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Now, I grew up JW, so I do understand the majority of your/their beliefs. However, I've often wondered this and figured I might as well ask it...
The book of Genesis talks about Enoch. Genesis 5:24 states the "And Enoch kept walking with the true God. Then he was no more, for God took him."
Now, I understand that JWs do not believe in an eternal soul or an afterlife, and I also understand the reasoning behind it. But that understanding, side by side with this scripture has always puzzled me. IF there is no eternal soul or afterlife, what is it that God took? And where did he take him?
I am not Christian, however I have a strong belief in an afterlife. This scripture has often been one that I have felt reinforced a Christian belief in an eternal soul because if Enoch didn't have a soul, what could God have taken? Since the scriptures around it speak of how Enoch walked "with God" for over 300 years, God would not have had any reason to just kill him - as I would understand if the were an evil man.
Because of this, I've often wondered how Jehovah's Witnesses reconcile this scripture with their belief of no eternal soul or afterlife...
Not picking, just curious.
Answer by FreeForAll at 10:47 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 11:03 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
That should be "God took him to."
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 11:05 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 11:13 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
Answer by balagan_imma at 11:20 AM on Nov. 3, 2011
I thought that JWs believed in an eternal soul and an afterlife, but we only get to go there after Jesus returns, the 44,000 (or whats the number) gets to go to heaven with God and the rest get to live on a Paradise on earth for all eternity, until then we simply "sleep" Is that not what they believe?
Answer by Keepitsecret at 12:06 PM on Nov. 3, 2011
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