"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom", (Ps. 111:10), so fearing His name is fine. However, how is one to gain further wisdom when one fears fear itself more than one fears Jehovah?
It does not invent crazy irrational rules out of nowhere it simply follows exactly what the bible says. Some might say that this is stupid but IMO it is completlely pointless to only follow the rules in the bible that you like and ignore the ones that you you dont like some religions do.
In the bible it DOES state that you should refrain from any thing to do with paganism and we all know for a fact that christmas is a pagan religion.
It ISN'T about not having fun, or drinking or having parties its about having morals.
Personally I decided to leave the religion basically because I just plain don't like orginised religion and I think that you dont have to go to 3 (the actual no. of meetings) a week to get in touch with god.
I know many people who I am still in touch with from the religion who are good friends of mine and DO know how to have fun.
Also the religion does not belive in hell and belives that on the day of judgment EVERYBODY will be reserected and judged in the eyes of god no matter what they have done becuase god will know if they are a good person or not. They do not belive in hell because a god that could torture somone for all eternity would not be a just god.
Nobody in the religion is forced into anything children do not get baptised until they are at an age that they can decide for themselves what they want, me I decided it wasnt what I wanted but I wasn't shunned or judged.
Basically dont judge a religion that you dont really know anything about.
Jehovah is the English pronunciation of the divine name. In in the Hebrew scriptures the divine name was written YHWH or JHWH (Tetragrammaton) because there are no vowels in Hebrew. No one knows how to pronounce this name because the Jews became superstitious about saying the name out loud before the time of Christ and the actual pronunciation was lost. Scholars believe it to have sounded like Yehowah or Yahweh. Saying Jehovah in English is like saying Miguel for Michael in Spanish, or like Yeshua in Hebrew is pronounced Jesus in English.
Jehovah means "to become," and it was a popular Hebrew name before God chose it. So when God chose this name for himself he was indicating that he would "become" whatever was needed to fulfill his purposes. The translation "I AM" as seen in Exodus 3 is commonly mistranslated and should more likely read "I will become," as is explained in the passages following.
The original scrolls of the Christian Greek scriptures didn't last long and when Catholicism came about in the 4th century YHWH began being replaced with LORD and GOD due to the man made doctrine of the holy trinity. (If Jesus were actually God, then it didn't make sense to keep calling Him Jehovah, even though that name appeared almost 7,000 times in the Hebrew scriptures.) But there really is no question that Jesus and his disciples used the divine name, especially when quoting and reading from the Hebrew scriptures where the name appeared. (See Luke 4:16-21 and compare Isaiah 61:1-2 in American Standard Version.)
Jesus said that he made God's name known to his disciples John 17:6, 26. And the book of Ezekiel repeatedly says in the end times "they will know that I am Jehovah." (Given that the bible you're reading honors the divine name and has not substituted it with LORD.)