Welcome Sarabi, Two points that you brought out, that jumped out at me. I think we all come here to express ourselves. I can't even go to my father and express myself. He is an elder, and I am close to being 50 years old. If I were to ask my father questions, or tell him what I have learned about the Witnesses here, he would turn his back on me. If I were to go to any elder, and ask questions, I would be disfellowshipped for apostasy.
Remember, you talked to the elders before your wife did, to soften what was going to be said. You must have felt a little afraid also. When it was over, did you feel like the elders probably had a meeting about things that were said with Cognac? She now probably has a record, in the elders secret book.
I feel that this is the main reason my wife comes here, so that she can express herself without feeling judged. I feel the elders are not here to judge us, but are here to help us.
Second point, Where are you going to help her find the answers? The world is full of information. The Witnesses and their literature do not constitute all that is known on a subject. You have to open your mind to the possibility of the organization hiding information that they don't want you to know.
As you say, Keep on asking, and you will find. Cognac, is asking and searching. She feels that something is amiss.
We don't all come here and bash the Witnesses. It is not the people, but the organization.
I don't understand the need for her to come here anymore. I want her to understand that she can trust me and that I'll help her to find the answers that she is looking for. Keep on asking and you will find. Keep on knocking and it will be answered to you.
One thing that really touched me profoundly, is: If Jehovah picked the JW's as his mouthpiece, then why have there been so much "New Light". Also, if Russell was so blessed, how could he rely on measurements taken from the pyramids, for predict Biblical prophecy.
If Jehovah has blessed the congregations so much, why would he allow even 1 child to be molested? If this is Satan doing this, then why haven't the Governing Body changed its policy to turn these predator pedophiles into the police?
Did Jehovah Goof-up? Is Jehovah changing his mind? If the mortal men in New York were indeed chosen by Jehovah, to be the go between, between Jesus and the other sheep, then why all of the changes?
The witnesses talk about the other religions, and how they don't have Jehovah's blessing. They are all demonic. We can all look at what is happening to the Mormons in Texas. You and I know, that they are brainwashed, and whacked out. Step back. WAY BACK. Go stand on the biggest hill you can find. Look at the Witnesses from the outside. I think Cognac has. And what she has seen, she is scared of. I know I am. My father is a very educated man. I find it incomprehensible that he is still an elder, and still believes this. But, he has been sheltered, just like all other Witnesses. Sheltered, and not allowed to look for answers elsewhere.
They have even told you in (I think) the Oct.07 Kingdom ministry, not to assemble and discuss and read the Bible. That can only be don't at the Kingdom Hall, and with approved literature. That in itself is enough for me to stand up, and ask "What is going on??". Jehovah gave me the Bible. I have a brain. I can read it for myself. The Bible does not belong to old men in New York. It belongs to me.
Please step back. Cognac is knocking. She is knocking very loudly. Open the door!!!!! Research. If it is the TRUTH, it will with stand scrutiny. Jehovah should not mind. Are the words you said about knocking and seeking, aren't they Jehovah's words? What right, do elders, or the men in Brooklyn, have to judge you, asking questions. Yes, they do judge you. There is person after person here, on this forum, who have asked the same questions as Cognac has, and been disfellowshipped.
She wants answers. You should want the truth also. Please don't be blind, and not look at what she is going through. She is hurting, just as much as you. You are in this together.