Saturday, February 23, 2013

Meeting with Jehovah's Witnesses: Second visit

They came back!

After two weeks wondering if I had simply scared them off, I received a knock on the door this morning.  One of the JWs was back, but with her husband this time.  She was sick, which explains the absence of 2 weeks.

We talked about some of my beliefs, and some of their beliefs.  We touched on the bible a bit, but not too much.  They recognized that without first having a trust that the bible is the word of God it wouldn't do much good to just tell me what it says.  We talked a little about the problem of evil, about epistemology and skepticism, about science and philosophy.  The Watchtower they gave me last time had an article on Plato, which I had to bring up.  I think we will get into evolution at some point.  The JWs are old earth creationists, but one of the things we talked about is how the bible is scientifically accurate.  Something there doesn't quite compute, so we'll see what develops.

I told them that I didn't want to waste their time, but I would be happy to keep meeting with them as long as they wanted to do it.  I hope that they enjoy our interactions as much as I am so far.  It doesn't appear they have any illusions about converting me, but we'll see how that goes.  They gave me a book called "The Bible - God's Word Or Man's?"  I don't think I will learn much from it (I studied that stuff for years), but I will read it throughout the week.  It will give us some things to discuss when we talk next time.

2 comments:

  1. Best regards on your search for the truth.

    Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. (Gal. 1:8)

    Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness.
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date.
    They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.
    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)
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    Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness

    FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

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  2. Thanks four your interest and encouragement.

    I do agree that the JWs have some severe deviations from traditional Christianity. We met with some a number of years ago while we were still going to church regularly, and some of those differences were at the forefront of our discussions. I expect to get into doctrinal discussions less this time around, as first they will have to convince me that the bible is the word of God instead of the word of man, which seems unlikely.

    Though I appreciate their anti-imperialist stance, their views on the end-times are bizarre and their views on subjects such as proselytizing and blood transfusion appear harmful and extreme. The Watchtower organization seems overly controlling and a little scary to me.

    I might hit you up with some questions one of these days, you seem to know a lot about them. What's the chance of getting members to change their minds? I suspect it is slim to none, but I am always hopeful.

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