I said, "Sure, go ahead."
So one of them started reading this passage:
Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God. He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8, NWT)I listened politely and then I asked, "Would you mind reading another passage for me?"
He said, "Sure, which one?"
"Deuteronomy 13, verses 6 through 10."
So he read it in his New World Translation.
In case your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or your cherished wife or your companion who is like your own soul, should try to allure you in secrecy, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ whom you have not known, neither you nor your forefathers, some of the gods of the peoples who are all around you, the ones near you or those far away from you, from one end of the land to the other end of the land, you must not accede to his wish or listen to him, nor should your eye feel sorry for him, nor must you feel compassion, nor cover him [protectively]; but you should kill him without fail. Your hand first of all should come upon him to put him to death, and the hand of all the people afterward. And you must stone him with stones, and he must die.I asked him to explain how a God of love could have inspired that passage. Would a God of love command a man to stone to death his brother, son, daughter, wife, or friend for suggesting that he should worship another god?
He said he'd never thought about it before, but he'd get back to me.
I'll let you know if he does.