Hey Legacy. I second the paragraphing, bnut internet etiquitte aside.......we are happy you are here.
I suppose I have a few questions for you. I know why I am still occasionally going to the meetings, or attending thing when I don't really beleive what is taught. I have family to consider, and am trying to fade away responsibly and with them in tact. But with you immediately and before baptism not agreeing with something VERY KEY like 1914, why would you do it?
Why woudl you say you recognize yourself as "in association with Gods (only), spirit directed organization." No judgement, its just puzzling.
People are people, and I agree with you there. Good and bad everywhere. Some gossip, some slander, some are kind and loving. No surprises there. I quite frankly love many JW's, and others I could do without. I suspect that would be the same if the religion didn't exist. What most of us here have issue with is the policies of those IN CHARGE, and the CULTURE THAT THOSE POLICIES CREATE.
What do you think about people dying or allowing their children to die because of a narrow interpretation of a technicality in scripture regarding blood? Its easy to not think of these things as a big deal, until it is your child or family members life. Thousands have died.
What do you think about the requirement to disavow those who publicly disagree with doctrine? Now that you are baptized, just tell anyone you think 1914 is hogwash and try to have a conversation about it. See what happens. It is very common when one decides simply that they don't believe it anymore, that their friends and family reject them as if they are scum. There are TONS of stories like that here. What do you think about that?
How do you feel about the double standard behind things forbidden and allowed. Wind chimes, birthdays, wedding rings, white dresses when married, clinking glasses while drinking, hallmark holidays.......all are technically "pagan". Who decides what is allowed and what is not? If you celebrate your birthday unapologetically.........you are kicked out. Do you think that is ok to do to people?
Just some food for thought.