I’d like to suggest a little exercise before people witness to a Witness. Go to the bathroom mirror, look yourself in the eye, and tell yourself that everything you believe is wrong, that everything you’ve set your hopes and dreams on is wrong, that “reality as we know it” just ain’t so, and that you’ve got to start all over again, but you don’t know exactly where.
How’s it feel? That’s what you’re dealing with when you try to “prove” a Witness wrong. No matter that they’re trying to do it to you in the first place. That’s beside the point. I’m assuming that the question is how to try to help them.
Imagine telling Gollum that he shouldn’t like the ring, or telling Sam that he shouldn’t be loyal to Frodo, or telling Aragorn that he shouldn’t be brave and true. That’s what you’re dealing with.
I look back at my own experiences. Witnesses are convinced that they’ve got the upper hand, doctrinally, over all other religions. They want to get you in a debate over doctrine. They think that by proving to you that they are “true”, and you are “false”, they will convince you to join their religion.
They know that there is an argument against them, but they “don’t go there”. They’ve been told not to “go there”. And lets be honest - how many of us go around looking for oppurtunities to challenge everything that we hold dear? One thing I’ve learned in my experience is that people have an extraordinary ability to rationalize and compartmentalize uncomfortable information. And who of us is completely exempt from that?
I have to say that the people who made the biggest impression on me were individuals who seemed at peace and content with their lives, and radiated that. People who seemed loving and kind. And, yes, it turned out that many of them were Catholics. But that’s something you can’t fake. If you truly love your religion, and it gives you peace, that will show and it will speak louder than any doctrinal arguments you can make.
Many Witnesses are hungry, I’m convinced, for something that will give them more peace than they’re getting now. Sure, the doctrinal arguments have their place… and they will come, in time. But a Witness has to be ready for them. Demonstrate that your religion gives you peace, makes you a kinder, more genuine, open, honest, and loving person, and it will attract them.