For example, I think I'm the only lesbian in the world who dates with a view toward marriage. Anybody experience the same kind of dogma in your everyday lives? Like, you have to catch yourself and go "woah... what the heck was I thinking?!"
What teachings from the WTBTS still hang on now that you've left?
The ones that are clearly evident from the bible.
Most people think that once you leave the borg you stop being a Christian. On the contary, you just become a better one.
One big one that I just cant seem to shake off from the borg teachings is 1914. To me, thats black and white !!!!
I've tried to think of somthing that I beleive that's the same as what the JW's believe... but I can't... Not even a single thing...
That said, I don't do much differnet now to when I was a JW - I just have different reasons for it (I like to tell myself...). And if those reasons changed, so would my actions (I think...). But I don't knowingly do things or catch myself doing things becasue they were what I did or beleived as a JW - although my upbringing and life till 28 must have heavily influenced my general demenour.
Thanks for the question.(and lighten up on those poor girls whydonch 'ya:-)
Try this exercise.
Take a copy of the Reasoning book and go down the alphabetical list of topics. Check off the ones that contain problems. What do you have left?
For me... not much.
I didn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. So many of the things that the WT teaches are basic principles for living: be honest, don't lie, don't steal (now I am not saying they themselves have followed all the principles they teach, just that they do teach those things). I think I still believe that Jesus and God are separate persons. I don't believe in hellfire, Trinity or even the immortality of the soul. I don't believe though, that God is going to destroy everyone who is not a Jehovah's Witness because they have done so many bad, controlling and even erroneous things all the while claiming that people had to follow them or suffer death at Armegeddon. I am sorry, too many people would be turned away from that, so why would God punish people who saw through them. I do believe they teach some things that are beneficial, just not everything they teach.
i WILL ALWAYS hang on to this one,
RELIGION IS A SNARE AND A RACKET