So last week when I casually mentioned the BS being cancelled, she was like, oh, no, they'd never do that. I asked her if she would be upset with it and she said she would, it was her favorite one. Then she asked me where I got my info and I set the Internet (of course!) Then she told me they were all apostates, etc...not to listen to them..
Soooo yesterday I phoned her and asked, "so did they make the announcement about the BS?" She was like, "They're not cancelling it. They're just incorporating it into the service meeting." Then the usual, it's for the best, gas prices, etc. Seems like she's forgotten how upset she said she'd be.
I asked her why they keep changing their minds? Of course I got the usual "new light." I asked her about the scripture in Deut. about anyone speaking a prophecy from the Lord and it not coming true should be put to death. She said, "well, I'd have to read that one." So I said, "hold on. I'll get it." So I read the scripture and said, "so it seems that the GB is wrong again." She fired back that the "truth" has to be revealed slowly and that the people back then couldn't handle it. (seems to me you'd have to be a lot tougher to live back then, but that's my opinion and I digress.) Of course no clarification on the false prophecy.
Then I said that I was looking at churches to join and one was a little bizarre in that at one point in the past they thought they Moses was going to be resurrected to the Earth and they built a mansion in California for him to live in, and when it didn't come true, it was rather embarassing. What, I asked her, did she think about me joining this religion? Of course she said it was silly and it was a cult that would believe that. When I answered that it was, in fact, the JWs that did this in 1925 she said she'd never heard of it!! She was raised a JW and she's 61!
She said nobody better ask her to choose her kids over religion or it would be religion. I said that I would never ask her that. I just begged her to research anything she had a question on. She said she did; why, she has all the cds and books from the Society!! I said, "I know that you're not allowed to look at other material so I urge you to look at the JW's own material from the past. You don't need to go any further than that because they bascially contradict themselves. If you were to compare the old with the new, you would think you're dealing with a totally different religion."
Of course she went on about "the end" and how the government would turn against religion, etc. I said that it seemed impossible that would happen. Look at the adoration the Pope got from his last visit. I said if anything the government should start taxing religion. She said the the JWs were all united, all believe the same thing, no other religion. I bit my tongue to stop the brainwashing comment because I didn't want to get into it any further.
It went no where. I did say that I would have a Bible study ONLY from the Bible though. No other books. She said she could get someone to do it...should I take the bait or bite more holes in my tongue????