I often wondered this myself a lot growing up, and I must know...
If there was no paradise hope, no promise of living forever or having your dead loved ones resurrected....would you still serve your god and follow the organization? Would you have ever began studying with the witnesses for that matter or stayed in the ''truth'' if you were raised in it?
Because isn't that the golden ticket that jw's wave in front of their studies or interested ones?
''WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER ON A PARADISE EARTH? MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE!!! SEE YOUR LOVED ONES RAISED FROM THE DEAD!!!''
Because without that hope, what really is the point of being a jw? Without the hope of a perfect life in a paradise, what's the point of spending your entire life being ridiculed for your beliefs, putting in 1000's of hours walking from door to door selling magazines, wasting 12 hours a week on ''spiritual matters''?
And please don't give the b.s. line of, ''Well at least I wouldn't contract STD's, unwanted pregnancy, drug problems, blahblahblah''....b/c I know plenty of people who aren't jw's...and they have never had those problems....and I've known plenty of jw's who got pregnant out of wedlock, contracted STD's, and used drugs.
Thank you for your input.