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So up until this very moment I had no idea there where so many of you like me…(r/exjw)
Hello and welcome! Here are my recommendations for getting those nasty watchtower cobwebs out of your head, in other words, here is what I did to de-indoctrinate myself:
Take some time to learn about the history of the bible. For example, you can take the Open Yale Courses on Religious Studies for free.
Also read A History of God by Karen Armstrong
Learn about the origin of the universe. For example, you could read works by Stephen Hawking
For good measure, use actual data and facts to learn the we are NOT living in some biblical “last days”. Things have gotten remarkably better as man has progressed in knowledge. For example, watch this cartoon explaining how war is on the decline..
Another great source is the youtube series debunking 1914 being the start of the last days.
I wish you the best. There is a whole world of legitimate information out there based on actual evidence that you can use to become a more knowledgeable person.
You may still wonder how you can be a good human without “the truth.” Here is a good discussion on how one can be good without god. –Replace where he talks about hell with armageddon, and heaven with paradise–
Start to help yourself begin to live a life where, as Matt Dillahunty puts it, you’ll “believe as many true things, and as few false things as possible.”