On Saturday morning, two Jehovah’s witnesses showed up at our door. Normally I just thank them for their love of God but decline any materials or further discussion, but this time I deided to engage them in conversation – maybe because when I said I was Catholic, the response was, “So what so you think of all the scandals in the news?” (I replied that sexual abuse was a human nature problem, not a Catholic problem.)
At any rate, my husband came down and the four of us engaged in a 45-minute-long discussion. I had an appointment to donate blood that morning (ironic!) so we couldn’t continue, and invited them back to our home tomorrow evening to continue the discussion (we’re hoping to plant some seeds of truth; failing that, we’re hoping to get on the equivalent of the JW do-not-call list so they stop coming by).
I ordered Jason Evert’s book from Catholic Answers but I don’t think it’ll arrive in time, and I plan on reading the JW chapter in the Essential Catholic Survival Guide tonight, but I would like feedback in two issues from those who have BTDT:
One of the JW’s seemed to be implying that if a Church participated in politics (i.e., gave guidance on the morality of certain legislation or political issues), it meant that Church was not the “true” church since Jesus never engaged the poliical authorities of His time. What’s the best way to respond?
We got into a rather circular argument about Scripture and authority, with the JWs insisting that the Holy Spirit guides individuals into truth via personal interpretation of Scripture, and me insisting that that was why there’s tens of thousands of Protestant denominations, and also using examples of how Protestants use scripture to justify homosexual acts and etc. They just kept repeating their argument about how the Holy Spirit will guide you into truth if you test your beliefs against Scripture. I’m thinking of bringing up how and when the Bible was compiled by the CC. Will that argument be effective?