Yes. I was a kid. I trusted my parents. Why wouldn't I trust them? When I was able to read....I read all about the society's take on matters. I was even more convinced. When I was a teenager.....I had some doubts but was fully convinced that reading anything negative about the society would result in my eternal death so I was scared to take the plunge. As I got older....I started thinking for myself a little more. I went to college. I learned critical thinking skills. I surrounded myself with people (good people) that also used critical thinking to their advantage. And soon enough...I realized that everything I had been taught was a farce. And I also realized why the society demonizes college, education and independent thinking.
Did YOU Actually Believe That You Would Never Die?
Looking back I realize that I believed it yet didn't believe it, all at the same time (does that make sense?) Maybe I really hoped it was true but more likely I just was taught that I should believe it was true.
In any case, it was pretty traumatic to come to grips with my own mortality all at once rather than little by little in the years between childhood and adulthood. Now that I have, I'm pretty much at peace with the idea. They planted the notion in my head that living forever was something I should want. Maybe the hope of eternal life is just another example human greed.
If there is to be such a thing as everlasting life, I don't see any reason why it would be witheld from me.
I kinda didnt think I was gonna live forever growing up. But sometimes I thought we were; I didnt think my mind could comprehend living forever, so I thought it was something I wasnt going to fully understand until it happend. But then, I discovered science. From a science standpoint, people cannot live forever. But according to my ubber dub mom, Jehovah can change science. WTF?
i never thought i was going to live forever... as others have said i always knew that i wasn't good enough to survive armageddon - if it ever came in my lifetime.
but then i never wanted to live forever anyway!
I guess not really.
when i was 18 i got a lung full of brake dust and concluded that i would thus be dead by the time i was 40. So much so that from 35 on i never renewed my drivers licence for more than 1 year at a time!
I turned 49 yeaterday so i figure i have had 9 years of free living!
When I was a young child I did
I thought similar to you, I had cancer when I was 23 & alwys thought that I would make it about 40, now I'm 53 going on 25 LOL so I've had 11 free years
For a time I actually did believe that one:
- even when it was pointed out to me that the sun's life is finite (albeit with some 5 billion years still yet to go), thus making nonsense out of the idea of "Everlasting Life on a Paradise Earth."
Blondie said, "Actually, it is ironic that the "anointed" jws have to die to get their reward and many jws believe they won't die to receive their reward."-- as a non jw that is the part I could not get and when I tried asking jw's they acted as if they had no idea what I was talking about.
I was raised a witness, Born in 52.
I was 23 in 75, So when I was 19, 20, 21, I felt very strongly that I wouldnt die.
After January 1 76, the light kept getting brighter and brighter that I would die.