elder-schmelder thanks for sharing the study with me.....interesting read! I will pass this on to my sis as we often have this discussion.
brotherdan, all i have to say is you made me sob. thank you for your heartfelt response. my mom and dh have both encouraged me to just pick up a bible. no matter which translation and start reading in Genesis. take away the wts micromanagement and get to the "core" beliefs of the bible. something that I have been unable to do because i carry so much resentment for the way i was treated. not only my own unloving treatment but that of the others involved in the same situation/group. how could these men who are supposed to be appointed by god sit in the house of god and treat us so bad? left a bad taste in my mouth. after being kicked out, having my friends and family in the cong. taken away and having a title of jw being ripped from me was devasting. who was i without being one of Jehovah's Witnesses? who really is Jehovah with out being a witness for him? Good to know that I am not the only one who has experienced these questions and thoughts.
anyhoo, i will find a translation that I am comfortable with and open it. i love the new international version that Chalam has been quoting from. who knows......
leavingwt thanks for the thread.......very upbuilding read.