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When a person is dead, they are not conscious of anything.
This is one of the reasonings that made me sit up and take notice of the JWs. My background is 20 years as a “born again, evangelical, happy-clappy” Christian. One of the things that I could not accept was that a loving God would create a place of torment for all eternity, simply because somebody did not accept His son. That is not loving. If any “punishment” for that was required then simple annihilation would be it (The thought of having no conscience or awareness for all eternity scares me more than burning for all eternity in a lake of fire. My mind just cannot comprehend having no awareness. It scares me to be honest).
If, as my previous religion stated, people either went to Hell or heaven immediately upon death, than how is Ecclesiastes 9:5 explained, which clearly shows that there is no awareness in death.
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all…” (NWT 2K13)
In fact I did prefer the wording of the 1984 NWT:
“For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all …” (NWT 1984)