Alwayshere and all,
I suppose what we sow is what we reap has basically come back to bite us in the back that is for sure. Because we failed to research the WTBTS then turning around raising our children in it, we have reaped the bad results. For those raised in the JW's it is even harder because children are taught never to question the Society on anything. They Governing Body tell us they are absolutely right because they speak for God. By checking reason and common sense at the door we literally let them control our lives with complete blindness. Now they control our children who chose to shun us for learning the deceit and lies the Governing Body told us and we chose to speak out about it.
It is a heavy price to pay, but I can't say I didn't know it when I became a JW at 20 years old. Did I understand it NO, not really. They didn't harp on the disfellowshipping and didn't have disassocation at that time in 1972. We were truly sheep lead to the slaughter of their cleaverly worded lies. The end was coming in 1975 for sure, the world is evil place controlled by wicked Christians because they belonged to other forms of Christianity. The list goes on and on.
Then we made the fatal mistake of turning around and having our dear children brainwashed with that nonsense and lies all of their lives. We didn't know they were lying to us, fooling us and using us. Yes the responsiblity falls on us, but at the same time as our children grow into adults they share responsiblity for staying in it. They chose to do the same thing not investigating the Society, they trust and follow like sheep to the slaughter. So to some degree if they're adults, they share the responsibility for the continued ignorance. Today it's really not difficult to investigate the WTBTS because there is so much information available on the internet and many many books at any book store. Back when I became a JW there might have been a couple of books about them which I didn't know about because they were out of print in 1971.
The problem is FAITH, faith in something that resists reason and common sense. FAITH that needs no proof, or research into its background. I think faith is highly over rated especially when religious organization demand we have faith in them as the only mouth piece of God. If our faith leads to such practices such as shunning our family because the disagree with the Jehovah's Witnesses there is something seriously wrong with that. If our reasoning and faith in a religious organization demands such a thing we need to really closely examine this without the religions publications and look at it in other bibles.
I hope that JW's who make their way here to the JWD site will read this and think. Because it is not showing love and it is not bring or endearing the JW religion to those who are disfellowshipped which is so vaguely understood. Yes the WTBTS loves to say how we are the wicked slave and that is pure nonsense. We are not in league with Satan you are, you are doing what the wicked men who control you tell you to do and you do it blindly with absolute trust in them. They are human men and the power they hold over you is their drug of choice. Just use your powers or reason and question and reseach the teachings you hold so dear. Prove them to yourself. As Alwayshere said that is how she found out that the Society was what not what it said it was.