Ex-Jehovah’s Witness – Personal Experiences

https://exjehovahswitnessct.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/cathy-thomas-part-1.mp3

Going to college after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses was like the icing on the cake to our departure. It helped put a lot of things in perspective as we encountered many aha moments. Our first college course was Psychology and what an eye-opener that was to our understanding on why the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society teaches shunning and is able to hold the minds of its members hostage.

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Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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Years ago around 1985, I began reading the book “The Nations Shall Know that I am Jehovah” and vividly remember reading about the infamous talk that Judge Rutherford gave – “Millions Now Living will Never Die”.  I remember thinking in the back of my mind and asking “how could this be” since the majority of the people living at that time had since died.  However, as I continued attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall, and taking in all of the “new light” that was offered, I eventually dismissed those thoughts from my mind.

Looking back, I ask the critical thinking question: Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer teach that Millions Now Living will Never Die!

Should you get baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Prior to getting baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, my sister begged me not to go through with it because she said that if I do something wrong, I would be cut off from everyone in the family. In my estimation, my sister’s words were a waste of breath because I was thoroughly convinced that this was the truth. At the time, I was not worried about being shunned by my family; after all, I had not planned on doing anything contrary to the teachings thus had no reason to fear being shunned.

Now some 30 years later…ummmmm…Well, fortunately my sister never became a Jehovah’s Witness and after leaving, I was reunited with her because I actually shunned her because she never joined. Well, it was more like I distanced myself because she was considered bad association.

But, here’s the reasoning behind my attitude and why I felt this way:

All of the congregations we attended were a true testament of the love that Jesus spoke about in the Bible. Bottom line, my family and I could not refute that!

For example, when my father and I took a road trip and ended up being stranded on the side of the road on our journey back,  my mom called her non-Jehovah’s Witness family to pick us up but they were too busy with their fishing trips and other personal projects and would not come to get us. But, when she called the brothers at the Kingdom Hall, they were all too happy to oblige. And they were our saviors that day. Talk about a true network of friends we could actually count on to assist us in our time of need. It was the best proof we had that said “yes, we have the truth”. And not to mention, at the time my dad was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, my dad eventually got baptized based on all of the evidence of love being shown by the brothers in the congregation. Most people call that love bombing!

Furthermore, when I was hospitalized for 16 days for a serious illness, once again, it was the Jehovah’s Witnesses in our congregation that rallied around me and my family, providing us with support. We felt a close bond with the friends in our congregation, and we did not want to lose that connection.

So, even if the Internet was available back during that time, I cannot say whether or not I would take to heart the information being shared because my life was going all too well. Therefore, I’m most certain that there are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that belong to congregations around the world that feel the same way about their connections with the friends at their Kingdom Hall. They no doubt think this is the truth based on their connections with the brothers and sisters and the close bond that they share. To get those individuals to look at anything that slightly hints this may not be the truth, is not likely.

Fast forward to the advent of the Internet and being able to sit in the comfort of my own home and type the name “Jehovah” into my search engine and imagine all of the hits I got back discussing the topic about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

It was also during the time when I had moved to two different congregations that were the total opposite from the ones I was used to in the early days of my affiliation with the organization. The lack of love shown caused me to avoid the Watchtower Society cautioning us about the dangers of the Internet as I discussed in the following video:

Naturally, when things are going well, no one wants to rock the boat because they no doubt like the life they are living. And, of course, if I would have had access to the Internet during the good times, I might not have been so eager to look into the organization based solely on information I discovered online.

Take it from someone that lived to discover that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society does not have the patent on the Truth. I encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about what you are getting into before you reach the point of no return. Baptism is a serious step that you take as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Especially so because if you ever decide to leave, you will be cut off from your family as outlined in the following video:

Now, the final decision is up to you whether or not you will get baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But just like everything else in life, you should do your research before you buy or sign up for the product.

No More Fear!

Thanks to all ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for coming online to share your story. Without all of your voices providing a confirmation about our past faith, we do not know where we would be at today! It is refreshing to see so many people opening their eyes to see the real “truth” about the Truth. To be able to live and experience individuality and having the ability to think and make choices without being fearful of eternal destruction is most gratifying.

We do not claim to be the “be all” or the “end all” to anyone’s situation, just another voice to help others see that you no longer have to live in fear.

Where is the Love?

Cee’s thoughts:

I remember the countless times talking to many fellow JW associates from a variety of different congregations. Everyone seemed to have the same complaint, mainly, a lack of love amongst the “friends” in the congregation.
Yet, we received constant messages that those individuals showing a lack of love would have to answer to Jehovah. But, part of our endurance required that we stay in the organization and remain faithful to Jehovah’s earthly organization.
And if anyone left the organization because they were offended by someone, they were accused of NOT waiting on Jehovah.
It’s amazing how we could hold two separate opinions about the organization without actually seeing the truth for what it is. Because when we went out in field service, we would try to convince the householder that we belonged to a loving worldwide brotherhood. HUH? I ask 15 years later!!! Yeah, that’s right, point blank, we lied to people without realizing it.
It never dawned on us that this should have been a red flag that something was wrong. But, due to the constant messages we received from the Society, it was quite difficult to put all of the pieces together.
How about, this religion just might not be the truth!!!!
Message to all lurkers: This is something you should think about because that is the “real” reason why the organization requires that you attend all congregation meetings. The more meetings you miss, it provides the opportunity for doubt to creep in your mind and you can begin seeing the nonsense behind the organization.