I know that some of you might think that I really should be reading the WT but with a husband still in and being that I am still very tied to the religion though him I want to know what is up with them in some ways.
The March 15 th WT made me feel sick. On page 5 it was talking about how we need to wait on Jehovah. It was really the same old stuff but I feel with a different twist. It starts with telling us we need to "keep alert. And it used Jesus illustration of a thief Matt: 43, 44. I know it is the same old same old but there was something else there that really bothered me.
It says "Why the repeated warnings? Such reminders are needed when as a result of waiting over what seems to be an extended period, people are at risk of losing their sense of urgency." Then with Jesus illustration of the thief it says "That illustration shows the need for being prepared to wait, even for a considerable length of time. No, we should not be overly concerned that this wicked system may have lasted longer than we expected. We should not deceive ourselves by falsely reasoning that 'Jehovah's time has not come.' Such thinking would dull our desire to preach the good news of the Kingdom. Rom 12:11." "If we do not arouse our clear thinking faculties, false reasonings can take root in our minds, For example , we might tell ourselves, 'Jehovah's day is undoubtedly coming-but not immediately,' It goes on to say the same old same old about "study, prayers, faithful meeting attendance, and preaching." But the page ends with "Now is certainly not the time to allow false reasoning to deceive us into thinking that Jehovah's day has been postponed. Rather, it is the time to make our hearts firm, for Jehovah's day has drawn close.
I know it is what they have been saying since I was a baby but how long can they keep this up. How long can they keep pushing and pushing and pushing for us to do more, more, more. I was not supposed to go to school, not to get married, I never had kids but if I did I could easily be a grandmother now. I was not supposed to save for old age as I would never grow old.
Many are in my place, now they are pushing our grandkids to be stupid like we were. How seriously how long can this go on?
Then this WT gets even worse I feel on page 15 on a study article looking forward to Blondie's comments it talks about "Richard and Ruth, parents of three young children. "My heart was telling me that I could do more for Jehovah," says Richard. "I had a comfortable life but felt that I was just giving God my surplus, as it were. After praying about the matter and counting the cost, Ruth and I agreed that I would ask by supervisor for a reduced work schedule of four days a week-even though the country was in the middle of an economic crisis. My request ws approved, and I started the new schedule within one month." How dose Richard feel now? "I get 20 percent less pay then before," he says, "but now I have an extra 50 days a year to be with my family and train my children. I have been able to double my time in field service, triple my number of Bible studies, and take a grated lead in the congregation. And because I am available to help with the children, Ruth has been able to auxiliary pioneer from time to time. I am determined to maintain this schedule for as long as possible."
It then goes on to relate Roy and Petina, "who have a daughter still at home, they were able to cut back their secular work so as to share in the ministry fulltime. "I work three days a week," says Roy, "and Petina works two. Also we moved from a house to an apartment, which is much easier to care for. We pioneered before we had our son and daughter, and we never lost the desire to pioneer. So when our children had grown up, we got back into the full-time ministry. No amount of money can compare with the blessings we have recived.
Par 18 even talks about the blood issue it sites one sister saying "A surgeon repeatedly tried to intimidate me into accepting a blood transfusion. 'What's this nonsense about blood?' was one of his first greetings.' Then and at other times, I prayed silently to Jehovah, and his peace came over me I felt like a rock." The study ends with theses words "During the rapidly approaching "day of Jehovah's fury," everything in which Satan's world puts its trust in will come crashing down. Gold, silver, and other valuable things will provide so security whatsoever. The only refuge will be our "Rock of times indefinite, "So let us demonstrate our full trust in Jehovah now by walking obediently in his righteous ways, by proclaiming his Kingdom message despite our having to face apathy or opposition.
Maybe it is the fact that I have stopped going to the meetings and am not getting the dose of brainwashing every week but it just seems scarier and scarier to me.