AiAi quote: I do think that god had to sacrifice Jesus because of a self-imposed law he was unwilling to break. But, I fail to see how 1 perfect person's temporary death is equal to 2 perfect person's eternal death along with a billion others life-long suffering.
I'm not sure I understand you. Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that when one dies, they die. I reject this for a variety of reasons and not only believe the people survive death after life, but that they existed as spirits before they came to Earth. Thus, when the apostles asked Jesus, "Lord, who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind?" they were showing a belief in the man's premortality. The Lord also spoke to Jeremiah saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I sanctified you and I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
Suffering and growing were two reasons we came to the earth. The Lord did not send us without our consent, for to do so would have been unjust and arbitrary. In fact, we knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into. The vast majority of near death experiences are consistent with this. Many report seeing people they knew before they came to this world. Rebecca De Mornay was on the Bio Channel recently where she recounted seeing her two daughters when she was a girl. She didn't know who they were, but she was very sick. As she got older, she saw them several more times, and there are others with similar stories who have written NDEs.
I think we come to this world to grow. I think Adam was meant to fall and that the Father and Son would never have put a childlike man and woman into an environment with a being as horrendously evil as Satan with a tree that had no other purpose other than causing mankind's fall. What could God gain from putting Adam's posterity under the same condemnation -- after all, what did we do to deserve the punishment? But what if it wasn't punishment? What if we were supposed to fall? What if it was necessary to our next stage of development? Even when JWs leave the faith, they tend to cling to many of the beliefs they held before they left. I suggest they do some research into NDEs. I used to think they were just drug-induced experiences with hazy memories, but as I read more, and from many cultures, I no longer think that's possible.