reply to post by JesuitGarlic
Very interesting thread. I was thinking about this very thing earlier today. My thought was a bit different.
If we read much of the New Testament, we would conclude that most of the 7 billion people on Earth today would be lost souls. Further, by the
conditions set in the sermon on the mount an in 1 John, nobody could be saved by their own works if they remain in sin. We ALL sin. There is no use
saying there are those who don't. As 1 John points out, this would be a lie. If it is true that we are born again and we are now in the first
resurrection, then the majority of humanity is likely lost to the error of selfishness and greed. A simple question can be asked. Are we the
handiwork of God? Keep this question in mind.
The next thing I consider is that most of religion implies that the balance of a person's life, whether good or evil, is weighed in the judgment of
God. If the scales hang low on the side of evil, we go to hell. This is a view many people have.
Now, go back to to the idea that we are God's handiwork. If God is just, and we represent divine work and perfection, how will the scales of humanity
reflect God's work in and through us? Will mankind reflect God's goodness and effort? If the majority of humanity end up in hell, was God's work
successful? Is God judged by the same measure used in his own judgment against us. To know to do good, but to walk the other direction is sin. Can
God be just if his only job shows to be a lost cause due to poor design?
The real question is this: Can we love another person more than God loves us? Can we love our children more than God loves His? We are fallen and
less than divine. Being part beast and part divinity, we lack the context to even understand this kind of love. Knowing this, I rely on Paul's words
1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is
not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
What about 1 John?
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God is love.
Love keeps no records of wrongs.
What is the material world for? What is it's purpose? To show God's love. How do we exit this place?
Where is heaven? How do we get there?
Will God fail? Faith requires that God is faithful and our trust in salvation means he will not dishonor that trust. God's work will be complete.
He goes after 1 lost sheep, even when the other 99 are already safe.
In other words, God is 100%.
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