Witnessing to the Witnesses (Part 2)

Part 2
In Part 1 of Witnessing to the Witnesses we looked at a number of fairly broad topics relating to their beliefs, how, and why we as Christians should be witnessing to them whenever the opportunity presents itself. Now let’s dig into some more specific topics of ministry and doctrine.

Jehovah
JWs firmly believe that members of what they call “Christendom”  (that means us “apostate  Christians”) don’t proclaim the name of the one true God, Jehovah. They simply refuse to accept that Christians love, proclaim and worship YHWH, whose name we usually refer to as Yahweh, or Jehovah. Showing  and explaining to them that they have been instructed incorrectly on this is very important because it is a core (and false) principle of their foundations. Though, don’t be surprised if they choose to ignore what you say because of their fierce allegiance to all that the Watchtower teaches them. Many of them actually think that the Watchtower knows what you believe better than you do. They’ve been told they’ve got some kind of edge on Christians because of their legalistic views on the issue. If your understanding of the tetragrammaton is limited I recommend doing a little study now. It’s an interesting study that will really help you in your discussions. It is one of the primary points that they try to use as “proof” that they are right and you are wrong. It is sad that many churches don’t teach more detail on this because it’s a fascinating and wonderful subject. Continue reading

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Hope in a Downward Spiral

One of the challenges with chronic illness is that it is progressively degenerative. For some it’s a very slow progression, and for others it’s very fast. Symptoms may increase and then decrease in the earlier stage of MS (called Relapsing/Remitting), but eventually it becomes progressively worse. Most of us do all we can to battle it. It’s incredible how much of a fighter you discover you are when you are diagnosed with something like this. There are moments of despair (lots of them!), but also many more moments of fighting, trying, researching, and hoping. We keep marching on with determination.

No, she didn’t, and doesn’t claim to have.

Many well-meaning friends and acquaintances offer words of encouragement, like: “If you exercise more, you will feel better and have more energy” (of course, they don’t understand that with chronic fatigue, the exact opposite is true), or: “I know someone who has MS, and she has found the best thing to do is just not think about it” (which is true when you aren’t battling symptoms that won’t let you forget), or: “Have you heard of Dr. Wahls? She cured her MS with diet and nutrition. You should try it!” (though for many of us, diet and nutrition only help so much, and are definitely not a cure). And of course, as anyone with chronic illness knows, most people will tell you how great you look. They mean it to be encouraging, but it often feels like they’re saying that you must be faking it. Continue reading