Breakfast of Champions:
I really enjoyed that account. Gently does it. Your wife experienced a moment there when she went way beyond anything any of the JW's I know would be capable of.
The JW's here are so hard line, all scared of Satan round every corner, behind every question. All totally and utterly brainwashed. They have a favourite joke. (Sorry about this; it is very, very lame.)
"People say we're brainwashed, and I say, YES! My brain has been washed clean of all the rubbish, all the lies of the churches!" And they all giggle away.
But I have one unanswered question here.
"This is ridiculous." she said. "This is just like when Brother Whack-Job CO and Sister Manipulative Elderette threw a fit over My Little Ponies back in the '80s. You know how many toys I ended up throwing out? And all for nothing! There's a huge difference between spiritism and make-believe."
Just what is wrong with My Little Pony?!? The mind boggles!
You're proud to have been a Jehovah's Witness for all of two years. That puts you very close indeed to my position; you just got one stage further.
I don't think you're that entrenched. You say all the right JW things about Satan etc. But, please, what was in your mind when you first came onto the JWN pages?
You have doubts, my friend, but you are just not acknowledging them to yourself. There are certain questions in your mind that you're not even daring to look at and ask. That's OK. I know just where you're coming from. I think you are educated.
For me, one thing was knowing full well that humn beings had been around for a very, very long time, a lot longer than the 6,000 years the Watchtower insists on. And then there's that business of knowing to the very year exactly when Adam was created. I did dare to ask the elder who was then taking my study, and got a gentle reprimand and passage read from the Reasoning book.
Askduane, you probably have different questions in your mind, maybe that you don't let yourself think about, just little niggles that you suppress.Don't worry about it.
Stick around. Post or not, as you wish. No-one will know you're here, and you can clear your browser history. Just sit and read and begin to think. You'll be welcome.