12 Under the rule of the Greater Solomon, Jesus Christ, “the righteous one will sprout,” that is, flourish or prosper. (Ps. 72:7) Christ’s love and tender care will then be abundant, just as they were when he was on the earth. In God’s promised new world, even “the unrighteous” who are resurrected will be given a loving opportunity to conform to Jehovah’s standards and live. (Acts 24:15) Of course, those who refuse to act in harmony with divine requirements will not be allowed to continue living and mar the peace and tranquillity of the new world.
Here, the Watchtower does what they do best; offer their view and throw in a verse or two to "support" it. They know that the rank-and-file will not question whether the verses actually support the view. Why? Because they believe that the Watchtower is being directed by Jehovah Himself. And certainly Jehovah wouldn't allow His organization to cite a verse that doesn't fit their doctrine would He?
Here, the Watchtower affirms their long-held view that both the righteous (which would include only Jehovah's Witnesses) and the wicked (everyone else) will be resurrected to paradise, where they will be given a second chance to prove their faithfulness (or lack thereof). And on what basis?
“having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.”
Well there you go! Acts 24:15 settles the question. You, me, and everyone else who has rejected "God's organization" will get a second chance. No questions asked.
But its a good thing i'm not a Jehovah's Witness and therefore allowed to question whether or not this verse is being skewed to fit a viewpoint. So, to begin, let me state that from this verse alone, there is no way to determine what both camps get a resurrection to. But fortunately, we have other Scriptures which can offer a bit of clarity:
““Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.”
Its too bad the Watchtower either can't or doesn't want to see the clear implications of this text:
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Will some be raised simply to have judgment pronounced and then be consigned to second death?
What is the meaning of John 5:28, 29? It says: “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” What Jesus said here must be understood in the light of the later revelation that he gave to John. (See Revelation 20:12, 13, quoted on page 337.)
Both those who formerly did good things and those who formerly practiced bad things will be “judged individually according to their deeds.” What deeds? If we were to take the view that people were going to be condemned on the basis of deeds in their past life, that would be inconsistent with Romans 6:7: “He who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” It would also be unreasonable to resurrect people simply for them to be destroyed. So, at John 5:28, 29a, Jesus was pointing ahead to the resurrection; then, in the remainder of verse 29, he was expressing the outcome after they had been uplifted to human perfection and been put on judgment.
So there you go. Once you die, your sins are paid for. You get a clean slate. Apparently, it doesn't matter what you did on this earth; whether you served God or hated him. We all go to the same place and get "uplifted to human perfection." Will Jehovah's Witnesses question whether this is a satisfactory explanation of John 5:28-30? Probably not, for as long as there is an "explanation," it is automatically a good one.
The key is to ask questions. Get them to think for themselves. Ask them, "Why does Jesus speak of 'committing evil deeds' in the past tense? Does this suggest that our judgment will be based on what we have done in this life, or the life to come?"