Hi, I´ve been an "inactive" JW for about 12 to 13 years now. Just recently I have looked and read more about JWs on the internet. I am quite shocked about what I´ve read and watched on YouTube so far. My mother and older sister are devout JWs. When I told them about the sex scandals in Australia they just said that they won´t believe this "slander". So I will not tell them anything anymore. I am still very confused as to what and whom to believe. I came across this website: http://thirdwitness.com
and I am kind of convinced (at least about the UN membership) that the GB didn´t really do anything wrong here. As for the other 2 points I´m not so sure yet of whom to believe. On one hand it sounds logical what this "third witness" writes about the sex scandals but on the other hand, there have been some victims that won cases and got a lot of compensation money from the Organization; so there must be some truth about the scandals.
I am still new to this and very confused about WHAT the GOAL of the GB is in all of this. If it is just about the money, then why aren´t they living a luxurious life in the Caribbean?
Is Armageddon just a myth? Why did Jesus say that following him would be a struggle? Why did he command his followers to go out preaching if some say that we get saved simply by the "grace of God" and don´t have to do a lick to get into his Kingdom??? If the 144,000 are just symbolic, who are they? Who is the "faithful and discreet slave"? When I read the publications of JWs and went to the meetings and had a Bible study, their explanations all sounded very logical to me. So who can explain these things better? If all religions have a "core good message", why did Jesus say that NOT all would be accepted?
I hope many of you can write their comments of what they think.