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Discussing the Rich Man and Lazarus: Explaining the Christian Understanding

Rich summaryAfter you have shown the Witnesses the inconsistencies and contradictions in the Watchtower’s interpretation of the rich man and Lazarus account, you can tell them why your own understanding makes more sense to you.

I suggest making the following points: Continue reading

Discussing the Rich Man and Lazarus: The Five Brothers

Rich 27-31In this post, we’ll discuss the third and final segment of Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:27-31.

Abraham has just refused to let Lazarus give the rich man water. The rich man responds: Continue reading

Discussing the Rich Man and Lazarus: The Great Chasm

Rich 24-26In the last post, we covered the first segment of Jesus’ rich man and Lazarus account. We saw that the Watchtower doesn’t believe the story is a teaching about a conscious existence after death. Instead, it sees the account as a parable about a reversal of Jehovah’s favor which took place when Jehovah instituted the new covenant at Pentecost.

In this post, we’ll talk about how to engage Jehovah’s Witnesses in discussion of the second segment of Jesus’ story, Luke 16:24-26: Continue reading

Discussing the Rich Man and Lazarus: Why an “After Death” Story?

Rich 19-23In discussing the rich man and Lazarus account with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I recommend that you begin with the Watchtower interpretation. Tell them there are aspects of it you don’t understand and ask them to clarify.

I suggest dividing the account into three segments and addressing the passage topic by topic.

In this post, we’ll discuss the first segment, Luke 16:19-23: Continue reading

The Rich Man and Lazarus: The Watchtower Explanation

Lazarus Watchtower viewThe Watchtower rejects as pagan the teaching that people have souls which have consciousness which survives physical death. It also rejects as pagan and God-dishonoring the teaching that unrepentant people suffer torment and anguish after their deaths.

Because of this, the Watchtower does not accept Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus at face value. It rejects completely the Christian view of the passage which we covered in the previous post.

Instead, the Watchtower inserts its own meanings for all the people and events in Jesus’ account and then proclaims itself the defender of reasonableness and biblical consistency. What it ends up with is a fanciful and self-contradictory interpretation of its own creation.

However, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe what the Watchtower tells them. In order to get through to them, you first need to understand what they believe. Continue reading

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