It is with all the previous blogs and points that I have made in mind that I really have struggled with my mother’s decision to cut me off. As previously stated, both my parents are intelligent people, able to reason and think rationally. It is my opinion that the religion has sucked all of this rationality out of them, it has been done in such a way that they are oblivious to it happening they would appear to be blind to many of the opposing arguments and have close off that thought process simply because they have been warned by the organisation that it would be detrimental to their faith. I do understand their position however, as I have also been there, so whilst I may wholly disagree with the events that have taken place, rational thought allows me to understand the reasoning behind it.
Having said all of the above it renders me at a loss and leaves me somewhat frustrated at the fact that, perhaps all of the faithful witnesses blindly follow the teachings and never fully have an understanding of both sides (even though they feel they have that due to how the religion put the opposing arguments across). I really do hope that maybe my parents will take a look outside the “box” if you pardon the expression, and just maybe notice some of the contradictions in the religion and it’s take on the bible. As I said from the start, this is not an attack on religion, so it would be wholly wrong for me to condemn the witnesses for following the bible. I do feel however, that there should be consistency in how this is done and also transparency with regard to the reasoning behind the doctrines.
The witnesses always reiterated the fact that they follow the bible more closely and accurately than any other religion, so it baffles me that there can be so many holes picked with the doctrines. As part of my education in the bible we were shown the examples of the Pharisees and Sadducees who were Jewish religious leaders from the old testament and even up to the time of Jesus, there were many conflicts between both sects over the years but their job was similar to that of priests. Jesus condemned them for their complications of the Mosaic Law; they would take a law from God and then add to it and add to it. Eventually there was a whole list of actions that had to take place with regard to say cleanliness, where the bible may have instructed people to wash their hands before a meal, the Pharisees would have had stringent rules regarding the length of time and the extent of washing up the arm and so on… Jesus stressed that we should primarily take what the bible says and that is all, he further stressed the need to avoid adding to it. This is one of my main problems with the religion; they have taken the previously discussed rules regarding non-believers and added to it in a similar fashion to the Pharisees, yet another example of contradictions in the belief system.
At this point I feel I have given you all the facts necessary to be able to make your own mind up, the next blog will be the transcription of my mother’s letter, with no commentary from me, the reason being I want to leave people free to make up their own mind with regard to what has happened. I hope you read it and can then understand my frustrations with the situation.
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