I had another recent visit from the local Jehovah’s Witnesses.
This time it was two teenage-aged boys inviting people to the special Passover observance and lesson broadcast being held at the local Kingdom Hall.
The young men were, as usual, well-dressed, kind, eager to share their material, and ready to discuss some biblical topics. They got more from our conversation than they were expecting!
After listening to their introduction and invitation, I began a conversation with a tie-in to what their broadcast lesson was going to talk about: “Who is Jesus?”
I asked them why their New World Translation called Jesus “a god” in John 1, but in John 20 it called him “God.” Jesus wasn’t afraid to rebuke his disciples after his resurrection (Mark 16:14). If Thomas was wrong for referring to Jesus as “God” such a mistake would have been corrected.
That point led to the next – Jesus never refused worship. He didn’t come to be the “center of attention” (Philippians 2:5-8; John 5:23, 8:28), but he did not reject or correct anyone who offered it to him (Matthew 28:9, Mark 5:6, Luke 24:52, John 9:38).
My final point (after several minutes of exchanging supplemental thoughts too in-depth for a short post) combined my first two points to prove that the NWT is wrong when it comes to John 1:1 and right when it comes to John 20:28.
As usual, they agreed that what I was saying was something new to them, and that they would like to get back to me with an answer … they haven’t been back with one, yet.
Many people have a bad attitude toward answering the door when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock. I say answer the door by opening minds. Introduce thoughts about Jesus that they will not hear at the Kingdom Hall! And be kind – do not bash someone for doing something with what they believe to be true if you’re not willing to do the same.
My hope and prayer is, for those two young men, from now on, every time they hear John 1:1 being read, their mind will go John 20:28. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But it would have had no chance (at least for now) of entering their mind without the conversation we had because of the knock at my door.