I've only made one topic post prior to this one and for the past two months I've been reading practically everyone's posts. Im not one to rush into anything so when I found out about the ARC, multiple lawsuits, keeping pedophiles hidden, and 587 BC being the actual date Jerusalem fell i decided to research everything myself.
I've always admired the Beroeans as they made it their aim to research and see if the things they heard were true. So likewise I do the same. I personally believe it to be ignorant if you're going into a discussion without knowing the opposing side or if you immediately dismiss anything anyone else says because it's different from what you believe to be true. Being a JW my whole life, as you already know, I've only heard one side.
In my research I found everything out to be true. Pedophiles are being hidden behind the two witness rule. Jerusalem did fall in 587 BC and the only reason the GB doesn't want to change it is because they have to admit they're not inspired by God to all JWs, and then lose the position they have. And the reason they're selling all the KHs is to get more money to pay for the lawsuits they've had to go through.
I've still been going to the meetings but each time I'm there I don't find myself listening to anything because I feel that I can't truly trust anything that's mentioned there. The people I've come to know for years are still very friendly. I know they are earnestly trying to do whats right, but unfortunately the people that are supposed to direct them are two-faced. Worst part about it is I can't ask questions and I can't speak out because the second I do I'm labeled as an apostate.
I told my father everything. Showed him all the evidence and he believes me and knows that the GB is in the wrong. It wasn't bad to tell him since he isn't in the truth only my mother is and she joined the Jdubs after she got married.
I may have to still go since I'm still at home with my PIMI mom but once I finish college im going to just head out to another state, get a job, and just fade.
Through all of this I can say that I'm severely disappointed in the organization. I can only equate this to a child being told Santa exists but finds out years later that it isn't true haha. At least I found out while I'm young.
Thanks for everything you've done guys. You've truly shown me the TTATT.