One thing all Witnesses have had in common is the belief that they would someday inherit everlasting life. As more and more express the thought that they really don't have much hope for the future, has anything replaced the hope of eternal life in paradise earth? Or are we ultimately, hopeless?
No Eternal Life---Now What Hope Do You Have?
Make the best of this life...that's all imho.
I've taken the idea to live my life the best I can. I don't have any "hopes", but I set myself goals for the future, which keeps me going. As for Paradise On Earth, Heaven, etc, I'll find out either when I die, or when it happens. Until then, I'm making the best of my life.
In the words of Jim Morrison:
"I wanna get my kicks before this whole shithouse goes up in flames."
Not hopeless Minimus, just mortal; make the most of it.
I am living my life the way I want to. i have found love and happiness in abundance. I don't need anything to replace the 'live forever' hope because my day to day life is worth living.
I expect, when I die, to find out what lies beyond the veil. I am not afraid of what's back there, I'll take it as it comes.
Guess I'll have to deal with reality now.
I feel you pretty much said it LB.
We really only have the present, this moment. Everything other than that is just a thought.
If you want to act lovingly in the world, then wash the dishes lovingly.
Believe it or not, I never spent much time thinking about the paradise on earth and the prospect of living forever.
I personally believe there is life after death, but I don't think it has anything to do with life here on earth.
I have a peace knowing that though I don't have all the answers, I'll be ok.
I think we should enjoy everyday for what it is. But regarding hope, I don't see anything special for the future.