they do not hear voices like you
Yes, I understand that, dear JoeM... and peace to you!
and do not have knowledge and memory improvements imparted to them
And why is that? The first is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8)... and the second one of the things the Spirit is supposed to do (John 14:25)... which Spirit you and such ones claim to have received, yes? By means of an anointing? I mean, that is HOW they are "christians," isn't it?
or tongues of fire over their head.
I don't think any experienced that particular event other than those present at the outpouring on Pentecost 30 CE. At least, I have neither heard... nor read... of any others. It did not occur with Paul. Or Barnabas. Or Timothy. Or???
They got to know the Father and the Son though the writing of others that did.
But that is not knowing, dear JoeM. That is knowing OF... or knowing ABOUT... or "taking in knowledge of." If I KNOW you... and then I told someone else about you... THEY don't know you. They only know OF you...
It is a wonderful thing that you have another way that does not require such texts but that is just your circumstance.
It IS a wonderful thing! SO wonderful! GOOD news!! How, then, can I keep it to myself, when I KNOW it can be had by others, as well? Wouldn't that be UNLOVING of me? It would be like me having formerly been deaf in the FLESH... then One comes along and opens my ears... and I go out and see that there are others who are deaf in the flesh... yet, I don't tell them a THING about the One who allowed ME to hear! Where is the LOVE in that? Where... is God and CHRIST?
Dear JoeM... I am OBLIGATED to speak about these things. To tell you about them. I OWE it to you... and all others... as a result of my DEBT... of love... TO you. Now, if those deaf folks I run into don't WANT to hear... or don't believe that I CAN hear... or don't believe that the One I SAY opened my ears did so... what can I do? Should I just stop telling about it? Should I say, "Well, the folks in THIS town don't want to hear about it"? Yes, that is what I should do... and did. With the WTBTS.
Now, I have been sent to another "town"... this one... apparently because there ARE some who are/were deaf... and want(ed) to hear. Should I leave because MOST in the town can't "receive" my GOOD news... or the Spirit that sent me with it? John 14:17 Or should I continue to speak, in the event maybe even one or two are benefitted? You know the answer. And I shall stay here until the SPIRIT tells me it is time to move on.
I know you understand these things, JoeM, for the Spirit says to ME... that although you lack faith [the size of a mustard seed]... you are not completely without faith. Problem is... you're not asking HIM... to help you out... where you NEED faith. I exhort... and urge... you: ASK!!
In the meantime, I bid you peace.
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,
SA, who doesn't take lemon with her tea. Hot OR iced...