What a lot of varied responses I got!
First off, let me make a few things clear. It wasn't my intention to preach or try to offload any guilt onto the reader. No-one should have felt blackmailed, emotionally or otherwise.
Secondly, I am not the author of the original post, not even it's closing comment. This post was originally made at a catholic forum where it created quite a stir. I copied it to my own site where it drew only one response [apparently it moved the reader to tears of appreciation].
I wondered whether, at this time of year, it might move a few individuals to think. Let me explain.
I became an 'inactive' JW nearly two years ago. Like many others here the only reason I have not formally cut all ties with the organisation is for the sake of my family and a few close friends [see thread; Feeling desperate..........].
However I am quite prepared to state within this community (which I had considered to be less judgemental than the org'), that I am NO LONGER ONE OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES.
That doesn't mean though, and for me this is The Point, that I have lost my faith.
The original post was really a question. Do you believe in and accept the value of Jesus ransom sacrifice?
I'm not ashamed to say that I do.
Does this mean that I can defend weaknesses in the analogy I presented? Of course not. I am fully aware that an omnipotent and caring God COULD 'snap his fingers' and instantly solve the worlds problems and suffering.
Why doesn't He? You'll have to ask Him. One thing I've learned from my Watchtower years is not to presume to speak for God.
One thing I'd like to do though is apologise, especially to willy-think, for any hurt I caused. I really am sorry.
You might not think so but our situations are probably not that disimilar. Since I 'weakened' and began 'falling away' my mother is now terrified for my future. She believes that she may well lose her son at Armageddon because he is 'not good enough'.
Yes, the original story does fall down - at that point and others. But the question still remains, do you accept the value of the ransom?
I know that many, on leaving the 'Truth', give up on God completely. That is another terrible indictment on the Watchtower.
Personally, I'm trying hard to keep my faith but it's a changing and fluid thing - not rigid and rule bound as it was in the past.
If you, the reader, no longer consider yourself Christian, fine.
If you no longer believe in the existence of God, fine.
I'm happy to be among folk here who are tolerant of each others beliefs and backgrounds. I hope you will be tolerant of mine and I hope you will accept my apolgy for any offence I inadvertently caused.