Talking About Flat Earth to Jehovah Witnesses
I had mentioned that I talked to a Jehovah Witness about the flat earth and talked about Isaiah 40:22, where God said he sits on the circle of the earth. The girl looked in ‘their’ dictionary on her iPhone and said that it means sphere. The conversation went on and I didn’t have time to think and respond to her comment.
About a week later I went to their website (JW.org), specifically, https://www.jw.org/en/search/?q=circle+of+the+earth
and saw the following: a quote from Isiah 40:22
a section that says, ‘Is the Bible scientifically accurate,’
a section that says, ‘Does the Bible tech that the earth is flat?’
along with other sections.
This is where they get their stock answers. If you want to see what they would say, it’s found on their website (just type in what you are looking for).
And some other section about the flat earth. I had not known this the last time I talked to a JW. Then, I looked up in Google the definition of the word ‘circle.’ I knew they had it wrong. Google brought me to a quote from Oxford Dictionary giving the definition about circle. It said this under meaning 1:
a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre).
“draw a circle with a compass”
If I get a chance, I’ll confront them with their change of meaning; asking them that if they think they know more about the definition of words than Oxford. I’ll tell them to ask any math major and ask them the definition of ‘circle.’
I don’t expect to get anywhere with people that are so brainwashed, but if I can put a little doubt in their minds, like I did before. This is the start of when a person questions their belief – in this case, a false belief. And I’ll see what happens. For those who refuse to see the truth, God told us what he does. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-13 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness…”
One of the things that I said the last time I spoke to Jehovah Witness was, what Solomon said, “’He that judgeth a matter is a fool.’ A trial along Christian standards is, that you hear both sides of the story. Just because you heard what the accused murderer did, does that make you a murderer?”
I waited for the two girls’ response. They said, “No.”
“Likewise, you have to listen to the other side of the story (or other sides), as truth has nothing to hide.” I think that this put a little doubt in them. I will let them ‘connect the dots’ in terms of what they are told to read. As with all cults, they only want you to hear what their preacher or guru says and what materials they are given – to listen to no one else.
Of course, many people would say they would just ignore them. But doing so does not convert them. We do learn about people who left cults, such as JW, and that was because what someone took the time and said something to them that made them to think for themselves.
Bible says that you admonish them once or twice and if they will not listen, then you ‘shake the dust from your feet,’ as the ancient Middle East idiom goes. That means that you don’t waste your time going back again and again. The biblical principal is, that you spend your time with someone else who hasn’t heard the message for the first time.