If all the JWs were told tomorrow that god had changed his mind, or the WTS had got it wrong..."No reward...sorry", then everybody would be boozin' and throwing their knickers off...if ya get my drift
That reminds me of this one time when my mother and I were studying the watchtower for sunday or something. I think the article had to do w/ Jehoober's universal sovreignty (sp?) or something...anyway......my mother turned to me point blank and asked me, ''JoBeth, if you were to find out today that there was no paradise, and that we were to serve jehovah just b/c it's the right thing to do, would you still do it?'' Of course I had to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out Hell No!....but before I could answer, she said, ''...because I know I would. This is the only true organization. We're the only people who truly love each other and who have Jehovah's blessing.''
It was like talking to a zombie.
I must begin by saying i am now a non-believer in all things biblical and religious. However, I remember during a watchtower study at the hall a few years ago, this (the promises of life everlasting etc) was being discussed. Some old dear put her hand up and said that even if it was all wrong and the paradise etc didn't exist, then being a JW is still the best way to live. The conductor obviously moved swiftly on!
I had always thought that the point of the Job story was that an individual should serve god for the love of it, rather than what an individual might gain personally from it. I do think though that most JWs would live their lives pretty much the same if the WT stance on future rewards changed. I doubt there would be much in the way of no-knickers boozing. I am a non-believer and although I'm not exactly a celibate teetotal, my core values are pretty much unchanged (treating others as I would be treated, no lying/ cheating/ stealing etc). I think this would be the case for the majority.
That's my tuppence anyway.