I made a statement earlier that I need to take back. I knew that when I read this book, I would need to think about what I have read before I said anything. Then I said, "it is just another religion". NO IT IS NOT!!! I know now why the preacher just looked so sad at me when as a child I so proudly announced to him that I was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He just shook his head and told me that Jesus loved me anyway.
I remember a quick build for the Kingdom Hall I attended most of my life. I was about 5 when they started building and the evil Nazi Tony Heise (yes I said the evil doers name) said, "it is a great privilege to work on Jehovah's building. You will have to pay a dime in order to do any work." I was devastated. I couldn't ask my Mother or Father for a Dime. We didn't have any money, that is what Mother always said, we don't have any money. (I believed her, I was only five).
I walked away, crying because I didn't have a dime to pay to get to work on the Kingdom hall. As I was crying, I remember praying to Jehovah that if it was his will that I be allowed to work on his building, that somehow, i would be able to do it. Low and behold, Jehovah looked down on his servent and a dime appeared on the ground in front of me. I told Jehovah Thank you and joyfully went to do my part in the work on the new Kingdom Hall. I knew then that Jehovah loves me. He couldn't bear to see me so sad. I never questioned why Jehovah would charge me to work on his building in the first place, I just knew that Jehovah provided me a way so that I could.
When hyprocracy reared its ugly head in the years that followed, I always blew these things away as it is just the man not Jehovah or his organization that did these things. BUT IT WAS THIS ORGANIZATION that allowed it to continue. That condoned so many things and gagged at such small gnats.
Oh, and in case you wondered, God still Loves me. His son still died for ME and I still love them. I AM NOT A BAD PERSON. I spent so many years just knowing that I couldn't be.
When my daughter wanted to go to a Baptist Church when she became an young teenager, I was opposed to this. She looked at me and said, "God is not the Kingdom Hall" and from her experience she did not think that he had been there for a long, long time. Out of the mouth of babes.