"Every once in awhile I will be talking to my JW friends and the subject of other religions will come up. They love to take jabs at other religions, as most of you know. ; I remember one time we were talking about a cult (not WTS) and I mentioned that this guy I knew got kicked out for smoking a cigarette, eternal damnation loomed over his head, while this other guy received a very minor reprimand for screwing ;some other guy's wife. ; ;Like it was no big deal! ; How crazy is that? (Jaws dropped! ; I knew I touched a nerve, without ever saying a word about the WTS.) ;"
smellsgood: I'm not kidding about this...The fact that the WT kicks out people for smoking cigarettes (aka, loses paradise earth, annihilation in place) was, for me at the time, as I was very deeply upset by the religion and its legalism, the REASON I STARTED smoking...I actually "learnt" to smoke while READING COC! That was when I was 18, I had ordered COC, and I had read somewhere (maybe even on this board) that a man was df'd for smoking around the age of 60, and subsequently was so broken up about it that he committed suicide.
I wanted to wear crosses and smoke in their face if they showed up. (the JW) they really have not come by at all since I did, and I haven't seen them around lol
This was my main reason. I've never really been able to explain this to people, I don't really try. When you smoke, you get asked why you started in the first place? alot.
I wasn't around people who smoked at all at the time. My brother had been smoking at that point for two years, but he was out of the house.
He supplied my sort of "secondary reasons" for starting. He told me alot that I would sound more like Beth Gibbons from 'Portishead' if I smoked.
Anyways, I just realised that this is one forum where perhaps this motivation will *kind of* make some sort of sense.
I realise now how silly that was. I'm only hurting myself, etc.
ahem, 'nuf about me.
The book I would recommend cos it really does have alot of cults and you can easily cross reference, and it is massive as well, would be "Kingdom of Cults" by Walter Martin, I believe. It does have a Christian bent to it, but it really is quite packed with information. There is an unbelievable amount of similarities between the cults.
of course the internet is a great tool too...look up WWCOG
Mormonism has many similarities.
You're right, it is truly a very good way to get through to people. Since it is not "their" religions, those mental 'stop signs' don't automatically go up.