Hello. I'm new to this site, though familiar with it for years, and glad it is here. I have never been a JW though I was almost sucked in when I was a teenager. That close call led me to study and research the JW doctrines and teachings so that if I do talk with them I may know their mentality a lot better. I did spend years in a borderline evangelical cult so I know quite familiarly how one can just turn their logical thinking off and make an idol out of a preacher or an organization. I still believe in God ,though I've learned to separate my relationship and understanding of Him from all of the garbage that may go on in His name.
My question comes from my online talks/debates that occasionally arise in certain forums. I am a Prince fan and he has been a JW now for over 10 years. Sometimes one of his JW fans will post something so full of Watchtower propaganda and paint such a false image of their organization that I just have to respond to them. I try to be tactful,polite, and just stick with the big issues. The one thing I try to get them to admit in a public forum ,where most people are not JW's, is that they believe they and they alone are the only true Christians. This seems to be a little known fact to outsiders who just see them as another branch of Christians who just happen to go door to door. Of course, as soon as I say anything remotely critical of JW's I am met with someone responding to me in an attempt to say I am totally ignorant or that I am totally wrong about them. When I reply back, assuming they are a JW, they then respond with ,"I'm not a JW" but they defend their beliefs and try to belittle mine. I have been met with this "I'm not a JW" several times now, and I'm just curious is this a tactic of some sort for a JW to lie and pretend he is just a sympathizer. What's funny though is they say everything I say is not true ,yet they never point out how its not true. As soon as I start quoting Watchtower ariticles to back up what I say, the conversation slows way down or quits altogether. This whole cult mentality is both bewildering yet sometimes you hope you may at least help one person reading to come out of the closed box they put themself in.