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uglyducklingsister:

I haven’t actually blogged on here in a while due to my internet limits. But apparently there is a new Watchtower article about not speaking to any disfellowshipped family no matter what. They are to be thought of as being killed by Jehovah himself.

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Are Jehovah's Witnesses a cult?

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult? They look innocent enough. I mean look at these guys in the photo. They’re adorable.

I’ve been going back and forth on this idea for a while now. I grew up in this religion and it didn’t feel like a cult at the time. I was never baptized so when I left I…

all those are wrong lol stop, if u dnt agree with the teachings (tht Is whts most important) then dnt bother with it n dnt come up with b.s. about them, go about ur business

Thank you for your comment.

As I said in my blog post my goal is to learn more about cults in general. This is the ONE example. There are lots of cult experts that use different criteria to label groups. This is why I’ve asked anyone with any information on academic studies on cults to share their information with me. You’re more than welcomed to share your knowledge on cults. Feel free to pick apart this post or ANY of my posts and submit it through my blog. I’m especially interested in shunning practices specifically, not just with JWs (which I am most familiar with) but the Mormons (LDS/FDLS), the Amish, the Moonies, The International House of prayer and Scientologists – especially Scientologists. I’ve already done one post on them and plan on doing another soon. Why are these groups charged with being cults?  Who are they? They all have very different beliefs and doctrines but what’s the one thing they have in common that is not practiced my most modern mainstream religions? Shunning and information control. Some of these aforementioned groups are less sinister than others. I would say JWs would be the least with FLDS, IHOP, Scientologists being the most BUT there is still more to read and more documentaries to watch.

As for your comment: “if u dnt agree with the teachings (tht Is whts most important) then dnt bother with it n dnt come up with b.s. about them, go about ur business”

1. I have 25 years of experience with JWs. I’m not just pulling this stuff out of the sky. I often use their own material in my blog posts. The WONDERFUL thing about JW.org is that you can go back in their archives online although it doesn’t go back too far because let’s face it, the really old stuff is nutty.

2. I have a Jehovah’s Witness mother and a disfellowshipped brother that she has been shunning for five years. I love both of these people more that life itself. Shunning breaks up families. As long as the Governing Body continues to use shunning as punishment and punish those that refuse to shun as a religious practice I will make Jehovah’s Witnesses my business. I will make Jehovah’s Witnesses my business until I have my family whole again.

Like I said you’re more than welcomed to share your information. If you are a JW, it’ll probably be from JW.org, cause, ya know, information control. You’re really not supposed to be reading outside material about the religion ‘cause ya know, shunning and if in fact you are a JW and you’ve made it this far down in this post, hooray for you!

Again, I thank you for your comment.

ummmm JW.ORG has not been around forever so u can just drop tht argument. my point is that being in a religion is about your relationship with God himself, it dsnt matter who says what, “shunned”, being disfellowshipped, is all in how you handle it and choose to fix the situation….if we were bck in B.C. I promise u things would be way worse

every denomination has a system of how they do things and what works for them, I’ve been around the truth my whole life and never noticed anything all the “ex jws” complain about, u have to have an open mind to commit to what you should and if you can’t that’s on you, dnt dog the whole thing cuz u dnt like it

Where in my post did I say JW.org has been around forever? Reading is fundamental, my friend.

Tell, me…how should one handle shunning?

I never said u did, but ur using tht “whatever info u give me will prolly b frm the website” like there’s nowhere else to get info…..&& I’ve never known anyone personally to get shunned, thts a personal family decision, I had a cousin who got disfellowshipped n she was still welcomed at her parents, she still went to the hall, yea there was no grand welcoming but ppl waved and she wasn’t kicked out lol there’s many ppl who choose to stand by others who have had trouble in the congregation, how else would u expect them to want to come back, everyone’s different

It’s obvious from your writing style that you’re young which could explain the miscommunication we’re having. You’ve just admitted that you personally have never known anybody who has been shunned and that you have a cousin that was DF’d but was not shunned. (Maybe your cousin was still a minor and still living under the same roof as their parents? There are different rules in these cases.) Do you realize that YOUR experience does not nullify the experiences of other JWs? I’ve never known a brother or sister personally who has punched someone in the face while I was in “The Truth” but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Are you following me? There are PLENTY of cases where JWs were not as lucky as your cousin. I recently posted an experience of a JW who left who was not shunned by his parents (but ignored by his congregation).

I’m glad for your cousin and his congregation because they’re trailblazers in their own right for ignoring The Society’s shunning stance and I wish more JWs would do this because the JWs publications CLEARLY state to have absolutely no contact with the disfellowshipped. I’m going on the assumption that your cousin was an adult and living outside his family’s home. Correct me if I’m wrong.

From JW.org archives on how to treat the disfellowshipped:

Is strict avoidance really necessary? Yes, for several reasons. First, it is a matter of loyalty to God and his Word. We obey Jehovah not only when it is convenient but also when doing so presents real challenges. Love for God moves us to obey all his commandments, recognizing that he is just and loving and that his laws promote the greatest good. (Isaiah 48:17; 1 John 5:3) Second, withdrawing from an unrepentant wrongdoer protects us and the rest of the congregation from spiritual and moral contamination and upholds the congregation’s good name. (1 Corinthians 5:6, 7) Third, ourfirm stand for Bible principles may even benefit the disfellowshipped one. By supporting the decision of the judicial committee, we may touch the heart of a wrongdoer who thus far has failed to respond to the efforts of the elders to assist him. Losing precious fellowship with loved ones may help him to come “to his senses,” see the seriousness of his wrong, and take steps to return to Jehovah.—Luke 15:17.

What if a relative is disfellowshipped? In such a case, the close bond between family members can pose a real test of loyalty. How should we treat a disfellowshipped relative? We cannot here cover every situation that may arise, but let us focus on two basic ones.

In some instances, the disfellowshipped family member may still be living in the same home as part of the immediate household. Since his being disfellowshipped does not sever the family ties, normal day-to-day family activities and dealings may continue. Yet, by his course, the individual has chosen to break the spiritual bond between him and his believing family. So loyal family members can no longer have spiritual fellowship with him. For example, if the disfellowshipped one is present, he would not participate when the family gets together for family worship. However, if the disfellowshipped one is a minor child, the parents are still responsible to instruct and discipline him. Hence, loving parents may arrange to conduct a Bible study with the child.*Proverbs 6:20-22; 29:17.

In other cases, the disfellowshipped relative may be living outside the immediate family circle and home. Although there might be a need for limited contact on some rare occasion to care for a necessary family matter, any such contact should be kept to a minimum. Loyal Christian family members do not look for excuses to have dealings with a disfellowshipped relative not living at home. Rather, loyalty to Jehovah and his organization moves them to uphold the Scriptural arrangement of disfellowshipping. Their loyal course has the best interests of the wrongdoer at heart and may help him to benefit from the discipline received.*Hebrews 12:11.

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ohsocialjustice:

A very good way of going about explaining this issue. It’s good to see something positive come from Tumblr.

REBLOG THE SHIT OUT OF THIS.

And the reblog button was hit so quickly that it actually was reblogged BEFORE it was clicked

Will always reblog this.

I just like being girly. But what I like more, is having people noticing without minding. Just the fact that they’re aware of what I am and want to be without seeing anything but god old little me makes me happy, and most importantly, comfortable.

I literally never, ever reblog these sort of posts, but this one is going up, since it’s pretty much one of the few who nails it all the way!

This is what feminism SHOULD be about. And it still is for a lot of people, but not enough of them on this site.

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