When I was a Roman Catholic, to whom I was praying was never an issue.  I said my memorized prayers and followed it up with the Amen.  The Bible was never part of RC teaching, and therefore, I was not acquainted with it.

I am an avid reader and have been reading since the age of seven on many subjects, but never the bible. Occasionally, I would hear quotes from the bible, but I had not personally bothered to search into it for myself at that point.

Then, when I started studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and attending their meetings, I was introduced to how to pray to Jehovah God in the name of Jesus. I had never talked to God on such a personal level but when reading the Holy Scriptures, I was convinced.

NWT – Matthew 6:7
“When praying, do not say the same things over and over again as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.”

As time passed, I started noticing many things in the JW organization that were contrary to what I believed the Holy Scriptures were teaching me. I therefore became acquainted with biblehub.com and started comparing what was quoted in the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) with other bibles.  The more I searched, the more I started questioning.  I believe the Holy Scriptures should be translated but not interpreted.  God speaks in many ways to each individual, according to what he/she can bear.

My world really opened up when someone close to me told me about Beroean Pickets and as I started attending its meetings, my eyes were opened to what it means to be a Christian.  I learned that contrary to what I thought, there are many others who have doubts about how JW’s dogma is not what the Holy Scriptures teach.

I am comfortable with what I am learning except for the fact as to how to pray.  I know I can pray to Jehovah in the name of Jesus.   I am, however, left wondering how to fit Jesus into my life and prayers that is different from what I am doing

I don’t know if anyone else had or faces this struggle and if you solved it.




I am not a Jehovah's Witness, but I studied and have attended the Wednesday and Sunday's meetings and the Memorials since about 2008. I wanted to understand the Bible better after reading it many times from cover to cover. However, like the Beroeans, I check my facts and the more I understood, the more I realized that not only did I not feel comfortable at the meetings but some things just didn't make sense to me. I used to raise my hand to comment until one Sunday, the Elder corrected me publicly that I should not be using my own words but those written in the article. I couldn't do it as I don't think like the Witnesses. I don't accept things as fact without checking them out. What really bothered me were the Memorials as I believe that, according to Jesus, we should partake anytime we want to, not just once a year; otherwise, he would have been specific and said on the anniversary of my death, etc. I find Jesus spoke personally and passionately to people of all races and colour, whether they were educated or not. Once I saw the changes made to God's and Jesus' words, it really upset me as God told us not to add or alter His Word. To correct God, and to correct Jesus, the Anointed, is devastating to me. God's Word should only be translated, not interpreted.
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