Why didn't you think you were in a cult?

by beautifulisfree 36 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    .........um, because I was in a cult???? Why didn't you think you were hypnotized??? Because I was hypnotized, silly and my brain was elsewhere.

  • daystar
    "Cult" is a word defined and crafted by those who are in the business of getting people out of new religions.

    Only if you go by their definitions. I don't give two whits about the deprogrammers or their business. I certainly can agree with you that it would be in their interest to define any religion that is not mainstream as a cult. But that does not change the fact that the Jehovah's Witness religion is a cult.

    If I proclaim that all cars are blue, that is certainly not true generally, but that doesn't mean some cars are not, in fact, blue.

    That being said, I don't think all sects that may be labelled as cults are necessarily bad either. I would say that the early followers of Jesus were a cult, and not in a bad way.

    Everyone likes the old conventional religions
    I don't.
  • Warlock

    In the back of my mind, I knew I was in one.


  • jaguarbass

    I was a Witness in the 70's as a teenager. Information was not as prevelant in the 70's as today. There was no internet and only 3 tv channels. You really had to go on a mission to find information on anything. I dont think cult ever came up in my mind in the 60's and 70's. With the failure of 1975 to produce any results I went on a mission. I found enough info to escape by 1983.

  • fullofdoubtnow

    Because I was in the truth, and everyone else was in a cult. That's what the wts told me anyway.

  • kid-A

    I was born into it, and during my childhood, it was the only reality I knew......my "worldy" friends certainly seemed to realize it was a cult, and eventually, they convinced me too! LOL

  • Moomin

    Before and during my last stint with the witnesses, I would smirk at the idea that it was a cult. I used to see programmes on the telly of what cults were like and I didn't think ours was similar.

    I used to think that the members of these other religions knew deep down that they were in a cult.

    When I put a bit more thought into it, especially on hearing about those who are willing to commit suicide, I realised that these people must believe in what they know with their whole hearts and minds as they are prepared to die for their beliefs.

    It was then that I started to question myself. Once I told my husband that it wouldn't matter what evidence came before me, I would NEVER, EVER stop believing that the witnesses were true. Here I am a few months later finding it very difficult to believe what a knobhead I was and it barely took any evidence at all.

  • sspo

    Persecution complex we had when people said we were

    1 century christian were called a sect and spoken badly ( acts 28)

    we did not have one leader such as many other cults.

    we all sort of lived normal life- work-family and so on

    Once you pull back and analize what you were involved in, full obedience to the GB or you are out, you realize it was a cult.

  • stillajwexelder

    beause the cult told me I was not in a cult and I really thought it was the truth so it could not possibly be a cult

  • done4good

    First of all, I don't think most of us knew the true definition of the word until after we were out, (maybe I should just speak for myself here). But the very concept mind control never occured to me until I began to have serious doubts. Once I learned that I was under that mind control, and learned that it is the principal tool of a cult, only then did I realize it was indeed a cult. For the most part, it didn't matter to me at that point, I was out.


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