I was raised as a JW. This is why I'm not one today:
Hebrews 7:3 - Jesus had no beginning, nor end
Micah 5:2 - From early times, from the days of time indefinite
(Compare with Habakkuk 1:12 and Psalm 93:2 about Jehovah.)
Hebrews 9:11-12 - Not of this creation
John 1:3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.
Hebrews 3:3-4 - Jesus/God created everything.
Rev. 1: 17,18 - Jesus is the First and the Last (Compare with Rev 22:13 - Jehovah is the First and the Last. How can there be more than one First? more than one Last?)
Phil 2:6 He was existing in God’s form.
(Compare with Isaiah 43:10)
Hebrews 13:8 - Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
(NOT an angel turned man turned back to angel.)
Hebrews 2:5 - It is not to angels that He has subjected the earth to
Hebrews 1:6 - All the angels did obeisance/worshipped Jesus
(so then did He do obeisance/worship Himself?)
Isaiah 9:6 - Mighty God, Eternal Father
Isaiah 7:14/Mt 1:23 - Immanuel: God With Us
John 10:30 - Jesus and the Father are one.
John 20:28 - Jesus is "the* Lord of me and the* God of me."
*Look at a Greek to English Interlinear. "THE God" (ho theos) is the same as God Almighty.
Even more important than getting to the bottom of the this is understanding the pure Gospel message, and putting your faith in Jesus' sacrifice.... not in religious leaders. God does not expect you to have all the answers before you can put your trust in Him. When you ask for the Holy Spirit, He will guide you into ALL Truth!
Look at all the examples of baptisms in the New Testament. When someone came to faith in Jesus, did it look ANYTHING like the process to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses?
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls." (Acts 2:41 KJV)
We get an even more detailed account with the Ethopian eunich. (Acts 8:27-39 KJV)
When he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH. John 16:13
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." (1 John 2:27 KJV)
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13 KJV)
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3 KJV)
It is BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalms 118:8
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
Did you catch that? The Bereans were NOBLE for questioning an APOSTLE, to see if anything he said wasn't accurate according to GOD's WORD!!!
So if is noble to question an Apostle, it is ALSO noble to question the Governing Body, pope, or any other religious leader. And any religious leader telling you otherwise should be a strong warning to run the other way! Do NOT be misled!
Let God be true, but every man a liar. Romans 3:4