Tec: Sulla, some (many, I believe) are drawn to the JW's at their door because of the message of unity, lack of war, and lack of hell doctrine. They're searching for truth, understanding that these things cannot BE, and then here comes a group that has none of these things.
Well, like I said before, why not just look for your local Unitarian Univeralist church, then. Plenty of nice people and none of that war or hell stuff. What's not to like? I would think that pacifist, Universalist churches are a dime a dozen. But our folks didn't wind up there, did they? Instead, they chose the JWs and all the JW exotic beliefs. We have to have some sort of theory for that.
Tec: People don't have to research every christian sect to see the hypocrisy of christian fighting/killing christian. Or to see leaders 'beating' their followers. They see it, think 'this' can't be the truth, and search for somewhere else that can be the truth.
Which is merely to say that they actually believe that JWs are somehow better than the rest of humanity and not, therefore, prone to exactly the same limitations, temptations, and weaknesses as everybody else on the planet. There must be some word for that belief...
Which is why we keep reading letters like Marvin Shimler (sp) keeps posting from these 60-something poor bastards who simply cannot understand how the organization could possibly turn on them merely for expressing their honest opinions about some problems they see. What are we supposed to think of some loser writing a heartfelt plea to be left alone: these groveling letters that include scriptural references and promises of respect and fealty. This last one he posted even had some guy try to disassociate himself without disassociating himself. Sheesh. You spend a lifetime acting as an enforcer for this bunch of thugs and imagine they're going to just let you do your own thing one day?
How do we explain that? Who knows how many guys he's disfellowshipped -- lives he has seriously disrupted -- because these folks couldn't convince him they were sorry? Now, at the end of his life, he finds something he feels like he must assert and he thinks they're going to go easy on him? How do you explain that? I know how I explain it.