Last week I confessed my moment of stage fright when a couple of smiling Jehovah’s Witnesses unleashed a series of propositions that momentarily rattled me. But in the conversation I asked a question that seemed to hit a nerve: “In your faith, would I get to go to Heaven to be with Jesus?” No, they admitted. Only 144,000 go to heaven and the chances one of them would be me were on par with the chances of my shower song repertoire securing me a spot on American Idol (pretty much zero; since I am not American).
But as a consolation prize I’d get to live in the New Earth, which sounded appealing, except for one thing…no Jesus. I don’t care how idyllic their pamphlet’s pictures of the Utopian New Earth are, if I don’t get to be with Jesus, it’s got nothing to offer me. I asked them if they believed they were part of the privileged 144,000. They admitted somberly that they didn’t believe they would be included.
Wow. What a hopeless faith. According to their belief, the worst that can happen to the ungodly is an eternal rest of annihilation, and the best is an eternity on an upgraded earth, sans Jesus.
I shared the good news of the gospel that they could be saved from their sins and live forever with Jesus in Heaven and explained that they didn’t need to do anything to gain this salvation, it was already accomplished on the cross. Sadly, they suggested we simply agree to disagree, and left. As they were walking away, I called after them, “I’ll pray for you,” to which one replied “Please don’t.” Tragic. (I prayed anyway).
Once you realize that Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses do NOT believe the same thing–any more than the Taliban and the Republican Party share ideals–you need some ammunition for your defense.
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