Far too many times I have heard the accusation that all x-JWs want to do is tear down the WTS. We scrounge around digging up every piece of information that we can that will put the WTS in a bad light. Well so they tell us. "They" being those who seek to defend the WTS and forget the past because ... well it is the past and there is so much "new light"
When I started learning about the real WTS, the one that JWs don't know about, I never would have dreamed of the corruption, misrepresentation, lies, cover-ups, rewriting of history and on and on.
So what interests me about finding out the real truth.
For the sake of any JWs reading this I will make a few quotes.
Prov. 22: 6 Train up a boy according to the way for him; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it.
1 Tim. 4:7 But turn down the false stories which violate what is holy and which old women tell. On the other hand, be training yourself with Godly devotionas your aim.
1 Thess. 2:21-22 Make sure of all things' hold fast to what is fine, Abstain from every form of wickedness.
Num. 23: 19 God is not a man that he should tell lies, Neither a son of mankind that he should feel regret. Has he himself said it and will he not do it, And has he spoken and will he not carry it out?
God does not lie and he does not love liars. Hiding the truth is in effect a lie. God wants people to be sure of all things. And that means not taking a person's word for it but actually doing the work of checking out whether their words are true, "make sure of all things".
I am convinced that the truth does not need to be hidden. I am convinced that the truth needs no defense. It can stand on its own. I could sit here and quote dozens of scriptures that say 'let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. Witnesses in fact go door to door and tell other people they need to make sure of all things. Well just because one believes they have found the truth doesn't mean they should sit back and stop checking to see if they are still on the right path.
There are so many great researchers on this board. I admire and look up to all of them as they continue to seek out truth. And if that truth exonerates the WTS, good and if it doesn't then we need to really examine what we were taught.
There is a common saying that those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. If my parents lied to me every day then I would learn that their "lie" is "truth". it is only if I test this "truth" that I can see that it is indeed a lie.
I hate being lied to. My father was a compulsive liar. I learned young to never trust him. I remember sitting and listening to him lie to people and watch them as they fell into his trap and believed what he said. I have learned to not trust liars or those who take a bit of truth and embellish it or obscure it with half-truths. Once I catch a person in a lie, the trust is gone and I want to know what else have they lied about or what other information has been kept from me.
Dr Phil is well known for saying "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior." I believe that knowing the real past of the WTS can provide us with an indication of where this organization is going.
When I started looking into the WTS' past I certainly was not prepared for what I found. I trusted the WTS leadership to be honest, to tell the truth and to not lie or coverup the past. It is not good enough to say "That was the past. Forget it." As an abuse survivor I tried that and it just does not work. It doesn't work for people and it doesn't work for organizations. It certainly doesn't work for a religion that claims to be God's mouthpiece. God's organization should be open to examination. It should invite investigation and be found above reproach.
If the leadership has lied about or covered up so many things that we have found out about then I really do have to wonder about the things that still have questions attached to them.
What else has been hidden?
I really think we are at a point (and have been for a very long time) that those who have left the WTS know far more about the WTS than the average JWs.
Somehow that just doesn't seem right.