Hi, I'm new on this board but I have been reading some of the posts lately and this one really interests me. Now that I've left the JWs, I can't believe I didn't notice scriptures more and really think about what they are saying. Like these:
Philippians 1: 21-24 NIV Translation
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
2 Corninthians 5: 6-9
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Now, based on my upbringing as a JW, now I'm 41 and I just disassociated 3 years ago. But anyway, as a JW, I was always taught I thought that none of the 144,000 so called heavenly class were resurrected from "non-existence" until 1914 when they teach that Jesus came back invisibly. Am I right about that? If this is what they have taught, how can they explain the above verses? These verses definitely indicate they were looking forward to immediatly being with Christ at their deaths. Why would Paul be contemplating which he would prefer if he thought he was going to be in non-existence at his death until the resurrection.? Any thoughts?