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Catholic vs. Jehovah’s Witness

Religious organizations who claim to have maintained Christianity are growing in number. Two of them are Catholic and Jehovah’s Witness. But even though their teachings are only based on one religious text, which is the Bible, differences are still transparent between the two. The teachings of both groups are based on what Jesus taught when He was here on earth, but the identity of Jesus is different. The Catholics consider Jesus as God Himself based on Trinity ‘“ the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead – while Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is the Son of the Almighty God Jehovah.

Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses differ in many other teachings such as that related with afterlife. Catholics believe in eternal hell, heaven and temporal purgatory. Good people would be allowed to enter the heavens by St. Peter and bad people would be forever punished in hell. On the other hand, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that after death, the dead person would not feel, see or experience anything until Jehovah’s Judgment Day, wherein a war would take place between Jehovah and his enemy Satan the devil. After that event, all dead people would rise from the graves and be with their loved ones again.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are best known for their house-to-house preaching wherein they imitate Christ’s example here on earth while he was teaching the good news to the people. They also do not give praise to any religious idols and symbols unlike Catholics. Jehovah’s Witnesses remain politically neutral, meaning they don’t vote for any candidate during elections. They also do not tolerate patriotism: they do not participate in any military activity, salute or pledge allegiance to flags, or sing national anthems or nationalistic songs. They believe that God’s Kingdom is the only government in which they must have their highest allegiance to. They also do not celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and other religious holidays which have a pagan origin. Meanwhile, the Church and politics have a great connection today, which indirectly causes active participation of its members in military activities and other patriotic acts. Individual Catholics practice freewill on deciding whose candidate they will vote for every election.

Baptism is practiced by both as a symbol for new members that they have already made their decision of being included within the group. But they are done in different manners. Catholics baptize new members from infantry. The head of the baby would be lightly poured with holy water and it is conducted in a formal ceremony by a priest. On the other hand, Jehovah’s Witnesses baptize new members who have at least known their basic teachings. The whole body would be immersed into water and this is done during assemblies and conventions wherein congregations of assigned places gather to hear special talks and presentations.

Even though their teachings are both based on the same book which they consider as the Word of God, the Bible, the two groups are still contradicting. Some Catholic Bibles had been added with seven extra books, while Jehovah’s Witnesses stick with only the original sixty-six. Bibles commonly used by Catholics do not include the name of God which is Yahweh/Jehovah, while Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official Bible which is the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures emphasizes the need to recognize God’s name.

There is also a big distinction in talking about leaders in both groups. Catholic ministers must undergo a higher educational attainment so as to have a full understanding of the history, practices and beliefs of Catholicism. While Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize all its member as ‘ministers’ being guided by men known as elders and ministerial servants in every congregation so as to have organization. Catholic ministers are not allowed to marry, while marriage is allowed to everyone by Jehovah’s Witness.

Both Catholics and Jehovah’ Witnesses already encountered different issues which tested the credibility of their religious organization. But it is always up to every individual which religion will they fall under.


1. Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses both base their teachings on the Bible.

2. They both believe in afterlife but in a different manner ‘“ Catholics on having immortal souls, while Jehovah’s Witnesses on resurrection of the dead.

3. Catholics support politics and military services, while Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t.

4. Baptism is practiced by both but in a different manner ‘“ Catholics on infant baptism, while Jehovah’s Witnesses on having their basic teaching known to a person.

5. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not use any idol or religious symbol in their worship and they don’t celebrate special occasions with pagan roots, vice versa on the Catholics.

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  1. They are both as different as night and day, The Catholic Church’s founder was Jesus Christt , who is GOD (I am) and Charles Taze Russell, who is a man founded Jehovah Witnesses. I think I’ll go with the Catholic Church…..It’s not only human but Divine and over 2000 years old

    • catholic church founded by jesus really? thats a first. you should really look into it. where do you get your info?

    • Baptism description is not accurate for Catholics as listed above because the purpose of being baptized is to wash away our original sin that Adam & Eve chose to disobey God and ate from the forbidden Tree of good, evil and brought death and a curse into The Garden and then into the world. Then Satin was cast down from Heaven and would Not Serve God. We are also baptized in the name of the Father Son & Holy Spirit. And we believe in the Holy Trinity. We Catholics preserved the Holy Bible and did not Add any Books to the bible , Martin Luther chose to remove the seven books of the Bible.
      The doctrine of the Trinity is encapsulated in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus instructs the apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

      The parallelism of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is not unique to Matthew’s Gospel, but appears elsewhere in the New Testament (e.g., 2 Cor. 13:14, Heb. 9:14), as well as in the writings of the earliest Christians, who clearly understood them in the sense that we do today—that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are three divine persons who are one divine being (God).

      God Bless you hope this helps you find truth!
      I will refer you to Catholic Answers and to Father Mitch Pacwa .

  2. I think its a pretty far assumption to say Jesus started the catholic church. in reality they were already there during Christs Crucifixion. they were the scribes and pharisees who were trying to use Jesus image for their benefit. they commercialize Jesus name and then sell him as a product. That is why when he was captive and they kept trying to put words in his mouth Jesus would say ‘that’s what you say not me” They were trying to trick him the same way they trick man today. Jesus was too smart for them. All the signs are clear about what is right or wrong. Jesus said you would know people who represent him BASED ON THEIR ACTIONS. You don’t have to be a genius to look at the actions of certain religions today and realize who they are closer to…GOD or Satan? it’s simple as day and if you can’t see then your mind is not completely yours. GOD will judge you based on your actions and they way you imitate the example he gave us here on earth. When Jesus was here on earth he simply pointed out the things that were wrong right in front of peoples eyes that could not see before. it is the same then as it is today. You have to know WHO they are teaching you to pray to. If you know your history you will learn this religion derived from Egypt and the Pharaohs and probably even before that. the wars on this earth are not for oil gold diamonds mainly but its a war to control the largest energy spots in this world. When the people who are trying to control all these energy spots get them they believe they will be able to contact the spiritual realms where they can go through dimensional doorways at will and contact being from different places which are actually demons. Contact between these two were forbidden by GOD himself and any spirit that interacts with us w/out permission from GOD is a Demon. Why would a certain religion be involved in the military operations tot ry and attain this?? The Israeli flag has a star on it and that symbol represents the intertwining of two worlds(realms/dimensions) which is the Demons goal to be here on our realm. that’s the jist so no Jesus did not start the catholic religion. Sorry

  3. Church was founded by God through Jesus Christ. Our Lord named Peter the future leader of his church, when he said to him, (Matthew 16:18-19)-
    “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build MY church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    SO – founded by Jesus, lead by Peter.
    Michael and Mario – you are wrong. what exactly is the basis behind you saying that it is not founded by Jesus? Neither of you gave a real answer as to who you believe did, with any proof behind it. Not trying to knock your beliefs, but its layed out in plain english here, I just dont know where anyone would get that Jesus was not the founder. Also, in the bible, church is also called “the house of God”, you could look up verses on that as well, to further prove my point.

    • Apostol Peter did never go to Rome to start the chain of Popes as Catholic Church claims.

      Most basic Catholic teachings are not based on the Bible, rather in long very political meetings, where first was started by cesar Constante of Rome. He became ‘christian’ even though killed his family members after that. He started the use of cross… later on was added trinity etc.

      Catholic church is based on human tradition and opinions of powerful men rather than Bible.

    • I think you’re forgetting that Jesus was Jewish

  4. Well even if Jesus did start the cath church I think that he must be very mad due to the fact of you all not sticking to the Bibles teachings. Lets see, priests who sleep and fiddle little boys, homosexuals as priests, women priests, need I go on any more….

  5. Wow. Anyone part of a religion that attacks other peoples beliefs are evil. ‘Fiddle’ must be part of your religious text too. To say basically ALL priests do that is plain stupidity. Of course it’s not right! But that’s not the only religion with child molesters in them. It’s just not thrown in peoples faces on the news when there’s other religions are doing it. No where does it say women can’t be priests. To think God would want men to treat woman as subordinate to men, that’s just hearing what you want to believe. And homosexuals, that’s their business. If it’s wrong, God will punish them. Catholic beliefs state to respect all religions. What one believes is their choice. That’s why God gave us free will. What I do know about the jehovahs witnesses is that they expect women to stay in abusive relationships, basically that its ok for her husband to beat her up and slap her around. That you have to ask the ‘elders’ of the church for their permission for a lot of things. Or because someone couldn’t host a meeting of theirs and they banish them. You tell the other members to ignore them. Such a loving religion. God = Love. I’ve known a lot of people who left the witnesses beause they felt they were being controlled. Not to celebrate a birthday because it’s paganistic? What year are we in here? People hate what they fear. Hate=Evil. I prefer to celebrate my childs life as a blessing from God, not something evil. I personally think the ones who teach false teachings and instill fear amongst their members are the false prophets. I pray everyday for people caught up in these cults that they see the truth of it and apparently, they are:-)

    • Derek,

      I couldnt agree with you more….. one thing hat really upsets me is the fact that the ones that are MOST likely trying to inflict these stupid witness beliefs are the ones who celebrated 25-30 birthdays, Christmas’s new years, … who have voted over and over again.. and now.. they wanna preach the word and try to be better than every one else!!! I have not hung on a cross..nor given up my life for anybody.. there fore I cannot judge others… but lets just look at one simple fact here… jehovas witness was founded like 100yrs ago?? thats like saying it started yesterday…. A young boy whos father, which by the way was an adventist… didnt agree with his fathers teachings… so he went on to become a young man and create this watchtower crap, and influence the feeble minded into believing in this crap… All it takes is for some group of Idiots to find themselves more idiots and have them start to belive in what they think the interpertation of the bible is… and VUALA.. another religion or cult has been created!!!!and thats whats wrong with all these holy wars today… large groups of idiots that are eaisly brainwashed into believing that its all right to follow that crap!!!! whats wrong with saying happy birthday, or merry christmas??? or even happy halloween???.. I should just knock on every jehovas witness door door on halloween and say… HEY… HOW DO YOU LIKE IT??? MEKNOCKIN ON YOUR DOOR??? HERE…. TAKE MY ROSARY BEADS AND HAVE A GOOD NIGHT!!!!!!!!

      • No imperfect human being has the rite to go and judge another for their beliefs. It is the Bible that we obtain our information, not websites or other people that think they know what they speak of. We each read the Bible, which ever we may have, and we interpret it the way we understand. No individual can make another believe in what they believe. It is our own choice whether we want to celebrate birthdays or not. You can not blame Jehovah Witnesses for going door to door to preach the good name as the Bible says Jesus did and his followers as well. Why force them away if they are simply giving you more information about what the Bible says. It is not as if they were telling you to follow something you might already not believe in. And about Catholic churches, those priest that did all those horrific things , their actions shouldn’t be reflected on the church or what Catholics believe. Every one has free will and their ways of thinking. No single human being that is imperfect has the rite to say that what others believe is incorrect especially when all sources come from one bible that has been translated in so many different languages, and that is where some words were lost. Why say that you follow an almighty God that is made of all good when you yourself don’t reflect that good. God is love and in the bible it even says that how could you love God if you don’t love your brother, meaning that if you don’t tolerate, accept, and open your heart and mind to those around you then how could you to God. Don’t judge others beliefs and thoughts if you wouldn’t want yours judged. Don’t insult an organization of believers if all you have are arrogant opinions. No one is better than any one else…..

  6. And let everyone know,
    to reflect on anything or anyone is not very Christ-Like .

    Where is the love and respect? Where is the act of faith thru your actions?

    If Jesus was here, I really wonder what he would say.

  7. Your presumptions about what Catholics believe are grossly inaccurate. It is not possible to accurately compare and contrast two of anything if you don’t have your facts correct about them in the first place.

  8. Actually god wanted his people gather together and discuss and learn like a meeting or ( church) “The House of god”….But catholics dont follow the teaching from the bible..they also invent things like the trinity and dont believe that Jesus is the son of god..which he is! God also said not to follow any human or object or image as a leader..you can only be leaded my god himself…he also said no to pray to a image or image of god!! yur supposed to close yur eyes and pray not at a crosss!!!! No disrespect to anyone but jehovas witness dont argue they just speak the truth

  9. even Jesus’s birth was celebrated. when family members left their home for some time and came back it was celebrated.Jesus turned water into wine when they ran out during,yes a celebration..now I don’t know the bible as much as many but I have not read that celebrations are evil or Wikkid. love thy neighbor…I do not believe that family or friends should be banished.having banished someone means someone have had to judge someone…and I believe we are not to judge. okay and yes Christmas is technically a pagan holiday. the date is man made and the reason of the date was because there were too many pagan things going on at that time of year. I will let u do the research on that. however the reason Christmas exists when it does was to bring people closer to faith and religion during this time of pagan parties. to help keep them from temptation. so why is that bad? brilliance I say.so a recap…banishing…bad…repenting….good..bringing family closer together through celebrations…good..right? since celebrating brings good feeling of blessings…love…etc? and during many celebrations we thank our Lord for bringing us together to share special moments etc…

    • The level of Bible misunderstanding and ignorance on all these comments is really, really sad.

      @Natalie: Jesus never celebrated his or anyone else’s birthday. In fact, the bible talks about birthday only twice. And in both cases, the bible doesn’t paint a pretty picture of those celebrations. The first is found on Genesis 40:20, where it tells us that Pharaoh hung his cupbearer as a gift to himself. The second was during Jesus’ time on earth. King Herod, Israel’s king at that time, was celebrating his birthday when he decided to give his niece a gift as a Thank You for dancing in his honor. Do you know what she asked for? John The Baptist’s head on a plate. And she got it. Ever wonder where the expression ‘head on a silver plater’ come from? King Herod’s birthday.

      You mention a time when Jesus and his family went away – which sounds like they won’t on vacation for his birthday. Wrong. Jesus and his family made yearly trips every spring to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate The Passover. When they got back home, they celebrated another festival that was part of The Passover: the Festival of Unfermented Cakes. Every Israelite at that time did the exact same thing. You also mention the time when Jesus converted water to wine at a celebration. This celebration wasn’t a birthday. It was a wedding being held at Cana. Again… No birthday.

      Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday. It is a widely known fact that the early Roman Catholic Church fidgeted around with different dates in December, using a Julian calendar, settling on December 25 as a way to attract pagans (non-Christians) into the church. Saturnalia, the festival for Saturn, the Roman god of feasting and gift-giving, ended on this date. December 25 is also Apollo’s, the Greco-Roman god of the sun, birthday. For whatever reason, when the church decided to move to the modern Gregorian calendar in 1582, they forgot (maybe intentionally) to adjust the date – December 25 is January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. Thus, Christmas is nothing more than a re-packaged pagan holiday used by the Catholic Church as a way to make conversion less of a shock. This is called Greco-Roman Neopaganism.

      But what does the bible say? There’s nothing in the bible that indicates the exact date of Jesus’ birth. There are, however, clues that make December 25 implausible. Luke 2:8-12 tells us “there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night (NIV).” Kislev is the 9th month in the Hebrew calendar – equivalent to November/December. It rains and it’s cold during Kislev. Thus, there wouldn’t be any shepherds with their sheep outside at night during a winter month – unless they wanted pneumonia. Which I can assure you doesn’t make sense. Case closed.

      By saying that Christmas is OK because it brings people closer together doesn’t erase were it came from. Do you know what Greeks and Romans did when celebrating birthdays? Romans celebrated birthdays with huge parties that included, but were not limited to, sex orgies, heavy wine drinking, and (surprise, surprise) gift-giving. Early Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays because of their pagan origin and because it went against Jesus’ legacy of selflessness. Is there any other more selfish celebration?

      Almost all Catholic celebrations have no biblical basis. Hell, the Catholic church itself has no biblical beginning. One of the comments above says the Apostle Peter created the Catholic church. Hate to break it to you, but Christianity as an organized religion, which would later become the Catholic Church, was 300 years later by Constantine – the most pagan Roman Caesar ever. Jesus never gave Peter any direction or commandment to create or lead a church of any kind. If you don’t believe me, just read the gospels and analyze for yourself, without any interference from other people’s interpretation, whether or not Jesus wanted Peter to build a church after him.

      To say that Jesus created the Catholic church is to say Jesus and Jehovah God approve of 1,300 years of stealing, rape, oppression, and murder at the feet of the Catholic Church. To hail the church as this beacon of righteousness and piety is to ignore all the twisted interpretations and fiction created by it.

      Jesus taught love. How many people have been killed in the name of God and the Catholic church? Jesus preached against idolatry. How many statues can you find at St. Peter’s square? Jesus was a humble man who championed the poor. Would Jesus be proud of all the elaborate, nauseatingly elaborate costumes worn by the Pope? Jesus said, “vengeance is mine.” How many wars have been sanctioned by the Catholic church?

      And most importantly, Jesus taught humility. What could be more arrogant than putting a human-made organization in par with Jesus Christ?

      If Jesus commanded it’s followers to do anything, it was to ‘go and make disciples of peoples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to OBSERVE all that I have commanded you.’ Matthew 28:19,20. The key word in that sentence is observe. True Christians observe, act upon, the example Jesus set; so that others would be motivated to be better people by your actions.

      These are all facts that can easily be found. Truth, however, takes much time and effort. I’m not attacking anyone who is Catholic. I used to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was born into it. I truly believed this was the true religion. And then it dawned on me that religion and faith are not the same thing. Religion has only one purpose: control. Faith in Jesus and Jehovah God is the complete opposite. Faith in Jehovah’s word found in the bible liberates us for the simple reason that it is up to each individual, and each individual alone, to decide to be a righteous person or not.

      Out of all the comments on this thread, I have been the only one to actually quote what the bible says. In Luke 17: 21 Jesus told his disciples that the Kingdom of God was within men; not one man, nor a group of men, but in ALL men.

      • Denis,
        We celebrate birthdays because we honor the person- we are glad they were born. It is not a selfish day- it is a day of love and appreciation. I don’t care what day we celebrate Christmas- it is a solemn day celebrating the birth of Jesus. We also love the tradition of Santa Claus, which brings families together through gift giving and togetherness, and fun for all. Why do you criticise? The Catholic Church is all about love- I never once heard a priest speak ill about any other religion, yet all I ever here are negative comments about the Catholics. We are easy targets because we rarely defend ourselves.

        • Sue,

          The origins of birthdays and Christmas aren’t Christian. Saying, “I don’t care what day we celebrate Christmas- it is a solemn day celebrating the birth of Jesus,” seems to be a justification for taking part in celebrations that have no biblical basis whatsoever.

          Like I said in my last comment, I have nothing against Catholics. In fact, half of my family and many of my friends are Catholic. My criticisms aren’t aimed to attack any one individual in particular. Rather, they are challenges to the institution of religion and the organized church. Sure, the Catholic church has done many great things since it’s creation. But it has also been responsible for the deaths of millions in its 1,600-plus year history. It has also been responsible for the persecution of anyone who dared criticize the Pope or the church in anyway. During the middle ages, it promoted the idea that ‘killing an infidel is not murder; it is the path to heaven.’ And of course, infidels in this context refers to Muslims. For hundreds of years, the church kept Europe on a grip of tyranny and mysticism that only ended when people had the courage to stand up and challenge the immense power the Vatican had. The Catholic church today is just but a vestige of the church of a couple hundred years ago.

          We can’t erase history. And we can’t ignore it either.

          Please notice how I am making a clear demarcation between the church and individual Catholics. So, again, I’m not attacking you in any way. Every human has a God-given right to worship as he or she sees fit without the fear of being ostracized or denigrated.

          But a question still comes up, does God need a human-made religious organization to fulfill his purposes? Furthermore, Jesus never left behind a clear structure or command to build a church, so why does the Catholic church, like most Christian denominations, takes it upon itself to be the mediator when that role has only been granted to God’s son, Jesus?

          Organized religion has pushed itself to the fore so much that it is hard for people to understand a simple truth: like King Solomon said, God does not reside in temples made of stone. Thus, no human-made religious organization can claim it is the only true one.

          All genuine love is cemented on truth. Christians for whom doctrine and religious membership is of the highest importance are rendered tense and fearful by the suppression of questioning. And that isn’t what Christians are supposed to do. We are supposed to question everything; always ‘being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.’ (1 Peter 3:15)

          Like scholar Daniel Taylor once said,

          “The primary goal of all institutions and subcultures is self-preservation. Preserving the faith is central to God’s plan for human history; preserving particular religious institutions is not. Do not expect those who run the institutions to be sensitive to the difference. God needs no particular person, church, denomination, creed or organization to accomplish his purpose. He will make use of those, in all their diversity, who are ready to be used, but will leave to themselves those who labor for their own ends. Nonetheless, questioning the institution [of the Catholic church] is synonymous, for many, with attacking God – something not long to be tolerated… Actually, they are protecting themselves, their view of the world, and their sense of security. The religious institution has given them meaning, a sense of purpose, and, in some cases, careers. Anyone perceived as a threat to these things is a threat indeed.”

  10. Catholics didn’t addeed seven books they kept the original canonized bible intact, it was Martin Luther that removed seven books from the Bible during the reformation. Also many Catholics don’t flat out believe in in eternal hell for bad or wicked people. We teach and believe in God’s infante mercy which can be given to anyone at anytime even to the most wicked of people. Another way in teaching about Purgatory. We leave the judging to God not any whom for no human has a right to say that a person is going to hell. Also many Catholic don’t vote or even believe in military force. I woould learn more about the truth of about Catholics before it’s posted.

  11. Well I’m baptized n went to church n communion all that .
    Now just wait …
    We all just want to have faith in something , Wat ever higher power you believe in is no wrong.

    I myself pray for health n peace in my life in the world.

    I am a believer in a true higher power but until you experience the faith n try to walk a true path, it won’t happen so I won’t take that chance I will have faith that something someone is helping me.

    Please don’t tell me I have tobe in a certain religion to get that.

    My religion is my path I will not judge no one .

    Once a man was judged n look wat happen to him, he was crucified n died on the cross for us so lets learn from that .

    Don’t crucify each other walk your own path wat ever higher power you choose or bible u use. Peace out .

  12. Folks, this article is misleading.

    The Catholic faith is NOT based solely on the Bible. Sacred Scripture (the Bible) is just one part of the deposit of Catholic faith, the others being sacred Tradition and the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church).

    Please be reminded that Tradition pre-dates written documentation, and the canon of the Bible was put together by the Catholic Church itself – and stood unified more than a thousand years before Martin Luther took it upon himself to reject Traditon and the teaching authority of the Church. That action started a splintering of faith that continues to this day resulting in more than 30,000 denominations of Protestantism – of which the Jehovah’s Witnesses are just one interpretation of many.

    There may be practical similarities between the two faiths, but they are fundamentally very different.

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