posted on May, 14 2013 @ 09:13 AM
reply to post by jiggerj
“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which
was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can't. If a thing is free to be good it's also free to be bad. And free will is what has made
Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or
goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God
designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight
compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they've got to be free.
Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk. (...)
If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will --that is, for making a real world in which creatures can do real
good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings-- then we may take it
[that] it is worth paying.”
C.S. Lewis, The Case For Christianity
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
As you come to Him-- [Who is the] living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious-- you yourselves, like living stones, are
being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
...without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek
...when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, [you] were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Who is the
guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it...
...to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,
1 Peter 2:4,5
At the very least, you can be assured that the very hairs of our head are numbered and our value exceeds that of many sparrows. Thus most certainly
of more value than "nothing at all". (Matthew 10:31)