An answer for the hope

 

Taken from first Peter, the Bible teaches Christians "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."

Having an early breakfast with a wedded couple teaching for the Watchtower, I explained this idea from the scriptures. So if we are going to suffer, it's better that we suffer from some good thing, rather than for doing something we are ashamed of. For example, being struck by a bus saving the life of a child is a terrible thing, terrible but worth doing, however, being ran over by a bus while trying to jump into the backdoor without paying is both terrible and terribly embarrassing.

 

Doing the work of an evangelist, like the witnesses try doing everyday, is an unpleasant thing, they're routinely ignored, ostracised and disrespected by the general public, they're suffering. In my own experience going door to door and teaching on Christ that's exactly how I've been treated on many occasions, again that's a kind of suffering, but only one of us are suffering for something good. The Watchtower, who these people were representing, are an organisation famous for taking advantage of people, women, the elderly and of course young couples.

 

My heart went out to this couple because, trying in vain to answer my questions, they were only fumbling deeper down the rabbit hole of stock answers that the Watch tower prepared in advance for believers who are sick with doubt. The unfortunate are locked into believing a lie, while the lucky have a long road of extracting themselves out of these institutes. Whether or not this couple ever escaped I don't know.

 

By writing and publishing these articles I intend in some small part to provide an answer for the hope that's within Christians, not a hope build on stock answers or social traps designed to lock us into a system of beliefs we don't find plausible. Rather these things are about inspiring beliefs we already suspect are true, bringing out the best in us and giving each other an opportunity to explore the unknown, and maybe than to return with something incredible to tell others about.

 

― Tyrone Cormack