I know everyone has had Jehovah’s Witnesses come to their door. Typically everyone just says I’m a Christian or no thank you. The Assumption is that a Jehovah’s Witness is a Christian. Well lets check that out.
Let’s just start right off with the biggest difference between a Jehovah’s Witness and Christianity. It revolves around deity. The Watchtower is Jehovah’s Witnesses, so when you hear that, you know who you are talking to or who is being talked about. Now here is where the Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs differ dramatically from Christianity. The Christian has a Trinitarian concept of one God, in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. One God! Jehovah’s Witnesses have been taught that God the Father alone is God and that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel; and that the Holy Spirit is neither God, nor angel but in fact is just the active force of God.
Now the worst thing is that when most Christians get into a discussion with a Jehovah’s Witness it usually turns into an argument. This does no one any good. The Jehovah’s Witness believes himself to be a worshiper of the one true God of the Bible, while you are a lost soul who has been mislead by the devil into worshiping a three headed deity. As with most religions the people are very sincere in their beliefs. For a Jehovah’s Witness to even give any consideration to the Trinity is almost unthinkable because to him he would be sinning against Jehovah God to even consider such a thing.
A good first question is to consider “Is Jesus Christ really an angel?”. For a Jehovah’s Witness that is a very scary question. But not as bad as trying to start things off with the Trinity!
The first question is where are the scriptures that say that Jesus is Michael?
There are none!
Even in the Watchtower Society New World Translation (NWT) (their Bible) Michael is mentioned five times but never as Jesus. If the Jehovah’s Witness will truly look at this he must conseed that it is only from reading scripture, adding interpitation and a complicated Watchtower argument that they can reach that conclusion. Michael maybe a foremost prince but Jesus Christ is Lord of lords, and King of kings (Rev. 17:14 NWT). Michael who did not dare to condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”. Jesus Christ displayed His authority over the devil when He freely commanded him, “Go away Satan!” (Matthew 4:10 NWT).
As for their belief that Michael the Archangel is Jesus Christ, in fact the Scripture clearly teaches the opposite, that the Son of God is superiour to the angels. The first chapter of Hebrews teaches this. Just in that chapter there are sharp contrasts to their belief. “For to what angel did God ever say, ‘Thou are my Son…?‘ And again when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him'”.
Also, angels consistenly refuse worship, but the Father’s command concerning the Son is, “Let all God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6) That is how the Watchtowers own New World Translation read for some 20 years until, in 1970, the Society changed it to read “do obeisance to him” instead of “worship him”. Jehovah’s Witnesses have made many changes to the Bible in their attempt to eliminate all references to the deity of Christ in their Bible.
These are just some of the differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and True Christians.