Here is some advice for those who are struggling with staying out and have not yet determined whether the WT is or is not the true religion:
Research the organization from its very origin. When you see the crack pot teachings, flip flops in doctrines and other crazy things that went on even during the first President Russell's reign, you will know for sure that there is no way that this is God's organization that he solely entrusts to speak on his behalf! This helped me a lot.
You can also compare all the teachings that are unique to the WT to the New Testament and you will see how the WT twists scriptures out of context.
I guess it does come down to doing research. Kid A made a great point about changing your programming, you have to put the truth about the truth into your head to break down all the lies you have been taught.
the Christian faith is not and never was to be the same as God's dealings with the Isrealite nation. The laws given to them were all to point to Jesus and it is faith in him, not following rules and regulations that is not important. The real truth sets you free from any man or organization that tries to enslave you the way the Isrealites were enslaved under the heavy wieght of the Law Code. God knew they would not live up to it and that was the point of it, to show that man cannot do works to win or gain salvation. The WT continually brings out passages in the OT that have NOTHING to do with Christians. All the legalistic cults do the same thing. They do not want to be free from Law by preaching the simple message of faith in Christ because he freed us from slavery to man made rules including the rules of the WT, get it? They will loose all control over people. We (Christians) are united NOT by belonging to the same organization but by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. No matter where we are in the world, or what church we attend, we belong to Jesus Christ. That is what is meant by being a Christian - follower of the teachings and belief in Jesus Christ.
Remember how the WT and Jehovah's Witnesses always mocked the churches that said that all you need is to believe in Christ and you will be saved? This is what the bible says. There is no other requirement. If we believe we will follow Christ's life as our example. There are no laws that bind us and we can be free to decide how to live our own life. To go back to the OT continually and God's dealings with the Isrealites is to go backwards to the old ways that are done away with. This is what the WT wants to do so that they can have control. Hope this helps, Lilly
Disclaimer: NO I do not believe only Christians will be saved. When I say saved, I am merely speaking of the first resurrection which is for those reigning with Christ. I believe God has a plan for everyone no matter what your religion is.