I completely agree.<quoted text>
For me...I found that leaving what I NOW know is an evil and spiritually damaging cult....and once clearing my thoughts of "all things Watchtower"....that I began to love and appreciate our Grand Creator and His love ever so much more than viewing Him from the cramped and very limiting box the GB has placed Him in. He is so much more than I ever realized and the GB presents Him in such a stunted and restrictive way....on purpose.
While developing this NEW love and appreciation for the Creator of all mankind....it stands to reason that we would ALSO learn to love and appreciate even MORE....His Son, HIS principles, HIS teachings....and HIS sacrifice made on our behalf.
It all goes hand in hand once a person gets out from under the WTS cloud of doom and gloom.
I believe that Jehovah's Witnesses and people who are caught up in similar types of doomsday-based religions like Harold Camping, need our concern and prayers now more than ever. Some of these groups are becoming more and more desperate as they try to defend their beliefs in futility.
Their beliefs have failed them. Their leaders have failed them. They just refuse to see it. Many are in denial about it. If the Watchtower has specific information about when the end is coming it should clearly state it just as Jesus did when he foretold of the coming end of that Jewish generation at the hands of the Romans. Jesus was very specific about the events that would lead up to it.
1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.
2 But he responded,Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!
What?! When will this happen and your return?
Jesus went on and said this:
1) There will be Jesus impostors
2) There will be wars
3) There will be famine and outbreak of diseases
4) Disciples will be persecuted and many killed
5) Good news to be preached by his apostles
6) The Roman army shows up at Jerusalem; then leaves
7) Christians flee the city
8) The Romans return and there is great tribulation among the Jews
9) Immediately after the tribulation the sign of the Son of man appears
All of this was specific to that first century generation. Now, the Witnesses say that this prophecy must be fulfilled again today. If so, they should be just as specific as Jesus was about when and how this is to occur.
If they can't, then why should anyone bother listening to them after so many failures by them in the past?