krejames an hour ago
And don't get me started on the prayers before mealtimes .....
I couldn't stand praying at mealtime...this was the first thing that I dropped when I began my fade. Why would I thank Jehovah for the food I'm eating (as if he specifically had anything to do with it) when all of my non JW neighbors also have food to eat just like I do and they don't even believe in God. What about all the starving people around the glove. Why would Jehovah help me and not them? Answer....he didn't !
My wife is from a family of Elders,Pioneers, Bethelites who are the type to pray even when eating at a restaurant. I remember an awkward moment when I was asked at a family dinner to say the prayer.
(Sitting at a huge table full of these relatives all with their heads bowed)
Mother in Law: "Pete...can you ask Jehovah's blessing for us?"
Pete with his head also bowed: " No thank you"
Mother in Law: "Uhh...er umm...pardon??"
(Table full of relatives heads bowed but looking at Pete over the tops of their eyes)
Pete: " Oh..I said, no thanks...ask someone else please"
(long silence...everyone's heads still bowed)
Mother in Law. "Um..uhhh...well...errr....I suppose we could all just say our own"
(Table full of people with heads bowed pretending to pray the appropriate length, each one not wanting to be the first to be done lest he or she look spiritually weak)
What followed was a lively discussion as to where in the bible it say's we're supposed to pray before eating. No one knew for sure but they did know something was going on with ol' Pete and they didn't like it one bit.