Growing Up Jehovah’s Witness

Letter to Myself,

I have heard that you have decided to disassociate yourself from the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  I can sympathize with your feelings and understand the hurt you are currently coping with since I myself am a disfellowshipped brother from the same congregation.  I was indoctrinated into the religion since birth so I am cognizant of the internal pathos the splitting of families may actualize.  I say that this action separates loved ones because that is the intended purpose of shunning.  If not, this weapon would have no teeth.  The sharpness of its actions would have no barbed effect.  Smooth intentions lead to gentle outcomes, and that is not the outcome that is intended.  The harshness of this compulsory engagement is required to turn people back towards the “truth.”  However, what if this religion is not the truth?  Are you willing to stake your future life in a faith that you cannot without certainty declare as true? 

How can you avoid the pain of shunning from others?  Tertullian once said that “The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore, they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain.” 

Shun them first, and you will have severed the connection you have with the congregation, a group of people who only have their self-interests in mind or maybe care for you but are in the same situation that you are.  They may doubt as well, but their bonds with their families are stronger than their will to be set free.  Losing your loved ones can be difficult but owning the one life you have is eternally more valuable, satisfying and a much more successful way of living. 

Do not listen to the members of the congregation.  They are masters of portents and smooth speech.  They are sly speakers that only are able to deploy false rhetoric to keep you captive in the Jehovah’s Witness cult.  You never know who the wolves are until they show you their teeth and by that time, it is too late.

The Powerless God

Imagine you live in a world where disease, abuse, and death do not exist, a utopia that harkens to the Elysian fields of Greek mythology.  The dead are alive, the diseased are cured, and the lame are healed.  Now return to reality and truly try to understand the quasi-dystopic world we currently live in, depending on your region. 

Here are some of the facts,  all taken from various online sources.  Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually.  About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents. 

With regards to diseases; About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year; that’s 1 in every four deaths.  There were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2017.  A disease that has no cure and is considered a death sentence. 

With regards to terrorism, between 2006 and now, terrorist attacks occur at an average of 11,281 instances a year! 

This is only a skimming, a mere handful of the issues that afflict this world we live in.  With all of this misery that is bestowed upon humanity, what has God done to alleviate the matter?  Does he just sit there in heaven with indifference and watch us as we experience calamity after calamity?  Does he see all that we experience?  Is he aware of the deplorable circumstances we face daily? 

Isaiah 46:4 says – I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.

If this is the case, where is this care from God?  Where is his rescue?  Are all of the atrocities above only committed by non-believers or immoral people?  What is God waiting for? 

Revelation 21:4 says – ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

So it looks like he will only care for you in the future but will ignore the death and suffering for now.  Also please keep in mind that while he waits for his assigned time to do away with this worlds horrors, he is watching us. 

So he sees everything that is occurring, every rape, all child molestation, everyone who is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and every terrorist incident but does nothing?  Is this torture moral? 

I would now like to try a thought experiment with you. I want you to picture your child, boy or girl, vividly in your mind. If you do not have any children, I want you to create one, girl or boy. This generated child should be approximately between 5 – 13 years of age. You should feel true connectedness with this real or fictitious child. If this person where to be affected negatively in any way and you could watch this instance actually occur, you would surely empathize with this individual. I now want you to close your eyes and watch as this child is molested. You can’t even bring yourself to trying to create this simulation! Now, understand that for every 8 minutes, a victim of sexual assault is a child. If God can see everything but does nothing, in this instance is God truly the measuring stick of morality that we all should ascribe to?   Proverbs 15:3 says – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

The God that is described is The Powerless God.  He is a God that watches every negative action and fails to intervene, even though he is purported to have the power to do so.  Or maybe, maybe, this God does NOT exist, and that is why he fails to act.  This makes much more sense.  How could a moral being stand idly by and watch his creation live through such chaos?  In my estimation, God does not exist, since he refuses to intervene in the most critical of moments. 

I describe how I have come to the understanding that God does not exist in great detail in my new book, The True Nature Of Human Nature, which comes out in February 2019.  Available in Amazon.  Check it out!

The Abortion Hitman

Hitman

Who here has played the game Hitman?  It is a third person game where you control a genetically enhanced assassin who is contracted to eliminate targets.  A hitman is a person who eradicates people who have been marked by others for death.  When thinking about this profession, who here thinks about abortion?  Not many I am sure but apparently, the Pope thinks about this.   According to the CNN website, “He asked if it was right “to do away with a human life to solve a problem,” adding: “Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? One cannot do this, it is not right to do away with a human being, albeit small, to solve a problem.”

Does the elimination of a 4-week old embryo constitute murder?  The question should be phrased as “is a 4-week old embryo human and should, therefore, have the same protections as human beings?  Should law dictate what women can do with their bodies?  Should we not let the scientist formulate when a fetus becomes a human since they are the most qualified?  When do you think an embryo turns into a true human?  Please comment below!