A big welcome Italiancalipso!
I am a second generation Italian raised in Queens New York. A neighborhood that was a mix of Italians, Irish and Jews. Everyone got along just fine.
Mom who grew up with the Spanish flu, diseases like cancer, heart conditions...... wanted a religion that could offer life......... she selected the JW's. "Many now living may never die!"
I obeyed the rules of being a practicing JW and took a pass on college and instead choose to pioneer where the need was great.
I am not going to complain..... as i met my future wife there. After we married my feelings about the legitimacy of the JW construct came into serious doubt. My bride had no doubts as she told me one night,,,,,,,the JW religion was pure bull shit.
We planned our escape and left the congregation. We moved and moved again. Friendships I grew up with were lost and close family who couldn't see the evil the Society represented ......stopped speaking to us ....which was actually just fine. It's nice to know that free thinking is not a sin
We left in the mid 1960's, never looked back and it turned out to be the best thing we ever did.
This under educated & obedience prone religion is reckless with the health and welfare of it's members (the blood ban for one)....has needlessly killed thousands including my sister and my wife's mother. They get to cause the death of thousands of people because they use fear to get their way. If close friends and close family members understand the rules they know they will be shunned in return if they actively speak to those who no longer believed in the JW word and world view.
In my opinion the end of the JW's is at hand.
The Law suits re their pedophile problem is draining their funds.
67% of born-ins Pew Survey) leave the religion mostly because it is a 19th century construct. It's no longer cutting edge....now it's mostly whining..... where are the new ones?
Their followers are aging and dying........... waiting in vain for an Armageddon that was mentioned just once in the bible.
A 'paradise earth' is not mentioned anywhere in the bible.
A witness for Jesus was mentioned over twenty times in the New Testament. A witness of Jehovah was mentioned just once in the old Testament.
You are on a journey we have all made The only thing that makes your journey different is the terrain you will cross and what you will be open to learning.
We are not dependent on any leader or person. You get to make the decisions for your future.