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Open Letter To Jehovah's Witnesses

    M Outaservice posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 01:52:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    You may not remember, but I know you very well. I met you a long time ago when you came to my house with your smiling faces, your neat clothes, and your soft voices, and a Bible tucked neatly under your arm. You told me many beautiful stories of a "paradise earth," and a "righteous new system" which would be established shortly. You beguiled me; I listened and I let you teach me your form of Christ-dignity.

    I loved you, I devoted most of my life to you, I was loyal and obedient, never realizing that one day I would come to disagree with everything you had to say. When I first met you and learned of the "paradise," little did I know that in order to get to that paradise, I would have to walk over the dead bodies of beloved family, cherished friends, and casual acquaintances, because they didn't want to be Jehovah's Witnesses. With your soft, sweet voices, and gentle manner, you convinced me that everything and everyone who did not agree with you was "evil." I came to believe that other churches were bad and of the devil, and so were their members. I became convinced that all the governments were wicked, including my own, and that I was not to support the country in which I lived. I believed you, I loved you, trusted you, and served you and never suspected that you were capable of deceiving me.

    I loved you so much that I raised my precious children as Jehovah's Witnesses. I taught them that you were trustworthy, and true followers of God and Jesus. I trained them to believe your every word. How could I have known that in the future you would steal my own flesh and blood from my arms and prevent them from seeing me because I would come to disagree with you? I never noticed the fangs of oppression and tyranny that lurked behind those gentle smiles. I never knew that I would be expected to hand over my mind, soul, and spirit to you, and if I were to ever want them back, you would hold my children as hostages and no amount of begging and tears would release them from your grip because they had been raised to look at you as being God, rather than mere men.

    When I came to you, I was young and pretty and impressionable, looking for a relationship with God, my Creator. But through slick words and empty speeches you convinced me that I was not really a child of God, that my duty was to the organization-that THEY would tell me what to do and how to think. Through years of domination and manipulation I began to accept the meager food that was being offered to me, and became willing to accept it as the true "spiritual" food from the Master, while all the time feeling the gnawing at my body. Finally, I discovered that I had been robbed of my joy, my love, my compassion, and my mercy, and it was replaced with legalistic doctrinal formula which provided me with fear, guilt, and anxiety to fill my hungry heart. When I said, "I want more than this," you slapped me with your soft little hand, which had now turned into an iron fist of oppression. Yes, you fooled me all along, your deception was because you had been fooled too, a long time ago, by others who had taken you captive to their dictatorial reign of terror. You convinced me that the words of men were the words of God because you really thought it was true. I believed you because you were gently, soft spoken, and carried the Bible tucked under your arm.

    You told me that you had "freedom" and it was only later, when I tried to escape your brand of "freedom" that I discovered that the iron bars of the gate had been shut and I was at your mercy because, by this time, you had already gained control of my mind and my emotions. I cried and begged you to please let me go, and you said, with your firm, roaring voice, "not until I have stripped you naked" and you did. You stripped me of my dignity, my self-respect, my honor, and my FAMILY! You told all my family and friends that I was demonic, evil, an apostate, a spiritual fornicator, and good for nothing but total destruction by your angry God whom you had tried to pass off as a God of "love." They believed you, and they still believe you, because their eyes are blinded by the promise of "paradise" and they cannot "see" the Hell that surrounds them. The ever illusive "paradise" is held out to the gullible like a carrot in front of the nose of a rabbit, and causes them to sacrifice their family, friends, careers, education, hopes and dreams on the altar of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

    Now I'm older, now I'm wiser, but now it is too late- life is fast slipping away. Through my tears, I cry out for my beautiful daughter and grandchildren, but you grip them tighter and tighter and tell them that YOU will be their "mother." And so you are, and so you are! I begged to recapture my honor and my dignity, but you laughed with your bright, shining teeth, and said, "No way, you're on your own." Somehow those soft, pretty words weren't soft and pretty anymore, but words of slander, abuse, hatred, and hostility- and you said them in such a way that others would think that you were righteous and I was evil. You lied about me, but no one will believe you LIED because they trust you-that's because you are soft spoken, gentle, and carry a Bible tucked neatly under your arm.

    Gaila Noble
    ARIZONA

    terafera posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 01:55:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Gaila, very beautifully spoken. I couldnt have said it better.

    Can I print this and save it? It is priceless!

    Marilyn posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:23:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    They came to my door a few months ago - just as you described them. I remember thinking that they were like aliens. They looks so normal and nice on the surface, but if you peel back the mask you see the hideous monster that lays beneath. They did a few return visits on me and as my knowledge emerged so too did the monster.

    I'm sooooooooo sorry that you have lost your children and grand-children. It's just too, too cruel. They really can't know what they are doing. :-(((

    hugs

    Marilyn

    Undine posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:25:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 9/19/2001

    Gaila,

    That was brilliant. Simply. And I felt what you wrote
    to my very core. Thank you for your beyond eloquent
    words.

    Warmly,
    Undine

    picosito posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:26:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 12/21/2001

    Gaila, you made Picosito cry.

    M DakotaRed posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:37:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 1/20/2002

    Very powerful words, Gaila, well written and to the point!

    If God's Spirit is filling a Kingdom Hall, how is it that Satan can manuever the ones within that Kingdom Hall at the same time?

    M Outaservice posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:41:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 4/8/2001

    Just a point of clarification. Outaservice is not Gaila Noble. But I felt her 'Open Letter' was worth posting for the sentiments it expressed.

    Outaservice

    terafera posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:43:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 11/25/2001

    Outta, no matter who wrote it.. thank you for posting it. It was so beautiful..

    Please post more when you can, I really appreciate it!

    F butalbee posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:16:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 8/29/2001

    Outaservice--can I please print this out and send it to a witness whom I knew and loved, anomymously, ofcourse????

    Lara

    Celtic posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:22:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Can I have this in an email please, to be able to send onto others?

    Beautiful expressive writing, sums it all up, stunning peice of writing.

    Thankyou so much.

    Celtic
    m.price@can-online.org.uk

    M Thomas Poole posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:25:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 9/11/2001

    Gaila Noble, is that really you or is it someone just using your letter.

    Anyway I read this about eight years ago, and now I can have it on my computer. I even called you up on the phone to tell you how much I like it.

    If this is really you, here is a HUG and SOME KISSES.

    TheRecordCollector posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:54:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 9/22/2001

    Incredibly touching.

    In MY case, more than you know.

    And there's nothing I can do about it.

    It hurts. Terribly. It brings tears to my eyes.

    TRC

    "The Greatest Of All Gifts Is Unconditonal Love"

    chester posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 04:11:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 4/8/2001

    Outaservice,

    Thank you so much for posting that. It is a must read. It will be on the table for my wife to read in the morning.

    I am going though a very emotional time in my life right now and this post hit very close to home for me. It was very touching.

    Thanks again

    M Outaservice posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 11:38:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Dear Friends,

    Some have asked if it would be okay to copy this letter, and I'm sure Gaila would not mind, as it is an 'OPEN LETTER' in her own words.

    Hopefully it will be encouraging and helpful to many who have or are going through similiar circumstances.

    While I do not know Gaila personally, I would like to.

    Outaservice

    Doc_jedd posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:03:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    .............BRAVO!!!................Jedd

    freeborg posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:34:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    HOW TRUE

    F outnfree posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:36:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Very poignant, indeed!

    Thanks for posting Gaila's beautiful sentiments, outa!

    outn

    ashitaka posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:42:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Goddamn, outa-I'm saving this and giving it to my father........THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ashi

    sadiejive posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:52:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Joined 12/18/2001

    That was so moving. I am glad that this is an open letter. Hopefully this can reach many who haven't already welcomed these gentle people into their lives, and can serve as a warning to them and to those who have but may be already studying but haven't gotten baptized (such as myself). A real eye opener.

    I don't think many realize the seriousness of getting involved in this religion. Many (once again...such as myself) in the beginning think of it as any other "church"....if you disagree with their teachings it's ok....or...if you change your mind and decide that this isn't for you then you can just go somewhere else. Unfortunately, unlike the other "christian" churches, you do NOT have this freedom with the WTS. I know, prior to coming here, I was completely unaware of the seriousness of this. It hadn't even occurred to me that I couldn't decide later on that this wasn't for me without possibly, even probably, losing my family. That is a very scary reality. Many, and probably even MOST, never find this out until it is too late.

    Thanks again for sharing this.

    Sadie

    F teenyuck posted Thu, 31 Jan 2002 13:00:00 GMT(1/31/2002)

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    Outa-

    Very beautifully done. I am going to send this to my mother. Thank you for posting it.

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