True enough. It is understandable to avoid getting thrown out of something that has become so integral in one’s life. It certainly broke my back. It is good too, to ensure that you are not jumping out of the frying pan into the pot, as many ex-jw’s do. It is just as valuable, if not more so, then, to take the opportunity to let the bible be your guide. When that is reasoned on, it quickly shows the value of allowing the spirit to reveal itself in the critical issues. The fundamental truths point to heart, rather than head knowledge.Not here to argue, Barnaby, yes just learn.
I have been studying the Bible daily this whole time and have in fact come to learn which is why I posted what I did. Sorry if it didn't come across that way. But I feel that often times when we criticize the WT, it's important to have valid criticisms and acknowledge when they have indeed been accurate like Robert has been really good at doing in his writings. It gives him credibility and he doesn't come across as someone with an axe to grind by criticizing everything.
Not that there isn't a lot of inaccuracy and things to criticize, but I don't think that's why we are all here. It's because we are thirsty for the truth and want to please Jehovah and be faithful. We all teach each other by bouncing ideas off of each other. That's why the WT lesson has comments at the meetings. We often get more out of the lesson when we hear someone else phrase it a different way.
I have many questions about upcoming events that I have been positively ordered by my local elders not to talk about because it's deemed "speculation" and "conspiracy theories". I wrote the branch asking them if they thought that the 3.5 times applied to the great tribulation and the branch called my COBI and asked if I was apostate.
I cannot talk about any of this stuff with ANYONE in my daily life for fear of being put out of the organization. It's been the most oppressive experience and been a real test. Silencing anyone or censoring them because it triggers fears or we don't agree is not helpful. We need to talk to process things. Are we going to be wrong about stuff? Of course. The apostles were wrong about Bible prophecy but Jehovah did not get rid of them. We are imperfectly trying to figure out the perfect word of God. All of us. None of us can say we have all the answers and I certainly don't.