I’m not defending JWs with the above. But, the original question asked how to witness to them, so it sounds like Catholics4Life would like to know how to intelligently discuss certain topics with the hope of making them see reason. As an ex-JW I can tell you that they love when people get their beliefs wrong, because they can then show you the light. And before you undertake such an adventure, please please - be strong in your faith, and be prepared to find answers to the doubts they can put into your head. The JWs are good at that. But that’s not because they are right. They are just taught the skills necessary to argue well.
Now, in attempting to answer the original question myself, I would have a bit of a difficult time. Because of the JWs, I’ve been agnostic for the last 10 years, bordering on atheism. I’m brand new to the Catholic faith, but I honestly believe that this is God’s Church, and I’m learning all I can. But, here’s what I have to say that might help:
Regarding your question on Michael, on 101 Questions every JW should be asked it says:
- In Mt 4:10, Jesus clearly has the authority to rebuke Satan and does so. Jude 9 says, “But when Michael the archangel had a difference with the Devil…he did not dare to bring a judgment against him…but said, “May Jehovah rebuke you.” If Jesus is Michael the Archangel, why did Michael, refuse to rebuke Satan in Jude 9, when he clearly did so in Mt 4:10? [size=2][/size]
Take a look also at numbers 41, 94, and 98 regarding Michael the Archangel.
Regarding the Trinity, the 101 Questions page says:
- Amos 4:11 says, “‘I caused an overthrow among you people, like God’s overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. And you came to be like a log snatched out of [the] burning; but you did not come back to me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.” If the Trinity does not exist, then how can Jehovah, speaking in this verse, refer to another person as God ("… like GOD’S overthrow of Sodom …")?
Look also at number 6 - it’s a very detailed piece.
I would say that arguing sola scriptura to a JW on your first go round is pointless. But at the Just for Catholics page of the above site, there is some really good information on this. Now, remember when discussing this - JWs have been told that Catholics don’t read the bible - some are even told Catholics aren’t allowed to read the bible. And JWs have no idea how strongly the bible’s origin ties into the Catholic Church. It would be a good idea to research that concept thoroughly yourself if you plan on bringing it up.
And, a piece of final advice. Find a single topic for discussion per conversation. Do not let it wander around from subject to subject, or your head will spin. Be reasonable with them, but don’t expect a miracle. JWs have it ingrained to ignore all teachings that contradict theirs. Until a JW has a reason to open their eyes (such as falling and finding that their “God” is not as forgiving as they once thought, or if they have come to a point where they are only in it out of fear and can see a glimmer of hope elsewhere) they will remain blind to all reason. Feel free to contact me if I can help more.[/size]