My first post
I need time to think.
That is precisely what they don't want you to have. They want you active, zealous, go, go, GO all the time... busy in the work of the lord so you don't have time to entertain your doubts, ponder the inconsistencies, identify the contradictions and start putting the pieces together. It is, therefore, vital that you MAKE THAT TIME HAPPEN.
Someone on this forum once identified the Watchtower organization as a loveless recruitment machine. Giving yourself time to think will help you see past the glossy veneer (the polished outside of the cup) and see the machine for what it really is.
Welcome to the forum. Your journey will be rough but you will come out the other side stronger and happier.
Walker, stop focusing on people and start focusing on your personal relationship with Jehovah.
This is good advice from The Society:
Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence October 1879 (reprint) p.38 "The Ten Virgins"
We do not object to changing our opinions on any subject, or discarding former applications of prophecy, or any other scripture, when we see a good reason for the change,-in fact, it is important that we should be willing to unlearn errors and mere traditions, as to learn truth... It is our duty to "prove all things."…by the unerring Word,…"and hold fast to that which is good."
For more quotes from wts literature encouraging the same thing, go here. Of course you can confirm these are true quotes by searching literature yourself.
Search out a life worth living, enjoying and using it to its fullest, contributing to your community and being the best person you can be.
Good post. Thanks for sharing. Just don't be afraid anymore. Fear is what keeps the flock in line, not love.
In today's crazed instant on world, if JWs were really about love, they'd get a lot of publicity for it. They're not. They're known for door knocking, shunning, and now, allowing pedophiles to run amuck. You're free to judge whether any of that adds up.
Don't be scared to do what's right for you either. Though a romantic thought, you don't need to stay around for others unless that's a real calling. If it isn't, and you truly want to claim a life of your own, that isn't selfish. That's smart, and you'll find that your example will help more than you realize.
Live. Well. 👍🏻
The Walker - Very nice to have you here ! Many of us have experienced the same things you have in seeing injustice in the organization and lack of real love. One of the reasons I stopped attending in 2003. Keep doing research on the Internet to discover some of the things going on behind the scenes within the WT Society such as the hiding of criminal child abuse and other injustices committed by WT leaders. You won't find this information at your weekly service meetings for sure. They don't want you to know. Keep informing yourself and research. Take care we are here as a support system to you friend
Stop being a tool of a for-profit cult. Spreading false religion to people is just wrong. You will burn like all false prophets.
The WT/JW ARE the false prophets the Bible warns about. Stop being a false prophet and conning people out of Christianity.
Yeah, agreed!! Fear and unquestioning ''obedience'' is clearly what keeps the JW's inline. Fear of being disfellowshipped. Fear of being shunned by family, close friends. Fear of dying at Armageddon. Fear of elders. Fear of.....well.
Once you're over this ''fear'' your mind becomes more clear. You start to think independently and develop ''critical thinking'' skills. These ''skills'' are what enable people to examine half-truths and realize that evidence outweighs things at face value!!
Hi the Walker! Welcome! I am also active. Take your time while figuring things out. Do research and ask questions.