Together with our family we went to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Church from Lapusna, the village where I and my wife were born. We had a very nice divine service, where so many people of different age came and we could rejoice at the Resurrection of our Lord.
At the end of the service, while we were talking on the street before we left for our houses to continue the celebration, we met a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses who had their service in the neighbourhood. One of us greeted one of the leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses with “Christ has risen!”, that one replied “Hello…” It seemed to me that I did not hear well, but when an old woman passed near me and I greeted her with the same “Christ has risen!”, she answered: “Good afternoon…” While I was studying at the seminar, we learnt about the teaching of this heresy, but I could not remember that it denied the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. They deny His divinity and this is the most grave point of all their heretical teaching. But, let us go back to the situation presented above.
The old woman that answered me “Good afternoon…” stopped near us and tried to talk to us. So, with respect I tried to tell her that I was suprised to receive that answer to my greeting and I was wondering if they denied the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Another women came to us immediately, she was younger and she seemed very angry and ready to quarrel, she began to put provocative questions and she told that nowhere in the Bible is written to celebrate the ressurection of the Lord Jesus Christ and she blamed all those who celebrate this event. After we tried to tell her a little about the meaning of this great event for us as Christians, we saw that she did not hear and did not want to hear anything. We tried to stop the discussion, as God tells us to do in His Word:
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:23–26)(NASB)
I also noticed that the old woman who tried to talk to us hold in her hands a version of the Bible in Romanian: “The Bible – new world translation”. Here is a short examination of this translation.
Translated by Felicia Djugostran