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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses

    A few months back "Gloria" come to my door with some information regarding the Jehovah's Witness Church that she was a part of. We chatted a few minutes, she gave me some magazines, and promised to come back to answer any questions I might have.


    I actually did read the magazines and wrote down my questions, but "Gloria" never came back that I know of. I decided to post those few questions here.

    Questions for "Gloria":

    1. I noticed throughout the literature God was only designated as "God" or "Jehovah". The Bible also uses "Father" (Adonai), "Elohim", "El Shaddai", "Alpha and Omega", and more. Why the particular emphasis on "Jehovah"?
    2. Last time we spoke, I noticed you emphasized the Bible being written for people's benefit. I agree, but I believe it is more than just a guide/rule book. Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
    3. The emphasis on following the guidance in the Bible is appropriate to me, but I was wondering about the seeming lack of emphasis on loving God, "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' (Matt. 22:37-39, Deut. 6:5) 

      This issue pops up again in the literature you gave me when in the marriage article, the preface to Psalm 1:2-3 is changed from "he who delights in God's laws" to "a person who looks to God for guidance..."
    4. While the literature gives me some insight into what you believe, I must be missing something. I have already told you I am a Christian and read the Bible nearly every night, so why do you feel the need to witness to me?
    5. How does one obtain salvation, according to your beliefs?
    6. What is the history of the Watch Tower?
    7. In reading scripture, I have found that God makes a continual point to make Himself available to people. He does not hide Himself, His word (laws),  nor does He make it a trial or test to reach Him. In fact He came down many times to intervene with people.

      People on the other hand, see God's laws and goodness and tend to reject Him for their own way. If I understand the J.W.'s correctly, it seems they say God has hidden His word (JW's have the only "right" version), Himself (since only JW's will be saved), and that a strict lifestyle mandated by elders (which is not Biblical) is the way to get to God.

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