When I was a Jehovah's Witness I remember these debates being mentioned about the raps of innocent children that elders commented, the blacks and whites segregation, the crosses and Christmas tree in the B ethal , etc. Jehovah's Witnesses have always been harassed for these things. With the changing world and knowledge of the scriptures they work hard to try to work towards accurateness. I commend them for that. They are ONLY human and have done greater good then bad. I say this because I witness individual people, witnesses, who devote their whole lives in helping others and caring for a person deep down, not thinking this is what the Jehovah's Witness society said cause they are my leader but because they felt good come from it. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_would_you_define_a_cult (when i looked up what a cult was I came across this) cult-a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies; a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader. (dictionary.com)
For example the US Government, many of US citizens would say that this is the best country to live in but it has errored too. There are many doctors that are licensed and have errored. As well as many professions that are trained to do their job but because we are human have errored.
To put this in a logical sense we need something to give use mental nourishment, physiological guidance, to inspire, build up, and motivate.
The Jehovah's Witnesses have changed allot sense 1970's. It has because people change and have to consider every aspect of life. Dealing with a vast body of people and hearing complaints and pleads they have considered their rights and respects of a human being thus having to humble themselves as well. My fiance has been raised in Church of God one thing he notes is how they speak out or peach in humbleness is by always say this is our interpretation of the scriptures. So I also assume with many nondenominational religions they have this in like mind.
One thing I do want to reveal is they always reference to the Bible and as a body work hard to work in harmony with what the Scriptures say. "Jehovah reveals all things at appointed time" "Jehovah uses imperfect men" "They will reap what they sow". The Governing body and all of their members know the scriptures and know God judges their hearts. Until then Jehovah will give us strength. He doesn't give us what we can't handle. Man has an amazing ability to live throw the hard times and cope with the bad.
I also consider Moses that lead Israel. He made his mistakes. As many Prophets in the Bible did. We do have our perceptive powers and power of reasoning. God gave us that.
I feel like the ninja that left his master... (a movie I watched an forget the name too) lol I was trained by the 'cult' (still seems a bet disrespectful to use this term) but left the 'cult' for a greater good. God said their would be wolves in sheep clothing among the sheep... don't disregard all the sheep as a whole, only the wolves in it. I can't deny though I am thankful for the Jehovah's Witness to draw me closer to the Bible and have good and positive wisdom to face challenges with a mild and loving heart.
I just hope the light will get brighter (turn on... haha) for them when it comes to deciding the case of wrongdoers giving them stepping stones for them to reach success. It's easy to push someone off the edge but to reel them back up takes effort. I climbed my way up maybe on a different mountain away from my family but at least I'm safe and happy. I again want to think those on this JWN board for the Scriptures they have helped pull me up.
My lesson I have learned on here is not to believe every inspired word (raising the JW so highly). Take their reasoning as another way of thinking. Keep your mind and heart balanced when deciding what is right and what is wrong. Keep God's word strong and have an open mind by continue questioning and have full understanding.
On behalf of Jehovah's Witness... I guess for them 'it's better to error in good then in bad.' (with the mind set of their good intentions)
-butterfly aka ...Be easily forgiving