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conditions in the city. It is within this ministry which I found that there are different views on the aspects of Christianity for example God, Jesus Christ and the Bible. In my community the opinions as well as the views differ in terms of the beliefs and culture of the people interviewed. The Majority of people interviewed were both Jehovah’s Witnesses and people claiming to be Christians. There were many questions and concerns that the people in this community face, where the following three objections / questions definitely stood out: The first question that came to light is: How can God exist when everything goes wrong? 2
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READ_GHL_The Apologetic need in my community There is a specific lady in the city in an apartment block which is very old, not very looked after and also very dangerous. After spending time with this lady I came to realise that it isn’t going to well with her and her family. She and her son share a 1 bedroom flat, sleeping in one bed, living out of the same closet and all in more or less 30 m 2 . Not knowing where the next plate of food will come from or what event will take place next in their building. This helped me understand why the question raised, because she feels all left out and helpless, not seeing any improvement. The second question: Why don’t the Jehovah’s witnesses believe the same as Christians? My personal meaning around this topic / question is that the beliefs of both religions are very closely related and with a lot of similarities, in a sense almost parallel to each other. Therefore people can get confused easily especially if they find themselves in a place of desperation. Socio-cultural influence plays a role as well, for people tend to create an environment where religion is not explored or tested, but accepted because of the place people find themselves in and relate to the people around them. In the same building we minister to is 60% Jehovah’s, because of the situations the people face The third question is: How can I believe in a religion that contradicts itself? I found that people are very sceptic about contradictions within a religion or the Bible. They feel contradictions within the Bible because of the fact that it is all about keeping the Law, not about faith. People tend to seek for contradictions because the Holy Spirit hasn’t come and to break open the Word and reveal God’s love and mercy. It is constantly a thing of God waiting to punish us for doing something wrong. 3
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READ_GHL_The Apologetic need in my community 2. The second aspect is to ask the question why are all these things present in my community, what drive people to these questions and objections? Regarding the question on God’s existence , the same lady as mentioned earlier, tend to wonder where God is and if He really exists, because her circumstances just doesn’t seem to change. She still continues to live in poverty, still without a job, still sharing her flat with her son and not having her own privacy. Then another incident, her grandson was molested at school
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