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The Beliefs and Practices of Jehovah’s Witness
For example, they believe that God is one person, not a trinity. They believe that Christ died for the sins of man, but that he was resurrected spiritually rather than physically. The leadership predicted and believe that the end of the world is soon to come. The Holy Spirit is believed to be a force rather than a person. This date is said to also mark when the Last Days began. Witnesses believe in baptism and follow Christian standards on morality and love. They study both the Bible and Watchtower publications, using the latter to help them interpret scripture.
In some ways Witnesses follow mainstream Christian thought. But much of their doctrine is unique among Christian faiths. Like most religions, the Witness belief system has evolved over time, shaped by developing interpretations of the Bible and by world events. Although Witnesses believe that everything in the Bible is true, they also believe it contains symbolism and that not all passages should be taken literally.
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Jehovah's Witnesses: Definition, Beliefs & Symbol
These teachings are disseminated through The Watchtower magazine and other publications of Jehovah's Witnesses , and at conventions and congregation meetings. Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the present world order, which they perceive as being under the control of Satan, will be ended by a direct intervention of Jehovah God , who will use Jesus Christ to fully establish his heavenly government over earth, destroying existing human governments and non-Witnesses,    and creating a cleansed society of true worshippers who can live forever. They see their mission as primarily evangelical disseminating "good news" , to warn as many people as possible in the remaining time before Armageddon. Doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses are established by their Governing Body , which Witnesses are taught Jesus uses as a channel for God's progressive revelations and to direct Christians on biblical matters.