What do you think inspires someone in his mid 30's to start partaking?
One of the symptoms of bi-polar disorder is a feeling of being close to God or communicating with God. Attached is one person's experience.
When I was supposedly manic, I felt God's presence whereever I went. Even some of my peers said that they sensed God around me. I also heard God speak to me during this time, which makes sence. As expected with God, I also felt as though Jesus was in God's presence, but was within me. I know this sounds delusional, but I still think it might have been real, because some other experiences in the past had physical proof. Just so you know, I didn't think I was Jesus or God. I believe I understood the experience as well as I possibly could. Can any one relate to this?
As someone raised as a JW, I can think of nothing that would explain the "close to God" symptom as deciding that one has been choses as a member of the Annointed Class.
Oh yeah. The WTS agrees.
*** Watchtower 8/15/2011 p. 22 Questions From Readers *** Memorial partakers. This is the number of baptized individuals who partake of the emblems at the Memorial worldwide. Does this total represent the number of anointed ones on earth? Not necessarily. A number of factors—including past religious beliefs or even mental or emotional imbalance—might cause some to assume mistakenly that they have the heavenly calling. [Emphasis added]
Ya gotta wonder. . . .