As i'm sure there are many who have never had an extended discussion with Jehovah's Witnesses, I wanted to share a very interesting encounter. The point in posting this is not to get into a debate about the theology that was discussed. Instead, I want you to think about the attitude of the JW's. Clearly, the non-JW was using this as an opportunity to share his beliefs. And as the video demonstrated, he was also willing to hear what that JW's had to say.
For the first video, it seemed that the JW had a similar attitude. When Bill (the non-JW) would ask questions, the JW would look at the Scriptures and come up with an answer. So far, the discussion was profitable.
However, during the second video (its hard to say how long they had been talking up to this point), the wheels fall off the truck. Can you believe that someone would have this kind of pride? "I'm not here to learn anything, i'm here to teach." or "I'm not going to look at anymore Scriptures about Jesus." Who do they think they are? Who, in their right mind, thinks that they are so smart or enlightened that they can plug their ears when an opposing viewpoint is being presented? This is not an exception to the rule. Unless you are a sheep-like "seeker," most JW's will ignore when you are deliberately trying to show them where they are unscriptural. Though my past study conductors were not so blatant in their pride, their motives were loud and clear.
Was Bill ever rude or disrespectful? Who was the one dodging questions and not dealing with the text? Who was being more humble? This is yet another reason why I will never be associated with this religion (as i'm sure most JW's will commend the JW's behavior here, which is sad). Again, when you watch these videos, set your theological views aside for a second and focus on the attitudes displayed:
The youtube user took down the videos for legal reasons (he personally called me). But I figured i'd leave this post up for the sake of the comments and discussions.