Yes, this was my first good and proper battle with a JW. I have come across them before, but never had a real debate.
I feel like I’ve been going round in circles for the past two hours, I also feel very tired.
Is it better to simply not talk to them? I felt like the both of us had good arguments, but neither of us were persuaded either way.
He was stumped a couple of times though.
Allow me to explain:
The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. This is a doctrine which is extremely clear in The Bible, however it seems that the translators of the New World Translation have carefully checked to make sure all those references are changed (with good excuses to allow those changes).
But, I did manage to find a verse which they had not changed. I’m sure this verse is a favourite with those who find time to argue with these people:
John 20:28 (New International Version)
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
This was one that stumped him, and he spent at least 20 minutes trying to find an explanation in his little magazine. But failing.
At first glance, I thought we had a lot of beliefs in common, but the more he spoke to me, the more I disagreed with him. It’s so frustrating! Firstly, not knowing the Bible well enough, and secondly not being able to show him anything from my Bible anyway because so much of his Bible has been warped and obscured.
This strange translation of the Bible is what lets them down for me, it would be one thing to show me holes in my faith from my own Bible, but when it becomes clear that their Bible has clearly been changed, I begin to wonder.
This was a good experience for me, he was someone who probably knew ‘The Bible’ better than me. Coming face to face with such a challenge of my own beliefs was scary.
We prayed together and asked that God would show us himself. I have no idea of God’s plan for this man, or his plan for myself for that matter, but I know he will answer such prayers; be it sooner or later.
I learned that I need to a) know my Bible better, b) read up about the faith of these interesting people and c) pray more for my composure and patience in such situations.
If I learn anymore interesting things about this sect, I will be sure to blog. Also, anyone who has any info on these issues, whatever you actually believe – please comment.