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by DangerMcDanger 16 Replies latest jw experiences

  • millie210

    Hi DmD ,

    Interresing reading your process and thinking along the way. Thank you for sharing it. I never tire of hearing how people arrive at the obvious conclusion that the JWs are seriously flawed.

    As for sayings or words they use I dont like, I rhink the word "we" comes to mind.

    Not that it is "their" word, I just dont like the way they have co-opted it -

    "surely 'we' know that" (insert crazy belief here).

    We do? Really? How exactly do we know that?

    Verbiage in place of facts. gah!

  • Ding


    Your comments about words like "worldly" made me think that someone could write a very interesting book detailing the propaganda and thought control techniques of the WT.

    In fact, it would probably be a multi-volume set.

  • MarkofCane
    Welcome....My word is "Brother" cult speak us against them .
  • Pete Zahut
    Pete Zahut



    Me personally, the word "worldly" is bothersome to me now.

    I always thought it was odd how they'd invite non JW's to the meeting and then proceed to bash everyone else on the planet and sentence them all to everlasting condemnation .

    I didn't bother listening to all the hate against JW's because I tend to drown out white noise like when it comes to most topics in life anyhow.

    Can you tell us what kind of hate against JW's you heard? They always said people were against us but as far as I could see, they barely knew we existed.

  • DangerMcDanger

    Thank you for the warm welcomes, everyone! I forgot to mention this on my OP, but the friend of mine that originally invited me to my first congregation meeting is no longer a JW. Speak of irony! When she told me we talked on the phone for two hours about how abhorrent that cult is and how much happier we are. She quit months after she got baptized, too, where she was crying over the "greatest day of her life".

    @zeb, Oh yeah, they'd blame every Christian doctrine they don't agree with on pagans. It was always historically inaccurate, too. When it comes to the Trinity, they said it was never a formal doctrine until Constantine converted to Christianity in the fourth century and the Roman Empire started liking Christianity. That's not true at all, historical records from the Church Fathers recognize that during the first century they worshipped Jesus and the Holy Spirit as God along with the Father. The use of the word Trinity was also first used in the second century. But nope, deny facts and blame everything on the pagans.

    @KateWild, I hate that, too! I was talking to an ex-JW friend of mine that kept referring to them as "the truth" out of habit, and eventually I interrupted her and asked her, "Why do you keep calling it the truth? You and I both know it isn't." She laughed, agreed, and started calling it, "The lies." Lol.

    @Ding, My latest interest is philosophy of language. I find myself always analyzing the ideology behind words, how certain terms and phrases are used to convey an underlying meaning. JW's have mastered this, most of them without realizing they're doing it, and it's fascinating, actually. Scary at the same time, but fascinating. I love studying cults and their varying techniques of brainwashing, conformity, and control. Language is the most powerful tool they have. It eerily represents a washed-down version of Newspeak.

    @Pete Zahut (nice username btw), Well, where I live there's a high concentration of JW's and Mormons. With Mormons it makes sense, because wherever there's wealth there's Mormons, and my city is an upper-class area. Mormons own half of the businesses around here (no joke either). As far as JW's, that confuses me a little. There was a study on types of religious people with the highest amount of education, and Jews and born-again Christians ranked number one with JW's at the very bottom. Given that most of them never go back to college, you'd think they couldn't financially support themselves out where I live, but here they are in large numbers. So, just about everyone out where I live knows who JW's are. As far as the hate I'd hear, it was mainly just mockery of them in passing. Back when I lived out in Minnesota, I only heard of JW's existence twice in my life and knew literally of nothing out here. When I moved out here, I met several of them at my work and my co-workers would gossip about how brainwashed they are and how JW's are in a cult. Both of which is true.

  • Ghiagirl
    Hello welcome! I am in Southern California as well! Been out almost 2 years I was born in. I have to say off the top of my head what really pisses me off is "the truth!" Look at my first post and I refer to the jws as the truth. Shows how brainwashed I was, I was born in though so that's all I knew. But we still spend time with some family that are witnesses and they say the truth as if it is the actual truth, it literally makes me squirm in my seat. And it's actually funny because today I was watching a movie and it was a couple that was getting married but already lived together....which is every freaking movie. Which shows how normal it is to live with someone your not married too! But being raised a jw all you know is chaperones and sex after marriage. Not saying it's wrong to choose that, but if you choose otherwise that's ok too! It's just sick. Just shows how close minded you become. With something so normalĀ 
  • DangerMcDanger
    The chaperones is something I could never get past. Every date you go on is supposed to have a third wheel until you decide to get married, even the person you decide to date tends to be arranged by the elders and what not. It's ridiculous. I was always madly frustrated by the fact that I could never be alone with a girl even out in public. Being alone with someone doesn't make you so horny that you want to start having sex on the street corner! Those people are afraid of that though and it's sad to see. I remember one friend telling me, "I've only been alone with a girl once and I felt so guilty that I called my mom and had her pick me up." I had to fight back laughter when he told me that.

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