Another thread that I posted and which involved Jehovah’s Witnesses was going off track. But several people had questions for me since I had once been one of them and left to return to the Catholic Church that I was raised in as a boy. So I would like to start another so people may continue to ask questions without feeling limited to the previous thread’s subject.
I want to thank the Catholic Church and its members because you made coming back home so easy. Some of you may have done nothing more than prayed for people like me to come home to Christ, but I am here to say thank you. Your prayers had great effect on me.
I have been back in the Church for about 20 years now. I was told by the Witnesses that I would never be able to do this, not now. But here I am.
I was also told:
- “You will never grow past 40 in this system of things.” I am now 50.
- “You will not reach marrying age nor need to go to college because the world will be gone soon.” That was at my baptism as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1980.
- The Watchtower of January 1, 1989 predicted that our preaching work would “be completed in our 20th century.” I have celebrated New Years Day every January 1st since the year 1999.
- Before I left, my congregation elders told me that if I left their religion I “would soon die at Armageddon.” When I told them I expected to be around when 2014 comes (since 1914 is a special year to them) and past then, they replied: “The world won’t be here for 2014.” Today is January 3, 2014.
I truly believed that I was in the one true religion when I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I believed these things they told me (except the last one). I preached horrible things against Catholics and Jews and people of other faiths, claiming all of you were blinded by and thus worshipers of the Devil. For this I am so sorry.
Among other things, I began to study and read the Church Fathers. I learned the original languages of the Scriptures and did not need to rely on any English translations. I even witnessed God work miracles for a friend of mine who had cancer and the healing of my cousin from Lupus, all due to the intersession of Catholic saints.
It was very hard to admit I had false beliefs. It was difficult and even frightening to walk back into a Catholic Church.
But you made it easy once I did. Thank you for your love and prayers.