Resources to Set Yourself Free from Babylonish Religion
I was overwhelmed when I first left the family religion that I once thought was the “only truth”. Where does one begin as far as resources to set oneself free from Babylonish religion? I was devastated when I found out my entire belief system was built upon nothing but a delusion — sand!
On my blog Is Self-Care Selfish, I stress the need to be mindful of bodily health while undergoing a massive transition such as leaving the family religion. More than that, taking care of the “self” first is not selfish, unlike what many of us were taught. Parents and the religion taught harmful beliefs about serving others first, giving till it hurts, etc., so it may come as a surprise to read that self-care is a very important aspect of acquiring and maintaining excellent health. Seek professional help in whatever area of life, wherever help is needed to regain control of your life and your soul.
Again, I emphasize the traumas I experienced had to be validated in order for healing to begin. Validation makes the feelings real, and then a plan of action can be implemented to reclaim the lost parts of my self harmed by dysfunctional religion.
My first suggestion would be to consult a doctor and if you don’t have one, it may be a good time to locate one. A professional can then help you to find the help you need, including a psychologist or therapist who understands the religious fears instilled in members of a cult. And yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses do fit into Dr. Robert J. Lifton’s definition of a cult, if a member is ready to see it.
Here are some of my favorite YouTubers:
- Esther (that’s me!)
- Kim Mikey
- If you’re still with Christianity, I got nothin’ beyond suggesting you study Bablyonish teachings and note the similarities in your two belief systems.
Robert J. Lifton’s definition of a cult Scroll down to the subheading “Lifton”.
Read the book Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz, a member who left the head office of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I would recommend this book as Required Reading for all Jehovah’s Witnesses who want to be free of that religion.
Reddit #EXJW A place to vent, converse, and comment.
Barbara Anderson’s Story Ex-Member from Bethel.
jwfacts.com Facts about Jehovah’s Witnesses they may not wish to discuss when they ring your doorbell.
Read Introduction to Phoenix of Faith my memoir.