Checkpoint wrote:Where have you "been promised a paradise here"?
The bible doesnt mention anyone by name when it comes to living forever on the earth, it simply offers this as a hope for those judged by God as righteous.
PROVERBS 2:21, 22
For only the upright will reside in the earth and the blameless will remain in it. As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth
Its not for us to say who will be included as being judged as "blameless" but all the Jehovah's Witnesses I know hope to be,
Isaiah 11: 9
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for THE EARTH shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea." -- New American Bible
Ecclesiastes 1: 4
"One generation goes and another comes; but THE EARTH is forever*."
Proverbs 2 v 21, 22 Douay-Rheims Bible
"For they that are upright shall dwell in THE EARTH, and the simple shall continue in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. -- King James Bible
Matthew 5: 5 American Standard Version
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit THE EARTH."
Matthew 6 v 10 Young's Literal Translationn "Thy reign come: Thy will come to pass, as in heaven also on THE EARTH."
Psalms 115:16 "The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given THE EARTH to all humanity." New Living Translation (Â©2007)
May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of THE EARTH. New American Standard Bible (Â©1995)
Psalms 37:29 "The righteous themselves will possess THE EARTH, and they will reside forever upon it."
"But the meek ones themselves will possess THE EARTH, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."