Good morning and an excellent post. One question,
God’s children will not suffer His wrath (His obedient children, that is. Important note: ‘once saved, always saved’ is a lie!!)
So you don’t believe in eternal salvation? Or did I read this incorrectly, I understand that in our delusional sinful world there are those that claim to be saved, yet they may very well have never been saved.
The problem with this is that we don’t walk in their shoes nor do we know their hearts. So what we may see as lacking or sinful may be 100 % better than what they were before they came to the LORD. They like the rest of us are still a diamond in the rough being polished by the Almighty in ways that we can’t see or comprehend.
If ” Salvation is a gift from the LORD so that no one may boast,” we than have to understand that the only one that really knows us is the great “I AM, ” if a person has truly been saved they will know it. Those that have doubts may very easily be because of sin or maybe because the more one grows in the knowledge of the LORD the more one realizes how insignificant we really are in life and how we are nothing more than a “vapor in the wind here today and gone tomorrow, a wave tossed in the ocean ” like the song “Who Am I” by Casting Crown says.
All I really know is that when I begin to think that I understand GOD, He then shows me how little I truly know HIM or HIS ways. At least that has been my story. To me the word that I use the most when speaking with the LORD is “why.” I know all the biblical answers that we are taught in church and what the word says, yet they really don’t answer the real tough questions like, LORD You created all things seen and unseen, why did you create Satan, if YOU knew beforehand what was going to happen, why ? Some might see it as a lack of faith on my part or lack of respect in asking the CREATOR questions that may make a person of little faith question HIS existence. The fact that I ask these questions proves my devotion and willingness in my part to better understand HIM and HIS ways.
When you see all the evil around us and you’re honest with yourself you have to ask these questions, at least I do. I wouldn’t have a problem if GOD would tell me, “my son the reasons why there is so much evil in the world is because there are others that are equal in power to mine. They create havoc, chaos, and misery, while I fight them to bring eternal life. I would follow GOD even more if that was the reasons for all the evil in this world. Again some may be offended by what I just wrote, but the bottom line is that the one who I believe in and trust knows my mind and my heart and I know with the peace that surpasses all understanding that the ” GREAT I AM, the ALPHA & OMEGA, MY LORD , SAVIOR and GOD doesn’t take offense for I wanting to know HIM as HE knows me.
Another thing, we all are told of “free will.” I kind of question that also. I will give you an example, I have the free will to want to live in peace, be joyful, have good health, yet I can’t for one second control any of these circumstances. So how than can we be told we have free will. I do have the limited free will to want these things, but I can’t be guaranteed that I will have it in this life here on earth. I do have the free will to believe in GOD, as well as to believe what ever else my mind and heart tells me, but that’s about it. What are your thoughts ?