Pros and Cons Of Becoming A Jehovah's Witness.

  • Should I Get Baptized As A Jehovah's Witness?
  • Should I Dedicate My Life To Jehovah?
  • Do Jehovah's Witnesses Have The Truth?

Before deciding if you should be a Jehovah's Witness or not, here's what you need to know about joining about any socially isolated religious group that encourages members to associate only with fellow believers.

Why Do People Join the Jehovah's Witnesses?

Some people who are unhappy with their current religion or life in general, find that socially isolated religious groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses are extremely attractive. Here's why.

People who are lonely, depressed, or unhappy in some way with their life are attracted to close knit religious communities that teach wholesome values such as respect and love for one another. [6]

When someone shows a genuine interest in joining the Jehovah's Witnesses, they are showered with love and affection like they've never experienced before. The instant attention and wholesome friendships convinces new people that they have found 'the truth' even when they are uncertain of some doctrines. [7]

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses give so much love and attention to people who are interested in joining? Because they take their preaching work seriously. Since they believe that only Jehovah's Witnesses will survive 'armageddon', it's important for them to covert non believers to their religion as soon as possible. To do this, they practice 'love bombing'. i.e. they shower newly interested people with an unusual amount of love. [7]

Instant love and hundreds of new friends is the bait. Young people who have been raised as Jehovah's Witnesses are also shown extra attention, encouragement, and peer pressure to 'dedicate their life to Jehovah'.

The problem is that this special love and attention is designed to control and manipulate unbaptized Jehovah's Witnesses into becoming a baptized Jehovah's Witness.

Jehovah's Witnesses practice 'conditional' love. It is dependent upon you being 'teachable', humble, obedient, agreeable, like-minded, etc. ... [8] [9]

The day after you get baptized everything changes. The 'love bombing' stops. The entire purpose of showing you so much love was to convince you to join. Now that you're a member, there's no need to show you special attention like they did before.

Now as a baptized Jehovah's Witness, you are accountable and your life suddenly changes. You now 'belong' to the Watchtower (almost as if you are their property). You are expected to obey everything you're told. [8] If you break any of their rules and do not repent, you are disciplined and shunned forever. [10]

The practice of shunning is uncomfortable and emotionally upsetting for both Jehovah's Witnesses and those who leave. When you're out in public, your JW parents, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, etc. ... will walk right by you without looking at you or even saying a greeting. Every day you're reminded that your own family doesn't love or respect you enough to say, 'Hi, How are you?'. Their love is conditional upon you returning to the Watchtower organization. They have chosen to put their religion ahead of their relationship with you. [20]

Shunning is forever. You will be treated as if you are literally dead (subject to rare exceptions). If you're a baptized JW and want to leave the organization for any reason, your JW relatives are required to shun you forever or be shunned themselves. JW's inside and outside the organization grieve the loss of loved ones. Some haven't seen or heard from their relatives in decades. The practice of disfellowshipping and shunning began in 1952 [21]

It's important to underline that even though you have no intentions of ever leaving Jehovah's organization, you can't control what your parents, children, or other family members might do. They might leave and you might stay. Either way, the Watchtower says it's 'God's command' that you shun everyone who leaves the organization. [11]

Millions have left and are leaving. Even though JW's don't believe in good luck or bad luck, the mathematical odds are good that some or all of your family will leave. It might be this year, next year, ten years from now or thirty years from now. If someone dear to you leaves anytime in the future you must shun them. Are you prepared to do that?

Advantages of Being A JW.

  1. Community, common purpose, instant love, and friendships [7]
  2. You don't need to think about what is right or wrong. The Watchtower will tell you everything.

Disadvantages of Being a JW.

  1. You cannot disagree with anything the Watchtower teaches [19]
  2. If you disagree, you must keep it to yourself and lie if someone questions you [19]
  3. Breaking any rules or voicing your unhappiness without being repentant results to being shunned [11]
  4. You cannot attend any other churches even if you're visiting
  5. You can be friendly with non believers but you can't have friends outside the organization

Healthy Alternatives To Socially Isolated Religious Groups.

In the real world, genuine friendships develop over time. If you're floored by how much the Jehovah's Witnesses love you as a stranger, remember that the love is fake. They have an agenda. They want you to join their religion. [7]

If you get baptized their job is done. The love bombing stops. They've proved to Jehovah they are somewhat more worthy of eternal life because they brought you into the safety of the Watchtower religion before armageddon. [12] They also get love and recognition from fellow Jehovah's Witnesses for bringing you 'into the truth'.

If you want good friends and community there are better places to find what you're looking for. Just remember that normal people will not instantly 'love bomb' you (and then instantly drop you as a friend later). Normal, healthy relationships develop slowly over a long period of time.

Where To Meet Good People.

If you're lonely and looking for new friends who share your interests, here are some ideas on where you can find good people.

  1. Churches that allow you to choose your friends regardless of their religion
  2. Civic organizations
  3. Some Fraternal organizations
  4. Going to school or volunteering for clubs, non profits, charities, ...
  5. Meet up groups, and special interest groups (dancing, wine tasting, chess, sports, singles groups, gardening, model airplanes, antique car clubs, etc. ...)

References.

  1. Jehovah's Witnesses must be separate from the world like all other socially isolated religious groups. Here's what critics say about isolation from the world and Jesus taught exactly the opposite of what the Watchtower teaches.

  2. Although Jehovah's Witnesses are friendly with non believers at work and in public places, they associate with fellow believers. See Friendship With A Jehovah's Witness

  3. 'Bad' associations includes everyone who does not belong to the Watchtower religion. Jehovah's Witnesses must associate only with believers. The Watchtower says, 'What does this account teach us? That we simply cannot socialize with unbelievers and hope to suffer no ill consequences. The Scriptures state that “bad associations spoil useful habits.” (1 Cor. 15:33) On the other hand, association with people who share your beliefs, your high moral standards, and your love for Jehovah is a safeguard. Such good association will encourage you to act wisely.—Prov. 13:20.' Watchtower magazine, June 15, 2010, Article: 'Finding Security Among God's People', par 15

  4. The Watchtower says that people who leave them (apostates) are 'mentally diseased'. Jehovah's Witnesses are warned they can die from associating with them. See 'Apostates Are Mentally Diseased'

  5. Examples of socially isolated religious groups. Jehovah's Witnesses, the Amish, and other religious cults. Google religious cults for more socially isolated religious communities.

  6. Google 'why do people join cults?'

  7. Definition of 'love bombing' on Wikipedia and how it is used to control and manipulate people.

  8. Watchtower quotes: 'Obey Us'

  9. Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses who leave their religion. (Watchtower Quotes)

  10. 141 Rules of Jehovah's Witnesses and secret rules for Elders only 'Shepherd the Flock of God'

  11. Watchtower Shunning Policy (with quotes from their literature)

  12. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that people who belong to their religion are the only ones who will survive armageddon. See Watchtower Sept 1989

  13. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:18,19; They are under contract with God. Because of this, loyalty to their religion is not required. They are free to attend any Christian church without punishment. Jehovah's Witnesses are baptized in the name of Jehovah and baptism identifies them as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. This means they must obey all the rules of Jehovah's Witnesses. JW's are under contract with their religion and obligated to obey the Watchtower instead of God alone. See the Baptismal Vows of Jehovah's Witnesses

  14. Characteristics of a Cult

  15. Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Cult?

  16. Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Dangerous Cult?

  17. Watchtower Quotes About Being God's Prophet

  18. List of Failed Watchtower Predictions

  19. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to disagree. If you have doubts and someone questions you about what you believe, you must lie or risk being disfellowshipped and shunned. Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that 'theocratic lying' to protect the organization from harm is approved by the Bible and required by God.

  20. Jehovah's Witnesses shun family members and friends who leave the Watchtower because they are told they are being loyal to Jesus. However Jesus taught exactly the opposite of what the Watchtower teaches today. Examine the evidence in this article Matthew 10:34. 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.'

  21. Millions of former Jehovah's Witnesses (apostates) haven't heard from their JW relatives in decades. Disfellowshipping and shunning began in 1952

  22. Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe they are saved by God's grace. They are saved by working hard for the Watchtower organization, obeying Elders, obeying Jehovah, and keeping all the rules of the organization. Since no one is perfect, JW's are never certain of salvation. Eternal life is the illusive carrot. They can see it ever so close but it's always out of reach. Jehovah's Witnesses never know if they've done Enough for Jehovah

  23. If you look at Memorial Celebration of Jehovah's Witnesses you will see that millions of Jehovah's Witnesses do not have a relationship with Jesus, the path to eternal life. Only 'the faithful and discreet slave' (the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses) is in relationship with Jesus. Everyone else must obey the Watcthower in hopes that some day Jehovah will grant them eternal life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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