I know that much has been said about the 3-15-06 WT study article on false religion, but I wanted to add my two cents because of the way that it affects my situation.
I realized a long time ago that this wasn't the "truth", but I only allowed myself to acknowledge this fact two years ago. Since then I have been trying to figure out what that realization meant for my faith in God and religion. I have more answers now than I did two years ago, but my search for meaning and understanding continues and probably will for the rest of my life. I'm not trying to find something to replace the "truth" with; I'm just looking for some calmness within. This has not been an easy process since my wife still feels that Jehovah's Witnesses are the only true religion, but she is coming to grips with my situation and we are moving forward.
I recently joined a Presbyterian church, not because of the denomination itself, but because of the pastor. He takes a practical and rational approach to the Bible and to faith that speaks to my condition. I go every Sunday to the church and attend the meetings at the hall with my wife on the week nights. I know this will sound crazy to some, but I do this for my wife; it helps her as she tries to adjust. I also have many close friends at the hall that I still enjoy seeing. Of course, no one at the hall knows of my association with "Babylon the Great" and I hope they don't find out until my wife has had more time to adjust, but I take things as they come. That brings me to this study article.
I won't go into details about all of the misrepresentations as they have been covered by others. One that I will mention that really stinks is found in paragraph 11. It says in part that true Christians i.e. Jehovah's Witnesses avoid exposure to religious literature that promotes lies about God and his word. Where does that leave the Watchtower itself that has always, and still does, quote from Christendom's scholars when it wants to try and give some validity to some point being made? The hypocrisy is incredible.
What is so troubling to me is that when this article is considered at the end of April, my wife will be sitting there and will be crying her eyes out at the fact that her husband is like " the dog that has returned to its own vomit". She can't help but feel that I have turned my back on God and am destined for destruction. A very hard thing to feel when you love someone and think that they are going to be destroyed by God. Needless to say, I am already planning a trip for that weekend to spare her that. I know that she will, of course, have already read the article and that it doesn't say anything new, but for her the point is driven home when an article is studied at the meeting. She is a very emotional person and I love her very much.
I'm sorry for the rant and the venting, but I really needed to this time and I appreciate having a place to do so. This board has been a real encouragement to me for the last year and more.