Basic Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses

This week in class we researched several articles regarding the beliefs and activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Prior to this week of study I thought that Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that only 144,000 people gained salvation. I learned this week that this is a matter of wording. From their own website they teach that billions will receive resurrection, they list the requirements for salvation and state that only 144,000 reach a Heavenly state where they actually live with Jehovah God and Jesus Christ. They state that this Heaven is a spirit realm. I also found it very interesting that through an interpretation of Revelations that they believe Jesus began ruling God’s kingdom in 1914.

As with other religions, I don’t understand enough about their specific beliefs to presume to know how to provide adequate and acceptable medical care to their members. I would approach these individuals with curiosity and be very direct in asking what is an appropriate level of care for them.