I have never replied on here before so I am new to this. I have been reading alot of comments on here and am amazed by how much my life has changed since leaving the JW's. I left when I was 17, almost 18, I had many doubts but no source of knowledge outside of the JW's. I will tell everyone thinking of leaving, it is a very lonely place, you will feel like you are making the wrong decision because of all the pressure to stay, I had elders and friends following me coming to my work to the point that I had to have coworkers chase them away, I was young and vulnerable and needed to go cold turkey and cut everyone out until I had decided what was right. They were filling me with fear of having no place to go without them and that I was turning my back on GOD, well in my mind I was looking for GOD, I knew there was more to it than what I knew to be true as a witness. They tried to manipulate me into staying by using fear, not love, and to me that was key, if Christ teaches that we must love each other as he loves us, well that isn't how Christ loves us, he never disowns us and walks through stores pointing fingers at us because we did something wrong. The love is missing, the desire of the witnesses is to convert people and control people by demanding they follow laws, hmm, sound familiar, like maybe the Pharisees and the Saducees, which Jesus rebuked, they were so obsessed with law and practice that they left out some of the most important teachings of the bible, the grace that GOD has shown us by forgiving us, the love he has for us, and how much we don't deserve it, and the fact that there is nothing we do that GOD doesn't already know we are going to do. GOD doesn't shun us and shame us into submission. So the only thing I can say to those leaving is to read, read, read, and read some more from the bible. Look up scriptures and sit with a witness bible and a regular bible and compare. Pray that GOD guard you heart and help you see the truth, find a book that can show you some good scriptures for comparing. Find out the truth about the trinity, John 1:1 is a prime example, the witness bible says the word was A god, a normal bible says the word was GOD, not A god, and since when have witnesses believed in multiple gods.Their own bible disproves there validity. I know that if you are reading this GOD is trying to tell you something, he is giving you a chance to listen to him and know that he cares enough for you to make you think about what choices you are making, if you are leaving the witnesses you are not leaving GOD you are listening to him and know that other people are out here who were lonely for a time, but remember the bible reminds us there is a time for everything, this is your time to draw close to him, we always draw closer to GOD in our struggles, you may struggle now for awhile but ultimately your reward is in heaven with GOD, and an eternity of peace, do you want to give that up? If you have read this you need to know that GOD is listening, talk to him, as I write this I am hoping that this will help even just one person, even if ten people are offended, Jesus didn't come here to tickle ears he came to speak the truth, the truth is this decision means your spiritual life. I will pray for you, and I will ask everyone I know to pray that this reaches to your heart, and GOD moves you it is time to act and especially now with Christmas, knowing that Immanuel is here, GOD is with us, he always is.