Comf, I re-enter the fray but definitely conclusively.
So you first accuse me of being someone I am not. Note that there is no question mark after your statement.
........You're "Friend", aren't you.
I wrote :
........Needless to say, I have found in life that nothing is completely good nor completely bad.
Then you make a gigantic issue over the use of the word ‘nothing’ instead of ‘no person’ although it is quite clear reading the following paragraphs what I actually meant
......I didn't say serial killer. I said serial rape-murder. Note: "murder" - not "murderer
True you did not and I apologise for misquoting you.
Originally I wrote that I was still attached to the WTS and therefore by definition supporting its arrangement though well aware of its theological flaws. I also mentioned that as time progressed I my reasons as to why I have not as yet detached myself from the WTS would become apparent. I have since made them known.
......Note that you specifically address your support of "an arrangement."
As I have been more than open about my own circumstances, let me ask you about yours. Were you ever a JW? If you were did you suddenly wake up one day rub the sleep from your eyes and realise that the WTS was not all you had thought it to be or did you go through a process of gradual realisation? If you spent one month in the WTS having realised its errors you to share in its complicity by your own definition. I presume that you are married as a single person would not have the confidence and life experience to attack the motives of a married person who has to think for two people in these situations not just one. How did your wife react to your great awakening Comf?
Now to answer some specifics:
..........When someone dies because the WBTS claims to speak for God in denying lifesaving medical treatment, do you balance the death in your conscience by thinking, "Well, the organization lies about having God's direction in this matter, but they keep tidy gardens, so it's okay?"
........When someone leaves the organization and thereby loses all contact with his parents, children and friends because the society says it must be so, do you excuse the destruction of this person's life and the ongoing torture he endures by telling yourself, "Yeah, but they encourage people to be honest?"
........Since you chose not to qualify those flaws, and you also stated……
I cannot defend the indefensible, why would I want to qualify these doctrinal flaws? It is the people I have an attachment to not the doctrines. I had hoped that the sense of this would come through in my original posting but I obviously failed miserably.
Your speech, your rationalizing, your gentle, soothing sentence structure and acknowledgement of the pain of others, remind me of this scene. A facade of loving concern covering up a cold, inhuman indifference to the lives and sufferings of others, for the sake of your personal ends
This one really takes the cake. On a few written notes posted on a bulletin board you have such a piercing understanding of my nature and motives! You ought to hire yourself out as a long distance brain surgeon Comf. I can assure you at fifty-five years of age I have suffered, have seen suffering and had more than my fair share of personal tragedy in my life outsoide of any of the pressures that the WTS added. Cold-hearted indeed! A young man speaks.
........Some on this board may aggressively vocalise against the path that others walk and may do so from or selfless or selfish motives how can one tell?
Now I wonder where you learned to selectively quote with such alacrity! Why not include the rest of the thought?
.........Only if one can see the love behind it. Any actions that do not spring out of a genuine love for others has to be suspect.
A most judgmental and arrogant statement now comes from your keyboard which I think shows much more about you than it does about me.
........I'm sure they aren't of much benefit to you in trying to whitewash your lack of backbone, to excuse your complicity.
So Comf please allow me to beg out on any further exchanges. If you at present do not understand where I am coming from then I accept that and all your focused criticisms. I would ask that you try to be a little less judgmental and a little more understanding in dealing with those whose lives you have little, if any familiarity with.