Dear Pastor Andy, what is the difference between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Atheists? Don’t they both NOT believe in God?
My Reply: There are actually many differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Atheists. For one, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in “a” God, and believe they are the only ones who are worshiping the correct God (the Lord in the Bible), but they misinterpret the Holy Scriptures and choose to skip over the scripture/passages that don’t agree with their belief (you’ll find this common among the Catholic Church, Muslims, Mormons, and other religions, also).
So theologically-speaking, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not really Christians, for they separate themselves from Christians and recognize us as subjects for conversion to their (mis)understandings (as do many of those in my list above). But they’re also not Atheists, for they do believe in “a” God – it just isn’t the one they think it is. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses even claim the name of Christ, but focus more on His teachings for good works than His doings and free gift of secured salvation. Here’s a good link to help you understand more about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
So in the respect of shooting down everything that disagrees with their beliefs, including proof in the same categories that they base their proof upon, sure, I suppose you could see other such religions and Atheists as similar, but Atheists, on the other hand, have CHOSEN not to believe in (a) God at all. It’s not that they don’t know, for those are “agnostics”. And it’s not that they’re trying to find out if God exists, for those are termed “Seekers”. Atheists are people who CHOOSE not to know, while also rejecting and fighting everything that points to the possibility of God’s existence at all. Here’s a good link to help understand more about Atheism.
So Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in a god, Atheists don’t believe in any god, and both reject the Truth or from changing what they believe when shown the Truth.