah's witnesses.^ a b c d e f 2017 yearbook of jehovah's witnesses.^ in jehovah's witnesses continuity and change chryssides states, after discussing the 1 april, 1972 watchtower article, that, "it would be tedious to comment on each passage in which watch tower literature explains the jehovah's witnesses' position on prophecy.