In this article, we are discussing the odd and unusual beliefs of Jehovah’s witnesses. These beliefs differ from the rest of the beliefs in the entirety of Christianity. We are talking about strange things, such as they do not believe that you can have a blood transfusion because drinking blood is against God! Of course, Drinking blood is against God, but one wonders how they equivalized drinking actual blood with receiving a blood transfusion to save a life. I mean, this is a big difference.

Now, we’re not making fun of the Jehovah’s Witnesses here. Some individuals do ridicule them, saying: “Oh, look at how stupid they are! They believe only 144 000 people can go to heaven. How dumb are they?”  People will tell me this and I’ll say: “Well, actually in Revelation 7 and in Revelation 14, it says that the 144, 000 are in heaven.” People will be responding: “Wait, really? That is in the Bible? Well, how do you refute that?”. And I would say: “Well, you should not be making fun of other people’s religions unless you have studied it for yourself.” And we should not be bashing other people’s religions because that is wrong.

The intent of this article is not to criticize the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but rather to shed light on some of their false and erroneous teachings, leading many people astray and down the wrong road. In fact, the refusal of blood transfusions is actually killing people because they do not receive them when they need them. In fact, there are actual reports of parents, or others stealing Jehovah’s Witnesses from hospitals and getting arrested and sent to jail later for it because they prevented their patient  from receiving blood transfusions. Now Jehovah’s Witnesses may argue that Only God can give life, and blood is the sign of life, so we cannot give life to others.  But in fact, we give life to others all the time. Every time you go into surgery, especially when you are on your death bed and the doctor saves your life, he is giving you life.

Jesus said that the greatest gift to give to others is to lay down your life for them. With a blood transfusion, you are essentially doing that :  laying down your life to save someone else’s.  You are not giving life, only God gives life, but you are saving and preserving a life, and there is nothing in the Bible that says you cannot do that, and it is not equivocal to drinking blood. This is one of the bizarre teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and to my knowledge, they are the only ones who believe it.

Sadly, while Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe in Jesus, they are not a Christian religion because they have a false interpretation of “who Jesus is”. The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, which is the core teaching of all Christianity. If you do not believe in the Trinity, you are not even a Christian. Because this is what Christians believe. Christian doctrine asserts the belief in One God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Meaning, we believe that Jesus is divine. The divine, Eternal Son of God. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe this. They believe that Jesus is just an Archangel.

Yeah, that’s right. You heard me correctly. They believe that Jesus is Michael the archangel. And you’ll see this in their own literature. And if you ask them about it: “Well, where does it say that in the Bible?” They’ll say: “Well, in the Bible, it says that Jesus will descending with the shout of an archangel.  And I say: “Okay, where does it say that Jesus is Michael the archangel? Even if an archangel, why Michael?” And they have to admit that it is not there, but they make the inference from this passage that Jesus is Michael the archangel, even though it says it nowhere in the Bible. The reality is that symbolic and descriptive language are used everywhere. Jesus is said to have white wooly hair and eyes of fire and many other descriptive terms. But that doesn’t mean he’s actually those things or anything else that is associated with those things, like a demon that comes from fire or anything else.

The reality is that Hebrews chapter 1, states: “Let all the angels worship Jesus.” Now, of course, the New Word Translation, the Bible of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has changed that passage so it doesn’t use the word worship. They’ve changed countless passages that all talk about worshiping Jesus in some way, and there are plenty of passages that talk about worshiping Jesus in the Bible.

Now, if you ever talk to a Jehovah’s Witness, the central discussion that they’re going to have with you usually is on the Trinity because they believe that they’re right and all of the rest of Christianity is wrong (Just as Mormons do and a few other little sects that don’t accept the Trinity. But the majority of Christians for 2, 000 years have accepted the Trinity).

They have a whole Watchtower magazine titled “Should You Believe in a Trinity? “ It stands out as one of the most misleading  publications I have ever encountered from them. And again, this is not meant to be accurate, because they really have some of the worst research ever in history of any religion. They just try to prove their points, even if they are not accurate.

In fact, we are having an interview very soon with an ex-Jehovah’s Witness who once worked in the research history department of the Watchtower. And the more he researched, the more he realized he could not prove the doctrines. And instead of just making them up or, you know, turning corners or closing a blind eye, he actually ended up leaving the Watchtower and becoming a Christian, and then eventually becoming a Catholic Christian.

But if you read these, you’re going to see that they quote the earliest Christians in there, and they say that the earliest Christians did not believe in the Trinity. But we have three volumes of the earliest Christians and all their actual writings, and what I did is I went through their Watchtower, I looked up their quotes, then I looked up the actual quotes in the magazine, and the amount of proof texting and changing it around and even putting things in there that were not said literally, just putting their own interpretation on what was said is it’s mind boggling. We are not going to do that here. We’re going to have a whole separate article for that. But the bottom line is they don’t believe in the Trinity, and they believe that anyone who does is evil.

Speaking of, they believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s impersonal active force. He’s not God the Holy Spirit. He’s not a person in himself. He’s just an active force of God. Impersonal active force. Even though the Bible uses personal terms to describe the Holy Spirit like he and his and speaks about him as a person.

Now, going back to Jesus, this is another thing that I really have a hard time understanding why they believe in, and it is that they don’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead physically. They don’t believe he really rose from the dead. They believe it was not his body, it was just a spirit like a phantom or a ghost. It wasn’t really Jesus. Even when Jesus went to the apostles, and they said: “Oh my gosh, it’s a ghost.”  He said: “Touch my body. See that it’s me. Does a ghost have flesh and bones? Hey, do you have any fish here to eat? May I have some fish?” And it says he ate it in their presence. He went through many things to show that this is a physical resurrection.

And I bring these things up to Jehovah’s Witnesses all the time when I speak to them. And they say: “Well, Jesus didn’t actually mean that. He was just telling them that, because he needed to increase their faith and they had a hard time believing, so he was just telling them that he had a body, but he actually didn’t.”

And that’s when I tell the Jehovah’s Witnesses: “So Jesus was lying to them in order to help their faith. Jesus can lie?” And they have a hard time answering this, but the reality is they don’t believe that Jesus had a physical body. Of course, this is a Gnostic heresy. And if you want to see these passages where Jesus has a physical body, John 20, 26 27, and Luke 24, 36 43, are some passages you can start with. He actually Himself says that He has a physical body.

Now, coming back to the 144, 000, this is one of the peculiar and unique passages that only Jehovah’s Witnesses believe. They’re the only ones that I know of any religion that believe the 144, 000 go to heaven. In fact, only 144, 000 people can go to heaven. The rest of the people, if you’re good, if you’re a faithful Jehovah’s Witness only, then you will come back down to a paradise on earth.Otherwise, they will be destroyed in the ground forever, because Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in hell. There is no eternal hell. They do not adhere to the traditional belief in eternal hell. They believe that you simply cease to exist, and your body goes to the grave, decomposes, and you’re just gone forever.And you can go to part one if you’re interested and see how Charles Taz Russell, their founder, he had a hard time with hell, even since he was a little boy, he had a hard time believing in hell. So once he found someone who didn’t believe in hell, he latched onto it and then brought it into his own religion that he started.

It is fascinating when I ask Jehovah’s Witnesses whether on the streets or at my door: “Are you one of the 144, 000?” And they always have a different answer. Nobody seems to believe the same thing. And this is interesting too, because it is congruent with diverse teachings that the Watchtower itself has said.

And if you do not know, the Watchtower serves as the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who believe themselves to be the sole true religion on earth. They believe that said God’s mouthpiece in a sense. He works through them, and the governing body is the Watchtower. But the Watchtower has said way back when, up until 1920, If you were not born after 1920, you were not part of the 144, 000.

You could not have been because they were all in heaven at that time. But their second president, Joseph Rutherford said that it was 1935. If you were born after 1935; you would not be in heaven. But even around the turn of the century, around the year 2000, you had 9, 000 people, even including in the governing body of the hierarchy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses claiming to be ne of the 144, 000. So, this is literally all over the map and they don’t seem to have any sense of uniformity of belief on this. And I always meet Jehovah’s Witnesses who are so excited to come back to the paradise on earth. And if you read their magazines, you’ll see that all of their magazines have like covers of people running through fields and petting lions and eating grapes and cuddling with jaguars and all of these pictures about them having the perfect paradise on earth.

And this is what they are so excited to come back to. It is like what Adam and Eve had before they fell. It was a perfect paradise, like in the Garden of Eden. Personally,  I am not excited for that. I would not want to come back to this earth and live here for billions of billions and trillions of trillions of years.

I want to go to heaven with God. I want to see my God face to face. When I asked some Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Don’t you want a relationship with God? Don’t you want to go to heaven with him?” They expressed their preference for returning to an earthly paradise instead. I respect their choice, but I personally yearn for the opportunity to see God face to face in heaven. I am going to heaven. I want to see Jesus. I want to jump in his arms, run through the fields of heaven with him and have an eternal relationship; that beatific vision with him. You can pat as many lions as you want, eat as many grapes as you want, but you are going to be bored.

Eating your favorite food 60,000 years might sound appealing at first, but eventually,  everything fades. Only God can fulfill that hole in our hearts, and  eternal happiness can be found in heaven. So, I feel bad for Jehovah’s Witnesses that they do not even know that they can go to heaven.

This is why I believe Jehovah’s Witnesses do not truly know the real God. They don’t even know the real Jesus. They don’t even have the right set of doctrines. That’s why when Mormons and other religions say: “Oh, all you need to do is believe in Jesus to be a Christian.” It is absolutely 100 percent false. Because many people believe in Jesus, but they believe in the wrong Jesus.

For instance, Muslims believe in Jesus, but it is the wrong Jesus. Similarly, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, for that matter, have the wrong Jesus. And in order to get to heaven, you have to know Jesus, the real Jesus, the right Jesus, the one who lived 2, 000 years ago and claimed to be the divine Son of God.

And consequently, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a whole host of odd beliefs that nobody else believes. They arrive to some bizarre conclusions of things, like you can’t celebrate birthdays, because when you ask them they say:” “Well, two birthdays were celebrated in the Bible and both of them were by evil people”.

By extension, they consider all birthdays to be evil. Now, the Bible never makes that conclusion. The Bible never actually says that. They’re the ones drawing these false conclusions. And the Bible doesn’t actually draw it for them. And so, they have many other things, too. Like, they don’t even celebrate Mother’s Day.

They argue that Mother’s Day has pagan origins. Mother’s Day, they say, is of pagan origin. But nobody who celebrates Mother’s Day actually is celebrating anything pagan, nor worshiping any god. They’re celebrating their mother. They’re thanking them for life. Now, Jehovah’s Witnesses will say you can have Mother’s and Father’s Day on every day of the week.You should be honoring your father and mother every day of the week. Of course you should, but we have special occasions to honor people who deserve to be honored in this world, and there’s nothing wrong with that, and I feel so bad for Jehovah’s Witnesses who’ve been so brainwashed into thinking that general holidays are evil.

On their website, they attempt to portray  St. Valentine’s Day as evil, when, in fact, it is celebration of a Catholic Saint rather than a pagan God.  Now, I can see if you are a Jehovah’s Witness and you do not want to celebrate a Catholic Saint, okay, fine! But we are celebrating the life of someone who gave up his life for Jesus, who died out of love for Jesus, and was martyred for Jesus, and that is worth celebrating. We are not celebrating anything pagan or anything like that. It is all about someone, a Christian who loved Jesus. And of course, most people know that they refrain from celebrating Christmas and Easter, they do not salute the flag because they reject worship of flags, nations and similar symbols.

They continually just draw these bizarre conclusions that have no truth in reality. I mean, all of these things that they claim are not, in fact true. We are not worshiping a flag when we salute the flag. They say you should have allegiance to God alone, only God. And I say, well, of course God should be our ultimate allegiance, but does that mean that we can’t have allegiance to other things? Does that mean we can’t be Devoted to other things, like your wife, like your husband, like your country, like your children, like many other things? Just because they’re on a lesser level doesn’t mean that God is not almighty, supreme, eternal, almighty Lord and God. He is. But you can still be faithful to other things as well.

It doesn’t mean that it’s worship. I mean, this is just silly. I don’t know how else to say it. I mean, anybody who tries to say that certain holidays are idol worship because you’re celebrating your mother or your father or a good Christian. What do you say to that?

Jehovah’s Witnesses will not go to the military, even though I do know some Jehovah’s Witnesses who are in the military.It’s the belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses that you can’t go to war, that war is bad, that there’s no reason for war whatsoever, and that any good Christian should not be going. And of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to read books from other religions. They’re generally not allowed to read websites.

They are probably not even allowed to watch this video. They are not allowed to watch or read things from other religions because they’re going to be led astray. And the Watchtower keeps a tight grip on their people through fear tactics, through guilt, through control, through many other things. I mean, of course, if you only read your own religion’s books, you’re going to think that you have the truth and everybody else is wrong.

But if you have never actually read something else on the other side, then you can’t know that. It’s literally just brainwashing, like Scientology. Now, some Jehovah’s Witnesses will say: “Well, we already know we have the truth, so why read anything else?”

But not every religion is correct. And 99. 9 percent of religions are not correct because there’s only one true religion. So, you better actually have a little bit of deeper intellectual honesty and start researching and looking up things. In fact, my Catholic faith was challenged by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

And I went and looked up my Catholic faith and found out that it was true. But I also, just in case, looked up Protestant religions, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and all of these other religions, because I wanted to go wherever the truth was. Even if it was a different religion than the one, I was brought up with, I just want to follow Jesus and the church that he truly started.

But Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for their brainwashing techniques, their mind control, fear, and in fact, the Jehovah’s Witnesses who have finally been able to break free of the guilt and get out, they say they need sometimes years of counseling just to undo all the damage that has been done to them.

Because when you leave, or if you want to leave, you are disfellowshipped. This is unlike the Catholic Church, where someone can be excommunicated for something very grave and serious. But the faithful still talk to people who are excommunicated. If you’re disfellowshipped in the Jehovah’s Witness, your family doesn’t talk to you, your friends don’t talk to you, everyone treats you like the enemy.

You are dead to everyone, and you literally lose everything. So, it is very difficult. And I know Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been disfellowshipped in their families. Their families don’t even know who they are anymore. And it’s really, really, really sad. And in fact, I heard that the Jehovah’s Witnesses, because there’s a lot of abuse in the religion, has the highest dropout rate of any religion for those who are born into it.

And if you’d like to see more on this, Leah Remini made a whole Scientology series on Netflix, and she exposes Scientology and the cult that it is. But she also did at least one show on Jehovah’s Witnesses exposing it for the cult that it is. And she has a myriad of former Jehovah’s Witnesses who left and share their stories, and it’s heartbreaking.

They just, so many of them, all at once, are all crying their eyes out because they have been so hurt. They struggled so much because their families don’t talk to them anymore and they were told that they were going to die and rot in the grave forever. No one’s ever going to love them.

The amount of guilt and fear that goes through this, is very difficult for Jehovah’s Witnesses. And most people don’t understand that unless they are one in that position. And then when you do leave, you literally are skeptical of everything because Jehovah’s Witnesses have trained you and brainwashed you to think that you’re right and everyone else is all wrong. And they say: “The other religions are all from the devil. They are all evil. All the churches are from Satan, except ours”. In fact, Mormons say the same thing, and you’ll learn that in lesson one when the missionaries come to your door. This is a very difficult thing. Well, if everything’s evil, and I’ve left this because I think it’s wrong, then everything’s wrong.

So as a result, many become atheists or agnostics, and they need our prayers. We need to pray for them. So many religions, so many Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Church of God and cults like that. They don’t even know what they’re born into. They don’t even know better. Most of the times they haven’t even researched these things.

Those who do have their eyes open. And for those who come to Christianity and know Jesus Christ as many countless Jehovah’s Witnesses have, they say they have an air of freedom. And in fact, I met a Jehovah’s Witnesses couple recently who said: “If you ever talk to any Jehovah’s Witnesses, please tell them that our leaving has been the best thing ever.

Coming to the Catholic Church has literally been the best decision of our life.”  And that’s hard because the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the Catholic Church is evil, it’s from the devil, it’s the harlot Mother Church mentioned in Revelation, so there’s a lot of unbrainwashing to do, but these people said they’ve never, ever been happier.

And the person we’re going to interview soon, who was an ex-witness, who worked in the Watchtower, he has brought hundreds of witnesses out of the Watchtower, out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He has helped thousands of people answer their questions, and he’s brought dozens into the Catholic Church, and many more dozens into other Christian denominations.

And the fact is that there are people to help. If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness and you happen to be watching this and you’re struggling, you’re doubting, you know you’re not allowed to doubt, you know you’re not supposed to doubt, you feel like you’re a bad person or your faith isn’t as good as other people’s because you’re doubting. Doubting is good and it leads to finding the truth. If the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the truth, then doubting should not be a problem because you will find the truth and it will be reinforced. But if you keep looking and it’s not being reinforced and bigger problems keep coming up, there’s a good reason for that.

Runaway screaming into the night. The reality is, there is only one truth. And it didn’t start in 1800 with the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Mormons or the Church of God or the Seventh Day Adventists, or the Church of Christ, or the Pentecostals in the 1900s, or any of the thousands of religions that have literally started in the last 200 years. Those are not the church of Jesus. Jesus lived 2000 years ago. Jesus started a church 2000 years ago. His Church goes back 2000 years. And if you do the history and the research, you find what Church goes back 2000 years, then you will have found the true Church of Jesus Christ.

So, there you have it, a short, condensed understanding of what the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe.

If you would like more information, the president of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, he had a nephew who left, I mean, one of the highest-ranking people in the Jehovah’s Witnesses ever left. He exposed the whole organization, and he wrote off a huge book exposing all their doctrines, their false theology, their sketchy history, and so much more. It’s called Crisis of Conscience, the struggle between loyalty to God and loyalty to one’s religion. And also, the Gentile times reconsidered, if you want to go really in depth and see why the Jehovah’s Witnesses have predicted the world to end in 1914, 1918,1925, 1975, and literally many more times as well.

You want to know why they cannot get it right? Because their whole chronology is off on everything. And this book shows why all their chronology is off.

So many Watchtower people left the Jehovah’s Witnesses after reading these books because they expose the truth. And the truth is what sets you free.