Quote : Always judge a belief system, by how it treats it’s ex-members- Borg
Quote : “If 50 million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” — Anatole France
Quote: “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered, than answers that can’t be questioned” – Richard Feynman
Apostasy is a term for any intelligently educated person, who disagrees with any teaching of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.
Many active JW, covertly disagree or question the constantly shifting teachings. They are what is called ‘undeclared apostates’. Usually, they have JW family members who they will lose, if they question things.
Is an attempt by someone to criticize your beliefs, opinions and insights. A well-researched perspective, or informed opinion suddenly becomes “silly” or “idiotic” in the hands of a malignant narcissist or sociopath. They may feel threatened by an opinion and cannot make a respectful, convincing rebuttal.
Anymore discussion with a person using these tactics, is unlikely to be unfruitful.
Love-Bomb: is an attempt to influence a person by demonstrations of attention and affection.
Phase 1: Usually, a new recruit will be introduced around by the publisher who is studying with them and much solicitous clucking will ensue.. accompanied by a warm smile, widened eyes, and an “it’s so nice to see you here.”
Phase 2: will commence once the new recruit has started attending regularly. Suddenly, their social life explodes with invitations to dinner, get-togethers, ice cream after the meeting, and so forth. Everyone at the hall is their friend. At this point it will be nearly impossible to extricate the new recruit from the grasp of “The Truth” (this is what JWs call their religion).
If you are showing interest, new or just baptised, you will receieve lots of attention. And love. (See image)
This is commonly referred to as love-bombing.
However, if you challenge them, say by disagreeing with their doctrine, you will be treated with hostility, judgement and even hatred.
Ex-brothers and sisters are treated even more appallingly. With name calling and at times, personal threats. This is because the witness is annonymous on-line and feels unaccountable for his comments. He can safely vent his frustration and anger on others with no conscience.
Many JW have a strong faith in the God and his organisation. So what does he think of these sort of comments?
Witness often say they love each other more than anyone else does. You can see this for yourself.
However, the disgraceful way they mistreat others, does not reflect what Jesus and his disciples taught when dealing with people.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”.(Col 4:6)