Cultural Assessment: Jehovah Witness


The things that Jehovah’s Witness believe in is not unknown to people. This is mostly because, everything they believe in has been complied into literature and published in various languages for people all over the world to have access to. This compilation is believed by the witnesses as a scripture that has been inspired by the word of God. This is why their belief system and their practice is all based on the words of the scripture. Though the witnesses are said to have their beliefs aligned with the Bible itself, they do not comprehend and implement it under that light. The scripture is not understood or followed as it suits them. At the same time, the witnesses also realize that the words they read and understand in the Bible cannot be implemented or even taken for their literal meaning and understanding. This is why the 7 days of creation are considered as symbolic that hint towards a much longer time period.

Beliefs

Jehovah’s witnesses have the following beliefs:

  1. They believe in Jehovah as the Almighty God. They consider him the creator of the earth and of everything beyond it.
  2. They consider him not just the most supreme not just in terms of physical strength but also in terms of intellect.
  3. They consider all the versions of the Bible available as factually and archaeologically apt.
  4. They consider all the words of the Bible either in a profound sense, a symbolic sense or a literal sense.
  5. They believe that everything prophesized in the Bible has come true. And that the remaining will eventually be fulfilled intima.
  6. They also believe that the earth will never be destroyed and nor will the people in it, living or dead.

Baptism And Culture

There are various things these witnesses believe in. This belief comes hand in hand with their culture too. The most important is their belief in baptism. This is a symbolic process through which they declare willingly the joy and pleasure they feel in dedicating heir life to Jehovah. They do this in a very public mode of celebrating by immersing themselves fully in water and then calling themselves baptized later. Once they have declared their love through this symbolic and holy process, they are not necessarily required to follow the culture. This means that they do not necessarily have to salute the flag, take part in ceremonies, and celebrate holy days or even birthdays.