The third “Bible study” I had with my Jehovah’s Witness friend “Craig” was titled “Can You Trust the Bible,” the third chapter of their new primer called Enjoy Life Forever!
Most of this chapter was material that we agreed on. This gave me an opportunity to have friendly, non-confrontive conversations with Craig. It was a needed break for us; we could just be friends discussing things we agreed on.
There was one spot where the Watchtower quotes Matthew 24:6-7, which they use to convince people that we are in what they have described as “the last part of the final part of the last days,” (or something like that; I’m paraphrasing one of their videos). I casually mentioned that verse 6B says that when you see these things you are to know that “the end is not yet.” In the verses following, Jesus says that there would be a time of intense, unprecedented persecution before the end came. The signs to watch for are the completion of the worldwide preaching of the gospel, and the “abomination of desolation” in the temple (verses 14 and 15). We didn’t discuss my comment; I think Craig gave me a pass as a Bible study newbie. He didn’t really interact with what the text in Matthew actually says any more than what was taught in the lesson. Sometimes he’s in the text with me, but other times he seems to slough it off like he’s made of Teflon. (I see the Teflon effect often among JW’s.)
After that one little speedbump, we went back to our friendly discussion of the chapter. I really did nothing but affirm what the rest of the lesson was saying.
The next lesson had some fun stuff, though! Stay tuned!