Thanks for the earlier response. I think the overall thrust of what I was maybe trying to convey, was that you don't want to start with somethign contentious, or "Christendom" for someone just to turn off their brain even moreso. Is there compelling evidence to suggest Jesus was divine in some odd way via scripture? Yes. Is there evidence to combat that and have them be two seperate people? Yes. People have been debating this for a long time. Someone could easily find things to support either view. So its net loss when you are talkign abotu your goals. Same with the cross. i think it is entirely possible Jesus was crucified, but I also think its possible it was an upright pole. I think there are reasons for each. What i KNOW, is that i wasn't there and can't be sure. So who cares. ;)
I would stick to things uniquely ours. Small and large. Blood is a big one. I got alot of help here on that. PM me and I can share an e mail I sent to a CO friend of mine. He never responded, and I have not been turned in. Who knows what is happening. There is a thread I received interesting nuggets on. Advocating for free thought like jgnat said, fits in perfect with this. The hyposcricy is evident.
I had a conversation with a friend where they admitted it was weird, and they kind of told me they jsut wanted to not think about it.
Here is how it went after we were talking for a while. "Can you explain the transition to allowing blood fractions for me?" "Ok, well what about in 1999, could someone be disfellowshipped or die in 1999 for what was allowed a year later?" Do you think Jehovah EVER considered blood fraction to be a sin?"
These are open ended and part of a larger conversation. There is no magic question. Just keep the questions aimed at getting them to think for themselves. They may not end up thinking like you, but at least they will be thinking. :)
Child abuse policy seems woefull, but I have not gotten very far with that for some reason. Even with parents. Its very odd.
The most recent adjustments in misunderstanding. Even the concept of new light altogether can be a good one.
Basically the fall back is always the same thing. Look at the growth. (there isn't very much). Who else is doign the preaching work (lots of people or nobody depending on your definition). People are streaming to the mountain fo Jehovah in the last days like Micah 4 says. (BS)