I bow to your superior knowledge of the product but I think you are mistaken.
If I sell to a customer on credit and then run a balance sheet, the current account - Accounts Receivable reflects that sale. I can look at the account and find the invoice and customer to whom the product was sold. I can run various reports and find teh transaction. If I make a partial payment of that invoice I can again get all the relevant information.
Look at the following new set up scenario.
Assets - Accounts Receivable $100.00
Not a likely scenario but sufficient for my needs.
Assume is is August 31st and the business year end is Dec 31
I start a new company and open the two required accounts Accounts Receivable and Equity and put in the opening balances. Everything is OK
BUT the Accounts Receivable consists of two customers who owe $30.00 and $70.00 respectively as follows:-
I have to be able to set these people as customers and show their amounts that each owe.
Can I instead of setting up the accounts as mentioned above, set up the two Customers and either have an opening balance for them OR sell to them anything for the amount that they owe and, instead of selling to a sales account sell to Equity. That would effectively give me opening A/R balance of $100.00 and Equity of ($100.00)