What are the basic beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses?


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Jehovah's Witnesses believe in one deity - the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They view themselves as strict adherents to the form of Christianity established by Jesus.

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Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the Bible – both Old and New Testament – as the inspired word of God. However, they believe that the Bible is written in symbolic language and is not to be interpreted literally. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that only 144,000 people will be resurrected after Judgment Day. However, they do not believe in condemnation to hell for non-believers.

Bible studying preaching the “good news of the Kingdom” are central to their worship. As opposed to other Christian groups, Jehovah's Witnesses do not worship the cross or any other images. Another important pillar of the religion is the building of worship houses across the world. These houses of worship are called Kingdom Halls, which are led by community Elders. However, these Elders are not part of the clergy. Additionally, they do not believe in the trinity.

Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden from receiving blood transfusions, since they view blood as the spiritual representation of life. Taking blood from others would be seen as taking another’s life. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that faith can heal a person’s ailments.

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