Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Letter - Jehovah's Witness Mother Ends Relationship with Atheist Son

I just find this incredibly sad. Although relationships in my family haven’t always gone smoothly for various reasons, religion and the lack thereof being one of them, it has never even come close to this. I can’t imagine receiving this letter.  

I transcribed it after the jump.

My darling son David

You are so very special to me and have always been the love of my life. I used to think when you were little that I would die for you, and live because of you. You meant the world to me and I will always love you very much.

Because of this love I always wanted you to have the happiest, safest life I could provide and tried to bring you up with the strongly held beliefs I lived by, in the hope that this would affect your own life for the good, and ultimately you would live forever in Paradise on earth. You know all this to be the case.

I personally have always believed in The Truth as presented in the Bible, and have always felt the strong presence of Jehovah God and Jesus in my life, even as a child. I have always believed in the prophecies in the Bible, and that there is a Paradise on earth in which everyone will live in peace and love with no war, sickness and death, and that the dead will be resurrected due to Jehovah’s justice and fairness. I have always lived my life with all this in view, and have never sought a worldly secular career or pathway. Becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was the obvious next step for me.

This letter is being written by me with no outside coercion or influence because there are thing I want to say to you.

Being in the Truth has never been easy, but when all is said and done, I am in it because of my belief in Jehovah and what he has done for us, and will yet do.

People will always let you down, and somehow we have to look above and beyond, at the bigger picture. So to say that some people who profess to Christians live in ways that show them to be hypocrites is no exaggeration. But I strongly feel that whilst they may fool themselves, and others, they can’t fool Jehovah, and “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”

I have chosen my path and my way of life and so I must live by the Commands and Statutes laid down in the Bible by Jehovah himself. One of these commands has been the cause of great stress and grief to me, and I have put it off for too long now. I realize that I would have benefited spiritually by doing things Jehovah’s way from the start, and I must emphasise that what I am about to say to you is not influenced by any other living person, but is purely directed by my conscience and a desire to regain my peaceful friendship with God. Nobody can make me do anything I don’t want to do.

Whilst this is singularly the most painful thing I have ever had to do in my life, I need to move forwards towards the goal of everlasting life, and to think end I deeply regret that I must terminate our relationship whilst you remain disfellowshipped. I have cried myself dry over this situation, and it has broken my heart, but David, you have known that should have been handled this way from the start. You have chosen you path in life, and I wish you all the best. I want you to know that not only will my love always be there for you, but Jehovah too is waiting with open arms for your return.

Your loving mother, now and forever. 


Danny Haszard said...

Watchtower religion is the *Hotel California* you can check in but not *check out*.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a cult or high control group because they cut you off (harsh shunning) for dissent of any kind.
Jehovah's Witnesses have the highest turnover rate of any religion in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of those who become members will leave. There is something deeply wrong with an organization that claims to be Christian and breaks apart families, shunning even their own children.

This form of shunning called “Disfellowshipping” is nothing more than psychological brutality meted out to keep the rank and file in line with fear and stigmatization and has led some to commit suicide.

Jehovah’s Witnesses will only treat you with love and respect if you go along 100% with their distortions.
Watchtower society aka Jehovah's Witnesses is truly an Orwellian world.-Danny Haszard born 3rd generation JW 1957

Andy said...

I disowned my parents 11 years ago.

One of the best things I ever did.

Anonymous said...

Danny, where would I find the statistic that 2/3 of members who Join will leave? I know the numbers are high and that they still preach they are one of the fastest growing religions. I would really like to find any kind of statistic on the number of people who join willingly and then leave as well as those who are born into this crap like I was and manage to escape

Jessica Rose said...

I was a Jehovah's Witness. I was brought up in the Truth, I have left for my reasons. And my mother and father still are witnesses. The way they treat the kids is brutal. I had the worst child hood. If I went to the police I could put my mother and step father behind bars for years. The cuts and bruises I had through out my school years required me to cover my arms and legs from head to toe. I have nightmares from the 'go bags' (emergency pack for the end of the world) every night and I'm terrified at the mention of them.

People see them as these people who are manipulative and cult like.

I believe you,

All I can say, is that unless you have been there all your life, secluded and shunned for you parents faith,

You will never fully understand how damaging and cult like it is.