Jehova's Witnesses, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Jehova's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian Christian denomination with roots in the late 19th century America. Witnesses reject the notion of the holy trinity. They believe that God sent Jesus to earth as a sacrifice to vindicate his sovereignty and that Christ took power in heaven as king in 1914. He cast Satan out of heaven at that time, causing troubles to begin on earth. The “great tribulation” is going to come, during which God will destroy everything that is wicked and begin a thousand year reign of Christ. After Armageddon, conditions of paradise as in the Garden of Eden will be restored to the earth.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe in actively preaching their doctrine and trying to gain converts by going door to door (dressed modestly) to distribute copies of their familiar publications, Awake! and The Watchtower. They refuse to salute the flag, receive blood transfusions, or enter into military service. They believe that theirs is the only true faith and study their own version of the Bible, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Witnesses believe secular society is morally corrupt and severely limit their interaction with people outside of their sect. Witnesses also refuse to celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Easter (or even their own birthdays) which they consider either of pagan origin or inconsistent with their view of Christianity.



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