-My big mistake when I was 12 or 13 was in swallowing the premise that the Bible is an inerrant representation of Divine Authority
It doesn't help matters when our paper money has , In God We Trust, printed on it. If the smartest people in government believe that, then who am I to disagree? It took me a long time to realize that, Religion is an invention of the rich man to keep the poor man from killing him and stealing his wife and property. Religion sure saves him from the expense of a tall stone wall and a bunch of hired goons, just so he can sleep safely at night. Organized religion is sanctioned by human rulers as long as it serves the purposes of it's leaders. JW's in Russia serve no useful purpose, so they are expendable. They would get the boot in the US, except all the other religions would be afraid they could be next on the hit list.
Biblical inerrancy and Theism and are two topics that every person should study.