I had coffee with my JW mother today. It was the weekend of her circuit overseers visit. "A very nice man" according to her. I nodded and smiled.
I suppose that may have encouraged her to continue with an interesting tidbit from his talk today. It seems he has printed out a graph from the internet showing the increase in earthquakes since 2001. He qualified that this information was not to scare people into "the truth", because people will either want to learn about Jehovah and worship him or not.
However, every time he hears someone say that there have always been earthquakes, he pulls out this graph to show them the proof that there is a steep rise in earthquakes since the 1900's and especially in the last decade.
I don't reply to this but change the subject. I want to say that I would want to make sure his graph came from a credible scientific website and that even if it had, there may be other reasons for the apparent increase that have nothing to do with the impending doom of Armageddon. I know this will hold no sway with my mother though, and I want to have my facts absolutely straight, so I said nothing at the time.
When I got home, I immediately typed "increased in earthquakes" into my search engine and the first site to pop up was a geological survey page with many scientific articles, including the following article explaining the reason for the seeming increase in earthquakes.
Since this was the very first site that came up, do you suppose the CO really didn't see this or truly doesn't understand simple science written in layman's terms, or is he purposely being misleading? Hmmm..... I'm starting to doubt the sincerity....
Anyway, I emailed this article link to my mother. It's the first time I've ever actively tried to convince her of anything different than she hears at the Kingdom Hall. At her age, I don't consider it a kindness especially since she is already prone to depression. However, she did bring up the topic and this is a credible science site, nothing apostate about it. What could be the harm? We shall see.....I'll update if I get a response from her.