• Using Soundbites to Communicate - What type of rhetoric do you find more persuasive—long, carefully crafted arguments or concise, easy-to-remember soundbites? By “soundbites,” I mean brief, catchy comments or sayings that convey the essence of your message and stick in the minds of your audience. Effective persuaders use soundbites.
  • The Positives of Soundbite Witnessing - In the context of religious dialogue, soundbite witnessing means sharing or defending one’s faith through the use of short, memorable statements, questions, or quotations. Let’s look at some of the positives of soundbite witnessing.
  • The Negatives of Soundbite Witnessing - As we saw in the first two blog articles in this series, using soundbites in witnessing can be a very effective communication tool. Unfortunately, it also has a downside.
  • Soundbite Witnessing Safeguards - As we saw in the previous blog article, using soundbites in witnessing has a downsides. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use them. However, it does mean that it’s important to establish some safeguards.
  • What Did Jesus Say Would Be Raised? - The Watchtower teaches that Jesus’ body never rose from the dead. Rather, “at his resurrection from the dead, Jesus was brought forth with a spirit body.” Let’s see if we can come up with a good soundbite response.
  • What Did Jesus Say Had Been Raised? - Last time, we asked, “What did Jesus say would be raised?” We looked at his prophecy in John 2:19-21 that if his body was destroyed, in three days he would raise it up. This time, let’s look at what happened after the resurrection and see what Jesus had to say about his resurrected form.
  • Dealing with the “Locked Room” Argument - If Jesus rose from the dead in a physical body, how did he suddenly appear in the middle of a locked room? Let’s see if we can come up with a soundbite answer for this Watchtower question.
  • Dealing with the “Invisible Jesus” Argument - In an effort to prove that Jesus was resurrected as a spirit creature, the Watchtower notes that Acts 10:41 says, “He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” Based on this, they ask, "Why did not others see him too? Because he was a spirit creature and when, as angels had done in the past, he materialized fleshly bodies to make himself visible, he did so only in the presence of his disciples." You can answer this argument with two soundbites.
  • Dealing with the Watchtower’s 1 Corinthians 15 Arguments - The Watchtower cites 1 Corinthians 15 as “proof” that Jesus could not have been resurrected with a physical body. 1 Cor. 15:40, 42-44, 47-50: There are heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies; but the glory of the heavenly bodies is one sort, and that of the earthly bodies is a different sort. So also is the resurrection of the dead. . . . It is sown a physical body, it is raised up a spiritual body. . . . The first man [Adam] is out of the earth and made of dust; the second man [Jesus Christ] is out of heaven. As the one made of dust is, so those made of dust are also; and as the heavenly one is, so those who are heavenly are also. And just as we have borne the image of the one made of dust, we shall bear also the image of the heavenly one. However, this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom.” (There is no allowance here for any mixing of the two sorts of bodies or the taking of a fleshly body to heaven.) [1] You can see how Jehovah’s Witnesses turn this into soundbites: “Heavenly bodies… earthly bodies” “Physical body… spiritual body” “Flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom.” Let’s see how we can come up with a soundbite response.
  • Discussing Annihilationism - The Watchtower does not believe in everlasting conscious punishment. It states: “The very idea of eternal torment is repugnant to God,” the Watchtower says. “His maximum punishment for the wicked is to revoke the gift of life.” I recommend that you counter the Watchtower’s annihilation-of-the-wicked doctrine with soundbites such as the ones set out below.