for those of you who are former JW's or never were JW's, what would you say
about that idea (wordly people only live for holidays), and why do JW's really say that?
I am answering as a fader, still attending most meetings.
"Worldly people just live for the holidays"- This can be true of many people, from
a so-called spiritual person. In other words (longer ones), a person who has no
relationship with God, but loves decorating and going to parties, could very well
be viewed as someone who has no other hopes or understandings about the
God he is serving.
That said, SO WHAT? I know JW's don't have the answers. I know I am going
to keep looking for them the rest of my life. If I don't know, and they don't know,
what's wrong with participating in a celebration of the search for spiritual truth or
in a celebration of freedom, liberation, thanks, love, or whatever the holiday is
I posted awhile back something to the effect that said- people for the most part
have forgotten that Christmas was supposed to honor Jesus Christ, born as the
saviour of mankind. They now focus their positive thoughts on gift-giving and
hopes of finding solutions to mankind's problems. They manage to focus on
love and family and giving and peace during this particular time of year. If I
don't share their religious views, I could still join them in their celebration and
I hope I don't live for the holidays, but someone who does- at least they have that.
As a former member of a mind-control cult, I don't know what I have, so until I
find out, I will join them sometimes.
(This is not a flame of your question. I just get excited sometimes, and
bitter sometimes, and both sometimes.)