What makes Jehovah's Witnesses different from other Christians?
Jehovah's Witnesses follow the model of "first-century" Christians, subscribing to Bible principles in the Old and New Test-aments that guide every aspect of their lives. They believe that God's kingdom is coming soon and will bring peace on earth.
They don't vote or serve in the military. They don't celebrate birthdays, Halloween, or Christmas, finding no evidence of these observances in the Bible.
What is the meaning
Baptism is a choice Witnesses make — as adults — to dedicate their lives to God. According to the faith, spiritual protection is granted to those who "live in harmony" with their dedication.
How many in the world? How many in the US?
There are 8.2 million worldwide, 118,016 congregations, and 9.7 million free home Bible courses being conducted. There are 1.2 million in the United States.
Why do they go door-to-door distributing
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that all Christians are teachers and preachers and are following the example of early Christians who went house to house to share their faith.
What are their core
Witnesses view the Old and New Testaments as "God's inspired message to humans." But they don't take every word literally. Instead they believe that parts of the Bible are written in "figurative or symbolic language."
Witnesses follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and honor him as their savior and the son of God. But they believe that Jesus is not God and that there is no scriptural basis for the trinity doctrine.
When Witnesses talk of "The Kingdom of God," they are referring to "a real government in heaven, not a condition" in the hearts of Christians."