If you are God and you are judging your creations, how do you express love, mercy and grace to the creatures you have created? We assume that God does what we would do, but we are not God. We cannot harden someone’s heart, and we cannot soften someone’s heart, and that is the issue insanitybytes22 deals with in her post.
Note something important. Something most of us have a difficult time accepting is that unless the Father makes us come to Jesus, we cannot come to Jesus. That is, we think salvation is something we do, but it isn’t.
John 6:44 New American Standard Bible
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
That raises the question. If we are so flawed, why does our Creator bother with saving any of us? He loves us? Then why doesn’t he save all of us? We can guess, but I don’t think the Bible provides a clear answer.
All I can say is that Romans 9 has much to say about this issue. Here is the most relevant part.
Romans 9:14-18 New American Standard Bible
14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? Far from it! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will show compassion to whomever I show compassion.” 16 So then, it does not depend on the person who wants it nor the one who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very reason I raised you up, in order to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
Does Romans 9 answer our questions? Not mine, but what can I do? What did Job do when God spoke to him?
Job 42:1-6 New American Standard Bible
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said,
2 “I know that You can do all things,
And that no plan is impossible for You.
3 ‘Who is this who conceals advice without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I do not know.
4 ‘Please listen, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
6 Therefore I retract,
And I repent, sitting on dust and ashes.”
Job accepted that which we all must accept, that only God is God, and we must worship Him and only Him.
I was this many years old before I even learned of the possible idea that, “the damned don’t give a damn.” Perhaps you are not a kind hearted soul with a heaping side dish of codependency who just wants to save the whole world from itself, but I do resemble that remark to some degree.
I usually assume everyone is a poor unfortunate, lost soul who would do better, if only they knew better. So I’ve had a hard time accepting that perhaps God does judge people, that perhaps some shall not be saved, and that maybe that gate is narrow after all?
It never even occurred to me that perhaps, the damned don’t give a damn? In typical codependent style, was it possible that that I was worrying far more about the condemned than they worried about themselves?
It was and is quite possible.
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