Selling Religion Door to Door Essay

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Selling Religion Door to Door
Robin Jones
February 2, 2009
HUM 130 Religions of the World
Axia College of the University of Phoenix

“The PURPOSE OF THE WATCHTOWER is to exalt Jehovah God as Sovereign Lord of the universe. It keeps watch on world events as these fulfill Bible prophecy. It comforts all peoples with the good news that God’s Kingdom will soon destroy those who oppress their fellow men and that it will turn the earth into a paradise. It encourages faith in God’s now-reigning King, Jesus Christ, whose shed blood opens the way for mankind to gain eternal life. The Watchtower, published by Jehovah’s Witnesses continuously since 1879, is non-political. It adheres to the Bible as its authority.” [ (The Watchtower
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He founded the International Bible Studies Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1872. [ (Jehovah's Witness, 2009) ] Russell rejected Jesus as the divine son of God, and proclaimed that Jehovah was the only true God. He interpreted that when Jesus did return it would be as an invisible presence. Russell predicted this occurred in 1874 and the visible presence was to occur in 1914. Despite the fact that his predictions did not come to light, Russell was able to motivate a number of people to help spread his message through books, pamphlets, and a periodical called The Watchtower. In 1884, Russell became the founder and president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. [ (Jehovah's Witness, 2009) ] A few years later he moved the group to Brooklyn, New York; where the headquarters are still housed today.
The name Jehovah’s Witness was created in 1931 by Russell’s successor, Judge Joseph Rutherford. The reason Rutherford chose the name Jehovah’s Witnesses was to emphasize its member’s beliefs in Jehovah as the one true God and that the followers were chosen by Jehovah himself. [ (Jehovah's Witness, 2009) ] The religion today boasts a membership of nearly 7 million people worldwide. Witnesses have many traditional Christian beliefs and some unique to them only. This uniqueness has made them infamous among non-followers. Along with believing we are living in the last days of life as we know it, they also believe that only 144,000 chosen

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