Eden: I would like to be spared the trauma of dealing with shunning from family and friends. Is that hypocritical?
Of course, no one should be threatened with shunning. Even the WTBTS says that, publicly:
“No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family.” - Awake! July 2009
In reality, we all know that the policy of institutionalized shunning is a major coercive threat used by the WTBTS to keep the R&F either in-line or out of the congregation.
I'm sorry if you feel I'm being self-righteous. That is not my intent. If you'd read many of my posts you'd know that. I'm just pointing out the obvious contradictions in your current position and your statements.
It's a process.
Eden: I only need to weed out those things I came to believe that are in error.
Agreed. This is what we all must do. The problem is that if one is "a member in good-standing in the congregation" you are not allowed to do that. The WTBTS has done all the thinking for you. Your opinions are most definitely NOT wanted. And if you do have any, then keep them to yourself or you'll soon be by yourself.
Some things to think about, no?
I look forward to hearing more from you. You obviously take this seriously.