So yesterday I had a debate with a JW when she started to criticize the catholic religion.
I had just returned to the church after I believed there was no God during my teenager years. You know, because as a teenager I had “all the answers to the world”. Now that I have grown up from being so childish, I returned to the church and truley believe in the catholic church.
My co-worker started up after reading an article on the computer at watchtower.org about catholics and other religions preying to objects as wrong.
Part of the article reads:
*"Around the globe, Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics, and members of the Orthodox Church view the use of idols, images, or icons as a vital part of their worship. In parts of Africa, people venerate carvings of wood or stone in which a god or the spirit of a god is thought to dwell.
In contrast, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not use any form of idol or icon in their worship. If you visit the places where they meet, known as Kingdom Halls, you will find neither icons of “saints” nor statues of Jesus or Mary.* Why not? Note what the Bible says on this subject."*
and further reads…
*"After liberating the Israelites from Egypt, Jehovah God gave them clear direction regarding how he wanted to be worshipped. The second of the so-called Ten Commandments says: “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion.”—Exodus 20:4, 5.
At the very time that God was giving these commandments to Moses, the Israelites were making a golden calf, likely in imitation of Egyptian animal worship. They did not call the image by the name of an Egyptian god. Instead, they associated it with the worship of Jehovah. (Exodus 32:5, 6) How did God react? His anger blazed against those who venerated the idol, and Moses destroyed it.—Exodus 32:9, 10, 19, 20."*
I explained the best I could still feeling like a newbie. I said it was not wrong to use an object of resemblance of the lord to prey too. It would be wrong to prey to a totem pole or budah, because that would be a false god.
The part that got me is when she told me the “New World Translation” was the only correct bible, as it uses the word Jehovah as god true name. She said Jehovah was removed from all other bibles, and thus all other bibles are false bibles.
I told her this would have to be untrue, but would do some research. I am stuck, can someone help me on these topics?