I could live my whole life being a jw even though I hate it and possibly live forever or I could live my life doing what I love and possibly be killed at armageddon.
Do you personally believe in Armageddon? You said that you don't believe in the Bible God anyway (and quite rightly considering there is zero evidence of that specific beings' existence) , so logically..
You are no more likely to die at 'Armageddon' than you are from being struck by a lightning bolt from Zeus!!
The Watchtower tries to reduce intelligent adults to the mental state of a small child, afraid of a bogey monster they have only read about in a story book.. Don't let them do that to you.
If your parents want to live in fear of the bogey man, leave them to it. Don't cause confrontation.
Just be sure of what you believe personally, and keep the peace, as others have said.
There's no need to gamble your life away on a false hope..
To live your entire life around a future event that may or may not come in your lifetime is tragic.
We all know that we’re going to die. We non JW’s accept that eventuality because it happens to everyone eventually.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, have found an artificial way to hope against hope that their lives will be spared death and that they will be able to live right on into paradise if Armageddon will only come in their lifetime.
This is the “hook” that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society uses to recruit their followers.
They have found the one thing that scares everyone to death (excuse the pun) and they propose an artificial solution to it. They imply either directly or indirectly, that the odds are high that anyone who follows them will be spared this eventuality. They do this by focusing on world events that seem to imply that we are living in the end times. They focus on earthquakes, disasters, weather changes, political changes, wars, reports of wars, etc. These somehow give them license to state that we are living in the “end times”.
How long have they been preaching this? Since 1874!
They have prophesied many times about specific dates only to be proven wrong. They admit this. Yet they continue to beat the same drum they started beating way back in 1874.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, when recruited, are eaten up with this belief that the end is coming and that it is “just around the corner”.
Ask any Jehovah’s Witness if they feel that the end is coming soon and they will all tell you “Yes!” If you had a time machine and went back a hundred years you’d get the very same answer!
The problem this creates is that they end up living for some future event instead of living in the present moment. Their lives are put on hold.
All of the wonderful things that life has to offer are willingly surrendered and for what?
For some possible event that may or may not happen for them.
Excuse me for saying so but it sounds a lot like gambling to me.
“Okay, I’ll give up all the things that make life worth living:...
marriage [or freedom to marry whoever you choose instead of whoever's in your congregation], a good education, a fulfilling career, and a comfortable retirement all for the hope that if I work hard enough for The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, I’ll be able to survive Armageddon into this “paradise” that you say is waiting for me on the other side.”
JW's are just another wacky group of people who think they are on the doorstep of a new world (after that whole inconvenient business of nearly 8 billion people being 'wiped from the face of the earth').
If you ever start to wonder if they may have got it right, just remember that Zeus isn't going to get you.. And neither is the big Jayhoover.
Besides, as prophets go, these guys don't have the best success rate.. ;)