This is why we do what we do.
An expert in the law once asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Here's what Jesus said.
' On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:26-37
God has blessed us. We were JW's at one time. The Watchtower assured us we were chosen by God, but deep down we knew they were wrong. We went through the motions of believing it was 'the truth' but we knew it wasn't. We were lonely, depressed, and spiritually confused.
We could no longer live the lie so we left.
Even though JW's are tolerant, respectful, and loving towards non believers, they are not tolerant, respectful, and loving towards those who leave. In fact the Watchtower encourages Witnesses to hate apostates. They say that 'Jesus did not mean for us to love the hardened enemies of Jehovah' The Watchtower, July 15, 1961, page 420
That's why leaving the Watchtower is very difficult for all JW's who have been in the organization a long time. All of us felt beat up, robbed, alone, and abandoned. We were left to die on the side of the road so to speak. We were like the poor man in the Good Samaritan parable who was attacked by robbers.
JW's who leave their religion, lose many priceless valuables. Some things can't be replaced. Some lose their parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, and cousins, - all on the same day. Everyone loses their friends, beliefs, and a way of life they've been comfortable with for a long time. We were like fish without water, grasping for air, trying to make a new life for ourselves in world that was completely foreign.
Ironically, in the world we thought was controlled by Satan, we found Christ-like people who wanted to help. God inspired complete strangers to help us recover. Through kind and loving people, he patched up our spiritual wounds, nursed us back to mental health, and personally loved us far beyond what we ever thought possible.
Every time we spoke with God, he was right there reminding us of his love. He loved us even when we made mistakes and were not loving towards others. He did not judge. Instead he was understanding. He had empathy and compassion. He was patient. He expected nothing in return. He loved us when our former JW friends did not.
We are giving back to God out of thankfulness and appreciation for His love. We are loving our neighbors without asking for anything in return.
Our neighbors are strangers who have been beaten, robbed, abandoned, and left half dead on a desolate road to die. (See Disfellowshipping)
Our neighbors also include those who don't love us. Matthew 5:43-48
We are teaching people about God's love. As we do this, they go out and do the same.
There's nothing wrong with going to church, but religion isn't the path to eternal life. The path to eternal life is kindness and compassion for people who have been beaten, robbed, abandoned, and left for dead.
We give hope and comfort to those who have be used, abused, and thrown into the trash to die.
Jesus said, “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:26-37