@ designs an excellent point you make. If it was fully explained to a possible new convert what could potentially happen to them should they contravene the rules I'm sure most would not join. The principle method of cults is to limit the amount new or potential members are aware of until it becomes too late for them to leave without loss. This is exactly how Jehovah's Witnesses operate.
@jookbeard Really interesting you managed to avert df'ing on that occasion. Does that mean you later did get Df'ed?
What I need to tell myself about these people is no matter how "nice" they may be or how much you personally like them they will turn their back on anyone. A father , a son , a daughter , grandchild they've never met. They all share the same regard for the org and it's mechanisms. Some find it harder to shun but still do it in their own way.
@farkel Well summed up.
@foundsheep You can be df'ed for anything...all that's needed is an agenda. In my case one elder with enough power and charisma to sway others.
@fokyc Correct. Couldn't agree more.
@boyzone Thanks alot. And I like your new avatar!!!! lol. An homage to the Deathorobedience....
@thetrueone You know I agree with what you say as an ancient people's morals and way of life even is not applicable in the modern world.
Further to that many of the things recorded in the old testament itself are very questionable from an ethical and moral perspective too.
@listener Well you know truth is a very distant relation to the Watchtower Society and the Governing Body. I personally was shocked when I found the flagrant "twisting" not to mention insertion ,extraction, mistranslation contained in the new world translation. It showed me that these people are more interested in perpetuating their own floundering existence than actual truth and intellectual honesty. The lies they continue to peddle regarding established history in the case of 607 B.C.E. is a case in point. They need this date for the foundation of their doctrinal cornerstone of 1914 , so will continue to teach 7 million people lies.
A very moving story and I'm glad you made it out and are doing well. Many have baggage from their time "inside" and the only consolation is you're now free. All the best!
Yip not very ethical at all is it?
it is after all a cult.
Thanks to all for posting.