No new insights, but when I consider the social and psychological factors which led me to BEGIN to study

by gubberningbody 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • gubberningbody

    I recall the following:

    1. I was dating someone who was having conversations with JW's.

    2. No one I spoke to at work really seemed to know anything, so I decided to go as an observer with my gf.

    3. After observing them for about 6 months it became clear to me that THEY believed it.

    If #1 and #2 hadn't taken place I wouldn't have become one. I remember years before when I was in high school someone trying to give me a mag at the door and I asked them to just tell me what was in the mag so we could discuss it. They couldn't so I told them that it didn't seem reasonable that I should bother reading a mag that they'd not bothered to read and that they should go away, read it and then come back so we could talk. (they were about my age).

    #3 was critical. If it hadn't appeared to me that the average JW believed it, I wouldn't have become one.

    Today, I don't see those factors coming together any more.

    In the absence of those, I'm certain this religion will die slowly, or mutate and become as redundant as metrhodists.

  • Soldier77

    Where is this girlfriend now? Your wife? Still a JW? Just curious.

  • Scarred for life
    Scarred for life

    Interesting points, gubberningbody. That's how my father got involved. He started dating my mother whose whole family was studying. I'm gad to read your insights.

  • not a captive
    not a captive

    Delilah gets her foot in the door!

  • gubberningbody

    My gf (now wife of 25 years) is with me on this. We left at the same time.

    Funny thing was that "I" was supposed to be one of "Satan's snares', notacaptive...

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