@ Coffee - thanks for sharing again. I actually bookmarked your experience from before because I have young children myself and found the whole don't play with the neighborhood kids ( or anyone children whose parents are weak in the cong. for that matter) over the top. I did not want my kids to end up social outcasts.
What woke me up? Arguing online with someone who asked me if I really followed the dictates men or God. That person asked me about Russell and Rutherford and I was embarrased as I had no idea who they were. Also, all of the prophecy nonsense in the Revelation, Isaiah and other books that had no scriptural backing, or the scriptures seems stretched to say the least. I remember being at the literature counter and a sister asking me if I'd gotten my new copy of the Revelation book for the upcoming book study. I'd had one from years ago, so I figured I didn't need another one. At this she said,
"No you can't use that Revelation book, you need a new one, with the changes." Needless to say, I was like...
dorayakii said: Haha, yeah it's funny how you do something to "bolster your faith" which then has the opposite effect. That's why the society discourages us from looking into things too deeply.
This is sooo true. I actually set out to prove to myself that my JW faith was the 'correct' one. Lots of research and reading various translations of the bible. Look where it led me, straight out of the organization.