I had a conversation (debate) with my disfellowshipped husband about "the truth" that he tries so hard to protect. Here it is:
Me: Hey, babe, can you tell me again why JW do not celebrate birthdays?
Hubby: Well, only two are mentioned in the Bible, and on both, men were killed.
Me: Well, Herod and Pharoah killed men whenever they felt like it right? No matter if it was their birthday or not.
Hubby: But the Bible doesn't say we should celebrate birthdays.
Me: It doesn't say we should drink coffee either, but JWs have no problems with that. What about voting and Christmas? Is there a scripture that says we shouldn't vote or celebrate Christmas?
Hubby: We don't vote, because we don't put our trust in worldly men.
Me: Except the Watchtower Society.
Hubby: That's different.
Me: Okay. Nevermind that tonight. If you feel that JW is the one "true" religion, which I feel is an oxymoron anyway, why are you not taking the proper steps to get reinstated?
Hubby: I don't know. I'll call my dad and ask him to look up the verses for you, though.
Dad-in-Law (telephone conversation with me)
Me: So did you find the scriptures that say we shouldn't celebrate birthdays? I don't want to be doing something that is condemned in the Bible.
DIL: You see, you're moving too fast. Trying to ingest too much food at once. Come over tomorrow and we'll discuss it.
Me: With all due respect, all I want to see is a Scripture saying "Don't celebrate your birthday, don't vote, don't celebrate Christmas, don't perform oral sex on your spouse."
DIL: We'll get to it tomorrow.
"Tomorrow" was yesterday. I haven't seen my DIL yet. I went to his house and he did not come home ALL DAY.
Think I stumped em.