How many times did I hear this or its variations from householders and return visits as I preached the JW message:
"Ok, so you want/expect me to believe________"
In a nutshell, what keeps most JW's together (and the group as a religion) is the validation of their own ideas. Hey, at the meetings in those KH's, it didn't matter what anyone else thought. We all knew we believed the same thing. It validated us as different, yet, we didn't have to be alone. Yup, bad ideas frequently get momentum. At one time, we were happy to believe all kinds of crap, because we never asked ourselves deep down if it made any sense at all!
Fast forward to our leaving, and obviously that was the worst thing we could have had happen to us. Yet, what we once accepted (for many of us) is now not acceptable. That's why the normal response to unbelievable crap starts with, "Wait, you want me to believe......"
You want me to believe that only JW's are going to survive Armageddon and that people will be judged and destroyed based on their reaction to that 8 year old's presentation of the WT magazine?
You want me to believe that you can be the one true religion that Jehovah and Jesus chose in 1919 and yet not believe in practically anything you taught in 1919?
You want me to believe that the GB is appointed by Holy Spirit to lead the one true religion, and yet can get away with all their flip flops because they are only spirit directed and not spirit inspired? You want me to believe there is a difference between spirit inspired and spirit directed?
You want me to believe that the most loving act you can do for a sinner, even if they are your own kin, is to shun them?
You want me to believe that you can change the meaning of what "generation" means in Mt 24 three times since 1994 and still claim that you are the one true religion?
You want me to believe that the whole point of the bible was to prophesy the existence of the WTBTS and the first 3 presidents of the WTBTS in the 20th century? That the bible was ultimately for the 144,000 and that's it?
You want me to believe that the trumpet blasts in Revelation really foretold a series of conventions held by JW's in the 1920's?
You want me to believe that Jehovah would rather you handle pedophiles your own way as opposed to turning them into the police?
You want me to believe that I can't have blood transfusions, but can have medicine and fractions derived from blood?
You want me to believe that Jehovah cares about the sexual behaviors I engage in with my marriage mate?
You want me to believe that Jehovah will destroy me because I didn't believe the current teaching of the year by the GB?
I could go on and on about JW's and a lot of groups. That phrase "You want me to believe... what??!!" is so powerful, it might have saved me some time if I just asked myself that sooner in my life.