Friday, August 16, 2013

A friendly encounter with a Jehovah's Witness Yesterday...

The young man knocked on the door yesterday morning, my son alerted me as I did not hear the knock, looking out the glass I knew immediately it was a young Jehovah's Witness. I've encountered probably a dozen or so JW's in the last 20 years, and, to be honest in times past I was somewhat argumentative, but, with age comes a bit of wisdom (hopefully) and I opened the door and greeted the cordial and intelligent young man who then began his "spiel" (which I've heard before), he asked "When you look at the world and what's going on today, the violence, the degradation of society, what do you think is going on?, what's the answer?, I spoke up right away nicely and calmly but with emphasis..." I'm a born again Christian,and I have several bibles in my possession, I also use, and Bible as reference because you can compare about 30 different versions of one Bible verse. I spoke up a bit more saying..." I'm a musician and I toured in Christian Rock Bands in the 1980's and 90's all over the world, Australia, Europe, South America, Canada, and I became a Christian while doing that."

The young man seemed fascinated by my story and asked, "So, what do you think is going to happen with our society the way things are going?" and I said, "Well, the scriptures tell us that Jesus will return someday, He will come back to earth at the end point of a struggle with the Anti Christ who will be able to capture and control the entire world and those who follow him. Jesus will return destroying this character and establish his Kingdom where we who believe will live with Him." I said. The young man spoke up knowingly, "Ah yes, the thousand year reign of Christ." and I said "Yes, except you're a Jehovah's Witness aren't you?,  "Yes" he stated sheepishly, as if not wanting to reveal that fact, so I stated very nicely, but clearly, " You have to understand I'm a Christian, and have been for awhile, and I believe that Jesus IS God, not an angel or some other lower being, the scripture states that Jesus himself said "I and the Father are one" which makes very clear that he was affirming his deity, his Godhead with the Father, that is the basis of my faith."

The young man then began to finish his memorized spiel and said, "May I leave this pamphlet here with you? it describes several things that will take place?" so I very nicely just said, "No, thank you though, I know what I believe and why I believe it" We ended cordially and agreed that things in society seem to be getting worse not better with all the NSA snooping and IRS targeting conservative groups etc... and then he said "May I come back again?" and I said "sure, no problem..." At that point, the bright young man left the doorstep and I said a quick prayer for him. That was my morning encounter with a Jehovah's Witness yesterday.

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