I haven't been here for some time to post as mainly I read the comments and such. Yesterday was a really interesting, unnerving experience though. Two sisters had called last week when I had an abscess on my tooth and was sort of sick from it. Still, I said to them "Please come back if you wish to really discuss the bible and only the bible, for that is the only book that I consider to be of any merit here. No books about the bible, no mags, no pamphlets please, as I am sick of them and they are not for me" They said okay and so arrived yesterday. After preliminary hello's and sit downs and the like. They started on about what I believed in regarding God etc and so I told them of my basic belief in God and the Son. With a deft flick of her hand, it was in her bag and out with a study book. I reminded her and her friend of our agreement the prior week and told her to put it away and get her bible out. Then I suggested we start at the very beginning of the bible. Well! This made them so uncomfortable, both of them, that they read a few sections of Genesis and then diverted away from the bible all together, trying to find out my position in regard to "their version of it". I said that I am not obliged to read any of their books and that as far as I knew, only the bible is traditionally held to be the authorized word of God.
They closed in on me then and asked me if I blamed God for all that had happened. I said no, and what relevance did this have to my request that we use the bible solely as our basis for discussion. No reply...........really. Instead there was an awkward sort of sitting back and fidgeting in their seats. Then the leader of the two asked if I would be prepared to meet again on Saturday at 11am., and could she bring her husband. I asked her if she felt she needed her husband to help her cope with a bible discussion and why she felt uncomfortable now. She said he would be able to refer me back and forth between scriptures and hence, forward the case for their beliefs ( This is the gist of what she said, for I have used my own words here)
I agreed and also asked her if her husband was an elder, for I suspected he was. He is. She said she felt out of her depth not going with the method in which the society prepares them for teaching. And so it went........with me trying to get them to drop their suspicions of me and loosen up, just read and discuss, perhaps disagree even, but at least discuss without some prior interference as to what these verses mean. No way was this going to happen and I confess that I felt uncomfortable at being treated with this amount of caution. I told them they were already two against one with me being the only one. What was the reason for bringing in some elder or expert, this was no contest. It was a genuine "Let us read and talk freely together approach I had". They did not believe me, of this I am quite sure. I could see the discomfort in them and they would not read anymore from the bible at this meeting. I really feel strange about this turn of events for I was raised in this religion and although never became baptized, I have never tried to cause problems and have always been willing to talk. Now I feel as though I am the one who, for some reason, has been deemed as doing a wrong thing.
I will see the elder and his wife on Saturday. If it proves worth while I will let you know how it goes. Has anyone had this strange sort of experience before.