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.