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Jehovah's Witnesses

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Transcript of Jehovah's Witnesses

Where it originates from
In the 1870s, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US The Jehovah's Witnesses tradition was founded by Charles Taze Russell, Jehovah's Witnesses grew out of the Christian Millerite movement and has since spread worldwide. The group took on the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" in 1931 under the leadership of Joseph Franklin Rutherford. The movement departs from traditional Christian teaching in several key points, including a rejection of the Trinity and a belief that Jesus is a created being.
The number of followers
There is around 8.2 million followers in this group, around the world
Ideas of an afterlife
Jehovah's Witnesses deny the existence of hell. Instead, they believe that the souls of the evil will be annihilated. Usually they believe that when you die you cease to exist, that once you're dead you cannot do anything else, you can't see, hear or think. None of our bodies survive after we die. Therefore to a Jehovah's Witness, heaven nor hell
exists and when you die nothing more will happen. Jehovah's Witnesses also believe that there is only life
after death for 144,000 of them, and that those select few will be sent to heaven.

Jehovah's Witnesses
Beliefs
The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God has yet to be born, The beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses are based on the Bible teachings of Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Bible Student movement. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are perhaps best known to others as people who won’t allow themselves or their children to have blood transfusions. They will go so far as to allow a loved one to die rather than accept a transfusion, as they believe transfusions are a gross violation of God’s law.
Important people (historical and current)
There are many important people who were Jehovah's Witnesses, including:
Dominant locations*
1. United States 1.04 million
2. Brazil 637,655
3. Mexico 593,802
4. Nigeria 276,756
5. Italy 234,795
6. Japan 218,262
7. Germany 164,593
8. Philippines 146,613
9. Russia 142,439
10. Ukraine 137,210
11. Argentina 131,513
12. Poland 128,519
13. United Kingdom 127,206
14. Zambia 127,151
15. Colombia 126,586
16. France 119,131
17. Canada 109,604
18. Spain 104,170
19. Venezuela 98,785
20. Peru 95,108
By. Emma, Chantal, and Sophia
Holy books
Interesting facts
* last updated in 2002
Jehovah's Witnesses typically use their own
translation of The Bible titled "The New World
Translation", published in 1961. Prior to the
publication of the translation, The King James Bible was used. "The New World Translation" is not the first translation by this group, but it is the first translation of ancient Classical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Old Aramaic. Other publications by The Jehovah's Witnesses include "The Watchtower" a journal published twice monthly, and "Awake!", a similar journal.
~ They believe that God is neither omnipresesnt nor omniscient, meaning that he is not present everywhere at the same time, nor is he all-knowing.
~They are forbidden to celebrate any holidays, including their own birthdays.
~Kingdom Halls, their places of worship, have no windows.
~They are not permitted to serve in any form of the military.
~They are also not allowed to serve on a jury.
~They are not allowed to salute or own any flags.
~They cannot have any tattoos.
~They may not own or wear a cross.
~They are forbidden to wear jade jewelry
~They must not own wind-chimes (they are for chasing away evil spirits)
~Dwight D. Eisenhower, a former U.S president.
~Venus and Serena Williams, world champions and Olympic gold medalist tennis players
~Prince
~Michael Jackson
~Janet Jackson
~Naomi Campbell, a supermodel.
People who greatly contributed to the progression of the religion include:
~Charles Taze Russell, the founder and first president of the group.
~Joseph Franklin Ruthford, the second president.
~Nathan H. Knorr, the third president and the president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract society.
~ Don A. Adams, the current president of the Watchtower Society.
The Kingdom Hall
Charles Taze Russell
Michael and Janet Jackson
Prince
Joseph Franklin Rutherford
Naomi Campbell
Don A. Adams
They would also sign a certificate saying that they do not want any blood transfusions, when given the opportunity
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