This thread just keeps gettin' better n' better.
All about Shelby
My initial reaction to Shelby's post were quite dismissive, I was still hurt by the WT and felt she was too much.
Then I started to properly read her responses to people's comments. She demonstrayed that she had amazing faith and wanted people to share that.
She shows a real commitment to helping people find answer to their spritual questions. The effort she makes to be repectful an loving in responses has made me appreciate her role on this board.
I'm not a believer, and probably never will be - if I was too start believing again it woudl be someone like Shelby who would change me.
bttt, just because ...
Aww, how sweet
Yes, she's got style and I like it
Count me as a member of the Shelby fan club........
An elephant might believe a magic feather can make them fly, but I do not.
I have yet to see a coherent post from Shelby. Maybe it is very hard to figure someout out using the Internet. If I wanted someone to come up with weird theories and explain to me the error of my ways, I could have stayed a Witness. They have been doing it well for a very long time.
I do understand that a person can believe they receive inspiration from God, sort of in a prophetic manner. People who just state their views, particularly with passion, are fine. Twelve Step programs make this distinction. Personally, I don't like bland, wish-washy people-pleasing people. The politcal threads here don't bother me, until someone is badmouthed on personal grounds. The assertion that someone is in error and only the person posting can see the truth strikes me as arrogant.
I also feel Shelby has multiple accounts. Directing people what to say is what the GB does. Demanding that only positive comments are welcome is a guarantee to receive negative ones. Writng posts with bizarre titles and then remarking that your post was clearly labelled for about three specific people is rude.
Private emailing can happen. This forum is set up for everyone following the posting rules.
Repeatedly, I receive the impression that there is long-standing history here, a secret gnosis, as to what is happening that is not shared with all. The actual beliefs, thought processes don't bother me one bit. I am no judge. It is the tone for me that set someone apart from all other posters.
Shelby got me thinking one time when she said to get out of JWs because they are part of Babylon the Great. So I asked which religions she considers part of Bablyon the Great. The reply: All of them! This helped get me out of the mindset that there is only one true religion that one has to seek out.
As you can see from this thread, BOTR, there are many here who do understand Shelby, and find her posts coherent. Perhaps for you, as you say, something is lost in translation on the internet. I often have a hard time figuring out what you're trying to say, for instance. Then, I come across a post from you that makes a good point, and I wonder what's up with those other ones that I don't 'get'. This one for instance, I don't get. You seem to go off on a tangent. But so what? Just because I don't get you, doesn't mean that the fault lies with you.
Same goes for people who don't get Shelby. It doesn't mean that the fault lies with her.
You should know that there are people here who know Shelby personally. She isn't a GB enforcer, making up other accounts so that she can make it look like people love and/or respect and/or agree with her. Some people actually do love, respect and/or agree with her and the things she shares.