I came on this website, looking for fellow believer's ? I am sorry that these things I have read are sad :-( I have been a Jehovah's Witness since I was nine, and I am now thirty one .
I was a Witness from 2 to 24, and am now 28. Nice to meet you.
I have been through my ups and downs with the " Truth" but never have I been compelled to blame fellow witnesses for their faults, and the things as we may see is not right? The main thing is not to judge ??
This is a good attitude for a while. But if you keep this attitude for too long, you're a sucker waiting to be taken advantage of. Sometimes you do have to judge. Action is predicated on judgment; if you never judge, you lapse into the paralysis of complacency. As the Watchtower rightly points out, there's nothing wrong with questioning the religion in which one has been raised -- and judging it accordingly. Of course, your "main thing is not to judge" is sort of disingenuous. Don't you judge every time you shun a person who was disfellowshipped for reasons utterly unknown to you? That sort of judgment is ignorant.
But as we all know that we are human, that is the first thing that we naturally do? as well as blame. Loving is to look beyond, and to understand that we are human and so far from imperfection, that we will see things and not understand them?
Good advice for an organization that rips apart families over minor disagreements and incites members to spiritually stone those who have left without ever knowing why they left.
My thing is to hold fast and to stay close to Jehovah. I have had several brothers and sisters go to the "WT" and serve there and have loved it, and they are not of the "anointed ones" and they have not been shunned.
Because they are serving the Watchtower.
We have to ask ourselves why dwell on the things that can go wrong, when in this time everything is suppose to be going wrong, that we know is suppose to be the path of the devil , to make us see things happening and to be judgemental.
Sure, you expect Satan's world to mess you up, but you don't expect it from the loving brothers and sisters. Read some more experiences. See the gross miscarriages of justice, the sexual molestation cover-ups, the hypocritical UN affiliation, the see-saw doctrine changing that has resulted in nothing less than senseless death. Shame on the person who doesn't dwell on these things.
We are to leave those things up to Jehovah, because only he can make the right decision.
That's fine, but what about these buffoons who claim to speak for him? They can't really be speaking for him, because if they are speaking for him, then Jehovah's a liar, and that's not possible, is it?
I myself have not made all the right decisions in my life so far, but I pray everyday that things will get better :-)
Keep educating yourself and you'll keep modifying your views on "right" and "wrong" decisions.
Life is to short to sit around and wonder why this person is doing this or that person is doing that.
What if "this person" sexually molests "that person" and "another person" who happens to be an elder tells "that person," a child, and her parents, to forget and forgive and not utter another word about it, and meanwhile "this person" is active in the congregation? Leave the world of generalities behind if you want to actually mean something when you talk.
Everyone knows that life isnt perfect, but it will be.
When? Soon? Very, very, very soon? Any day now? Honest? For real?
Wether we choose to be there or not , it will exsist anyway, Jehovah didnt create life to just be and to be violent and ridicule others, He created it to be peaceful and loving and giving.
Then why is his organization back-stabbing and cruel and selfish?
Call me blind or what may ? But I know in my HEART , JEHOVAH is the one thing that has got me through life thus far, and gives me hope to continue on.
The bible itself tells you how treacherous the heart can be. Unfortunately, intellect often gets slighted by the heart.
People may say it's not true, but i say that for some of the non-believers, Life has been grand for me for something that isnt so true :-)
I'm glad you've enjoyed your life, but having enjoyed your life doesn't prove anything about the rightness or wrongness of a religion.
I am not blind and I am not snookered, I am who I am and I choose to believe in Jehovah because he chose to believe in you :-)
Choosing to believe something doesn't make you right about that choice. You need to be informed.
Why doubt the good things in life ? Concentrate on the good not the bad. I will pray for all to have happiness when they lay ther head on their pillows tonight, because I will :-)
For too many people, these words have been a euphemism for "shut up, ignore your pain, forget about people who have ruined your life, and place more magazines with a smile on your face." Like I said, read around more. Learn.