From my other post: I think this belongs here!
"While malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it." After quoting Mt 7:6 the paragraph continues: "That is why Jesus on certain occasions refrained from giving full information or direct answers to certain questions when doing so could have brought unneccessary harm." A few more scriptural citations follow and the paragraph ends with this: "Evidently the course of Abraham, Isaac, Rahab, and Elisha in misdirecting or in withholding full facts from nonworshipers of Jehovah must be viewed in the same light." (All italics mine)
Well hell that makes it all better. Had I known this, I would never have been disfellowshipped. And While I have been disfellowshipped 3 times, I should have been greeted by my family and friends. I have been going about this all wrong.
It is apparent that if I lie, (oops...withhold truthful information) I can stay in the congregation. Heck, I can even testify in court.
If I tell the truth, they can read my mind, heart, and thoughts and decide to remove me from family and friends, because they have Gods Holy spirit directing them. In case they are wrong though, if the Holy spirit was sleeping that day...there is an appeals process. We learned that from the other video.
Also, if I celebrate Birthdays, fornicate, go to Vegas brothels. I will not be disfellowshipped. And I wonder how he can state that by being a JW, you can have a "relationship with my creator".
I thought to myself, that if it is so as he stated that a person understands the 200 plus questions, then a 7 or 8 year old baptized fully understand completely what it means to dedicate ones life to Jehovah and the Jehovahs witnesses. With that said, I do not know anyone that is 7 or 8 that is tried as an adult in a court case. This is because 7 or 8 year olds are not capeable of making those adult decisions. Even later teen years it is iffy if a person is tried as an adult. Yet, we can be disfellowwhipped...not shunned if we decide later not to be one.
So we can be held to a life choice as a child when we do not fully understand what we are doing.
We are in a group of people that are taught to not divulge truth to people that are not entitled to it.
Then we are taught that we are all children.
Only when older can we delve into the meat of a subject.
While young we are fed milk like things because we are babies.
But when we are older and adult and realize this is so wrong, what we have learned...we are removed for our sake from the congregation (Not to keep the congregation clean). Then we pay an adult price for a childs decision. Hmmmmm
If we don't tell and we omit truth we could have avoided it all in the first place by not confessing.
Just some thoughts. This is wacked crap!!