Although we no longer associate with past Jehovah’s Witnesses, we realize that we really do not miss them. Mainly, because our friendship was built on our acceptance of Watchtower teachings. Most of the “friends” as we used to call them, really did not have any conversation other than what they read in the magazines and publications. And everyone always tried to out talk the other as they ascribed to how spiritual and loyal they were to the organization.
Most of the people we associated with do not know we left because we no longer believe. It provides us with an opportunity to get them to thinking about the organization without them realizing it.
Having this attitude is what actually helped us to get our parents out of the organization. It was very difficult at first to convince my mother and we went through a lot of silent moments and many weeks of not speaking, but eventually we were able to help her to see the light.
I remember the countless times talking to many fellow JW associates from a variety of different congregations. Everyone seemed to have the same complaint, mainly, a lack of love amongst the “friends” in the congregation.
Yet, we received constant messages that those individuals showing a lack of love would have to answer to Jehovah. But, part of our endurance required that we stay in the organization and remain faithful to Jehovah’s earthly organization.
And if anyone left the organization because they were offended by someone, they were accused of NOT waiting on Jehovah.
It’s amazing how we could hold two separate opinions about the organization without actually seeing the truth for what it is. Because when we went out in field service, we would try to convince the householder that we belonged to a loving worldwide brotherhood. HUH? I ask 15 years later!!! Yeah, that’s right, point blank, we lied to people without realizing it.
It never dawned on us that this should have been a red flag that something was wrong. But, due to the constant messages we received from the Society, it was quite difficult to put all of the pieces together.
How about, this religion just might not be the truth!!!!
Message to all lurkers: This is something you should think about because that is the “real” reason why the organization requires that you attend all congregation meetings. The more meetings you miss, it provides the opportunity for doubt to creep in your mind and you can begin seeing the nonsense behind the organization.