How appealing is this?

by Half banana 7 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Half banana
    Half banana

    Would you join a religion which says everyone who is not a member will be killed by God?

    Would you join a religion which you know that statistically if you stay in it long enough, there is a high chance that it will split your family apart?

    Would you join a religion which demands that you preach to your neighbours that they are soon going to die if they don’t believe your message?

    Would you join a religion which actively discourages education and thinking analytically? Or one which promotes faith and obedience to a group of cult leaders who have no credentials in anything, only a very long track record in failed promises?

    Does the prospect of living in a utopia controlled by these seven governors of the religion appeal to you? Men who assert that their religion is the only one chosen by God in 1919, a subject with no basis in any fact. Also with the beliefs held back then, if you believed them now, would bizarrely disqualify you from membership today!

    How would you view a religion which prohibits examining scholarly information and only permit research from its own hopelessly biased publications?

    How about the prospect of being a member of a group who will punish you if you change your mind or try to leave it, even if those who shun you are your own children or your own parents or family?

    Would the idea of eventually losing your gender identity appeal to you?

    Would you join a religion which promotes the Iron Age politics of a primitive tribe in the Levant as the best guide for modern living?

    Would you?

  • Vanderhoven7

    Excellent list to add to:

    Would you join a religion that would sentence you to death if you unrelentingly ate with a disfellowshipped family member?

  • jp1692

    Would I? In fact I did, but it was only after joining that I began to discover the real truth about the cult known as Jehovah's Witnesses.

    “Nobody joins a cult. Nobody joins something they think is going to hurt them. You join a religious organization, you join a political movement. Most of all you join a group of people you really like!” These are the words of Deborah Layton on the PBS Home Video: “Jonestown” (copyright 2007).

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    most new members joining the cult are miserable wretches in appalling third world countries. who wouldnt find life on a paradise earth appealing ? almost as good as a passport out of wherever they are.

    those that join in the western world are usually a slice short of a full loaf.

  • Old Navy
    Old Navy

    Quote from jp1692:

    Would I? In fact I did, but it was only after joining that I began to discover the real truth about the cult known as Jehovah's Witnesses.

    Well said! Which means that the "contract" is null and void. Unless there is full disclosure ab initio the transaction is fraudulent. We have all been deceived in the classical fashion.

    While surely painful, the experience is none-the-less very beneficial. The "Waking Up" part, that is.

    We now all possess a great Truth that will be of considerable value as we continue on along the narrow path.

  • smiddy

    What organisation religious or otherwise would tell you of the negative effects of you joining, ? NONE.

    The onus is on us fools who do join such organizations .

    However the poor buggers who are born into such cults are the ones to be pittied because they start off life behind the "8" ball .

    My hat goes off to these ones who wake up to the TTATT and leave.You didnt have a choice in the religion your parents subjected you too .

    Whereas those of us who became converts should have been more discerning and questioning just exactly what we were getting ourselves into.

    At least we all did get free and thats the main thing.

  • WTWizard

    And your "salvation" (if you can call being enslaved forever, with a microchip, "salvation") depends on doing ever more. To compare, go to a regular church. You are putting in roughly 1 1/2 hours per week (at the lower levels; some can and do put in much more in exchange for more ranking--but it is honest rank). You go home, you can forget what you were taught, or apply what you reasonably can as reasonably possible. You are not stuck in a suit--presentable casual is usually good enough (Bermuda shorts and short sleeve polo shirts are fine in hot weather, where even on Easter you can wear a fine Oxford shirt, slacks, and an optional tie). You are not stuck wasting time during the week presenting this to others.

    Now, compare the jokehovians. If regular church is bad, the jokehovian witlesses are even worse. Just the regular boasting sessions are scheduled to run a total of 3 1/4 hours a week in two sessions. You will be stuck in a hot suit. Miss one, and you might be damned to Gehenna. On top of that, you could be putting upward of 20 hours during that week in field circus, wasting time spreading damnation into the world. If you fall short of doing this to what they feel is your max, you die. And there are regular studies to attend--if they drop out, you are at fault. You are the example for everyone else. And usually, the jokehovians are stricter about everything from sexual preferences to music and movie choices than most regular churches.

    And, if you don't like one regular church, you are not stuck there. You can go to others to see if they are any better. And, if they are all terrible, you can go online to research Islam. Again, if you do not like that, you are free to simply stay churchless. Try that with the jokehovian witlesses.

  • Vidiot
    Old Navy - "Unless there is full disclosure ab initio the transaction is fraudulent."

    Once again, for the newbies, lurkers, and trolls...

    ...if you have to cheat to defend your beliefs, your beliefs don't deserve to be defended.

Share this