I had an uncomfortable encounter today.
A well-dressed man and woman came to the door at my elderly client's house. I saw they had Bibles in their hands and they were very friendly. The gentleman said he was there to see my client and called her by name. He wanted to check on her and see how she was feeling. Well, I assumed--wrongly--that they were from her church, so I let them in. Mistake. They were Jehovah's Witnesses, which I figured out pretty quickly once they started talking. My client is a gracious woman and invited them to sit down even though she was not feeling well. The man did most of the talking which centered on their upcoming Easter event at the local Kingdom Hall. He read some scripture and talked a good talk about Jesus and sin and whatnot. He handed her a leaflet, which she'd apparently accepted on previous visits. It was when he launched into Revelation that I'd had enough. My client had too from the looks of her drawn face.
"I'm sorry, but I'm going to interrupt you," I said as politely as I could. "Mrs. W is a born-again Christian. She's a member of the Baptist church here in town, so she won't be coming to your...little thing at your church." (I couldn't remember what he'd called it and truly didn't mean disrespect.) "She's not feeling well today, so I'm going to have to ask you to finish up this visit."
The couple seemed a bit surprised and, if I'm not mistaken, the man was rather perturbed.
I stood from where I'd been sitting. They had no choice but to do likewise. We all put on a smile and wished each other a nice day and I ushered them out. I don't have anything against JW's as people, but being polite doesn't mean we have to sit and listen to them give their schpeel.
In fact, I feel very sorry for that couple. They are probably in their 60's, give or take. They are obviously zealous for their beliefs and willing to talk to strangers about it. But the fact remains that their religion--Jehovah's Witness--is based on very little truth.
Here is a rundown of how JW's differ from Christians:
1) JW's believe Jehovah is one, not three in one. They do not believe that Jesus is divine and they believe the Holy Spirit is just a spiritual force. (Hmm, sounds familiar. Star Wars anybody?)
2) JW's believe Jesus was once the angel Michael. On earth he was simply a man, not God come to earth. They also believe he rose only in spirit, not in body. They don't believe in the Second Coming of Jesus.
3) Their 'bible' is the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
4) They believe that only 144,000 "elect" will be saved through Jesus. Everyone else--the "non-elect"--must earn salvation. That's why so many are willing to go door-to-door, etc.
5) They believe those of us who are not Jehovah's Witness will be annihilated. Only the 144,000 will go to heaven. The other Witnesses will be resurrected to an earthly life of endless bliss.
Truthfully, I don't understand people that join this religion. A little basic research will lead you to discover its origins and see where it strays from the Truth of the Bible. Google it and you can read about the man, Charles Taze Russell, who founded it. After he died another man, Joseph F. Rutherford, took over and added a bunch more crazy beliefs.
So, I guess my question to JW's like the couple I met today is this:
What's the point?
What's the point of believing in Jesus if you deny who he said he is?
What's the point of taking the Bible and picking and choosing what you'll believe and what you won't?
What's the point in accepting that heaven exists yet making it impossible for anyone to get there?
I would rather be an atheist and believe in nothing at all than to believe in something built on falsehoods and lies.
What about you? Is your faith resting on Truth or Lies?
Go here for more information on Jehovah's Witnesses and their beliefs.