Did YOU Actually Believe That You Would Never Die?

by minimus 53 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    Even though I was raised a Witness, I was never convinced that the End would be in 1975 or even in my lifetime.

  • Iconoclast

    I always knew I would die. Even when I was young and convinced the Big A would be before my 30's birthday, I always felt that I wasn't good enough and God would kill me. Well, 6 months till I'm 30. I'm still waiting...

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse

    Yes, up until the generation change of '95. Thinking back that is when it changed for me.

  • BizzyBee

    No. The worst part was believing I would die because I wasn't good enough. I never liked going out in service, I hated being different from the kids at school and participation in meetings was always a struggle for me because I was terribly shy.

    That's the problem with salvation through works - it's never enough.

  • Iconoclast

    I hated that line that came inevitably at EVERY assembly, "Could you be doing more?"

  • Iconoclast

    I remember an CO that gave a talk once when I was younger and the only thing I remember about the talk was him describing the death of my friends at school and them looking up at me asking "Why didn't you tell me? You could have preached to me and warned me but you didn't want to tell me!" The talk was about informal witnessing. And I hated informal witnessing.

  • J. Hofer
    J. Hofer

    sure i did. never learned anything different. that was the worst part to come over with, when i finally found out that there's no such thing as tooth-fairies, demons and elves.

  • mrquik

    Yes, I did. I believed for 45 years of my life I would not die. I believed my mother would not die. This is the most cruel trick any organization could ever play on another human being. And to use this as a recruitment tool is downright criminal. I had to watch my mother die. I have come to the realization that I too will die. I can't put into words the anger and betrayal I feel. For those in who rationalize "Well, it wasn't all bad, was it?" That's like telling the woman who conceived a child from a rape "Well, it wasn't all bad, was it?"

  • Iconoclast
    That's like telling the woman who conceived a child from a rape "Well, it wasn't all bad, was it?"

    Were you a second, third generation JW?

  • designs

    My JW mother did, right up to the very last moment of her life which was taken by cancer.

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