My JW SIL doesn't approve of me being on this site. She has compared it to a black person having a friend that is a member of a anti-black community.
So, lately I have been asking myself, Why am I here?
I know exactly why.
Where else can you get so many varied opinions about a religion that I grew up in, would have died for, have family members that are members of, have questions about myself and find answers to some tough questions I have? I CAN'T talk to any JWs about the questions or concerns I have or they will immediately label me an evil "apostate." Or give me an extremely one sided narrow minded answer that has been 'told' to them or 'interpreted' for them. I want it all to be my own.
I like that there are so many different backgrounds in here. I value everyone's opinion, and can't resist reading others perspective on a subject. Sometimes, someone articulates it in a way that makes sense to me, sometimes I read things that I totally disagree with and that helps form MY opinions about God etc, sometimes I agree with some of it but not all of it, etc.
I am strong enough in what I call my 'base' personal convictions to be here. Ie: Just because I am in university learning about, listening to evolution, being exposed to many views on it, does not automatically mean that I am now an evolutionist. I LOVE learning about other's beliefs and do not feel threatened at all by gaining knowledge. I only find it empowering.
Basically, I am here, because I am still searching.....aren't we all, don't we always? People in here are very real, have the same pain as I do, and understand at a level that does not need to be overtly stated.
What about you? Jez