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It is my pleasure to give you a warm welcome to JWsurvey.org. This website has been launched to give voice to millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world who would not normally have the opportunity to say what they really think about the Watch Tower Society, or the teachings and practices of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body has yet to express any interest in hearing the views of ordinary witnesses. Their mantra is: “We talk, you listen!”

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, or a former Witness, you will be aware that the opinions of rank and file publishers (and even elders) are rarely sought by the Society. The small number of men making up the Governing Body have declared themselves the “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45, thus claiming sole control over the organization’s teachings and policies. These men are most certainly NOT interested in the opinions of the “silent majority” of Witnesses under their authority. If they are, they have a strange way of showing it!

This website seeks to redress that balance by means of an annual survey that is conducted anonymously throughout the world. The first survey was taken in 2011, and immediately attracted the opinions of 1,118 voters before closing at the end of the year. The results were posted to the Governing Body for their attention and review but, predictably, they never replied.

The following year, 2012, the survey received votes from 1,488 current and former Witnesses, most of whom expressed their concern at various Watchtower teachings. The remarkable events of that year (the Candace Conti case and the “new light” about the faithful slave) certainly seemed to get people talking.

Subsequent surveys have allowed in excess of 6,000 per year to express their true feelings about the organization and its leadership, and we are optimistic this number will only increase as JWsurvey grows in popularity.

A website for all

This website has been created and made available as a free resource so that anyone, whether they are a former or current Witness, or in some way associated with Witness friends or relatives, can give their honest opinions about Watchtower and the increasingly cult-like direction in which it is headed.

We adopt a strictly non-religious viewpoint, meaning we refuse to promote any belief structure in particular. For this reason, we cannot be accused of trying to “draw off followers.” We are merely interested in garnering the views of ordinary Witnesses and reporting on the facts.

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses has not authorized or sponsored this survey, and it is run entirely without any influence or input from them. However, we genuinely feel that the brothers who serve on the Governing Body, having assumed such overwhelming responsibility, should take note of how ordinary Witnesses and the general public feel about their leadership, since millions of lives are affected by decisions they make at their private weekly meetings.

Who started this website?

My name is Lloyd Evans, and I am the founder of this website. I set it up in October 2011 with the help of a fellow activist while I was still one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, writing under the pseudonym “John Cedars.” Eventually, I left the organization for conscientious reasons. You can read my story on this link.

I first had the idea to begin gathering the opinions of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their associates around the world because of a variety of issues that continue to be of real concern to me. I believe that ordinary Witnesses who devote their entire lives to loyally serving Jehovah, through what purports to be God’s spirit-directed organization, should have some say in the decisions that are made on their behalf.

It is my belief that not all is well within the organization. I don’t consider many of the teachings and practices encouraged by the Governing Body to have been formulated with the best interests of ordinary Witnesses at heart.

An unmerciful practice

For example, take the practice of shunning or “disfellowshipping.” The Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthian congregation were as follows:

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Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians about the disfellowshipping arrangement never called for family members to be torn apart

Clearly the Apostle Paul was delivering this admonition for the purpose of keeping the congregation clean. But to what extent should these words be applied? By saying “not even eating with such a man,” Paul indicated that his words weren’t directed against family members (who would daily eat with one another), but against other brothers in the congregation with whom one might consider sharing a meal.

There is no reason to insist that the word “anyone” should be applied arbitrarily to “everyone,” irrespective of age or circumstances. Even Watchtower publications acknowledge that there should be some exceptions where family members are concerned. For example, a disfellowshipped husband is not to be shunned by his wife or children, and parents are not banned from speaking to their disfellowshipped children if they are not yet old enough to leave home.

But why should it end there?

Many share my opinion that there is scope to extend even more mercy in applying this scripture than is currently encouraged by the teachings of the Governing Body. Jesus said the following to the unrighteous pharisees:

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Jesus identified mercy as playing a crucial role in the extent to which laws and principles should be enforced. Many do not think it is merciful that older teenagers, many of whom were baptized at an extremely young age (sometimes as young as 9), are forced out of their homes by their parents and then cruelly shunned, often for the rest of their lives, through a mistaken and abhorrent interpretation of the Apostle Paul’s advice.

The Society’s publications themselves warn that “no one should be forced to… choose between his beliefs and his family.” (July 2009 Awake!, p.9) However, they apply this reasoning to every religion but their own.

The scriptures clearly prescribe “shunning” purely as a measure for maintaining the spiritual cleanliness of the congregation, and not for the purpose of breaking up families. To go one step further and insist that shunning should also apply to families is both destructive and deeply unmerciful. It also violates the principle expressed by the Apostle Paul at 1 Timothy 5:8 where he said:

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These and other teachings of the Governing Body are increasingly becoming a cause of sincere distress for many Witnesses who wish that the organization could adopt a more merciful and loving stance. In particular, one can now be disfellowshipped as an “apostate” merely for disagreeing with the Governing Body over this or other issues.

Only human

It is my sincere desire that by means of this website, and its annual surveys, the Governing Body will humbly consider the pleas of both myself and like-minded ones around the world who long for the Watch Tower Society to be a more loving organization – one that truly reflects the need for respect and tolerance toward other people’s beliefs.

The members of the Governing Body are only human, and no matter how much they may pray for wisdom and insight, they cannot possibly be fully aware of how their teachings and directives are impacting the lives of their fellow worshippers on a daily basis. That is what makes this survey website so important. It serves as a constant reminder for them to show greater kindness and mercy in undertaking the role that they have assumed as the faithful and discreet slave.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support for this site, and for getting involved in our important work.

Warmest regards,

 

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372 Responses to About JW Survey

  1. Not that any of.this will matter but I am 47 yrs old and was raped in the congregation when I was 14. The elders handled it on their own without the authorities intervention. I was publicly reproved for fornication and he went on to molest, sodimize and whatever else with 63 other witness children from Colorado to California. At that time I felt responsible for the other children when I heard because nothing was done to stop him. 22 years ago my abuser went to trial by us 64 victims and got 33 years jail time he was released after 10 years because of failure to a speedy trial!
    He is in a reinstated position to the congregation and no one knows what he is because of JW silence! I am glad JW’s are being held accountable for these crimes, however; they are blood guilty for other crimes! I stayed faithful to that organization mostly because of fear of losing my family, I endured torture by my ex pioneer husband beating me in the name of submission, and he was married to alchohol not me!
    Obviously sexual abuse, spousal abuse, children physical abuse and alcoholism are obbiously condoned by Jw’s. I let the JW’s torment me for 30 years and in the end when I got out with my life I lost my family, my friends and ect….
    Was it worth getting out? Yes I am SAFE now! A family who condones such practices and can let their loved one go does not deserve their loved on to begin with how very sad and the JW appology well they can’t forgive others for their shortcomings why should I forgive them! They actually did wrong doing and their words are empty! Thank You

    • Brian says:

      Whats the name of this pedophile? I’ve seen your same post on multiple sights but you never reveal who this person is…why the secrecy if this is an active jw and abuser?

    • Peter says:

      Hi Kimberly

      This serious lack of love and concern is more rampant than any of us can imagine. I have a childhood friend whom I recently learned was gang raped and this wasn’t even communicated to her mother. Her father, a non-believer, was completely in the dark. I’m sick about it. Embarrassed I ever had faith in these liars. The branch knows too.

      You deserve better. You deserved a peaceful childhood. Loving leadership. Protection. I’m so sorry for you.

      • Hi I hope your friend recieved more love and understanding than myself. I consider myself a survivor from the situation. Unfortunately I am not a believer any longer the pain cured me from believing in JW’s at this time.
        Thank ​you for your kind words.

  2. gavin otto says:

    ever since i distanced myself from my mother and sisters who are jw my life and career has gone to shit- do or can they have this influence ??

    • Only if you allow them to have power! Removing yourself was the best possible way to improve yourself! I had the same situation 5 years ago I have no family but I now have great success with my job! Release their hold on you and you will go far! Easier said than done but it will happen for you! Only a Cult has such a strong hold on your inner freedom to become the best you can be!

  3. Mildred says:

    When is there going to be another survey? For 2016? I want to participate! I’ve been free for over a year now 🙂

  4. Sherry says:

    You have to many rules for what can be said in the comments , that’s not freedom of speech , any hiw I hate that masonic hell hall Everytime I was forced to go to that satanic cult I was beaten outside the front with a branch from their trees , it was like a sacrifice , I know i wasn’t the only child who was tortured either .

    • Cedars says:

      Having rules for commenting does not impact your free speech. Your free speech would only be impacted if we stopped you from setting up your own website.

    • factsnotfiction says:

      Hi Sherry

      I think the rules are quite reasonable. Try to be nice and dont talk about religion! lol! Well at least dont try to force your views on others, otherwise every discussion will turn into an argument as to whether God exists or not :D. Everyone has their own views here.
      Aside from that I agree with your coment, I remember very well kids screeming as their Dads beat them to a pulp! because they couldn’t sit still through two hours of absulute boring torture!! Terrible!

  5. Richard Dick Fierro says:

    I have great respect for all who seek the God of the Bible. With that being said, I am interested in hearing comments from faithful lovers of God who are truly trying to please him by being members of the WTB&T SOCIETY OF JEHOVAHS WITNESSES. My main question is, Why do you as a practicing member accept the gov body’s doctrinal teaching of the Bible, card blanch, not to be questioned, or double checked against the pure teaching of the whole Bible as the final word from God? Of course one wouldn’t want to doubt God in any way but how do you reason placing the WTB&TS as your go between you and God’s word? Aren’t we supposed to (1) have the Bible alone as the final and true word from God himself? (2) The final and absolute authority in all matters of christian faith and practice? (3) Hold any and all teaching to sound and honest scutiny. Why then, I reason, would anyone unquestionably trust any man, men, or religious organization as middleman between themself and God? If anything, aren’t we already told by Paul, the chosen apostle of Jesus himself, what God has to say to the world about himself and all topics regarding his will for mankind? Again, ones belief and his right to it I would defend with my life. Mainly because I want my right to freedom of belief protected under the law.

  6. Linda Salas says:

    I have been away from JW for almost 45 years. Still have severe issues. I knew from an very early age something was wrong..I thought it was me. I didn’t believe in some of the teaching so I believe I would be destroyed at Armageddon. My mother became a JW when I was about 3 so I only knew the word of the Society…My childhood was taken away from me I was always scared and waiting for the end..know I would die a horrible death..I lived with that for almost 27 years. Like many, I was married to a JW at 18 he knew me since I was 14 he was an alcoholic and abused me..I allowed him to do this for 7 years..I was almost molested by a congragation servent, he started rubbing my sholders and I ran from him..I am not sure any of this is important today because I have living a good life now but being a JW took so much of me..I was so confussed and afraid..What does love mean to the organization? I could go on and on with stories of abuse with in my family but I don’t feel it would help this forum..I want to stay involved so forgive me if this comment is too personal. My writting skills are weak so I don’t want to ramble..Thank you for starting this site..

  7. Angelico Alberts says:

    Excellent material!!

    Greetings,
    Angelico

  8. Karen P. says:

    Greetings Friends,

    Your posts are familiar to me. I had the misfortune of being born into the beliefs via my dad who was accosted by a “good friend.” My mother didn’t quite warm up to the religion’s ideals right away as they were not married into the organization but only began exploration after we came along. My older sister and I were not so involved until after my father informed my mother of her mandatory role as a subordinate in the marriage that she become involved and attend meetings.

    After years of instilling their fear-filled brainwashing tactics on my mother and sister, they both became bonafied baptized JW’s while I became the “black sheep” of shame.

    Honestly at a very young age, I didn’t buy a bit of it. Yes, I believed it was all a ploy to control people. I couldn’t stand being around them and at 16, I became so intolerable, they just gave up on me. So there I was, they couldn’t shun me because I was never baptized but I represented the outcast.

    My sister remains a JW to this day. My father is turning 90 and still an elder in his congregation leading his group in the ministry. Oddly, he came to me today to advise me that I “better wake up” and handed me a “new” bible…rewritten in “simple English” so that everyone could understand. Since when did everyone get so dumb? I resigned it the belief that once again, they have had to change a few things in their doctrine to cover up errors and make prophecy right, again.

    I remember things taught as a youngster and if I mentioned some of the unmentionables now, (1975 great tribulation date) he just denies it. But I was there, 15 years old and I know what I heard.

    I’ve run into and talked to many ex JW’s I’ve known and can honestly say they seem more at ease now then when I knew them back then. Life gets better when you explore different options and see that people are not all bad. 🙂

  9. Andres says:

    HOLA; GRACIAS POR EL TRABAJO QUE SE ESTÁN DANDO A FAVOR DE RECEPCIONAR SUGERENCIAS; COMENTARIOS Y RECLAMOS QUE DEBERÍAN RECIBIR Y RESPONDER EN JW.ORG. YO SOY TESTIGO DE JEHOVÁ Y DEJE DE IR AL SALÓN DEL REINO POR HOSTIGAMIENTO; MALTRATO; TRATO VEGATORIO E INSOLENCIAS HACIA MI PERSONA QUE INCLUYEN HASTA UN DIAGNOSTICO INVENTADO POR ELLOS PARA ENCUBRIR GRAVES FALTAS INCURRIDAS POR ALGUNOS ANCIANOS; SIERVOS MINISTERIALES Y PUBLICADORES… FINALMENTE LAMENTABLEMENTE A CASOS INJUSTOS Y GRAVES MANIFIESTOS A LOS ANCIANOS ELLOS DEJARON TODO EN NADA Y DIJERON LAS PEORES COSAS DE MI… ACTUALMENTE SIGO HACIENDO MIS ORACIONES, LEYENDO EL TEXTO DEL DIA Y ESCUCHANDO LA BIBLIA… ENTRE MAS ESCUCHO LA BIBLIA MENOS GANAS ME DAN DE RETORNAR A LAS REUNIONES… MAS AUN CUANDO ME DEJARON ABANDONADO Y HERIDO… ME DESPIDO AGRADECIDO DE TU PAGINA. QUE JEHOVÁ LOS BENDIGA POR BRINDARNOS ESTE ESPACIO.

  10. gloria says:

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  11. Scc says:

    First off
    It is not for us to know the day of jehovah.
    Jw’s taught that..AND
    1975 was only the year adam turned 6.000 years old..
    NOT THAT IT WAS THE END.
    I started that year off by fornicating so i was not worried much about it coming that year.
    That was not what jw’s taught to ME.
    .

    Grandpa was born 1903. I AM 60 NOW
    I am definatly part of his generation. So is my oldest son. He is 40
    We are family.
    We know each other.
    It is not the day of jehovah because we cant say when.
    .
    Im df”d again..
    I repented and confessed and they kicked me in the head and annouced that I am ” no longer one of Jehovah”s.
    What a blow from Satan.
    Those who encouraged me to sin are happy about my bad news.
    .
    What happens when the prodigal son comes home and dad is away on a trip?
    Some ‘so called brothers’ ane sadistic unforgiving brothers of the prodigal son.
    They have chased him away..
    Sold him to saten.
    Presented a bloody garment to dad…

    .
    (Truth has vanished,
    And anyone who turns away from bad is plundered. Isa 59:15)
    .
    .
    .
    Always make our words tender and sweet. Cause we never know which ones we may have to eat.
    I hope to live and love forever in our Fathers garden with you all.

    • Rowland Nelken says:

      Your grandpa was of a different generation from you; his child, your parent. was of yet another generation. Your son’s generation is yet another. From your grandpa to your son you get four generations.

      Either the word ‘generation’ has a meaning or it does not.

  12. mike says:

    so what do you promote? should the majority rule on what God believes? should we follow our own ideas? is that not why there are so many different Christian beliefs in the world?because everyone whats there idea of the bible to be the true religion. I was raised one left at 18 did my thing in the world, got married cheated on her, gambled, drank you name it I did it. she left me with a 2 year old needed a change In life started studying the bible on my own. researched all kinds of religion and beliefs started talking to them about their beliefs and contradictions within their beliefs and the bible everyone of them threw me out. started studying with Jw’s that was my last choice. now I am one. wife came back saw changes in me, she hates that I am a Jw, became inactive for 5 years you would thing wife would be happy was not, was turning back to old me, in 2005 she herself took me back to the kingdom hall. been going since. have 4 kids 2 older ones do not care, younger daughter is gay, younger son is a pioneer, goes to college, works lives at home. all good kids, who am I to judge, but any bible clearly states what will happen. stating a fact is not judging. it was stated to me. which I hold dear. If at the end of the day, Jehovah’s witnesses are wrong, what better life could I ask for? I am still married to the same women 27 yrs, i have good kids with their own beliefs, god will judge, I do not cheat, swear, gamble and so fourth, so what if i want to tell people what I believe to be true or feel I am required to.
    this is getting kind of long so you can email me at. (Staff edit – no public email addresses on the forum)

    • Caroline says:

      so Mike, you were raised a JW, left and made a life for yourself in the world and came back and evidently your wife is also a JW now, even though she hated it when you first went back?

      Do you feel you would not be a good person if it wasn’t for the JW religion? Why did you leave in the first place if you thought it was such a great life?

      Were you ever baptized and if so when? Was it when you were a child? Did you ever get disfellowshipped when you were drinking and carousing around like you did?

      Why would those other religions kick you out just because you questioned the contradictions in the Bible and what were the contradictions you found in the Bible and why don’t those contradictions bother you now?

      You ask: What better life could you ask for?

      I thought it was the best life too when I was a believer for 50 years but I was always scared that I would need a blood transfusion to live at some time and I was afraid that one of my kids might die if they needed a blood transfusion and all during those 50 years, I always was in fear of that happening to me or one of my kids. I lived in fear.

      What I didn’t know was that if you question any of the elders about a teaching of the JW religion, you will be called before a committee for apostasy. I didn’t know that was happening in the Organization until it happened to me and when I did that, my congregation sent all the elders over to my house so they could hear it out of my own mouth that I was questioning whether or not the Watchtower was in deed, God’s one and only true organization on earth and I said no.

      That is when the love evaporated from my congregation when they gave a marking talk on me and there is only one sister that will stop over to see me but I am barred from talking to her about the Bible or the Organization and if I did that and she reported it back to the elders, I will be disfellowshipped for apostasy. You are banned from watching anything that is critical of Watchtower. You are banned from reading anything critical of Watchtower as well. If you watch a show about evolution and you see that it makes sense, and you tell anybody about it in the congregation, you will also be hauled before the elders and threatened with being disfellowshipped if you tell anybody about what you saw and that even includes people in your own family. You will be considered bad association. Your wife would even be told she can divorce you if you tell her anything “apostate”.

      Do you still think this is the best way of life?

      Do you think it’s the best way of life if you are not allowed to even question whether or not the Governing Body has the qualifications to be our mediator between Jesus and Jehovah, which they claim to be? You realize of course that you do not have a mediator between Jesus and Jehovah because the Governing Body claim to be your mediator. How can you even pray to Jehovah?

      Your story seems contrived. Sorry but that’s my take on your comment because it doesn’t make any sense to me that if you are so happy with being a JW, why are you here on an “apostate” website?

      By the way, are you an elder? If you are not an elder, then why aren’t you an elder? Maybe because you have a gay kid and one of your kids goes to college? Oh, by the way, how can your kid go to college, have a job and pioneer and live at home? Why does your pioneer college kid who has a job have to live at home? Please explain. Could that kid get married and live on his own and take care of a wife?

      You said if the JW’s are wrong, what better life could you ask for? Really??? If they are wrong???? Why would you want to stick with them if they are wrong? Can you prove that they are right about everything you preach? How can you, with good conscience, preach something that you don’t even know is correct or not?

      Even the Governing Body claim they make mistakes in doctrine in the February 2017 study Watchtower. They say they are spirit directed but not inspired. What is the difference? If they are spirit directed, then why do they make doctrinal mistakes? Are they not listening to the spirit and going it their own way? If so, then they could not have God’s Holy Spirit.

      If you are an elder, it makes even less sense that you would be on an apostate website, commenting.

      • It is concidered appostacy because organized religion wants to keep you dumbed down! Education means you might have thoughts, JW’s don’t want you thinking for yourself they lose power when you are educated! Almost 6 years I’ve been out and the clarity I have is a gift! If people actually educated themselves on JW’s before being trapped by baptism and under their spell so to speak they’d run! Children are the true trapped victims they didn’t get a choice.

    • Holy Connoli says:

      @Mike. Mike, glad you are happy and family is doing well. However, With all due respect I have to comment on your thoughts about religion and study with different religions and all the contradictions they make and do. In all honesty you as a JW would know there is n religion that contradicts itself or changes their teachings more often then the JW’s. I could name a list 100 lines strong but will just mention a few right here. Vaccines, blood transfusions, Organ transplants,Jehovah has his own planet, Jesus has no beard,Pyramids, King of the North,Hitler, Mussolini ( was the anti Christ ) few months till Armageddon in WW2,Oral Sex, Animal Sex, Homosexuality,
      scriptural divorce, Shunning, Sacred service,607 BCE, 1914, 2nd coming of Jesus, Generation, overlapping generation, anointed ones, given ones,11918,1919, last days, 1854, 1874, F&D Slave, Governing body, Jonadab class, types and anti types, shunning of family members, no tithing, no forced $$ giving, These are just a few Mike that come to mind but all you have to do is go to JW facts and you will see hundreds maybe 1000’s of changing doctrine over the years and you are not allowed to challenge them or question them or you will be df’d. You must know this mike so JW’s are no different and are even WAY WORSE than other religions who do this but 99% of other religions allow you to think or rad the bible on your own. Glad things seem to work out for your family. One thing for sure Mike is whatever WT teaches today is subject to change tomorrow and you MUST accept it or you will be shunned or even DF’d.

  13. Rowland Nelken says:

    Mike – It is not a case of ‘if’ the JWs are wrong. They are wrong. They always have been wrong.

    Armageddon did not occur in 1914, 1925 or 1975 or before the death of the 1914 generation of JWs.

    You could be leading a much better life than stuck in an organisation which frowns on higher education, which protects paedophiles, which is responsible for the needless deaths of thousands through their murderous blood transfusion edicts.

    JWs suffer social isolation through the ban on innocent pleasures like celebrating Christmas and birthdays. Unless they have loads of money and fame like Prince and the Williams sisters, they are strongly discouraged from following any ‘worldly’ pursuit. Many also suffer Armageddon nightmares about this predicted horror that never transpires.

    I sincerely hope that through reading this site and others like http://www.JWfacts.com, you come to realise that your life is worth more than to be an unpaid magazine distributor for a corrupt global publishing and property corporation.

    Best wishes – and here’s to your release!

  14. Samantha says:

    I find this thread absolutely fascinating. I myself was more or less almost an atheist right up until mid last year when a Witness stopped off at my door and we got talking. It occurred to me at the end of the conversation that she was, indeed a Jehovah’s Witness but because I was off work at the time, and our conversations about religion did not get into any heated arguments, I found it interesting to be able to discuss religion with someone and not have them tell me I was wrong.

    So I did start bible studies, still very much of the mind that none of it was going to change my mind. BTW, I am 32 and have always had a very negative view of religion. But doing the Bible study with the JW who comes around our conversations are thoroughly interesting, and we’ll often discuss other religions and things. And I am not shy about criticisms towards the Bible, the things I’ve read about Jehovah’s Witnesses and so on. They know that I am questioning many things and I am grateful that they respect that. But look at this way, if it weren’t for the NWT and the JW who gave me a copy of it I would not be able to even read the Bible let alone understand it so it’s been a good thing for me to look into God’s word. But I have the King James Version on hand as well to compare the two. I rely on logic and facts which was why I was always agnostic. ‘Yeah but where’s the proof??’ What I’ve read so far seems to make sense and does not really contradict my beliefs. In fact, it’s made me realise that the more we know about the world the less we actually know about the world. I am looking at my Bible study as simply that – educating myself in the Bible and from there, other religions and how they fit into the world. It’s an academic study rather than a spiritual study, if that makes sense.

    I am certainly not ignoring anything that anyone has said about shunning or the levels of abuse that go on. But I’ve noticed that everyone who has a problem with it seems to live in the US, where it obviously started. I live in Australia and so far, my experiences with all Jehovah’s Witnesses that I have come across have been positive. Like I said, I have questioned many things within the Bible and JW in general and they have always answered my questions. The shunning does not appear to be as big here as it does over there. It seems that they have taken the apostle Paul’s words to mean the congregation, rather than everyone.

    My final thought? I am still enjoying what I’m reading and will continue to do so. But I will not stop questioning things nor will I accept them blindly. But it’s been the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ perspective of the Bible that has made me take an interest. I seem to be of the same opinion as Ceders above, and like so many JWs, it seems like they have all joined for similar reasons as to why I am interested in the views. It’s only when you get governing bodies like The Watchtower involved in so many of the teachings that it becomes skewed.

    Besides, in accordance with the Bible, didn’t God give us free will to do as we please in whether we chose to love Him or not to love Him? So why should The Watchtower hold so much sway over its parishioners?

    Thank you for reading and I do hope everything I’ve written is within the guidelines of this thread.

    • Caroline says:

      @Samatha, I also was not interested in the Bible until I got involved with Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 1960’s.

      Go to jwfacts which you can click on, right on this web site and read it and be brave enough to bring up all the things that that site says about the Witness religion and the true facts of our religion and be brave enough to bring up the things that you find out that are really the real “truth” about the “truth” to your Bible study conductor and see what she/they say about those “facts”. Go to that website while they are at your house and see the shock and horror on their faces.

      The one/ones studying with you are ignorant of their own religion’s history and background.

      They are victims of that religion and don’t even know it.

      If you confront your Bible study conductor/conductors with those “facts”, they will be shocked to find out what you have found out. They are banned from even looking at anything that might be found out to be bad about that religion.

      If they went to that website right now and told anybody about what they have found out about that religion, they will be disfellowshipped for apostasy.

      Do you want to get involved in a religion that you are barred from researching it’s true history and worse yet, get disfellowshipped for telling anybody about what you found out?

      Do that and see how fast your Bible study conductor stops coming to you to discuss the Bible.

    • Ricardo says:

      Hi Samantha, welcome to this site. As an interested one you may not understand much about why so much effort is put into the articles on this site. For many of us, whether brought up as a Witness (as I am) or like you we came in of our own desire, we found the witnesses at first quite wonderful. However, as time goes by and we see the dark side (for me it was the public humiliation of being stood down and disciplined (an announcement made to the congregation to that effect) only to find that on appeal the elders involved had made a horrible mistake, which they apologized to me for, but privately, not publicly. Nothing can be compared to the depths of depression when you are wrongly charged, and when it is due to elder bias, even more so).

      As a new interest you won’t see that. You won’t experience that. Only later do these things occur. And they may not occur to you. But please be aware there are many defects in our congregations, and if you are not careful you will not believe how your life can be ruined.

      On this site we complain about all this silliness, because it is silly to have situations that can ruin people’s lives and yet not try to fix the situation up, just blame it on human imperfection. We’re an imperfect organization so we aren’t going to fix anything up.

      I also attend meetings in Australia, and believe me shunning here is carried out just the same as in the USA. I am being shunned by some of my cousins because they don’t like the topics I talk about, which are normally about some of the silly situations and beliefs I observe.

      Maybe what I should say is enjoy your study and what you are learning. It pleased our hearts too many years ago. But be aware that there are valid reasons for people to be upset about things in the organization. And that once you are a member, it is almost impossible to leave this religion without being shunned.

    • Ricardo says:

      @Samantha,
      Also, I was thinking, that before we take medication which may greatly affect our health, we best do research to find out side effects besides the good effects.

      What more for our religion. Look at the trail of misery that this organization leaves behind it. Look at the lives ruined. Don’t just look at the good things. Be aware that you may become a victim just like us. If you are willing to take the risk, at least you have done the research.

      All the best.

      • outandabout says:

        Hi Samantha…..I’m going to go against the grain here and tell you that the only way to find out who and what you truly are is to be religion free. The only person you have to deal with is yourself. Your conscience is your guide and you answer to no one. When faced with a difficult decision, try asking yourself what Jesus would do, but substitute Jesus for ‘my conscience’. Same thing same result every time. No guilt. No fear. No ‘am I worthy’ or ‘have I done enough’. If you live your life having been a good person, no matter what lies at the end you will have no worries. It’s most definitely not about ‘time served’.

        Having said that, it’s your choice. Some people just have a need to believe and if no harm is done, it’s ok, but you MUST listen to people on this site. To identify as a JW is lending support to a corrupt and immoral organisation.

        and….you’ll never see the headline ‘Atheists shell Agnostics from the West Bank’.

  15. David Hall says:

    I was born in London, England, not long after WW2 ended. My Mother had lost her leg and nearly died, when a V2 Rocket blew her whole street up at nighttime, right near the end of the war. She was in a Coma for 3 months and when she came round, her leg was amputated and she was informed that her Mother and young niece had died.

    She eventually got fitted with an artificial leg and after the war met my Dad as he was also disabled, having some of his arm blown off in the Desert fighting the Germans. So they got married and had me in 1947 and later my Brother in 1949 and finally my Sister in 1951.

    We were a happy little family, my Dad had his own car and his own house and even bought a TV when most people had very little. My Dad had become a Salesman and was very good at it…..then one day 2 JW Ladies called on Dad and answered why there is so much evil in this World.

    Withing 6 months, our lives were turned upside down and my Dad became a Zealous Missionary type and he gave up Smoking, Gambling, Football every week and so on. He then told us (Kids) that we are now Jehovah’s Witnesses and we are never going to die.

    Wow, what a statement and we all believed that Armageddon would soon be here. Gradually my Dad got restless and decided to move across the Country and that is when our Misery really began.

    Later I married my dear wife Christine and had 2 daughters and served as an Elder for many years….got out of the Cult in 2001 and became a Born Again Christian in 2002 and have served as Missionaries for the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) since 2007. Bless you all….David

    • Ricardo says:

      @David,
      What a fantastic experience! What a contrast! Wow, that must be interesting comparing the two.

      Can I ask you some questions?

      1) I have noticed that our organization (the JW’s) put most importance on submission to those above (elders, GB). The elders I have experienced are usually great bullies. That may have been something you noticed while you were a JW. In your new religion, is there the same amount of bullying from the leaders?

      2) I have noticed in recent times that congregations have become very political. If you want to progress to be an MS or elder you have to kiss the bottoms in the correct manner. Is this the same in your new religion?

      3) There is a growing group of ex-JW’s who really hate the Witnesses (to a large extent I can understand). Is this the same for ex-members of your present religion?

      4) Does your new religion make reference to Jehovah?

      I appreciate your efforts to answer these questions.

  16. David Hall says:

    So much misery, guilt and fear shadowed our lives whilst in that Cult, however we feel really sorry for the ‘rank & file’ members, as they do not know their Saviour and are working for an Organisation that actually keeps them away from Jesus, who said himself that he was the TRUTH, the WAY and the LIFE, not any man made religion and leaders who promote themselves to something they should not. They even sin against the Holy Spirit, as they claim that they alone are the spirit directed organisation and baptize their members into that…what blasphemy.

  17. Hector Torrres says:

    Hello John,
    My name us Hector I live in the United States I am an xJW. I just watched a video on the JW website that was a bit confusing it was JW.org official responce to the Russian ban. What is your take on it?

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