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Welcome to JWsurvey.org, the online voice for Jehovah’s Witnesses
of the past, present, and future.

JWsurvey.org is the proud home of the 2014 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses. If you are, or ever have been, a Jehovah’s Witness – please take this survey! Even if you were never actually baptized or have been away from the Witnesses for many years, we encourage you to have you say and share your opinions regarding the Watch Tower Society, and its leaders the Governing Body.

If you are a current or former Witness, you will know only too well that doubts are not permitted among the brothers, and the Governing Body expects and demands your unquestioned loyalty. If there is any teaching you are uncertain of, you must “wait on Jehovah,” which effectively means burying your doubts and pretending they never existed. Over time, these suppressed doubts accumulate until you are nothing more than a robot, going through the motions and doing what is expected of you – but never truly believing it 100%.

Jehovah’s Witnesses who have doubts are expected to “wait on Jehovah” by effectively burying them

If this describes your current situation, then please be assured that there are hundreds if not thousands like you who are at various stages of waking up to the reality of the JW faith. As you probably suspect already, there is more to this religion than meets the eye, and the Watchtower literature has not been telling you the full truth about the organization’s history.

The trouble is, even if you no longer agree with the Governing Body on a number of issues, you may feel (as many do) that you are bound to the organization against your will through the cruel practice of shunning. Though the Society argues that shunning is scriptural, it is actually anything but. Shunning was instituted by the Apostle Paul to keep congregations clean – not as an instrument for tearing families apart.

This and many other damaging practices are dealt with periodically on my blog, which I encourage you to check from time to time. I do my very best to keep Witnesses informed as to what is REALLY going on in the organization, rather than giving them the kind of carefully-manicured information you will find in JW.org articles and press releases.

Please enjoy using this site, and treat it as though it is yours. After all, here you are free to be yourself and exchange opinions about the organization with others. All we ask is that you do NOT try to use our website as a platform for evangelizing religious or atheistic views. This website is religiously-neutral and has been set up as an indoctrination-free sanctuary. We appreciate your help and cooperation in keeping it that way.

We hope you find the information on JWsurvey useful, and that our efforts can play some part in your spiritual journey. Remember: You are no longer the silent majority. Your opinion matters. Now make it count!

152 Responses to Welcome

  1. apologist says:

    Anonymous
    If there is a god? It took you 50 years… half a century to figure out that it is all one big story…
    ok…
    fantastic for you… you figured it out… I do not agree with you… I believe…
    So where do we stand?
    You do not believe… tell the world from the mountain tops… go door to door to tell people that there is no god… knock yourself out… you have that right… Please do…
    But if you want to quote scripture… that is a different story… my understanding here is that we are not to be preachy… so I have resisted quoting scripture…
    Also…
    Your issue is that the bible is just a story…
    I am confused as to what you want to talk about…
    I believe the bible is true… you do not… one issue…
    2nd issue… if it were true… god is bad… according to the section in numbers you keep quoting… I believe God is love… obviously a conflict… one which you have not resolved… I have…
    Two very different issues…
    Actually you state a 3rd issue… judgment…
    I do not judge you… I will be judged by a judge… who I believe (you do not) that he will judge all…
    My belief system commands me to share this knowledge… it is my religion… I live and a free society that allows this… if me acting on my beliefs disturbs you… you need to remind yourself where you have chosen to live…
    You not believing in a god may disturb me… but I have to accept it…
    On reading the magazines (you seem to enjoy them)
    I do read the magazines… just because there is no physical evidence… does not… in my opinion… mean it did not happen or exist… that is why it is called a belief… that is why it is faith… in Gods word… the bible…
    I am not asking for a replacement religion…
    Using your illustration… JW’s have provided you the house to save you from the fire…
    You do not like the house they are providing….
    What I am asking then… is that house on fire a better place for JW’s?
    If you do not agree that your house is on fire and the JW has made a mistake… please be kind to the JW… who is attempting to be kind to you… and tell him how the house you are living in is a better place… or is it not something you want to do… which is ok too…
    Look obviously this forum is from people who do not like JW’s… either they were one before and feel duped…mistreated… etc… or they have family members who are JW’s and they do not like how they behave…
    You know that JW’s want to follow a religion… they truly believe they have found the one true religion… if you then say they are full of it… fine that is your right… but we as individuals still want to be part of the religion that we feel Jesus Christ formed… we believe it is the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
    Simple stating that we are wrong does nothing… even if we are wrong… we are ok with it…
    THAT… is why I ask which one is better… because if there isn’t one… measured against the scriptures… then YES we are the true religion… measured against the scriptures…
    As to me being afraid…
    I am not afraid… It is my lack of fear that allowed me to discover the one true faith…

  2. anonymous says:

    @apologist, I didn’t say that I don’t believe in God. I just said if there is a God, there is no proof that this God penned our modern Bibles and you must realize that yourself, don’t you?

    All we have are copies of copies and translations of those copies. There is no way one way or the other what God would have written down since all those original manuscripts are long lost and gone. You should look up the history of how we got our Bibles. That is how I began to question whether or not it was really “inspired” of God or not.

    What I am saying though is that with all the killing and slaughter of innocent people in the Bible that the Israelites did in conquering the “land of milk and honey”, it would make me think twice about what a “loving” God, Jehovah is.

    If you research how the name of God (Jehovah) came about, it isn’t at all what Jackson said in his latest June broadcast. It was a Catholic monk that came up with that name in the 1200’s. Jackson is either stupid or he also doesn’t read the magazines, because it’s in the old Aid to Bible Understanding book and also in the February 1, 1980 Watchtower page 11, if you don’t believe me. So, Jackson was lying through his teeth when he says that Jehovah was in the original manuscripts.

    If the Bible is true and without error, then that is a God that I would not and could never love and respect. I always thought the Bible was an embellished history of the Jews but I’d rather believe now that it’s fairy tales than to believe that those Jews were that blood thirsty and after little girls that had never had intercourse with a man. I can’t hate a god that I don’t believe in, can I?

    You said that this web site is for people who don’t like Jehovah’s Witnesses? That could not be further from the truth. If Lloyd really didn’t love Jehovah’s Witnesses, he’d never have started this web site. We all love Jehovah’s Witnesses because we all were JW’s and yes we were deceived and duped and hate to see that happen to our loved ones who are still in the Organization, which if you stick around we can prove to you in spades.

    Being in the Organization for all those years, I wondered why the Society was so strong against any of us accepting literature from the householder would be so bad for us if we really had the “truth”. Now I know. The Society doesn’t want us to accept any literature from anything or anybody who is critical of Watchtower because they are afraid our teachings might be proved wrong.

    You should not be afraid to prove that the JW religion is right. You should take Lloyd’s challenge to prove that God is really backing the JW religion. He has said that if you can prove that God is really backing the JW religion, that he will gladly take down this web sit but so far, nobody has even tried to meet the challenge. You shouldn’t just take somebody’s word for it since you are devoting your life to it.

    You should be able to prove that “apostates” are really lying if they are. You shouldn’t be afraid to put your religion to the test. All those years, I followed the advice from the Watchtower and never put my faith to the test. That is something you need to do. That is all we ask of you. Take Lloyd’s challenge. It can’t hurt you and you might be surprised at the results.

  3. anonymous says:

    @apologist, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are here counting your time but what they hey, whatever floats your boat.

    I never said that I didn’t believe in God. I just said that if there is a God that there is no proof that he penned the Bible as we know it. Even the Society has to agree with that as per the foreword of the 1985 Kingdom Interlinear.

    What I am saying though is that if there is a God, that I could never worship the God of the Hebrew Scriptures and if you want me to start listing all the scriptures that demonstrate it, I will be glad to start. I would prefer to think that it was fiction. I think anybody who would worship the God of the Hebrew Scriptures should be ashamed of themselves for even admitting that and I am not afraid to say that.

    I am done with telling people from the rooftops of my beliefs. I did that for 50 years and found out that nothing I was telling those people was actually in the Bible and so yes I was duped.

    As far as any of us commenting here, disliking JW’s, you could not be further from the truth. All of here, commenting, love Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    If there was any chance that God was actually directing the JW religion, we’d all love to hear your evidence. Lloyd Evans has put that challenge out to you and anybody else defending the Watchtower and he has said that if you can prove that God is actually directing the Society that he will take down this site and I for one would go back to the Kingdom Hall. If you have any evidence, we would all love to hear it.

    For people to say they are the Faithful and Discreet Slave class appointed by God, isn’t good enough. That is called circular reasoning. You need to have some kind of proof. That is what we’d all love to hear. If you have any proof, we will be listening to you.

    You are right about one thing. If the JW religion is actually a Christian religion, then it should stand up against the Bible. Do you ever wonder why you are not allowed to read “apostate” literature? Can you prove any so-called apostate that they are wrong and you are right? If so, we are all ears.

    What Jackson said in his June jwbroadcasting speech about Jehovah being in the Bible first in the 1600’s is a lie and he should know it but I don’t think even he reads the Watchtower literature because it was in the 1980 Feb. 1, Watchtower page 11 that that name was first invented by the Catholics in the 1200’s B.C. It is also in the old “Aid to Bible Understanding”. Don’t hit yourself over the head if you can’t keep up with all the “new light” in the literature because even the Governing Body don’t do it.

    Do you realize apologist that you do not have a mediator between you and God? Jesus is only the mediator between Him and Jehovah. You should ask your elders about that. You might find yourself being called an apostate if you do that but look in the Insight book #2 under mediator for that little gem. You can learn a lot from us “apostates” if you dare to learn the truth about the “truth”.

    • anonymous says:

      I meant the Jesus is the mediator between God and the 144,000 in the Insight Book #2, according to the Watchtower.

  4. anonymous says:

    I meant that Jehovah was invented by the Catholic Church in the 1200’s A.D. not B.C. My mistake.

  5. apologist says:

    now I know what apostates are
    haters
    all you guys fit the bill
    if I am right or I am wrong is irrelevant
    “crudulent”
    big word
    it must make you feel important
    btw
    I am being blocked… I do not know if this will even get on
    no point in contuining

    • anonymous says:

      @apologist, you couldn’t be more wrong. We are out to save you your life. We just love you to pieces!!!

  6. apologist says:

    one more comment
    if it gets on
    any time spent here
    since I am counting my time
    I will subtract from my field service time

    I will never get it back from you guys
    what a waste

    • Vivian says:

      Apologist, make the truth your own. These are words I sang much of my life. And truly worthy advice. I finally completely and honestly put action to those words. I started at the very very beginning with no reservations, absolutely open mind, almost like a child (but with adult fully developed mental faculties). I started with, is there a god? Lets just say there is enough evidence, now lets prove that god inspired the bible. Lets say you find enough unbiased sensical evidence, now prove the people in NY’s actions, past history, and information is absolutely accurate and really, (since you are to adhere to it with the same gravity of the bible) being inspired by god. You owe this type of absolute and complete research to yourself, your family and the creator of your universe. Anything less is insulting to yourself your family and god.

  7. Holy Connoli says:

    @Apologist. I asked you a few times if you could PLEASE answer my question and show me 1 prophecy or prediction the JW’s or WT have predicted that has without doubt come true in the 135 short yes of their existence? Please be specific and not general. I have asked many JW’s the same thing and so far no one has been able to come up with 1..just 1 is all I ask. Please don’t just quote 1 tim 3:1-5 or something like things are really bad etc. When Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD it came true beyond doubt and there is historical evidence to back it up. So can you apologist show me 1 prophecy or prediction the WT has foretold that has come true?

  8. Holy Connoli says:

    @ apologist. Oh yes, one more thing. You can officially count time on me bc I am an “INACTIVE” publisher not having reported Field Service time for over 6 months.
    Rule number “745b2″ in Elders Secret Handbook. Feel free to count time on me.

  9. Jaime says:

    Qué insensatez y estupidez criticar a un grupo de personas que dirigen una organización religiosa. Hay muchas organizaciones religiosas en el mundo. No se la den de sabios, o sea, el cuerpo gobernante de los testigos de Jehová son unos ignorantes, hay que salvar a los testigos de Jehová de este Grupo de personas, y ¿quién nos va a salvar de las estupiduces y grandilocuencias de ustedes? Pues ustedes están en la misma posición de los que critican. Mandan este mensaje: El cuerpo Gobernante son unos ignorantes, están errados. Nosotros somos los buenos, lo que nosotros estamos diciendo esto sí es verdadero y liberador. ¡Qué estupidez!

    What folly and stupidity criticize a group of people who run a religious organization. There are many religious organizations in the world. No den of the wise, that is, the ruling body of Jehovah’s Witnesses are ignorant, we must save the Jehovah’s Witnesses in this group of people, and who will save us the estupiduces and pomposity of you ? Well you are in the same position as those who criticize. Sent this message: The governing body are ignorant, they are wrong. Weare the good ones, what we are saying yes is true and liberating. What a stupid thing!

  10. ES says:

    Dear John Cedars,

    I wanted to write and express my appreciation for the time and work that you put into sharing JW updates along with your views towards the Watchtower. I find your videos and articles very entertaining, and a great source for staying up to date with happenings inside the WT. I have deeply indoctrinated parents, and I like to keep current on the information that’s being pumped into their heads.

    Anyways, keep up the great work and thank you again.

  11. Anna Adam says:

    I have a question that I can’t find the answer to. I’ve search JW. Org
    & watched many of your videos , which are incredible.
    Some of my family won’t speak to me as I left the org. 5 yrs. ago.
    I have not been disfellowshipped because I will not be in a committee meeting. They have not tried to contact me .
    My question is : Can they disfellowship me with out a committee meeting?
    Are there any laws against this?
    Thanks , Anna x

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