It makes me feel sick to hear such dis respect for Jehovah.
I dont believe that we were talking about Jehovah were we? Is'nt this thread about congregations? Did I miss something?
All I can say is that you should all go and live it up now because your happiness is not going to last for long.
My, what a loving christian attitude. It makes you almost want to go back, doesn't it?
but i know i wont be coming back!
How disheartening! Thats a real shame, leelee.
At least you did alot of good though, in your debut one and only post. No doubt, you've made a real impact on the demonized minds of everyone here. - Thanks, dahllin'!!
Anyway, was I treated badly in the congregation? YES! On several occasions. I will not say all Jw's treated me badly, there were some really lovely people I knew in the org, but there was some bad experiences. I had about 3 congregations spreading rumours about me when I was 16 - I dyed my hair black, I was labelled a witch and a satanist, not just by gossipy youths, but mothers and a few elders too. That was some really upbuilding encouragement for that hard time in my life, I was trying to get over a personal truama (inflicted by a fellow JW which I choose not to discuss just yet) and it was just the support I needed from this "loving" congregation.
I was also deemed a "Bad Associate" by alot of people because I had not yet been baptised - I was never ready, and did'nt feel that I should be pressured into doing it, just because all my friends were. So mothers started warning all their teenagers about me, the mother of my best friend even said to her: "If IBD isnt baptised by the end of this year, I forbid you to associate with her anymore". That was a real help in the motivation of devoting my life to this organisation.
Another friends father(elder) told her that I was a"Bad Association" because I dont look up enough scriptures during the meetings, and dont close my eyes during the prayer - how the hell would he know that, I wonder - What an idiot.
These are probably really petty compared to some truamas others have been through, but hey, every little bit helps.