You have a PM
You have a PM
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.
I thought I knew what I was getting myself into at age 17.
But then again, we all know what Thought did!
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.
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!
Eye... kinda like any other religion a person is raised in!