11/25/2012

Sunday School-Jump to the moon

Via-Jer's Notes


Can you jump to the moon? How about just to the roof of your house?

Until our God given intelligence developed to the point where we could create machines which allowed us to overcome the laws of gravity and maintain life in the vacuum of space these  things were not possible. Galileo could envision manned flight but he could not just jump from a tower and fly.

Why?



Certain laws of nature needed to be understood then a means by which these laws could be overcome needed to be developed. Centuries of study, observations, calculations, theories and engineering  was and is  required before mankind understands less alone overcomes  basic laws of nature or uses it to his advantage.

But the law is the law. We do not change the laws we just find ways to adapt or to overcome them, but the law never changes. The law changes us we do not change the law. 

Gravity has not changed one bit since God created it and so it is with everything.

For God sent  the Son into the world not to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.
He that believes on him is not judged: he that believes not has been judged already, because he has not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18)
If I am to believe this scripture, and I do, then there are basically two types of people in the world according to God's plan. Those who believe and are not judged and those who do not believe and have been judged already.

In fact it seems to me that you can read these scriptures to say that not believing is the judgement- in this world (age).

Is believing in God through Christ God's greatest gift to Christians in this life? Is the spiritual awakening to an all loving eternal God with whom you are destined to spend eternity with not the greatest news a person could receive? What could be better? Watching the unbeliever burning in eternal torment? Is that what you want? Is that what you want your God's judgement to be?

Christians love to talk about judgement, but their bible says that the world has already been judged. God's Word, His plan, His Gospel says that God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world but rather to save it. Save it from what? From hell? Well if God wants to save the world from hell, why not just do away with hell? Because He has to have some place to punish those who, of their own free will, jumped to the moon...I mean did not believe in Him.

What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy(Romans 9:14-16).

Like many scriptures in the Bible, there has been a whole lot of theological hand wringing done over the centuries to explain away simple words like those and a host of others.

Perhaps, Christians are not being saved from something but rather for something.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.(Romans 8:14-17)
And how did we receive this spirit? This sonship?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)
There certainly a whole lot of He and not a lot of thee in that Word. Compare that to what most people are taught which can be summed up with this well known plea from the Christian pulpits of today.

"Have you accepted Jesus  as your personal savior today?"


No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day."(John 6:44)

Is that really so difficult to understand?

Obviously it is.

God's Will be done, it is the only way it can be, it's the law.

For as in Adam all men die so too in Christ shall all men be made alive, but every man in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-23),

Amen (So Be It)

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