Hmmm, much to think about...
Blondie: Good point and you are right, they study their books and not scripture. I've been in these 'bible studies' before with my wife and I wish I knew then what I know now. Because if I did then I could've ...
Black Sheep: ... followed your suggestions. Set him up for dishonesty. Back when my wife and I were studying, she had become disillusioned with them because of their reaction to our dating and how they nearly forced her mom to step down as a pioneer and her dad as an MS. I could've capitalized on that and perhaps pushed her over the edge.
Never-the-less, I will try your suggestion and find a chapter where there is little I disagree with to kind of get him hooked. My wife believes that I will never have the right heart condition to become a Jehovah's Witness (hence why she won't try to prove the selection in 1919 for me) so it will probably bear little fruit.
Wannabefree: I was considering the 1914 angle but if my wife is any indication, he will probably gloss over it and say something along the lines of "we don't serve for dates." It is maddening how they can be so self righteous and say how they are serving God more fully than any other Christian because of their errors but ignore their own errors. I mean, if they don't serve for dates then why are the dates still in their publications?
Also, I may consider the study only the Bible alone approach but I think we will start with a couple of chapters in this book first, depends on how things go and how bored I get with this.
White Dove: He may be ignorant of what I know. I don't know but my wife may not have been giving him the full scoop. I do know that she mentioned to an elder at her cong that I was associating with apostates, so I don't know.
WontLeave: Thanks for the tip, my only concern is that my wife is very brainwashed herself and reacts in typical ways when I 'press her buttons.' It's frustrating how she attempts to make it all about me and my 'heart condition' when I want simple honest answers. I mean, if she wants to worship the Faithful Slave TM , believe that Christ returned invisibly in 1914, or that He only mediates for the 144,000, that's her perogative. My only issue is, why am I made out to look like there is something wrong with me simply because I disagree or require proof of their sole authority to interpret scripture? She's a born in, is serving because she has a lot of family in it, and is afraid to die.
EntirelyPossible: You know my wife said something that gave me an angle that might have reached her. She said that the Israelites were God's chosen people and they still are to this day even though their leadership may have strayed. She pointed out that some of them had the right 'heart conditions' and are serving Jehovah properly. "In like manner," I said, "you believe that the Watchtower was chosen by God and the witnesses are His chosen people even though they may stray from time to time. Could that also not be said of the Catholics, the churches of Christendom, the Mormons, etc.? How can we say that God just did not choose all Christians as His chosen people even though their leadership may have strayed?"
Not sure how effective that was but I think it made her think. That was when I told her that without proof, I am inclined to give every Christian some benefit of the doubt.