So, i actually stopped at two different tables that i saw. The first was 2 elderly men - they were so sweet and open to discuss. I brought up the topic of the divine name and why the WT inserted it into the NT with no evidence from Greek manuscripts. They repeatedly brought up the Old Testament, and various translations of the NT, but i kept bringing it back to the Greek manuscripts. (There is a great article on this on www.orthocath.wordpress.com) I also mentioned there is no record of Jesus saying the divine name, although admittedly, He did speak about God's name, as in "hallowed be thy name". I mentioned that In Malachi, the prophet accuses the priests of despising God's name, but this meant they did not obey/honor Him, as it clearly goes on to say they despised His name by offering imperfect sacrifices, contrary to the Law. It didn't mean they said one word instead of another, or neglected to use YHWH. I asked if they are allowed to study the Bible without publications, and of course they said it is encouraged. So i asked them where in the Bible it describes the early church, and wrote down a little study about looking up the word "name" in the book of Acts, to see the name emphasized by the early church, and they said they would. These 2 men had a very different attitude than many JWs i've talked to at my door, tables, etc. They had a sad feeling about them, and seemed to have no "fire" to answer my questions, and were very quiet. They said several times in response to things i said were in older publications, that they would not believe this unless they saw it, but they will look it up. I told them about a man i know of who is now going into hospice, rather than take blood for a condition that could be easily cured. I asked if they knew of the changes about fractions, and also suggested they call Brooklyn if they or loved ones need any blood product, because in the past people have gotten different responses from calling, before stuff was in print, so it could save their life to call, as many believe the policy is in a state of flux. -- They said a sister was coming to take over the table, and she wants to study with me, so i gave her my info.
The next table was completely different. Two women, elderly mother and daughter. The mother immediately became very irate and hostile when i just calmly asked a few questions, and started walking around, very agitated. The daughter was more patient for a while, and took my info and said someone would get back to help with my questions. Again, i wanted to give some info on blood. You know how it is , she wanted to detour with the dangers of transfusion ,etc. But i pressed a bit, and asked if they ever apologized after changes on their stance. Showed her the magazine pic of the children who died, and said probably even some of them could have been saved by fractions that weren't allowed at that time. She went completely ballistic, and took the paper with my info, held it up in front of my face, tearing it up. CONVERSATION OVER! As i left, she called out that i will die soon, but she'll pray for Jehovah for me. Yikes, i think a few people walking by heard her!
I mentioned that i was out preaching, contrary to what they say that no one else preaches, but she said it didn't count because it's not door to door. !!
(and don't scold me for being a Protestant, or i'll never come back. pfff. LOL)