This article is for Jehovah's Witnesses who have left the Watchtower and are looking for new friends.
If you've been a Jehovah's Witness for many years, you might believe all religions are a trap. You probably believe that once you join any church you have to believe everything they believe in. Because of your experience as a JW, you may believe it's hard to leave any church. ... You'll lose all your friends if you leave, etc. ...
Some religions are a trap but not all of them. It's your job to research organizations thoroughly before you join. That being said, most people have a totally different mentality about religion than the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Most Christians are free to attend ANY church. They can even attend non Christian churches if they want to. No one will shun them. They will not get disfellowshipped. They will not lose their friends. Their family might not be happy, but they will still love their relatives with different beliefs.
True Christian religions are not a trap. But some like the Jehovah's Witnesses are. We know this might not be a popular statement, but let's be honest. Is the Jehovah's Witness religion a trap or not?
If it's hard to leave a religion, it's a trap. If it's easy to get into, but hard to get out of, it's a trap and a snare. Yes you can leave, but at what cost?
Also think about what a 'trap' does for moment. When an animal is in a trap, it restricts their movement. They are not free to do what they want to do. They must stay in the trap and they are at the mercy of the trap's owner. How does the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses restrict people? Take a look at the 141 Things Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Do. Also look at the 2010 rules.
Traps keep victims in bondage and restricts their movement. They are not free to decide which direction they will go. The trap's owner decides what's best. Here is a short list of restrictions placed on JW's.
JW's might object and say, no one forces them to keep these rules. They want to keep the rules because that's what they believe God requires. That's great if you have a personal choice. However religious traps don't allow you personal choice or freedom to direct your own life.
The only choice JW's have is to believe everything or leave.
Question. If a JW can freely leave, how can their religion be a trap?
Answer. The beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses traps them in a world that is virtually impossible to escape from without help from people outside the trap.
In other words, their beliefs do not end when they leave. They take their beliefs with them. These beliefs continue to control and restrict their life long after they leave. Unless they ask outsiders to open the door and set them free, they remain trapped in fear, guilt, anger, unhappiness, and depression. See Mental Illness
It's not a physical trap. It's a mental and emotional trap. Some never escape. Others reach out for help. When you're in a trap it's hard to open the door and leave. It's much easier for someone outside the trap to set you free. Remember. This is a spiritual, emotional, and mental trap. It's not a physical one.