One Christmas day while having dinner with my family, back in 2003, my family (Catholic) started discussing religion. My brother started talking about what he believed about Jesus Christ. I was educated in a Catholic High School, so I knew that what he was espousing was Arianism, and I told him so. Being told by the priest at my church that Arianism survives within the sect of the Jehova's witness, I asked him:" are you a Jehovah's Witness? He looked at me strangely, not thinking that he would be discovered, before he replied that he was going to soon be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness. Then he went on to say that Jesus was actually an incarnation not of God, but of the Archangel Michael, whom they consider to be God's "first created". Considering this very strange, I decided to read up on them. I wanted an Orthodox Christian perspective, but what I found was this very good book put out by Catholic Answers on the Jehovah's Witness that was quite informative. Unfortunately, I can't find the book in my personal library, but on the Catholic Answers website they do have a good, brief article explaining the Jehovah's Witness, their history, their doctrine, their expectations concerning proselytizing, and their eschatology (their belief on the end times - they embrace millennialism, and they have predicted that the world would come to an end on numerous occasions and ... well, we're still around!). Another good read comes from the OODE web site (Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries - sorry to disappoint the Dr. Who fans out there). From the list of articles on the OODE web site, a good read is the very first article called In Search of the Truth - which is a true account of two people living in Greece, one a convert and one who was born into the organization - Very informative. When dealing with these people, it is important to realize that they are trained very well to proselytize. They are very used to putting forth a good offensive and they will use your ignorance - of your own faith as well as theirs- to accomplish their goal of either putting you to shame through provocation, or ultimately convincing you that they are in the right. DO NOT GET INTO CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM UNLESS YOU KNOW YOUR OWN FAITH WELL, THAT OF THE WATCHTOWER CULT, AND THEIR METHODS FOR PROSELYTIZING. Politely (if you can!) excuse yourself from any religious conversation with them. If they persist, then be stern! And be mindful that For all the use they give to scripture to convince you, realize that it is what the Watchtower publishes in their magazine, not the Bible, which is their de facto final authority. If you've ever read George Orwell's 1984, you will find that the Watchtower is very good at employing Doublethink, changing their beliefs and expecting their followers to believe that this is what the Watchtower has always preached. They tend to be very cultish, and defecting from the group presents quite a hardship on the person wishing to defect, since EVERY MEMBER (family, employers, etc..) cannot even greet the defector. Here are the links:
> (They have several articles -- in the "search" box, simply type in "Jehovah's Witness"), and
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