I'm feeling a little disappointed with my JW pal, the Dub in the Pub.
We were having a good conversation over a few beers, and I actually got him to admit that he couldn't see the connection between the parable about the FDS and the 144,000 any more than I could.
Yes, YEs, YES! I thought, now we're talking! Lets go for it!
So I rowed in with "Jehovahs earthly organisation", and yes, he admitted, not much scripture to back up that particular doctrine either.
And then he said, daft bugger, "Jehovah's name must be vindicated to all mankind, Satan must be proved a liar, an issue is at stake here".
I went on to explain that the only reason that people hate the name Jehovah is because they associate it with Jehovahs witnesses, and it is the bad behaviour of JW's themselves ( stupid beliefs, breaking up families etc etc) that cause people to hate the name Jehovah. It's nothing to do with some donkeys years old conflict with Satan, it,s all to do with the people who have hijacked a Biblical name and nothing whatsoever to do with our Creator.
I think that this was all a bit much for him and he left in a hurry, but after knowing him for almost 12 months now, I had to go for the throat on this occasion.
Did I overdo it? I don't think so, I did something similar with my JW mum a while back, now she's talking about coming on holiday with her DF'd son (me), so maybe we all need to practice our one line ripostes in the hope that they will stick.