The first bullet point that Nightingale raised was
I agree that this model does not work. But is it the pre-human existence that is wrong, or is it rather the JW illustration of the scales."how can Jesus and Adam be comparable (often there is a picture of a scale in our publications where Adam and Jesus are standing) if the other one has millions of years of life experience and divine wisdom and the other one had just been here on Earth for a few years; how was Jesus like a man "in every respect""
If we had to choose I presume we would all agree that we would go with God's Word rather than the artist's interpretation of a particular theology. In other words, rather than trying to make the scriptures fit the illustration of the scales, some time ago I came to appreciate that the illustration of the scales did not fit with scripture.
The scales illustration is based on the idea that the free gift CORRESPONDS to Adam's offense, based on what I believe is an incorrect understanding of 1 Tim 2:6. That scripture speaks nothing of corresponding to Adam's sin. This is one example of many patchwork doctrines that we have stitched together, in this case by pairing Rom 5 with 1 Tim 2.But God's free gift is not like Adam's offense. For if many people died as the result of one man's offense, how much more have God's grace and the free gift given through the kindness of one man, Jesus the Messiah, been showered on many people! (Rom 5:15, ISV)
Rom 5:15 clearly states that these two things do NOT correspond.
I could go through the rest of the bullet points raised by Nightingale (and perhaps we could address those as we go), but for now I'd like to raise a question of my own.
How could the death of a sinless human who had no prior relationship with God be the greatest sacrifice that was possible? Or was it not necessary for the sacrifice to be that great?
I already balk at the JW idea that Jesus was just the first of a multitude of created angels. If he is relegated to just being a human born in the 1st century, and God allowed him to die, I don't comprehend how the sacrifice was supposedly so great.
Open for discussion ...