PLEASE HELP!!! We are trying so hard to reply to questions that we are being presented with by family members. Hubby received a letter from his sister yesterday, replied to it, and received another email from her today. We just sent her info this evening addressing her claim that the Society encourages us to research and compare (yeah right) and that they claim to be a prophet while delivering false prophecies.
She keeps bringing up three scriptures and begging us to explain them to her:
Hebrews 10:25 "not forsake the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day drawing near."
Matthew 28:19,20 "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you."
Matthew 24:45 "Who really is the faithful and discreet slae whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?"
First of all, it's obvious we do not believe the Watchtower is the FDS after all we've learned! Secondly, why would we want to gather together with JW's now that we know what we know. And thirdly, who in their right mind would want to go bring in more "sheep" to this Organization?!
BUT, regardless, these scriptures have to have some explanation other than what we have been taught all our lives as JW's. Would any of you Christians on the board care to give us your interpretations now of these three scriptures...from a Christian, not JW, perspective??? Or at least point me us the direction of a board or persons that can?
TIA! (Just remembered one other scripture she quotes...the one about putting up with one another in love. Since we did not leave over the imperfections of others, I don't think this applies, but if anyone wants to address it as well, that would be fine.)
OH! And let me quote these:
Sister: The organization has never claimed to be perfect, ever. But they do claim to be gods source of spiritual food. Hubby: So why do they change their thinking constantly? Jehovah is a god of order never does his word change!!!!!!!! Sister: They claim it because Jehovah says it right in the bible!!
Sister: I don't expect answers to these questions, I don't really want to hear your reasons or beliefs. I am just talking i guess. Hubby: Then I would like to not be asked these questions if you do not want to hear the answers. That is really unfair to think you can tell me how you feel but you dont want to hear how I feel. Sister: You're right, then answer them. I really want to know, to see how on earth you explain away so many of these scriptures i have asked you about.
So this is why I am asking for help with this. We feel it is important to give them answers to their questions. It may save them from the Org...may save our family's relationship. Doubtful, but we can try! Also, they are accusing us of "taking the easy way...the lazy way." HA! This has been the hardest most arduous thing we've ever been through. We want them to see it has been carefully and thoroughly researched and thought out. Again, thanks so much for any help you can provide us with!