The other day, I was just relaxing at home when I heard a knock upon my door. It was my mother who got to the door first and opened the door to Jehovah’s Witnesses. They greeted her with the standard greeting of who they were and what they were doing in the area. I poked my head around the door just as they asked the question if we had ever seen or read their watchtower publications. I said I had and my mother then explained that I am discerning my vocation to the Priesthood. They were now intrigued. At this point my mother left the scene and went back to reading the paper.
The one man then asked me, “do you think we are in troubling times?” I replied, of course we are have you not seen the news? He then went on to quote from 2 Timothy 3 :1-7 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” He then went onto reaffirm his statement to which I agreed. He then said but we could see this coming from what the bible says. I then went on to explain that ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.’ (Acts 1:7). He then was a bit stumped.
The man then changed the subject in that we all need to repent as we can all turn away from God. Look to Genesis with Adam and Eve and the fall of man. Everyone will follow them in denying God and turn away from Him. Look at Peter in the Passion. But then I then asked him what his beliefs on free will were. He said that we all have our own will given to us from God that we can choose to obey him or not. I then asked if that goes against what he said. He took a moment to think about it. But I didn’t give him much time to reply because I said to him, “Have you considered my servant Job.” He then looked at me perplexed and then it twigged that I was on about what God said to the Devil. “One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the Lord, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.’ The Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.’ Then Satan answered the Lord, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.’ The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!’ (Job 1:6-12) Job, even after all the devil does to him does not turn his heart away from God. The man again didn’t have an answer and so he decided to leave.
Just before he left he said to my mother that she should be proud of me and being strong in faith and that the Holy Spirit is with me. He then finished by saying that we all believe in the same God. I then just said, well we don’t. He looked at me surprised and then said “oh you mean about your worship of Mary.” I said, “No! firstly we do not worship Mary we venerate her. And secondly we differ in that you deny the divinity of Jesus as God.” He looked at me and then said, I hope that we meet again soon.
The way that the JW’s and Mormons evangelise is only effective to people who either don’t know their faith or don’t know how to defend their faith. The best way to start learning is by going to Mass. Here you hear God’s word and receive knowledge from the priest in his homily. Also you receive God in the Holy Eucharist which Is Jesus fully present in the host. Who Can turn their back on the real presence?