LOL, mind blown! T'would be nice, but I'm afraid the only way to get them clean would be to use a sandblaster filled with battery acid, rock salt, and silicon sand!
Mass defection possible?
It would be good to see a better GB take over, but how much would that really change? they are still stuck with the 1914 teaching. If they let that fade into the background then perhaps some day in the future-i won't live long enough to see it- the witnesses won't know or care about that teaching anymore and they could discard it.
I believe the society gives accurate figures. They do show decreases in the YB where are are some-and there were many! look at the 1978 YB. Decrease after decrease in country after country. But the overall decrease was small.
Decrease after decrease in country after country. But the overall decrease was small.
Their policies keep people from freely leaving. Instead, they have to "play the game" by getting a few token hours out in field service McDonalds or Starbucks and turning in a time slip for 8-10 hours.
Mass defection? Not a chance! Surprising as it is, many people enjoy being a Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The desire to worship or please a god is only one of the many reasons why people involve themselves with Jehovah’s Witnesses. We all have certain needs, which must be met in order for our lives to be fulfilled. For life to have meaning we must have a purpose. We set ourselves goals intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally. When we find ourselves lacking in stimulation in these areas we can suffer from depression. To be a Jehovah’s Witness means more than just belonging to a religion, it is a whole way of life and a community within itself. It can offer friendship, security and purpose. It can appeal to those who are looking for reassurance and guidance in their lives. It claims to have an answer for every question you could ask; questions about the past, the future, what is good or bad, right or wrong. It can give meaning to living in a world, which at times seems to have gone astray.
It is not only religious people who become involved, in fact their resistance can often be greater than those who profess no faith. As towns get larger and more impersonal, there lingers in many people a desire to belong to a close-knit village type of community to which they can contribute their personality. The need to belong and to feel needed is very human. To some, leading others and being looked up to is also important.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, led by the Watchtower Society, initially appear to offer the security that is so missed in modern society today. To live among people who share the same purpose, goals and prejudices and share the same idea of what is right and wrong can be an attractive proposition. To the average working man or woman looking for answers or direction in life or an elderly person who has little to look forward to, the offer of a helping hand by a friendly person offering to explain the purpose of life can be the first step to involvement with an organization which could alter their entire life.
Taken from the book Opening the Door to Jehovah's Witnesses by Trevor Willis. www.lulu.com