Among JWs, you're pressured to believe it's the Truth. Are you really given an alternative? What would happen if you didn't choose to believe this? The ramifications are strong enough to keep you "believing.
That's one thing that drove me nuts. No, we don't believe in hellfire, but if you don't do as you're told, you'll be destroyed at Armageddon. Come ON what is the difference? If this is the scare tactic you're using, shouldn't I have a wafer on my tongue every week??
Cognac, every Friday night, my dad would say "we're going in service tomorrow so you need to go to bed early." And what was I doing come Saturday morning? Eating cereal and watching cartoons. Thanks dad! I wouldn't want to miss Bugs Bunny! It was really funny when my dad "pioneered" for a whole service year. I think I saw him go out in service a total of 3 times. That means only one thing: attempting to witness to people at work whether they wanted to hear it or not.
Gopher, I have not read Raymond Franz' book. I knew it existed but I've only recently seen the online summary of the book. I'll get around to it eventually, but I'm in the middle of three different books right now in between work.
MissingLink, my dad always said that once his children left "the truth" he would have no need to speak to them. So I knew the score. Amazingly enough, he has not shunned me. I guess since I was the last of his four children to leave the congregation, he got the idea that the problem wasn't with one or two of us. In fact, maybe the problem wasn't WITH us.
Quandry, I think one of the things that kept me IN college was watching my parents nearing retirement age and not being able to retire. I don't want that to be me. They're in their mid-60s and they're both still working full-time. I'd like other options.
No Twitch, you may not leave until I dismiss you. LOL
Whoever asked this earlier, yes, I am a Spanish teacher. I'd address you personally, but I can't be bothered to go back through all the posts.