I guess one of the benefits of being off for Spring Break is the opportunity for more Jehovah Witness encounters at the house.
They usually just drop off their Watchtower Literature because no one’s home. But this morning I had the opportunity to have a biblical discussion with two older gentlemen from the local Kingdom Hall. They first made some general points about the end times and the marks of a true Christian, which I had no problem affirming. But before they left I guided the discussion to the physical resurrection of the body (which they deny) and finally the Trinity (which they deny).
We had an amicable Word-centered dialogue for about 30 minutes. The last 1o minutes or so they attempted to excuse themselves from the conversation but I kept plodding along with my point or posed a different question I had for them.
“We’ll talk more about the Trinity when we come back!” One said.
“I’d love that!” I said. “These kind of discussions help keep me on my toes.”
I shook hands with them, told them when they could reach me, and promised an open door anytime I was home.
What was pretty cool in retrospect was that I had just happened upon the above infographic from Challies site right before my encounter. The Trinity is a mysterious and beautiful doctrine no finite mind can grasp. Unfortunately, Jehovah Witnesses explain it away on supposed logical grounds (one said to me “How can the Son be God and have to pray to God the Father?”) or an argument from silence (the other said to me, “The word Trinity is not even in the Bible.”). Other well-meaning Christians fall in the opposite ditch and try to explain the Trinity too much (as the graphic illustrates).
I shared with the gentlemen “If we could put the nature of God in a nice tidy box we could comprehend then He would cease being God.”
I asked them:
“Could Jehovah answer a prayer right here in Lynn Haven, FL and simultaneously answer a prayer in Africa and Asia?”
“Could He answer thousands of prayers at once?”
“Explain to me in logical terms how Jehovah could do that.”
They stared at me for a few moments and changed the subject.
Of course, with all such encounters you replay each argument after the fact and critique your failure to sound like a multiple PHd in biblical languages, theology, and philosophy. But I think the door is open for more dialogue, and I need dissenting opinions to keep me sharp and humble.
I hope we never miss an opportunity to witness to someone knocking down our door so we can explain to them the Scriptures. (1 Peter 3:15)
And let’s not worry if we don’t know all the technical answers. God can use the fumbling stuttering words of any humble saint who desires to please Him and be faithful to His Word. He did it with Moses. He can do it with us.
We plant simple powerful gospel seeds, God makes them grow as He wills. (1 Cor 3:7)
Peace and Grace,