Well I joined this forum for the Life After Fundamentalism group and am glad for the opportunity to connect with other people who've gone through similar experiences as myself. I am still dealing…Continue
My mother and step-father are at the JW convention... she says she can't sit through three days of the convention any longer, even though she feels guilty about it. At 70 years old, I can certainly hope perfection is no longer required. However, it doesn't seem to be the case.
"How sad that in the midst of what should be a joyous occasion, you are having to worry about this. I agree with the posts above that you have the upper hand, no one can tell you how to raise your child. Other than to be prepared for what you seem to…"
"Maybe it would be helpful to think about releasing these guilty feelings, reassuring yourself that pleasure is not sinful, that all people feel and deserve and desire pleasure, that you can feel pleasure and have it be a good thing and that you are…"
"It is certainly more likely to me than, say, (and with no disrespect to your friend) that everything you have experienced is mere coincidences. I neither think it is coincidence nor that god is hurting you, but a message from your subconscious that…"
"no i think you're correct if you think your physical pain and problems stem from a mental source. I don't believe in a punishing god so of course I don't think you're being smitten by some deity. If you ignore the power the mind…"
"No, you're on to something there, because the mind does affect the body. Some South American shamans believe (see Don Agustin) that fears manifest in the mind and body as demons/spirits/voices that intend us harm. Definitely not something that…"
"Wow Min, you have certainly had an interesting life. In my experience, most people to join this group have been Americans and southern; it is so cool to hear of your experience from another perspective. You mentioned you left your province, where…"
"I am sorry to hear of your troubles. I have one question, does your teen daughter feel as you do, or have you simply not raised her in a religious way? The reason I asked is that I started thinking about my own atheism and how I would deal with a…"
"Dustin, I am not sure why you seemed to take his answer so personally. He wasn't attacking you or belittling your personal struggle in any way. If you go back and look at her question, he answered it. What you don't understand is that this…"
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