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DocReits November 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

Good article Robert,

“Only the willfully blind, the ones who choose not to see, could miss the message of Jesus’ miracles.”

Amen!

Do you wonder at times how mankind refuses to believe in the face of so much evidence? Personally I believe men’s hearts are blinded, much like Pharaoh’s, in the example you gave(Jn 12:40, Eph 4:18, 2 Cor 4:4).

It is frustrating when speaking with those who discount God’s evidences of His existence and refuse to believe. Thank you for the reminders of the wonders of our God.

Blessings,

DocReits

DocReits November 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi Robert,

Could you expand on your comment on willful blindness? The Bible speaks of this in 2 Pet 3:5. Luther says we can reject God although our will is dead, which makes no sense to me. Calvin says the pre-saved are drawn by “irresistible” Grace, which, IMO, makes us robots, wound up by God, and Jacob Armenius says that God gives each man a measure of faith or Prevenient Grace (Rom 12:3).

I think that the whole “willful” thing comes down to the “whosoever wills” and the “whosoever won’ts” (Jn 3:16) as your comment suggests. I struggle with the whole choosing aspect from God’s perspective. I have read the good articles on this site by Pastor Jack on this subject but I was wondering what you thought.

One last thought which adds to these ideas. God originally “chose” Abraham out of all the inhabitants of the earth. This seems a different choosing than Lot or Noah as the Bible does not suggest that Abraham was the last man, at his time, who was not entirely given over to wickedness as in the former two examples.

Abraham said “yes” to God and sojourned out of Ur but God chose Abraham, not vice versa. My belief is that God knew Abraham’s heart and that Abraham would say “yes” to God. God left all of the other people of the world and chose this eventual people (Israel) to be “His Chosen” people, which by extension, through His Grace, we now are.

Are we, the “chosen” of God, still being individually called out by God as Abraham to simply say “yes” to God’s Son (God knowing that we will)? Is the Great Commission, using Christ in us, simply a “wake up call” to those who are still “the Chosen People”, God knowing full well, those who are the children of disobedience….those already known by Him, who will, willfully reject Him? You can see my struggle in the nature of these questions.

Blessings,

DocReits

Robert November 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hi Doc,
Thanks for reading and commenting. You always have something interesting to contribute. May I suggest you read this article I wrote concerning the subject you asked about?
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/do-atheists-really-believe-there-is-no-god/

Then we can expand and expound on it further. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

DocReits November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thank you Robert,

I read the article you wrote on the link and the associated linked articles on that post. They were helpful in understanding your position. I agree, it is probably the most asked question by Christians and non-Christians alike and perhaps the most difficult to grasp, next to the Trinity.

I am still unsettled with your position. It certainly is comforting to think God allows those who have not heard of Christ a pathway to heaven. I know prominent Christian Evangelists such as Billy and Franklin Graham hold such a position as well.

This notion that Christ provides the Way and only that Way is the path to heaven but many may find it through their hearts seeking God through His revelation(nature and personal) as they live godly lives, and are a Law unto themselves(Rom 2:14).

Pastor Jack hints at this in his article but swings back later and implies(to me) knowledge of Christ alone for salvation. (Jack, please step in here and correct me if I am wrong.)

I personally swing both ways and am unsettled. I see how God chose certain people and nations to be separate from the world. Why did he choose such a stiff necked people as Israel has been asked by 1000’s through the centuries. Why did He choose Abraham, Jacob, and Paul, such flawed people(like me), for example, to be His conduit through which His promise and message would come to mankind?

God had no mercy on the Canaanites when the armies of Joshua took the promised land. God forbade(Acts 16:6) Paul to go into Asia for a reason we do not know. God chose Jacob and “hated” Esau before they were born. I don’t want to make an idol and worship a god that does not exist. I would like to think that things would be “fairer” in my mind if God allowed all humanity to have the opportunity to be saved.

So here is the crux of the dilemma. Do we not understand that God chose a particular, peculiar people to be saved, and those people are only those who hear about Jesus Christ and will be the “saved”…the special “Bride of Christ” and perhaps these others will be those who were spoken about by the angel to John in Rev 22:10b,11 “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

In my mind the jury is still out. It is a burning question, and I realize that we must continue to present the Gospel to the world. My frustration is that is it fair to continue to preach the Gospel to those who have heard it so many times and have still rejected it, when there are those who have not heard at all. I personally support missions such as Wycliffe who are getting the Word out to people who have never had a Bible in their language and American Bible Society who distribute Bibles worldwide to get the Word to the un-reached.

I get a little frustrated(may I say angry) at those who refuse to believe who have heard so many times. This point argues for (Calvin) the saints whom God knows and the unbelievers whom He also knows…. and all the preaching in the world will not change this. In the meantime we press on preaching the Word ….but my question is still not settled.

Thank you for that link again. It answered my question on where you come down on this matter.

DocReits





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