I apologize for my absence from this blog over the past couple of weeks. I know there are a few of you that wished to follow this blog.
As some of you know, I decided to stop posting to JWN. There are several reasons for this, and I would like to clarify a few things that I said on the site when leaving.
First of all I am thankful for the amount of support that I've received from many people on that site. My abrupt halt from posting prevented me from letting everyone know how thankful I am that they were there for me when I needed it. While I don't agree with most people on that site, I was happy to be friends with everyone anyway.
There became a point, however, when I didn't find it very healthy to participate any more. Anytime any sort of Christian discussion would come up, the thread would be hijacked by atheists. That too was fine. I am happy to defend my faith and allow others to do the same. The problem came, however, when attacks were made against God and his personality. Nothing was treated as sacred. I got tired of the "Jehoober is a disgusting monster" sort of comments.
There does need to be a certain amount of mutual respect for people to remain being friends. For example, I do not believe in reincarnation and I do not believe that cows are sacred. However, if I was in a land (i.e. India) where the cow was viewed as sacred, I wouldn't act in a way that insulted their view of the cow. If I did, I would expect to get a very angry response.
My God is special to me. My relationship with Him is special to me. It is special in the same way that my wife is special to me. If someone was to call my wife a disgusting monster and that was the general consensus of the group, then I would be genuinely offended and could no longer consider those people friends.
That being said, there are many wonderful people on JWN. It hurts to have to say goodbye to the site, but I also wish to remain friends with those people. There are those on JWN that are atheists and yet are respectful of my beliefs, and to those I genuinely feel friendship for as well. But the repeated attacks on ANYTHING Christian began to get very discouraging for me.
I would like to answer one claim that was made about me personally that I have issue with. I made the comment that I was upset at those that were trying to destroy my faith. My faith has NOT been destroyed. One person commented that I must not have any faith to begin with. Obviously that is not true. But when a person surrounds themselves with those that think they have to attack anything that is not godless, then that can start to get very discouraging.
I am a "new" Christian. I don't have all the answers. One bone of contention that I have had in the past is that Jehovah's Witnesses claim to have all the answers. It reminds me of 1Cor 8:2: "If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know." We all should realize that we are foolish in God's eyes and need to focus on His wisdom. We must always be open to the possibility that something we have held as a cherished viewpoint could be proven to be wrong. That is where I am at in my spiritual life. Reading the Bible without preconceived notions has been incredibly eye opening.
Another eye opening experience has been seeing the amount of Jehovah's Witnesses that leave the organization, only to be trapt in atheistic thought. They have allowed men to completely destroy their faith. They experienced spiritual shipwreck. They no longer believe in God. They live for themselves. And they seem happy to be accountable to no one besides themselves. I find it so sad. But the Bible did fortell that this would be the result of those that put their trust in men.
Now is the time to put our trust in Jesus Christ. It is the time to throw off the yoke of men made rules and allow God to show us the way. They lead to the best way of life. They lead to true happiness. And they lead to a life with God that will be never-ending.