Was The Internet The Clincher For You To Mentally Leave The Organization?

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  • N.drew

    leavingwt, a brother who was at Bethel years ago told me that when soup was served they usually had to eat it cold because the Bethel brother would see fit to talk and talk and talk. I thought that is so unchristian like. And on the other hand, it sounds like self love that the brother talking and talking had. "I want my soup hot, can't we wait till Sunday to hear this bull shit....?" That would have clinched it for me.

  • undercover

    I sincerely thank you Jehovah for creating Steve Jobs and the others that were allowed to go to college and create the internet.

    C'mon now...give Al Gore a little credit too...

  • unshackled

    No, oddly the internet didn't play any part in my leaving. Didn't start scrutinizing the lies of the Dubs until 4 or 5 years after. I left based mainly on my gut...just felt it was all BS - the hypocrisy, the control, the endless rules - wanted nothing to do with it anymore.

  • leavingwt

    N.drew: Here is the truth about the Bethel menu. Twenty percent of it is delicious, the rest of awful.

  • LongHairGal


    Yes. What I found out confirmed the suspicions I already had. The only new things I learned were the religion belonging to the UN (shocking) and the extent of the abuse scandals. When I read CoC, I was sick to my stomach and knew that I could never in good conscience go around preaching and telling people the religion was truth. How could I? So, I became a "fader" the end of 2000. Of course, you leave "mentally" first and then your feet follow.

    What would have happened if I never found the internet? Would I still be in the religion? I hope not. There was so much wrong: the hypocrisy, intrusiveness, lack of love, judgmentalism and last but not least, the anti-college and anti-career stand and the terrible attitude towards single women. I would have to have a grudge against myself to tolerate all this.

  • undercover

    Been thinking about this since I first read the question...

    I don't think it was the clincher, but I have to give a lot of credit to the Internet in that it emboldened me to do research. It was as simple as typing "Jehovah's Witnesses" in a web browser and reviewing what came up.

    Granted I was scared shitless the first time I did it. Who knew what demons would attach themselves to my computer and possess me through the electronic glow of the monitor as it displayed spiritual pornography for my naive eyes.

    I was already having issues, doubts and questions before I allowed myself to search on the Internet. I like to think that it just sped up my progress in finding out the lies and deceit of the WTS.

  • ScenicViewer

    Leaving mentally? No. Leaving physically? Absolutely!

    Long before I had the internet or knew of Ray Franz, the Society's 1914 Generation had failed. I had wondered for years, 'If this generation goes past 80 years, what will happen. Something will have to give, what will it be?'

    The definition changed to a lame explanation of the generation being one of 'contemporary worldly people', or some such silly thing. It made no sense to me at all. I was mentally gone after that.

    Started looking on the internet more than 10 years later, learned of Franz' books, and it's been an amazing education ever since.

    I feel genuinely sorry for people of previous generations that had no such source of information, and perhaps even died thinking theWatchtower had the truth and they weren't good enough for it.

    So many lives ruined.

  • Twisty

    A week ago The proclaimers book led me to Wiki which led me to C.o.C which led me to here.

    As far as i can see the internet has helped us to stay out physically while we convince ourselves mentally which seems to be happening at an alarming rate.


  • JRK

    The internet sealed the deal for me. It is where I found out about the UN/NGO scandal. I made a clean break immediately.


  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    I got all my evidence via the Internet except for Combatting Cult Mind Control, which I got from the library.

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