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2013 Survey: Never Baptized

Who can answer this Survey?

  • Those who have NEVER been baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Both those who are studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses and those who are not
  • Both those who are related to Jehovah’s Witnesses and those who are not
  • Both those who have close friends who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and those who do not

If you’ve chosen the wrong survey group, please CLICK HERE to go back and make a better choice.

If you meet all of the above criteria, please continue . . .

When ready, please answer the following questions:

What is your current relationship with Jehovah's Witnesses? (Tick those that apply - max 5)

  • I have family who are Jehovah's Witnesses (45%, 198 Votes)
  • I have little or nothing to do with them (16%, 71 Votes)
  • I have close friends who are Jehovah's Witnesses (14%, 60 Votes)
  • I am studying with them (8%, 35 Votes)
  • I am just researching JWs on your website (7%, 29 Votes)
  • I am regularly visited by them (6%, 28 Votes)
  • I am romantically involved with one of Jehovah's Witnesses (4%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 245

What is your opinion of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses? (Tick those that apply)

  • They are a cult (34%, 185 Votes)
  • Their beliefs are deeply flawed (32%, 173 Votes)
  • They are good people (24%, 128 Votes)
  • They are just another Christian denomination (7%, 37 Votes)
  • They go by what the Bible teaches (3%, 18 Votes)
  • I would like to be one of them (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 241

What is your view of so-called "apostates" - those who disagree with the Society's teachings? (Click all that apply)

  • Some are justifiably hurt by the way they have been treated (28%, 193 Votes)
  • Some may have legitimate concerns (27%, 186 Votes)
  • I regularly participate on "apostate" forums and websites (18%, 123 Votes)
  • I consider myself a "secret apostate" (11%, 74 Votes)
  • I still have love for them (10%, 67 Votes)
  • They are bitter and vindictive (2%, 15 Votes)
  • They have unreasonable expectations of the Society (2%, 14 Votes)
  • They seek to draw off followers after themselves (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Their concerns about the Society are entirely unfounded (1%, 6 Votes)
  • They are mentally diseased (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 239

What is your attitude regarding shunning? (Tick any that apply - max 5)

  • I object to all forms of shunning (85%, 217 Votes)
  • I believe that shunning is to keep the congregation clean, and should have no bearing on family ties (12%, 30 Votes)
  • I am currently shunning a family member who is disfellowshipped / disassociated (2%, 4 Votes)
  • I would be prepared to shun a family member who is disfellowshipped / disassociated (0%, 1 Votes)
  • I would be prepared to shun a family member who is inactive / not strong in the truth (0%, 1 Votes)
  • I am currently shunning a family member who is inactive / not strong in the truth (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 236

How would you describe you current beliefs? (Choose one)

  • I am atheist (31%, 72 Votes)
  • I am agnostic (24%, 57 Votes)
  • I consider myself Christian, but I am not attached to a church (18%, 43 Votes)
  • I consider myself Christian and I regularly attend church (12%, 28 Votes)
  • I don't believe in anything (7%, 17 Votes)
  • I share the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses (5%, 11 Votes)
  • I am now a member of a non-Christian faith (3%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

How would you describe your prospects after you die?

  • I don't entertain any hope in particular (67%, 156 Votes)
  • I am going to heaven (14%, 33 Votes)
  • I would rather not say (7%, 16 Votes)
  • I will be resurrected on the Earth (6%, 15 Votes)
  • I will be reincarnated (5%, 11 Votes)
  • I will live forever, but only if I am an active JW (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 233

What part of the world are you living in now?

  • North America (65%, 152 Votes)
  • Europe (25%, 58 Votes)
  • Oceania (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Central America (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Africa (1%, 3 Votes)
  • South America (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Asia (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Middle East (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

ONLY IF you consider yourself to be an "apostate," what are your thoughts towards Jehovah's Witnesses? (Tick any that apply - max 8)

  • The Governing Body know what they are doing, and should be held to account for their actions (22%, 134 Votes)
  • I would like to see the Watch Tower Society drastically change its damaging policies (18%, 110 Votes)
  • I have nothing against Jehovah's Witnesses, but I would like to see the Watch Tower Society dissolved (18%, 109 Votes)
  • I love Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am concerned that they are being misled (15%, 89 Votes)
  • How dare they call me "mentally diseased"? (14%, 86 Votes)
  • If someone still wants to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses despite knowing the real truth, I am OK with this (7%, 45 Votes)
  • I would rather not say what I think, it would be too offensive (3%, 20 Votes)
  • I hate all Jehovah's Witnesses (1%, 8 Votes)
  • I would like to draw them off as followers after myself (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 190

Do you believe that Jehovah's Witnesses represent God's spirit-directed organization?

  • No (87%, 202 Votes)
  • Unsure (12%, 27 Votes)
  • Yes (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 233

Do you believe that elders are appointed by Holy Spirit?

  • No (94%, 217 Votes)
  • Unsure (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Yes (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

Do you believe that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation is a literal number?

  • No (62%, 141 Votes)
  • Unsure (25%, 58 Votes)
  • Yes (13%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 229

Do you believe that you are free to express a difference of opinion within the Witness faith?

  • No (87%, 198 Votes)
  • Yes (11%, 26 Votes)
  • Unsure (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 228

Do you believe the legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses should enjoy charitable or non-profit status?

  • No (81%, 182 Votes)
  • Yes (19%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

Have you ever known or heard of one of Jehovah's Witnesses committing or attempting suicide?

  • Yes (75%, 168 Votes)
  • No (25%, 57 Votes)

Total Voters: 225

Have you ever researched Jehovah's Witnesses on the Internet?

  • Yes (96%, 216 Votes)
  • No (4%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 225

Do you believe that the Watch Tower Society can (or should be) reformed?

  • The Society shouldn’t be reformed, it should be dissolved entirely (53%, 119 Votes)
  • The Society should undergo reform, but I cannot see it happening (43%, 97 Votes)
  • Yes, I believe there is a realistic hope of the Society undergoing major reform (2%, 4 Votes)
  • No, the Society doesn't need to reform in any way (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 223

Please continue by answering the following questions about the Watchtower’s beliefs and practices:

Which of the following beliefs / practices of Jehovah's Witnesses do you DISAGREE with (if any)?

  • Young people are not to pursue higher education (3%, 216 Votes)
  • Armageddon is imminent, and only Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive (3%, 211 Votes)
  • Young people should not be involved in extra curricular sports (3%, 211 Votes)
  • Witnesses who leave are to be shunned by family members if they are old enough to leave home (3%, 210 Votes)
  • Apostates are “mentally diseased” (3%, 210 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: two witnesses required to convince elders of molestation (3%, 210 Votes)
  • Pedophilia: treated as a judicial matter rather than a crime (3%, 208 Votes)
  • Outside literature or any other form of information is NOT to be consulted when researching bible teachings, ONLY Watchtower publications are to be recommended. (3%, 208 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is God’s sole channel of communication (3%, 207 Votes)
  • Sisters who are beaten by their husbands are not entitled to a divorce. They must remain married to their abuser (or present evidence of adultery for a divorce) if they wish to remain in the faith. (3%, 207 Votes)
  • Beards are frowned upon, brothers with beards not used to give convention presentations (3%, 206 Votes)
  • Disfellowshipped teenagers are comparable to Nadab and Abihu, the Israelite priests who were struck dead by Jehovah for offering illegitimate fire on behalf of the entire congregation (3%, 205 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ appointed Rutherford and his associates to be the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” over his “domestics” in 1919 (3%, 204 Votes)
  • Past mistakes and future refinements are due to “increasing light” from God’s holy spirit (3%, 201 Votes)
  • Celebrating birthdays is wrong (3%, 201 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is the Faithful and Discreet Slave (3%, 201 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: not automatically prohibited from becoming an elder or ministerial servant in the future (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (3%, 201 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: names kept confidential from the congregation unless the Branch Office decides otherwise (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (3%, 199 Votes)
  • Giving no minimum age for baptism, which leads to many in their early teens (or even younger) getting baptized oblivious to the full ramifications of this decision. (3%, 197 Votes)
  • Whole blood transfusions are to be refused, even if life is at stake (3%, 194 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: the anointed “generation” of Matthew 24:32-34 “overlaps” with those anointed ones who witness the Great Tribulation (3%, 193 Votes)
  • The treatment of women in the organization (3%, 193 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ began ruling as king in heaven in 1914 (3%, 193 Votes)
  • Jesus Christ is only a mediator for the 144,000, and not for any members of the Great Crowd (3%, 191 Votes)
  • The insistence on 607 BCE for the fall of Jerusalem, contrary to commonly-accepted historical evidence (3%, 188 Votes)
  • The Society should dictate what goes on in the bedroom between a married couple (3%, 187 Votes)
  • Masturbation is wrong (3%, 185 Votes)
  • Any toys with magical connotations (such as Sparlock) should be thrown away (3%, 185 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: most prophecies in Revelation and Daniel for the ‘last days’ fulfilled in early 20th Century (3%, 179 Votes)
  • Refusal to accept aspects of evolutionary theory (3%, 172 Votes)
  • Christmas is to be rejected as a pagan celebration, even though wedding rings also have pagan origins (3%, 168 Votes)
  • Only those who are spirit-anointed should partake of the memorial emblems (3%, 165 Votes)
  • Reporting of the number of hours spent in the preaching work (2%, 156 Votes)
  • Others that are not mentioned above (please specify in the comments box below) (1%, 42 Votes)
  • None. I agree with all teachings and practices contained in Watchtower publications (0%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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7 Responses to 2013 Survey: Never Baptized

  1. Tim Riches says:

    A comprehensive survey! I hope that many will participate this year, and I’ll publicize the survey to that end.

  2. Balcacer says:

    Pedophilia: treated as a judicial matter rather than a crime

    Please explain better, it should go to jail. And serve time 75 years minimun

    Any toys with magical connotations (such as Sparlock) should be thrown away

    Better explanation needed

    Jesus Christ is only a mediator for the 144,000, and not for any members of the Great Crowd

    Better explanation needed

    Jesus Christ is only a mediator for the 144,000, and not for any members of the Great Crowd

    Better explanations needed

    Do you believe that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation is a literal number?

    They are clearly the jews, probably the ones that already has Jesus as there Messiah, they are called the mesianic jews.

    Christmas is to be rejected as a pagan celebration, even though wedding rings also have pagan origins

    It’s a pagan celebration, change the name of what ever is done in December. and celebrated Jesus birth in spring / summer.

    Good luck and this is my first time. Hope more people will join.

  3. almost a year and a half ago i told part of my story in a couple of youtube videos..
    I think all religions are harmful to humanity. I think believing in things that have no evidence is foolish.. and i think it really sucks that my family wont even talk to me because i dont buy into talking snakes.. And most of all i think its horrible that my youngers siblings are being brainwashed and are not allowed to talk to me.
    want more info just ask, my life is an open book.

  4. Feather says:

    just to clarify
    ~ None. I agree with all teachings and practices contained in Watchtower publications
    We were to click on this if we disagree? I clicked on all the items I disagree with, but this was a bit confusing.

  5. Manuel Villanovoa says:

    Regarding other JW´s beliefs I disagree:

    – Prohibition to study the Bible without their literature.
    – Putting their literature as equal or better than the Bible.
    – Prohibiting independent thinking.
    – Calling themselves Christians.
    – Claiming that Jesus Christ is archangel Michael, since there is no biblical evidence for that.
    – The “Theocratic war strategy” or “Jehovah´s” permission to lie (applied only to them).
    – Their rejection of the Trinity.
    – Their lies, fake information, fake sources and out of context quoting in their literature with the pourpose of confusing their victims.
    – Their belief on an institutiona salvation.
    – A long, very long list of etc.

  6. Louise says:

    Their utter disregard for imperfection or human behavior, emotions biological make up, mistakes or most things in general.
    They promote hatred, segregation, disgust and prejudice and yet preach about love.
    Their over use of the term bad associations spoil useful habits as a way of segregating themselves above everyone else.
    Their inability to see how self righteous and haughty they are and their hypocrisy in condemning those traits in others.
    Their Callous and sadistic viewpoints on looking forwards to the day everyone dies. The way they speak about it is if they are disassociating their emotions from the actual reality of it as they speak they talk about how they are looking forward to it i find that evil.
    The way they twist science to suit themselves and ignore what doesn’t fit with their beliefs
    Their intolerance towards people who aren’t in their cult. The wording they use to justify this does not follow Jesus words in the bible nor is it conclusive to loving your neighbor.
    The twisting of answers to suit themselves taken from out of context passages of the bible and their denial to acknowledge this.
    The way they force honest people to lie and pretend they want to be jehovahs witnesses rather than face losing their families. The way they justify this.
    Their pretentiousness and insincerity they show in their failure to admit to themselves and others that their main reason for being a Jehovah witness and following the rules is not altruism and love of god as they like to promote but to save their own skin and that of their families so they don’t die at Armageddon.

    Im sure i could come up with a few more if i thought hard enough

  7. Acadianlion says:

    Thank you for allowing non-JWs to take this survey. I am married to a JW who has returned after fading for thirty years. I attend meetings with her and studied with an Elder for some months before realizing the thrust of our Bible study was merely an introduction to my becoming a JW. While interested in the Bible, I have no interest in joining a religious organization.

    I would like to know the results of this survey and refer my wife to this site as well. She will find it interesting.

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