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A Letter from a Jehovah’s Witness MotherSubmitted by Teeny on June 21, 2012 - 12:33 pm 18 Comments
The JWB tagline is “The Funny Side of being a Jehovah’s Witness”. However, we do realise that a lot of the time, the Jehovah’s Witness cult harms and destroys families as well as the well-being of individuals who are simply trying to survive in this world.
I found a letter from a Jehovah’s Witness mother, sent to her disfellowshipped son, David, on the net and contacted David, asking for his permission to write an article about the letter his mother sent him. David allowed us to air the letter.
I transcribed it last night and as I was doing this, I felt the pit of my stomach ache. Not because I was hungry, but because the Jehovah’s Witness religion can actually remove instincts that should be natural to most mothers and fathers.
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 the prophesies in the Bible, and that there will be 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 things 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 be 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 realise 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.
While this is singularly the most painful thing I have ever had to do in my entire life, I need to move forwards towards the goal of everlasting life, and to this 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 it should have been handled this way from the start. You have chosen your 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.
Now that you’ve read that, how do you feel? Can you see how the Jehovah’s Witness religion is in fact a cult? I do not know David’s mother, but I think I am right in my assumption in saying that if David had decided to stop supporting Tottenham Hotspur and turned his allegiances to Arsenal, his mother wouldn’t have cut him off. Actually, that’s a bad example, for if I had a son or daughter who stopped supporting Spurs and decided to become an Arsenal fan, I think I would cut them off. I am digressing again.
My point is that it’s not natural for a mother to want to cut off her son just because he doesn’t follow the same belief system as she does. But that’s exactly what has happened here and it really does sicken me.
So for all those Jehovah’s Witness apologists out there who claim that the Watchtower Society doesn’t shun ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, I think this letter shows that that isn’t the case. Although Rick Fenton, the Watchtower Society’s spokesperson in England, said the following:
“It’s a personal matter for each individual to decide for himself if they no longer want to be a Jehovah’s Witness. Any one of Jehovah’s Witnesses is free to express their feelings and to ask questions. If a person changes their mind about Bible-based teachings they once held dear, we recognise their right to leave.”
Looks like Mrs. Reekie didn’t get the memo…
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