I was pleasantly surprised to find this link on the Internet Infidels page. I too, have often wondered how many of us there are who have left Worldwide not for some doctrinal dispute or dogma but simply for the fact that somehow we came to realize the errancy of all religion. For me, my 20+ years in the one and only "God’s True Church" are now a distant memory. However, as Robert McNally suggests, I agree that vestiges remain, as well as a near feeling of relatedness with "fellow formers".
I had previously posted a relatively short version of my years in the WWCG and Ambassador College, but have decided to delete most of it for a couple of reasons. One is that fact that I’ve found that it has been misunderstood or misinterpreted principally by current members of the WWCG or one of its offshoots. The theme of my previous post was simply meant to convey that questions regarding obvious contradictions either with the Bible or HWAs interpretation of it were left unanswered, and this helped me to break through the "veil of reverence" to realize that the contradictions were real. If that had not occurred, perhaps I may still have been in one of the offshoots, or offshoots of offshoots, and had to deal with the trauma of "how God could let this happen to his church", a question I’ve heard from a number of formers or currents. I am therefore very happy that the doubts occurred and that the answers were unsatisfactory. They could not have been otherwise.
Another reason for the deletion is that going into the story itself has convinced several current members (who for the most part believe that one must have been embittered to have left God’s true church, or at least their branch of it.) that it is still an important issue with which I am grappling. I don’t want to leave such a false impression. Those who feel their religion is all-encompassing tend to project that feeling of importance of their religion onto others as well. I don’t want that misunderstanding either.
The WWCG is one tiny sect among hundreds of religious groups in the world, and in that sense, going into our details of experiences in that one sometimes seems rather disproportionate. It also seems to provide confirmation to some members that their group really is the special one, the true Church of God. I don’t want to contribute to that, either.
I, like many others, wonder if mankind will ever be free of our mythologically based religions, and realize that faith is our inhibitor while doubt leads us to real understanding. Perhaps someday.