Leaving the watchtower does not mean leaving god. Many here have been able to maintain a relationship with god without the need for a set of beliefs or a creed or any organised system of worship at all. No churches, meeting halls or study groups are necessary just a deeply held conviction in the goodness of god and the value of a personal relationship with him.
Such believers often stress 'spirituality' over religion.
Now I don't mean to denigrate anyone's beliefs and no offence is intended but really, is a 'spiritual' approach to life any better for our mental and emotional well-being than being part of an organised religion? Some posters tout their new found 'spirituality' to be an advancement on their prior situation as Jehovah's Witnesses but in one very important aspect nothing really has changed at all, the belief that there is more than the material universe, that there exists a 'spiritual realm'.
In this, I believe, people with a 'spiritual' outlook on life are still in error as to the true nature of existence. They as wrong about reality as JW's, Mormons, Muslims, Zoroastrians and members of the Flat Earth Society. I'm sure many will 'tut tut' and say "Poor Nicolaou, he has no appreciation or understanding of the spiritual dimension to life".
I can feel awe and reverence for the Universe on a cold, clear starry night. Beautiful music can move me, nature and art can inspire me and a newborn baby will stir my 'soul'. But none of this is the spirituality I am talking about (and you believers know it). The spirituality I am dismissing is that 'spiritual realm' in which the Supreme Being resides, god, the divine. The connection made when praying is said to tap into that 'spiritual realm' - god's presence is 'felt'.
For as long as this erroneous view is held, its adherents will be held fast to the bedrock of ignorance and fallacy to which all organised religions are securely attached. To the ‘spiritual’ man or woman who has left the Kingdom Hall behind I say this, your journey is not yet over. For as long as you hold onto your ‘spirituality’ you can continue to call believers of all other faiths your ‘brothers’ – yes, even the Muslim extremist and the Jehovah’s Witnesses you left behind.
The ravings of a godless atheist? Rather that than the delusions of ‘spirituality’.