once again, thankyou all so much! It really is quite an amazing community here. amazed at the fast responses too!
Yes, the jw's definetly did help me in my times of need and distress. and it really did help me out. i have never been on the straight and narrow so much in my life, i shocked even my family!
But...even though it helped me out, i am in still in search of answers. and everywhere i look and people i talk to, all say the same as what my gut feeling tells me, which is that this is just another form of cult, which has probably become so huge into this massive organization because this Charles Taze Russel was such a rich man, he pumped his millions into making what it has become.
For me, and how i see things in life, i had a serious wake up call when i stared death in the face several times. I am on my search for God, because it IS what i beileve. I DO beileve there is a higher being or higher life elsewhere.
I simply want to know just like most people do, who do beileve, what really is the truth?
there have been many things in this orgainzation that have defiently got facts right, and they certianly know their bible.
But i do wonder at times, and this is MY struggle, if this really is right?
Let me just outline a couple of examples, of MANY that i have. And this is one which could be quite common to some, who know their bible.
Luke Chapter 23 : verse 43. (jesus was being nailed to a :S cross or stake, ill leave that part out for now for argument sake) and next to him also being nailed up was another man, a thief who says to jesus, "Remember me when you get into your kingdom"
jesus goes on to say in the above verse : "Truly i tell you today, you will be with me in paradise"
That is how it is scripted in the new world translation, (jw bible) but in other bibles, excluding the King James, jesus says: "Truly i tell you, Today you will be with me in paradise"
That one comma which has been shifted makes the whole thing change about afterlife.
As a brought up catholic, we beileve in going to Heaven when you die.
The witnesses however do not, and use this scripture along with many others to justify that.
Example 2: Ecclisiastes 9:5 "For the living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they have anymore wages, because the rememberance of them has been forgotten"
Note Ecclesiastes 9:6 : Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion ANYMORE to TIME INDEFINITE in anything that has to be done under the sun.
Now im not entirely bible savvy, but the way i keep seeing things is that example one about the comma, how do they know their bible is accurate? and that their bible is not the one that has been changed about?
And example two clearly says that when you die, your DEAD.(ecc 9:5) and that you will never have anytime in this earth under this sun again, to time indefinite!
Sorry if im getting ahead of myself here, and possibly boring you ^_^ but as i say, im simply in a bit of a spiritual Journey right now, my search for God.
I guess ill just keep on looking and keep on asking, hey, thats what Jesus said to do right?(Matt 7:7,8)
Anyway, i didnt quite expect this here at this site, i thought it was to be like the others almost like yahoo answers! Ask a question, get it answered, problem solved.
I think ill be round for a while! :) Thankyou sincerely to all of you for everything so far! Its great to knwo i can air my opinions and not worry that the elders or any brother or sistr thinks im being opposing to it!
Much love to you all