When You Were A JW Did You Really Understand The Religion and What You Were Getting Into?

by minimus 25 Replies latest jw friends

  • Bungi Bill
    Bungi Bill


    You have a PM

  • Corney

    Baptized in 14, I think I did know what I was signing up for.

    I knew the teachings, rules and consequences of disobeying. I think only very few baptized JWs didn't know them - but that surely doesn't make shunning less unethical.

    I totally misunderstood the religion but I knew all facts necessary to conclude that JW belief system is illogical and self-contradicting and that its practices and policies (discouraging critical thinking, promoting blind obedience, self-isolating, devaluing all "worldly" things etc.) are unhealthy. All the facts I needed were in WT literature, speeches, in my congregation etc. All I needed were broader perspective and few critical thinking, not "hidden truths" and "exposed scandals".

    I understand why other people have different opinion and even partially agree with them - but only partially.

  • Bungi Bill
    Bungi Bill

    Hi Corney,

    I thought I knew what I was getting myself into at age 17.

    But then again, we all know what Thought did!

  • minimus

    What amazes me is when people who have education and means and have experience in life, decide to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I know of a cardiologist who became a Witness in his late forties.


  • eyeuse2badub

    I was raised in the religion so I didn't need to understand it or even believe in it. All I had to do, like so many of us here, was accept it and "go along"! It was our family religion right or wrong! but mostly wrong!

    just saying!

  • minimus

    Eye... kinda like any other religion a person is raised in!

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