Today I had the interesting opportunity to talk to two Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve never had that happen to me before, since they normally come around during the day, but they rang my doorbell about five minutes before I usually leave for school. I think they were a little surprised to see someone my age, but they began to ask me if I would like to take one of their little booklets. Glancing at the title, which was What Does the Bible Really Teach?, and then making the connection between that and the fact that they were Jehovah’s Witnesses, I politely declined the offer. However, I did get into a bit of a discussion with them. I told them that I could read the Bible for myself, and they asked me if I really understood everything that I read. That was what launched it.
In hindsight, I suppose I should have mentioned that I would rather trust the Holy Spirit to guide me toward the truth in the Bible than a little booklet produced by someone who doesn’t believe the same as what I do, but I didn’t think of it at the time. Instead, she asked me whether I knew that that coming Kingdom would actually be a government. I said that yes, I believed that, in a way – later pointing out that it would not be an oppressive government of rules and regulations like the ones here on earth today. She also told me that it would be ruled by Jesus Christ, and I made some comment about how He was “right here,” pointing to my heart. Noting that, she pointed me to a verse, Daniel 2:44, which talked about God’s Kingdom and how it would crush all the other kingdoms. “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (The context is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about the statue which explains the major empires of the world.) She asked me that if the Kingdom was in my heart, and if God was going to crush all the kingdoms, how would that work? I pointed out that it was talking about worldly kingdoms that would be crushed – obviously God wouldn’t crush His own Kingdom.
Anyways, we talked for a couple more minutes, and then she offered me the book again, which I politely declined once again. I then headed over to the bus stop and went on with my normal routine. However, it got me thinking. I’ve always been told that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe things that are different than other Christian denominations. And while I’m sure that the people that go door-to-door aren’t going to be pointing out the doctrinal differences between them and other Christians, I had to stop and ask myself: Do I really even know the differences? I’ve been told that they’re there, but I’ve never actually investigated it. So, tonight, that’s one of my projects. I need to know this, because other than one little verse which she took out of context, she didn’t really say anything that I disagreed with. I guess I should have taken that booklet, but I wasn’t thinking of that at the time. Oh well. It’ll be interesting to find out what they believe and how it’s different than what I believe.
That’s really the only thing that was interesting today. There was a killer Chemistry unit test, which really bugged me because it was so frustratingly hard, and it just kept going on and on. By the end, I just didn’t care anymore whether I got questions right or wrong – I wrote down what I thought was right, and then I didn’t look back because I didn’t care to double-check that my process was correct. Yuck. I hate tests like that. But anyways, that’s all for today. Have a good one. And try not to crush any kingdoms today.