Dear Tom,

You said:

> >> What and how I used to
> >> believe and how I
> >> now think or feel about how I onced believed is in my oppinion
> a mute and
> >> silly point to ponder in the first place.


I replied:

> >Actually, it's not. What you think of your old religion tells whether or
> >not you have truly repented of it.

You responded:

> If that is the way you feel, you better explain yourself better so I can
> understand where you are coming from.


Now I reply:

I'd be happy to explain myself. Let me give an example. Suppose Mr. Smith is a Muslim. He then has a "conversion experience" and converts to "Christianity," but he still thinks that he was regenerate when he was a Muslim. This shows that, even though Mr. Smith now professes to be a Christian, he really is not a true Christian, because he does not consider his former religion to be idolatry. He does not believe that all his efforts at religion and morality before his "conversion" were dead works and fruit unto death. He does not believe that he was at enmity with God when he was a Muslim. He has not truly repented. He does not count his former religion as dung.

The same goes for people who think they were regenerate back when they believed universal atonement. These people do not consider their former religion (when they believed universal atonement) to be idolatry. They do not believe that all their efforts at religion and morality while they believed universal atonement were dead works and fruit unto death. They do not believe that they were at enmity with God when they believed universal atonement. They have not truly repented. They do not count their former religion to be dung.

So, what one thinks of one's former religion DOES show a lot. If one thinks that his former religion of universal atonement was not a different religion than his current religion, then he has not been regenerated.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marc


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