(By the way, I really like your name that you post under, I didn't get it until recently ((Fadin'Away))
CTR started the WT, but even his ideas were lifted from the Adventist sect that he had been a part of. And they lifted their ideas from MILLER, another end of the world sect.
I grew up in a dysfunctional family. If my mother had not bumped into the JW's and become enamored with the cult, I have a feeling that I would probably be posting on an ex-Mormon or an ex-Moonie site, or of some such ilk.
I guess that I feel, in a way, that I was almost destined to be suckered into some type of cult. I just feel blessed that I was able to get out and recognize the WT for what it really is. I do all I can to help others get out. But, I don't have to tell you how difficult that is!
I had a friend (a JW) who was as close to me as a brother. He will not talk to me anymore. It hurts. I know that you have mentioned that your family is now cut off from you. I understand that pain completely.
The WT took my dysfunctional family and made it worse. I wouldn't have thought that was possible.
No way will I ever defend Russell, Rutherford, the WT, the Adventists, or any of this cockamamie business.
Always good to talk to you Faye!