About TaffyI didn't like school and attended it as little as possible. When I finished formal education at sixteen 16 I left with no qualifications. (However, in later years I studied MANY things, religious and non-religious, until my eyes almost bled.)
I am not an 'educated man' (formerly speaking), but I do consider myself to be a 'spiritual man', and even when I "walked in darkness" I was hungry for God. When I consider some of the songs I wrote before I was "converted" to Christ at the age of thirty it amazes me how many times I referred to the LORD and to His "glory".
Although I grew up in a non-religious home and lacked formal education I believe I was blessed in this: I escaped the abuse of having my mind twisted by superstition, dogma, erroneous traditions, and hyper-credalism. So when it "pleased God to reveal His Son in me" I strove to study His "Word" with an open mind and with a view to interpreting it as consistently as possible. (Not an easy undertaking!)
I found the Bible to be unlike ANYTHING I had read before. Personal spiritual/religious experiences during the early days of my "conversion" coupled with LONG hours of study convinced me that everything written in it is TRUE. From then on my aim was to try and make sense of this amazing Book. Albeit, after discussing theological topics with those called "scholars" by men, I soon discovered that when it comes to spiritual things, "the degree of one's learning is not always commensurate with the degree of one's understanding." A man can accumulate knowledge all his life yet NEVER "understand" what God gives freely to "babes" (Matt 13:11, Jn 6:37, 44-45, 65, 10:26-27).
My progress into preterism/full preterism was a natural one that started about six years after my "conversion". At the time I had no internet connection nor did I have any written material on this system of interpretation and I had never heard of the word 'preterism' or 'full preterism'. However, when I finally got internet access I came to realise that I was not the only one who sought to put scripture where it rightfully belongs — in its proper historical context.
|Me in the middle of an embarrassing 1980's music video.|
(But it did get to No.1..lol.)
I could bore you with tales of personal 'experiences', religious and otherwise — like my time spent as a musician during the 1980's (I can be seen a couple of times in this charity video, which I participated in with Boy George and others) — but I'll leave it at that for now.
Praise God for His "indescribable gift"! (2 Cor 9:15)
"I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see."
Take care, Taffy.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT TAFFY WITH YOUR VIEWS. MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONE SO.
If you are a preterist or have any views on preterism it would be great to hear from you. [ Also check out Preterism (with Taffy) on Google+ ]