posted on Nov, 9 2021 @ 03:03 AM
a reply to: ThyJudgeCometh
John is talking about the same thing, but using different words.
You point to "belief" as John's preferred wording, but let me observe that John distinguishes between believing THAT and believing IN. Two different
prepositions in the Greek. The first is about accepting the truth of a statement,the second is about truating a person. Historically the church has
fcoussed on the first, because it is easier to define and monitor, but New Testament salvation really depends on the second. We come back to God by
trusting in Christ and what he has done. We come back to God by trusting in God.
In other words, "repentance" and "belief" are the same thing, for God's sake, when they are both properly understood. Adam and Eve distrusted God's
will and turned away from God. We place our trust in God and turn back to him.
Too many disputations and divisions in church life have come about because people have created artificial distinctions, failing to recognise when
differeent expressions may be two different ways of saying the same thing. I once had a book on "Scottish theology", which had a chapter recounting
the great "Marrow controversy". As far as I can tell (because Calvinist argument always makes my head spin), the dispute arose because people were
distinguishing between "repentance" and "turning to Christ" and arguing about which came first. You are in danger of falling into the same trap,
creating an artficial controversy about different expressions.
The argument in your opening post was that people were misunderstanding what the word "repentance" means and demands. I thought you were right, and I
was agreeing with you. I still think we are in fundamental agreement about what God wants from us, so my task is to get you to understand that we are
saying the same thing.
edit on 9-11-2021 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)