>Have you even bothered to read any of the posts here about what >happened to us?
Yes I've read apostate web sites for two years now, I know what's happened to many of you.
>I've seen a lot in my many years "in the truth" and I along with >most others here, left because of the UNLOVING treatment received >not to be immoral.
Unloving... oh :(( That's so sad. That reminds me of an assembly talk from over a year ago. We're waiting for the bus, at the bus stop.. finally it comes, we board the bus, find a seat. You're SO happy to find the only vacant seat, 'cause it's a long journey! The bus is packed full of people, it's VERY HOT. Then you notice how over there on the front seat, the air conditioner is working! Ohhh.. how you wish you were there, where it's nice and cool. Next, the fat woman sitting next to you with two kids on her lap proceeds to have her picnic, and spreads her stuff all over the seat, with her children annoying you.. and you wish how you were sitting at least a few seats away from them....
You see what I'm getting at here?
First, you were so happy to have got on the bus and get a seat. A place on the bus. Same thing with the Truth. First, we're so happy to be part of the congregation, but in time, human imperfections can start irritating us. How "our elders aren't quite as loving as those other ones in that congregation"..
Me personally, I've been blessed with a very good congregation. Excellent spirit there, VERY LOVING and caring elders. I do believe some have run into unloving behaviour, but that's how it goes. Live with being human, only way to go!
>You can't be serious when you say you started reading "apostate" web >sites and still decided to get baptized into the WTBTS.
>What did you do with all of the info out there about the WTS?
>Did you decide to close your eyes to it?
Nope, I printed out most of the stuff and went through it during several months with the brother I was studying with. Luckily he didn't back off no matter how tough it got, and we went down to some serious study to get to the bottom of things. Most apostate stuff turned out to be either lies about the WTBS, distorted facts, or just plain hostility, which was easy to see through. Doctrinal issues were always solved in favor of WTBS.
>If you truly want to worship God, why would you chose to
>follow a false prophet?
Not false prophet. The WT never made any prophecies, they merely interpreted existing ones - yes, sometimes incorrectly. That's human nature again.
Besides, what other alternatives were there? Seems to me like it's either the Jehovah's Witnesses, or one of a thousand trinitist Jesus-is-God-and-forgives-anything-to-anyone -churches. Not hard to make a choice, even after a mere skim of the Bible. I merely chose what sucks the least, and actually DO something that the Bible says.
>i was d/fed for smoking, but before you start rubbing your hands >together, remember, i had walked away 4 years previously and stopped >associating.
Whatever. I'm sure smoking is a healthy habit, and saves you money too so you can spend it to support your wife and kids.
>when i first walked away, i was in good standing.
Shouldn't have let human imperfections affect you that much, pal :(
It's still not too late to come back ya know.
>hope in the future that you actually read that bible you are >thumpimg. you might find an eye opener or two on how jesus treated >his fellowman.
I believe he always had a sharp answer ready, at least when answering to opposers.