Ruth, thanks for the feedback. I've actually wondered if anyone who believed in false religion was so convinced in their error as to feel, before God and their conscience, that they "KNEW", as it were, that the thing they erroneously believed in was true. Scripture speaks of strong delusions that would cause people to believe a lie; I'm wondering if it applied in this sort of case.
Anyway, I'm glad you were delivered from false religion! God was merciful to you!