This is a bit of a story. Okay, I had two lovely ladies who are JW’s come to my door Saturday and again earlier this afternoon. I was a little suprised they returned today because they hadn’t in the past. Now I want to start practicing apologetics in real life and this seemed like the most opportune time.
Now, when these ladies arrived on Sat., they read from their translation of the Bible about peace on earth and goodwill towards men (which the way they phrase in their magazine is so different than what I have ever heard and read). They asked me if I ever thought it would happen. I answered yes, because I was a bit rattled from having visitors (I don’t get visitors and when I hear something out of the ordinary it rattles me a bit because of issues in the past). They then left me their magazine (which promptly went in the recycling bin after reading and laughing at it and recognizing the fallacies). They left after handing me the magazine (I had answered the door in my pjs).
They came back earlier this afternoon and since I answered the door in my bathrobe (I was getting ready to go the library at school to write a paper) they left me with the “positive thought” about when that peace on earth might happen.
So my question is, I know that JWs don’ t believe in heaven the way that Catholics or even non-Catholics do and that they believe in a paradise on earth, so I guess is what is the best way to answer them since I think that what we each believe about peace on earth is very different. Peace on earth for Catholics, I hazard, isn’t so much a temporal matter but spiritual, that we don’t believe that the world will stop having sin and evil ocuring in during our lifetime but rather that when Jesus comes at the Second Coming that we will either go to heaven or hell and that we will live there rejoicing and praising God. Peace isn’t a physical thing that will happen but rather the state of our soul currently because of Jesus in our lives and eternally because we will be with Jesus in heaven.
Well, I’m not sure I articulated that as well as I wanted but the simple run down is: What should I say about peace on earth and goodwill towards men (goodwill on whom his favor rests) in the Catholic sense? And yes, I know that I cannot convert them but it’s more about knowing the answer and being able to relay that answer than anything else.