It's been over 12 yrs since my df'ing. Yes, I forced 'em to do it for what I know now were pointless reasons....but mainly, at the time, I thought it was because the heirarchy of the WTS doesn't measure up to scriptural standards....I wasn't wrong for they are very judgMENTAL hate-mongers, manipulative and overbearing....but I've come to learn so much more....
After years of traumatic disillusionment, I've begun to wonder if there really is a God/Goddess, etc....or is this a state of mind/belief system that mankind has created to explain the inexplicable, answer the unanswerable, to put a spiritual bandaid on the tortured in mind, body and/or spirit.....and yet, tho our bodies wear out eventually, we ARE wonderfully "made"....and so many things here on earth are sympatico with our human existence and temperament.....yet....at the same time, we have adverse reactions to many things, too, whether vegetable, animal, mineral or even spiritual.....is this all only a contrivance of our imaginings, the result of our teachings among ourselves?
Things I've learned here on this site and other also excellent xdub sites have truly opened my eyes to the inconsistencies in the bible, as well......and I've come to determine that, for me, tho the scriptures are a major work of art and can be a terrific influence on ppl's lives, the fact that humans wrote the books of the bible has been the bible's downfall. I attribute the obvious flaws in the bible, not only to error in translations, but to the natural tendency of a writer (as any one who writes knows) to embellish....this would also apply to those who translated by selfishly twisting (YES, they did!) certain points according to their own viewpoints, just as the original writers obviously did. Is the bible only a huge effort by certain individuals to dominate their fellow man/woman? Is that what inspired the scriptures to be written?.... I cannot attribute many of the faulty points in the scriptures to a "perfect God."
I'm trying to keep this diatribe simple....we can reason on and expand on these musings/ponderings as the discussion flows.