Category: Death and Resurrection (page 2 of 5)

Differences Between the Watchtower’s Two Classes

ChasmIn previous articles, I described the Watchtower’s two-class salvation system. Today I want to set out a number of differences between the two classes (according to Watchtower teaching; note: individual Jehovah’s Witnesses may not be aware of all of these teachings). Continue reading

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

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