Thank you all for your replies and words of comfort I really appreciate it.
To Old Hippie:
You say I went beyond 'what I was allowed to do'well if all the Society does is give suggestions and the person then makes up his own mind then there no rule for me to have broken.
Pay for your sons college lol good one. But I'm glad to hear he's going. My sons are still very young and I have a set up a fun for their college, against my wifes wishes. She's still in and she's what you would call an old school JW she still thinks this system will end before they get to college and then the money will be wasted. But I still save it anyway. Thanks for you kind words and your humor : )
Thanks for reminding me about 'works' being a jw all my life it's hard to get out of that routine of thinking. Thank you for the reminder : )
The verbage of almost everything the WT does is made to look like you are 'coming up' with your own conclusion while they just present facts.. It's just another trick of brainwashing.. I'm glad to see you didn't fall for it..That was an excellent reply to Old Hippie. I think you're right he's coming around
To: Farkel you said
If you are helping people because you want to do so, that is commendable. If you are helping people out of deep guilt, that is residual WatchtowerThink.Honestly I think it's a little of both. I cant help but to feel some guilt but I am trying to help others out of the Watchtower because I enjoy doing it, and i know its the right thing to do. But the guilt is there too.
Thanks for the Watchtower quotes they really demonstrate the way the thinking was then and somewhat still today.
if your version of 'help' is to send the poor ex-jw's into another religion, you are gravely mistaken. Your help should be soley in helping them see the JW's are wrong and to basically teach them how to apply logicNo I do not lead them to another religion in fact I no longer believe in organized religion as a whole. My main goal is to get them out of the Watchtower and to get to know the real Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much for the encouragement. Yours and Frankel's point about serving out of guilt is well taken. You're right it would be defeating the purpose. I just have to work hard at getting out of the JW mindset. I've only been out 3 years but I've been in for 30!
To: Nathan Natas
I think I was the one who told you you have "dues to pay."Yes you were Nathan and it did cause me to think on it. Thanks for writing again now I have a better understanding of what you meant.
As you all can see I'm new here so bear with me if my posts dont come out right.
formerly a member of a Non-Prophet