Please don't judge everyone here with the "Apostate" label. Some here are very devoted and dedicated to Jehovah, but not necessarily the Watchtower Society. This does not make them apostate any more than the people who left the teachings of Russell to follow Rutherford. Apostate is by dictionary definition someone who has left a former belief. We are not evil, (well, most of us aren't, he he) and we are not all out to destroy the Watchtower society. I personally would like to see them change a few things, but that is just me.
Thank you everyone for your replies. i must admit I am a little scared to continue on in this cite. I will though for now anyways. I am not in agreement with putting down my religion or any other religion for that matter. I would never imagine going out in fron of an assembly hall and protesting the witnesses. I know there are faults in the religion but, I believe the majority of them to be good-hearted people. I am not in search of a new religion either, I actually have doubts about being involved in any religion. I try to live my life as a good moral person. I have had somewhat of a bad experience in the religion like most people on here I guess. Though I am not sure if that is what pushed me away. i believe myself to be strong-minded and capable of remaining on this web-cite without one day becoming the apostate person I've seen all my life outside the assembly hall protesting us and trying to save us. The reason I said I am a little scared is because I have been taught and it has been deeply put in my mind that talking to persons such as many on this cite will be very spiritually harmfull. I do beleve in God and the Devil and I can't help but think maybe I am inviting a demonic presence in my life just as the Witnesses warned.
I also don't think the demons are here on this site. I think a few make fun of it (a particular pic of Valis springs to mind ) but I haven't seen anyone since I have been here that I would call truly demonic. Mostly, I see ordinary people here who need to talk about their experiences as JWs. I even know some protesters, but I truly believe they are protesting for good changes.
The elders sometimes cover up cases of pedophilia and don't report it even though the law requires it. My friends protested that, and I applaud them for it. Let Jehovah handle it, yes, through the person of authority that he has allowed to be in charge. The Watchtower itself recognizes the need for secular governments. It became a NGO (Non Governmental Organization) member of the United Nations from 1991 - 2000. The Watchtower tells us to be in subjection to the courts and the worldly governments, yet does not allow the police and courts to handle certain criminal matters. That is what some here are protesting. I don't see anything wrong with trying to make changes for the better. If a JW is a pedophile and abuses children, it should be reported to the police, and the congregation will then be rid of the matter and it's children will be safe again. That just seems like common sense to me.
So I don't see my friends here as evil. I know some people are angry, but if you ask them why, you may understand that they have been deeply hurt. I try not to judge them for that. Some people here I have met in person. They are elders, Bethelites, pioneers, and the like. I even read a book (Crisis of Conscience) by a member of the governing body (Raymond Franz) through visiting this site, though I have never had the privilege of meeting the man.
Believe me, it is not our job to witness to you or try and convert you. I don't do that anymore. I just had enough of that when I was a JW. So stay if you like and be strong-minded. I would rather talk to a strong minded person who says her piece than someone who parrots everything someone else says.
i believe myself to be strong-minded and capable of remaining on this web-cite without one day becoming the apostate person
So welcome, have a good time here, but don't let the angry people bother you.