World Religions Report
Stephen Devon Hill Jr.
Axia College of the University of Phoenix
January 10, 2009
In modern society there are numerous forms of Christianity. Many may be familiar with Catholics, Baptist, or Protestants. One form of Christianity that has created mixed views since its start is that of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Some thoughts that may come to mind when people think of Jehovah’s Witnesses are cult activity, unusual Christian practices, and domineering individuals. This paper will take a look at the life as a Jehovah’s Witness. The paper will cover some of the common practices and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The paper will also try to clear up ...view middle of the document...
All baptized members are ordained ministers and share in the preaching and teaching work. Witnesses are organized into congregations of up to 200 members. Spiritually mature men in each congregation serve as elders. A body of elders supervises each congregation. About 20 congregations form a circuit, and about 10 circuits are grouped into a district. Congregations receive periodic visits from traveling elders. Guidance and instructions are provided by a multinational governing body made up of longtime Witnesses who currently serve at the international offices of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York.—Acts 15:23-29; 1 Timothy 3:1-7”.
This international brotherhood of people of all races is made up of about 7.3 million practicing members organized into more than 105,000 congregations in more than 230 lands.”
During the research process for this paper the author had the chance of interviewing an actual Jehovah’s Witness. Contacting one of the local Kingdom Halls, the author was able to set-up a meeting for one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to come to my home to talk with me. I explained to one of the Elders of the Kingdom Hall that I needed some information for a school project that I was working on. The Elder was very helpful, taking down my contact information. The following day I received a phone call from a woman by the name of Margo Williams. Margo stated that “she would be glad to meet with me the following Saturday at my home”. Margo arrived at my home that Saturday at 11:30am. Right away Margo made the interview process feel very comfortable. Margo told me not to be afraid to ask any question I felt the need to ask. During the interview the following questions were asked: 1.What are the important holidays and traditions of this religion?
2. How has religion shaped your life?
3. What are the challenges, if any, to practicing this particular religion?
4. I would ask if the religion has a special purpose for its followers.
5. I want to know when the religion was created.
6. I would ask some differences between this religion and another religion?
7. I want to know what roles due members of the congregation play?
8. I would ask how the religion views alcohol.
9. I want to know if the religion practices rituals.
10. I also would ask how the religion has changed overtime if it has
According to (M. Williams, personal communication, December 12, 2009), the only day that is recognized as a holiday for Jehovah’s Witnesses is the Memorial of Christ’s Death, which usually takes place around the same time as Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover. Jehovah’s Witnesses accept this holiday because it was created by Christ himself. During this time the Lord’s Supper is observed. According to M. Williams (2009), Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate any other holidays. Holidays such as Easter Christmas and Birthdays are viewed as praising idols. According to the Jehovah’s Witness...