When they knock at your door
It has been a rather long time since I blogged anything specifically about the Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, if you want a in depth analysis of the technique used in selling the faith to you then check out this blog here.
To summarize, as you can imagine it is about introducing themselves, telling a narrative (crime, pollution etc) and closing a deal that the bible has something for you to meet these concerns. You can buy into this at no cost no risk – with a free book and at some point a free bible study. Of course the not celebrating birthdays, not voting, and keeping company with fellow believers while being on watch for none believers can wait as you are sucked in to the promise that you can live forever on a paradise earth because the bible tells you – but only with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
They are the ultimate salespeople. Trained how to preach the word, they sincerely believe in the faith they are selling you. Though of course that is not how it sounds at first – rather it is like they are offering an education into what the bible offers. The rest will come later.
While I have discussed whether they are a cult or not the blog mentions this point:
Witnesses are presented with an elite social milieu, a feeling of certainty, and a hope for better things. These are things that most people dearly want to find. It takes great bravery to give it all up.
It is exceedingly difficult to face this challenge alone. If you have decided to leave the Witnesses, your first priority should be to find whatever support you can get, through books, articles, web sites – and people. As you move away from your “new” life into a newer one, you will find that the world is not as shadowy as the Witnesses have led you to believe. Love is everywhere, in many forms.
Be careful, though, that you don’t leave the Witnesses and jump into yet another controlling group (religious or otherwise). Take your time, and always remember the dictum: Tout ce qui brille n’est pas or – not everything that shines is gold.
Think for yourself, and keep asking questions.
I could not more agree, and if you are in that situation please get in touch. Because you are not alone in having gone on that road to come through the other side.
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