Since homosexuals usually come to that recognition as young teenagers, their youthfulness makes them especially sensitive to being described by the Watchtower as disgusting perverts that need to control their Satanic urges. The following experiences will break your heart. Pamphlet If you are studying with one of Jehovah's Witnesses, click the image for a pamphlet explaining fundamental Watchtower concepts and practices you should be aware of, but will not be told up front. The organization has a world headquarters they call Bethel and other branch offices in many countries. His letter explains his reason to leave due to the Watchtower doctrine on blood transfusions and other changing medical standards.
Rather look at truth anew, as something you can discover on your own. Such religions are just different versions of the same Bible-based, anthropomorphized God, represented by leaders who have a habit of replacing your conscience with theirs. The ex-Jehovah's Witness may not yet come to know it fully, but it exists. An article quoting biographies that outline Michael's experiences being raised as a Jehovah's Witness and the time during which he disassociated. And if you leave you leave it all — your culture, your identity, your language, your friends and family — all you are and all you know.
Some discussions can get a little heated, but most are friendly. For a overview on Watchtower policy on pedophiles and the damage this has caused, see. The site provides legal contacts and other helpful and informative references. For the remainder of my time in school, my behavior would be a bit more restrained. The only way to ever clear Watchtower thinking is to research the religion, otherwise moving on will leave chards of wrong thinking that continue to eat away at you for life.
All have volunteered their time and energies in an effort to bring about an end to a tragic and misguided policy that has claimed thousands of lives, many of them children. This is but one of many flaws of Watchtower interpretation regarding the Seven Times of Daniel 4. Was I not worthy of his comfort? I would mumble something to my teachers when they would ask what universities I had applied to. First were the announcements, when congregation matters were discussed, or the all-important disfellowshippings were announced. For this reason, thousands of Witnesses have refused life-saving medical treatment and gone to an early death. After all, you really loved Jehovah when you were a Bethelite.
Doubt, challenge, and criticism begin every religion. To have even a moment with no belief—to wipe the slate clean—is too terrifying. Though it was a question and answer, the audience would essentially just regurgitate the material that was printed in the publication. NanaR relates an experience regarding blood transfusions and the changes in doctrine over the decades. Family are the foundation of society and I can only hope governments start to outlaw religions enforcing such behaviour. The wheels had fallen off; everything was gone. Regardless of their age a accomplishments a shunned child will feel that their parents consider them a disappointment and failure.
The end is most interesting. Does it suck that I gave up over a quarter century to an oppressive, totalitarian cult? Maple said she is still weighing the decision of whether to confront her abuser, who she said still lives in Fortuna. This experience shows how a Witness parent will put the organization ahead of their own children, equating the Watchtower with God. Truth exists independent of our beliefs about it. Currently, the number is just shy of 12,000. Everything else is just so much puff.
For ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, this training remains ingrained and it is very difficult to simply adopt another religion that is based primarily on faith. Inactive publishers can be treated as though they are disfellowshipped, such as being experienced by Morwen. But mom seemed interested, even excited! The Service Department is one of the most important departments at Bethel. I hope ex-Jehovah's Witnesses find this site helpful in finding the honesty and courage to wipe the slate clean and start anew with a mind, heart, and conscience that you truly own. Otherwise, you could pass out from a lack of oxygen and the small child would be unable to assist you. He now runs this interesting and well-presented blog.
Maple said the police talked to her abuser as well as the elder that called her a liar and the investigation was shut down. But religion, to save its institutional structure, must forbid doubt, challenge, and criticism. There is no such thing as homosexuality. Those nine words, though, are far from simple. I gave up a university education, a career, a life, for him.
She is how I will live on. However, it is the goal of the Watchtower Society to keep their members busy and this will keep them from waking up to the realization about the fallacy of the teachings, We have come to appreciate that most people leave the religion when they are personally affected by something that takes place at the Kingdom Hall. Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses know that given human four-dimensional constraints, nobody can precisely define the ultimate truth about reality because reality is not just four dimensions; to do so would require the capacity of God, which no human can or, at least should claim. That pursuit is the only meaningful form of worship. When we have doubt, we should take it as a compliment, not a reason to grab a convenient faith. This article explains Watchtower policy regarding child abuse, and how these policies have provided protection for known pedophiles to continue offending within congregations. Kevin came out in 2013 at the age of 19.
Maple said she invites other survivors to contact her through her website if they would like to share their stories at. The School involved both training courses and student deliveries on a variety of topics, with the focus to make everyone a more capable minister and public speaker. No ex-Jehovah's Witness can think of one teaching that they surrendered to during their sojourn in the Organization that was not of human origin. Millions of people are encouraged to act against their own better interests without knowing it through the application of undue influence — a technique mostly overlooked and misunderstood, but effectively used by religious, political, and activist groups to achieve their goals. Here you will learn to truly start at the beginning, using your own mind, common sense, and conscience—something you will discover you have never really done. Maple said she was told by her assaulter that if she ever told anyone what he was doing to her, he would throw her into the waves. Nevertheless, reason demands that there must be an ultimate truth.