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Free Minds, Inc.
April 12, 2012

I used to be a JW also, was raised a witness and about 20 years ago quit going because a lot of the stuff they were teaching was not right, especially the 1914 end time prophecy. If I give my Ex husband credit for anything it would be questioning some of the JW's beliefs and it got me thinking, I would've never done it on my own, didn't want to make any waves. He wrote to Freeminds and read the Franz book 'Crisis of Conscience'.
Anyway, I didn’t think any one religion was really right so I just decided to occasionally read the Bible and follow the commandments that Jesus told his disciples when they asked what they needed to be saved, (love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself) and I would leave the rest to God.

Then, a JW aunt of mine died (all my inlaws and family are JW’s) it suddenly hit me, what did I believe, what happens when we die, my parents will die soon and then me, etc and what’s really going to happen. I guess I somehow held on to the prospect that all my family and myself would live on into a new world type situation. So I was in a heap of confusion and needing to establish again what do I really believe? I wasn’t a witness, but I wasn’t anything else either. I felt like I was having a mini- breakdown. I don’t know if any particular religion is 100% right, but they're closer than the witnesses. The witnesses also said the bible said there was only one true religion, but actually it says there is only one true FAITH (Christian). Even though I distanced myself from the witnesses and told people I was no longer one, I still had some of the ‘old baggage beliefs’ and I needed to root out theirs truth, accept or reject it and move on. I have since found a couple of non denominational churches that I attend and let me tell you it was something the first time I stepped into a ‘wordly’ church. However, I found out that the people there can be loving and not judgmental as the witnesses and they were actually teaching from the Bible. My husband who was raised a catholic (and not really into being a catholic) accompanied me to these churches to help me out and I think in the process he also helped himself out. We do need fellowship, the same like mind and Christian concern fellowship. I have even gone to bible studies at these churches which were very nice. They have a lot more activities then the witnesses and my big observation was I found other churches do a lot more for people, not just for the ones going to their church but for others outside the church, the witnesses don't really help others, they have to judge them first to see if they're worthy of their help. They are too quick to determine if they are ‘weak’ or ‘strong’ in the organization before they help them. Anyway, the first step to all this was research and Freeminds helped tremendously!

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