Were you 100 Percent JW? What caused you to leave the cult?
Were you 100 Percent JW?
Well, I might have been a 100% JW, or maybe a little less percentage points than that. But, basically, what caused me to "fade" out of it? When I came to the full realization that I, as a human being, simply have no "spiritual craving", no spiritual hunger---that needs to be satiated or satisfied by ANY kind of religious belief system...any belief structure. When I faded out of the JWs, I DID NOT turn to any other religious belief system for "spiritual enrichment". None....Zilch. Oh, well, I suppose that somehow, I missed the so-called "God gene", when I was conceived. It happens. Best Regards, All....
I got taken in hook, line and sinker when i was 18. I gave up my apprenticeship to regular pioneer. Very soon I was appointed as a mini servant. I remember auditing the congs accounts once and even recommended we start sending some money to the society each month, as it wasnt being done lol.
i eventually saw the light when I was taking the book study each week and we were studying the Revelation book. I just suddenly realized what the book was saying was total rubbish. I stepped down and eventually faded. Best thing I ever did. Took me 20 years though to get to that stage.
lamal - Were you 100 Percent JW?
I thought I was, at the time. I gave my life, time and money to the frauds. I was 100% brainwashed. I think most of us were. That's why we felt so betrayed when we found out it was all garbage and we'd been conned by the Watchtower Babble and Crap Society of Yankland..
I have written a long answer to this question on Minimus' similar Thread, about did we believe the Witnesses were the one true religion, but no, I was never a 100% believer, from a very young age I found the explanations of how a small Cult following Judge Rutherford fulfilled some great bible prophecy too hard to swallow.
Of course they subsequently changed some of that, but I still could not swallow the "new light".
I was embarrassed by "100% JW's", they seemed to be so gullible to me, and to speak in platitudes and gushing praise of what I saw as a very imperfect religion, even my own relatives who I respected in other areas of life.
I am proud to say I was never 100% a JW, ashamed to to acknowledge it took me WAY too long to fully wake up and leave.
I grew up in a proper Dub family, my folks were very active converts and fully committed to the full life style.
I started having questions at a very early age without realising that the questions were fundamental to faith. I was baptised very young on my own whim without, of course, having any idea why or what I was signing away.
By my mid-teens I remember going to an 8 day assembly, the atmosphere was great, the girls plentiful, the "world" did not exist. "This is great", I thought, "but is it true?"
That was a definite way point. I decided to put my doubts to one side and plunge in. That I did, pioneered, went where the "need" was great, became an elder 1 year after the position was invented. The whole 9 yards.
The truth is though, the unanswered, unanswerable questions do not go away. My decision to be gullible eventually frayed and I had to face the TTATT.
By then though I had married, procreated and been absorbed by the web, the net that keeps you locked in. As many testify, you can leave but the price is high. So I keep going as a reluctant passenger, I keep my nose clean and try not to offend my conscience by influencing any one to "faith". I fact I do the opposite and try to spread gentle doubt from within.
Some would call that cowardly but that's where I am and I'm comfortable in my own skin now.
I gave it a fair chance. Joke-hova let me down, so I eventually stopped serving that abomination altogether. And now, I believe that the whole bible is full of lies (not mistakes or errors, lies).
I suppose not..I was perceived not to be 100% JW since I refused to quit my full time job in order to be in the ministry. This was an all-or-nothing religion but I didn’t know it at the time!.. I ‘Faded’ after that 1995 Generation teaching.
The JW busybodies took it as a personal insult that I didn’t cave in to their peer pressure….Why else would they shun or make sure I was hardly invited anywhere?
The sobering reality is I would not be Retired today if I had listened back then, so their insults mean nothing.
I wasnt a 100% JW during my 11 years in the cult. I can rate may be 75%
Always had these doubts.
There are so many "Worldy" people, who are much better than JWs. How can they be destroyed, becasue they dont accept the WT.
All those WT retro fit prohecies like, the 4 trumphet sounds, Jesus reviewing all religions and choosing the WT in 1918, all seemd too much like a cock and Bull story.
And the story of the talking snake and humans condemned by sin forever seemed like a fairy tale, all the time.
Made some reasearch on the WT and BAM, all the worms came out.
I read the user name as I am all cool.
As soon as i was independent of my parents..married..own home..i lost all interest in religion.
I dont need a crutch to lean on. Some folks do..its their choice.