So, give me credit...
Last night I had a discussion on spirituality with my JW friend. Our last few conversations, I didn't have the hang of the "line of questioning that gets them to think" technique down. The only question I found myself asking was "ARE YA' KIDDING ME????" at the top of my lungs.
Last night I stayed pretty calm and listened to the ridiculous stomach churning answers I was being given. I took part of the script from Steven Hassan's book and mentioned adherents of other religions having "the truth", being told that others in the world would not gain salvation - only they, the shunning policies of these groups as a direct result of questioning their leaders, the leaders being directed by God... I think that's it.
I then went into 1914 and asked how the leaders knew the JWs were chosen (yeah... I know, they got the message in in the 30s or 40s, but I didn't want to veer off as I have before). He talked about
the Israelites and how their leaders had been chosen and somehow likened it to the JWs,
the organization being structured as the Israelites and 1st Century Christians had been organized,
OH, and they uh.. prayed.
I asked if it was possible that those in other religions were structurally organized and if they prayed. He said of course. *I did it... stay calm... just stay calm*
He then continued by saying that there were events that the Society understands that explains how the chronology works. I calmly asked him to try to explain it to me.
WHY DID HE THEN TELL ME THAT SATAN WAS CAST DOWN FROM HEAVEN IN 1914???????? I MEAN... FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. ISN'T THE INVISIBLE CHRIST THING ENOUGH?????
WAS HE KIDDING ME? IS THAT PART OF THE BELIEF OR WAS HE TRYING TO SOUND INFORMED AND MAKING THIS UP????
For those of you wondering, I didn't flip out. I just got REALLY sleepy and was done spending time with him.