Nice post, Shootist. I agree, God is love, not an insane bunch of restrictions put together by some old men in Brooklyn. I'm not a JW, nor have I ever been, and so I grew up with a loving, caring God, not a vengeful, angry God, and I hold on to that belief. God loves us unconditionally and He will forgive us our sins if we ask for it. We are not accountable to some earthly organization like the WTS, we are accountable to Him and only Him.
Lunarlara, you deserve a personal relationship with God, but you won't get that with the WTS. Stand your ground and don't budge. You'll be so much better off without the WTS in your life, and you'll save your children a life of misery as JWs. Don't be afraid of the JWs, hold on to your beliefs and don't let them sway you. Your faith is more important in you life than the WTS.