Hi, Sorry for the delay...but while things are fresh in my mind.
Here is the printout I gave them before they left after our first visit:
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EISEGESIS (proper vs improper interpretation)
The difference between exegesis and
eisegesis (ice se gee' sis)?: The
word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that
the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text. The
opposite approach to Scripture is eisegesis. The word eisegesis
literally means “to lead into,” which means the interpreter
injects his own ideas into the text, making it mean whatever he
wants. Eisegesis invariably represents interpretive abuse
BASIC GUIDELINES FOR VALIDATING
i. There must be at least one
scriptural reference that can
be cited for support of any doctrinal
claim or position.
ii. Scriptural references must not be
added to, deleted from, or have words
iii. Scriptural references are
considered arbitrarily linked
unless it is shown that subject or
content is clearly related.
iv. Interpretations of biblical
passages must take into
consideration, context, including
cultural and historical contexts.
WHAT I BELIEVE ABOUT THE RELIGION
OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
I believe the religion of Jehovah's
Witnesses is not biblical. By that I mean, that every doctrine that
is original and unique to Jehovah's Witnesses is extra-biblical -
determined by eisegesis rather than exegesis.
WHAT I AM PREPARED TO STUDY WITH
Answer: Every doctrine which is
absolutely unique to Jehovah's Witnesses, including:
Matthew 24 - Was Jesus
talking about the 1914 generation in Matthew 24:34?
- Did Jesus appoint certain men in
New York in 1919 to be His F&DS?
Revelation 7 - Are there
Christians since 1935 who are not Spirit-begotten and heaven bound?
Acts 15 - Does Acts 15 outlaw
Acts 20:20 - Are Christians
required to go door-to-door with the gospel message?
Gospel - What are the
requirements for salvation and Christian baptism?
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Stephen and Ruth agreed to study Matthew 24 with particular emphasis on the first 2 questions above. And that is largely what we talked about yesterday.
to be continued