Dozy (what an appropriate name) said: Wrong - other religions are so big because they demand absolutely nothing from their members in terms of commitment , belief and restraints on conduct. "Membership" simply is on the basis that this was their parent's religion - the longer they were going the more members they have.
And the same deal goes with the Witnesses. I was a third generation Witness. I went because I was born into it, as did my parents. It's certainly not a religion I would ever have joined voluntarily. So how is this any different that your statement above that 'Membership simply is on the basis that this was their parent's religion'??
Why are there more Catholics than any other Christian religion?
Um, because they've been around for over 1700 years?
I see thousands of them every fortnight when Glasgow Celtic play their home games - their conduct , attitude , language and hatred for other fans is a sight to behold.
Oh pu-lease........you want to talk about conduct unbecoming a Christian? In the Organization, I've seen pioneers who were dealing drugs (in order to support their way of life pioneering), I've seen elders commit adultery with women half their ages, I've known elders and MS's who go to strip clubs after the meeting on Thursday night. I've seen elderettes drink vodka at 9:00am in the morning before they go out in Service and I've seen Witness parents beat the holy hell out of their kids. Oh, and in case you're wondering----none of the abover were disfellowshipped. So don't try telling us how "unchristian" all other religions are, because the Witnesses are no different.
From a personal perpective , for the last twenty years , no "Christian" ( other than an occasional Mormon) has EVER preached or witnessed individually to me - at home , in work , on the street , on the phone ,anywhere.
So what? Jesus never preached door to door. Neither did his disciples. It's a myth invented by the WTS in order to try and justify making knocking on doors a requirement for salvation. The one scripture they use that says "...I did not hold back from telling you any of these things publically or from house to house", is not a reference to knocking on doors, but it is referring to the meetings that the first century christians had----in their private homes (as they had no public buildings yet where they could meet). Even if they had gone door to door, it would have only been because that was a way to preach back then, due to lack of technology. Today, there is TV, the radio, the internet, mass mailing----so why does the Governing Body insist that their members continue to preach using an ineffective, ancient method like knocking on doors? Especially when it's not required.
You will also know from when you were a witness that hardly ever does a Christian make any effort to express their beliefs or engage in any meaningful scriptural discussion
Obviously, you don't know very many people outside the Borg. I have meaningful discussions with many of my co-workers on a regular basis. These people are Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, etc. We all "express our beliefs" and no one tells the rest that if they don't join their particular religion, that God's going to strike them dead.
Some local churches have brought in the singers and guitars and a few more go along for the big sing-song , but it is far removed from Christian worship in any way.
LOL! And where in the bible does it condemn using musical instruments in worship? I don't know how old you are, but I remember years ago at the Circuit and District Assemblies, they had entire orchestras there. Was that "far removed from Christian worship" like you claim? Oh, I forgot----those rules don't apply to this Organization----just to everyone else.