Thought this might be interesting for those considering leaving Watchtower religion
Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses
Thank you! Very interesting video.
Nothing new but what is great is this is getting in the public eye.
Reddit should get a boost out of this.
Thanks Van. A nice little reminder. I got a kick out of Derek. He is 32 years old and was told he would never finish high school. Funny, I am 64 years old...twice his age and I was told that I would never finish elementary school, then high school, then Armageddon was going to come while I was in Bethel and then before the end of the 20th century. It's amazing to me how this thought process is transferred from generation to generation of Witnesses and no one questions it's validity. I had major doubts before my baptism in the early 70's and spoke to two members of the 'committee' at the time. Both assured me that Armageddon was only a few years away and that I should forget about my doubts and put Jehovah first in my life. I was told that all my doubts would be answered in just a few short years and then we would all be in the 'New System'. One of the Elders that told me this died in 1975 and the other Elder died a few weeks ago at 87 years of age. It won't be too long and I'll be dead, also. The three of us 'never will have gotten out alive'
A Transformation from Indoctrination has given me a new Revelation on the following Topics!
God: I believe in the existence of God that there is an intelligent person behind the Complexity of the universe.
I don’t know what ‘his’ purpose is for humans other than what I have seen, We live and we die with great joy and sadness in between!
My purpose each day is try and be a happy positive influence in the lives of others by being kind, encouraging and ready to assist others when needed especially where my hearts passion is towards our youth and children
Jesus: I don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God sent from haven to save dying mankind. I do believe that he existed and had a very positive impact on humanity greater than any other human that ever lived.
Bible: I believe that many things in the Bible were not inspired by God however I do not believe that is the only source of communication from God to humans nor do I believe that certain accounts in the Bible are true such as the flood of Noah day that claims God wiped out all wickedness by a global flood!
Death: I believe that death brings a complete end to ones existence physically, spiritually and mentally there’s no after life or any hope of a resurrection to life again.
Religion: I believe that religion is man-made not God given or God driven and it has exerted a tremendous force on humanity for good behavior and evil behavior throughout history.
I watched it...‘Alice’ is probably a classic case of people who no longer believe but who can’t be honest about it because of what will happen to their family relationships. Also, what if they work for a JW or have a business with JW customers? They would have the rug pulled out from under them if they told the truth about everything!
The religion is a nightmare. So glad I’m out and have no family there. All we can hope for is that the massive abuse lawsuits and selloffs of kingdom halls - causing JWs to drive long distances - will make it easier for JWs like ‘Alice’ to fly under the radar and take the spotlight off them.
I am glad I never listened to any JW back in the day who said I would never: [take your pick]..in my case I was told “I’d never see that money” by a JW who did my taxes and saw I put money in an IRA...That JW passed away years ago and I am now five years retired!
LongHairGal, I am glad that you never listened to the 'nonsense' spouted by arrogant and ignorant Witnesses in regards to financial matters. I semi-retired at 47 years old and still will qualify for social security at 85% of the MAXIMUM benefit when I turn 66 years old and I have a very decent investment portfolio. My ex-Pioneer partner came from a well to do and prominent Witness family. He has been an Elder since about 1980, pioneered off and on and served as a substitute Circuit Overseer. He and his wife subsist on a meager social security, have taken a foster child into their home for the money and just took out a mortgage on their home for money to live on. 'They reap what they sow' and 'they already have had their reward in full' in this life as far as I am concerned.