Hi Chalam, Deputy Dog
Wow! This could have come right out of the "Knowledge book". Is this how he thinks salvation comes? Did he think it was the "taking in of knowledge", or having the correct understanding, that causes salvation? Is that what it means to him, to be "born again"?
So I'd like to know what has changed? He was a humanist and a moralist as a JW, as a Christian, and now, as what ever he calls himself today.
Erm I can hear you DD!
I was a moralist as a JW? WTF!
The essay is not a testimony it is a look at the history of the WT teaching of the ransom as compared to the gospel, of course it sounds like something out the knowledge book, it was supposed to appeal to witnesses.
As I said I don't mind how you judge my previous life as a christian but I will just say very briefly that it was not an intellectual exercise.
In a nutshell I worshiped and adored Jesus from the moment I realised that Jesus do not die for Adam's sins but was crucified for my sins. I ceased to be a slave and became a son - excuse me if I can no longer muster the enthusiasm to gush about how awesome it all was, but at the time it really was.
Having experienced the WT, the evangelical church, and the experience of leaving both, I remain convinced that the difference is one of style rather than substance.
I believe that moving from the WT to the church is akin to releasing a lion from a cage into a large enclosure; its still not freedom but it does seem safe and familiar.