Hi everyone, this is my first post .. It takes a little bit of courage to do it, I have to admit and even thought I have been lurking for some time as time goes by it gets more and more difficult to keep attending meetings and just been around the friends in the congregation.
Ever since I learned about the ARC something inside of me just broke and it feels pretty hollow, now I pay attention to every single form of manipulation in every direction, what difference it makes with the catholic church or with any other religions ? I wonder why the publishers are under obligation to report about their lives and decisions to the elders but they don´t keep informed the congregation about what´s going on legally other than Russia. Sometimes I think about how it took so long to write the bible and nobody had the time to write the sentence " do not celebrate birthdays" .. really ? now they have to figure it out if it's ok or not to celebrate.
Although I appreciate some of the friends in the congregation, and I still go it's just because I don`t want to cause some sort of bitterness to my parents, I don´t live with them but we live in the same city . I stopped going out in FS months ago, I don´t comment anymore, so as you can imagine I´m becoming week spiritually. There are so many things to reflect on it but I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who regularly share your experiences and thoughts here because it really helps to thrive and feel that you are not alone.
I apologized for any mistakes as English is not my first language and writing is not my strongest skills.