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Friday, December 5, 2014
Erica Bane-Young, Rescued by Her Children
My name is Erica. I am forty-five years old. I was
in the Watchtower Society's version of 'the truth' (hahaha) from birth. About three years ago, after my father
passed away, I got the courage to leave.
Before that, my son was
disfellowshipped and I began questioning their ways. Here I was being
told that I must turn my back on my son for an invisible being. Depression overwhelmed me. My questions about their beliefs, which I had held inside me for so long, continually
racked my brain. I couldn't understand how a loving God would ask
me to shun my son.... particularly since he was disfellowshipped for questioning
their ways and not being satisfied with their answers.
Both my parents
were Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs). My father had been an elder for a time, but he was disfellowshipped twice. I was raised from infancy to believe unquestionably in their god, Jehovah. I never
thought for myself until my three children showed me how. I am so thankful to
them and credit them with giving me the strength, courage and knowledge to
finally leave. They were not as affected by the teachings of the JWs as I
was, because they were not raised in 'the truth.'
I had been baptized when my children
were very young, but I was disfellowshipped shortly thereafter. My son then was
baptized, having been prodded by my mother, which led to my reinstatement as a Jehovah's Witness.
simple things in life are affected by being brought up from childhood as a JW....things that don't affect my children in the same way.
This is why I am thankful to the Ex-JW groups online, because I have
now found others who are going through the same things. I thank you for
accepting me and I look forward to getting to know everyone here on the road
to recovery from the dangerously life-altering cult of the Watchtower Society!