Volume 1 Number 2

September Special Edition

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Introduction Recently I wrote an editorial that was published in the Tallahassee Democrat. The editorial was basically a brief explanation of worldview. In it, though, I made the strong assertion that I was a Christian and believed that the Christian worldveiw represented the way reality is actually organized. The newspaper put my e-mail address at the end of the editorial and, not surprisingly, I got a number of responses from people with all kinds of beliefs. There were a couple of Christians who were glad that I stood up. But most of the responses were from Naturalists and Wiccans. The exciting thing for me was that it give me a great opportunity to witness to some people that I would not normally ever even come in contact with. There was one other response that I received, though – from a Jehovah’s Witness. We actually wrote back and forth several times. It would be too much for me to share it all, but I do want to share one round with you as a means of encouraging you to learn all you can about worldview and what it can do to help you with your witness. Not everything I shared with him was directly from a study of worldview. I had to do some other research as well to address specific issues he raised. However, it was the worldview foundation that made it easy to operate in his arena. (Continued on page 2) Conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness Dear Mr. Davis, Thank you for your honest reply. I understand the reasons for having such a negative view of Jehovah's organization. I am aware of several incidents over the past hundred years that seemed to have a negative impact on the "authority" and "validity" of the WT (The Watchtower - The primary and authoritative periodical of Jehovah’s Witnesses). I can honestly say I have investigated these incidents and found many misunderstandings between what the WT said or did and what the opposition reported. I can only offer you my honest reply that after serious questions were asked, I was satisfied with the answers. May I also add that before my decision to be baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I asked the same if not more questions concerning "true worship" and scriptural backing to their beliefs. It is my opinion that opposition (to any organization) is usually from a source dedicated to promoting their own interests. To compare the WT with other "Christian" organizations, one must honestly recognize a complete and "radical" (if I may use that word) difference in the organization and their members. Let's just leave the Bible alone for a moment and look at what I mean. 1. JW's (Jehovah’s Witnesses) are dedicated in their worship - meetings and witnessing are one of the main reasons many people chose not to look further. They are always dressed in suit and ties and dresses, when other churches are attended by shorts, tees and sneakers. Does this really make a difference? I think it says a lot about a casual or serious attitude toward worship. 2. History can testify the difference between Churches of Christendom and JW's when asked to take part in the bloodshed of other human beings, whatever the reason. Some may say that if Hitler was not stopped we would all be speaking German now. Well who did the Germans worship? They were attending the same churches of Christendom as the British and the Americans and other allied forces. So why did they fight each other? Because the (Continued on page 2)

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(Introduction continued) As you read these e-mails, be thinking about the people you know who have different worldviews. Then, learn all you can that will allow you to be an effective witness to them. As you study, please take advantage of the tremendous worldview resources at our website - http://www.marketfaith.org. You will find most of these by clicking on the “Resources” button. If you have Jehovah’s Witness acquaintances, you might be especially interested to go to the “Worldview Summaries of Religions, Cults & Philosophies” section and look at the report on Jehovah’s Witnesses. Before I go, I want to thank you for sharing the previous edition of this e-letter with your friends. We have gotten off to a great start developing our list and want to get it out to many more. Would you do me a favor and forward this to all of your Christian friends and encourage them to sign up. Subscription information is found below, or you can go to http:// www.marketfaith.org and sign up there. We look forward to our partnership with you in the gospel as we seek to carry out the mandate of our Lord.

(Conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness continued) churches remained silent and did nothing. Meanwhile JW's were being jailed and persecuted in every country for not participating. In many countries they still are. 3. As a world wide organization they have a true brotherhood and they are recognized for the love they have for each other. This is not evident in the churches of Christendom. Now as far as the Bible is concerned. Just following the simple Bible teaching, the churches of Christendom fail to listen and obey even the clearest laws. So many repeat the words of the "Lord's Prayer" yet never think about what the words mean. "...Hallowed be thy name" - who is keeping God's name holy in all the earth? Not Christendom! They took the name of God out of the Bible. Or the basic ten commandments - do not lie, steal, kill, the clergy class is more guilty of these than the members. No Mr. Davis, there is no comparison. The teachings of the WT are the same as the Bible. I tried to give you an example of what secular references say about the trinity, but you called them "unreliable references". I really do not know what to say. I am sure Mr. Durant, the publishers of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and the Catholic Church would be interested in your criticism. I do not know what your source of information is about what the WT said in years past, but I am certain they never said "..that a person cannot come to the truth by reading the Bible alone." Yes, the Society warns about the danger of apostate teachings influencing someone to draw them away from the truth with deception and outright lies, which is what I am suspecting is the source of your information. I say this from experience. May I ask you a question? Does the organization you are associated with claim to be the only true religion? If not, why go there? If so how do you prove it? Does your "church" accept all "Christian churches" as part of a whole despite the arguments and differences in their teachings? Tell me what organization on this earth represents the only true God and the only true religion. Just give it to me straight, no song and dance, and how the Bible supports your decision. Now it can't be any of the churches in "Christendom", because they all serve two masters. I would be very interested in your answer. In the meantime I will continue to listen to Jehovah God and obey the teachings of His son Jesus, with the hope of living forever in the Kingdom that will soon rule over this earth. As the Bible says, the nations shall walk in the name of their gods, but as for me and my household, we shall walk in the name of Jehovah. I wish you well Mr. Davis. Thank you for writing. S.M. Dear S.M., Thank you again for touching base back with me. I certainly have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the JWs nor the devotion which they bring to their worship. But, as I am sure you will agree, sincerity and devotion are not criteria that can be used to determine truth. I also have no doubt that you have investigated for yourself the things you said you investigated about the JWs and sincerely arrived at the conclusions you did. As for me, my investigation has brought me to a different conclusion. And there is no need to be condescending towards me simply because there have been people who call themselves Christians in (Continued on page 3) 2

(Conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness continued) the past (and even in the present) who have not measured up the standards that God put forth. I am not unaware of many of the internal struggles within the JW organization itself with cases of child and spouse abuse as well as other problems. I know there are bad apples in every barrel, but it is no more valid for you to use that as reason for saying the Christian faith is not true than for me to say that about the JWs. The reasons for our faith being truth or not are not based on those criteria. Your use of Nazi Germany as an illustration of Christian teachings not being the truth also does not hold much water. You are certainly right that in general the Christian churches of Nazi Germany were not faithful in the way they should have been during that time ( though there were many Christians who did oppose Hitler and did put their lives on the line to oppose the regime as much as they could). But that, in itself, does not prove the truth or untruth of the Gospel which they espoused. Right belief and right action don't always go together the way they should. Even Jesus told his disciples to follow the teachings of the Pharisees about God but not imitate their actions because of that very reason. Also, Nazi doctrine was not a Christian doctrine and Hitler persecuted Christians, as well as Jews and others. Love and brotherhood are also not a necessary measure of truth. The Islamic terrorists who are diligently trying to wipe out all vestiges of Western culture have a great deal of love for their understanding of God and have a great fraternity of love and brotherhood among one another. This certainly does not point to their belief being truth. Also, the claim by an organization to be the true religion is not a measure of truth. There are cults and religions all over the world which make that claim, just as the JWs do. They can't all be true because they literally have contradictory beliefs. Your idea that a single organization contains the whole of truth is also not necessarily a valid point. It is not an organization which represents the truth. God is the truth and he represents himself. And the fact that there are various groups of (Continued on page 4)

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(Conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness continued) Bible believing Christians who have organized themselves into different organizations does not detract from the truth that salvation is in Jesus Christ, not in an organization. You make a big mistake lumping all Christian organizations into the same boat. That would not be unlike me lumping the JWs into the same boat as the Mormons, The Way International, Unity and The Children of God. You wouldn't consider that right and I don't consider your approach right. And your use of secular authorities are not valid (at least the ones you quoted) because the information that you wrote simply does not represent a doctrine that I consider Christian. Your approach is not invalid because it is a secular authority, but because the scholarship is bogus. If you want to criticize my theology, you need to do a better job of knowing what it is. You were interested in my sources concerning TW's teaching about the Bible. Let me give you some direct quotes. "Let us face the fact that no matter how much Bible reading we have done, we would never have learned the truth on our own. We would not have discovered the truth regarding Jehovah, his purposes and attributes, the meaning and importance of his name, the Kingdom, Jesus' ransom, the difference between God's organization and Satan's, nor why God has permitted wickedness." (Watchtower 12/1/1990, p. 19) "Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible." (The Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1967. p. 587.) "Only this organization functions for Jehovah's purpose and to his praise. To it alone God's Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book." (The Watchtower; July 1, 1973, pp. 402.) "All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the "greatly diversified wisdom of God" can become known only through Jehovah's channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave." (The Watchtower; 10/1/1994; p. 8.) I don't dispute that TW derives its teachings from the Bible. My point is that the particular interpretation that TW makes regarding the Bible is not based on good scholarship and thus they come to many wrong conclusions on teachings such as the trinity, the understanding of the nature of the human soul, and others. And I do not accept that TW is the only valid (or even a valid) Biblical interpreter. Why should I? I think they get it wrong. I recognize that you trust TW to lead you correctly down the path to eternal life. I am not willing to put that kind of trust in any organization. I read and the study the Bible (God's revelation of himself to mankind) and I interact in a personal relationship with God. I certainly do worship with a congregation of like minded people, but my relationship with God is not dependent upon that, and I would never claim infallibility for my church or my denomination the way you do. Truth is truth, regardless of who is being faithful and who is not. I know this does not get at all of the misconceptions that JWs have about the Christian faith, but I hope this clears up some of the misunderstandings you may have. Thank you for your time and effort. God bless. Hope you have a terrific day. Freddy Next Issue - The Seven Questions that Define a Worldview

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