Ten hard Questions by a Skeptic. #12 (bonus)
Welcome to my blog post entitled "Unveiling the Zeitgeist". Recently, I had the privilege to answer 10 questions from a friend about the nature of God and spirituality in general. I am sharing the ten-part Q&A with my friend's permission. I have titled this very first series "Ten hard questions by a Sceptic". I hope that this blog post series helps all the skeptics out there that wrestle with the existence of God in their minds and in their hearts. Friends, It's time to leave the fence!
"People have a choice: to believe in the Creator and have a loving relationship with Him or not to believe in the creator."
#12. Do we actually believe we will go to heaven because we believe in God and those people who don't believe need to be "saved"? In that case, why did our all-loving God create an environment where we are able to not believe? As the creator, He created this world and he will punish those for choosing an option he made available?
See comments on “Free Will” and “Redemption”.
Although there is free will, it doesn’t mean that people exercise free will in order to reject God. It is rather so that deception and willful oblivions about the truth have them drift away from God. Pride of life and self-sufficiency and know-it-all sort of guys are challenging God by their rebellion. For those in rebellion to God, hell is just a continuation of their rebellion in the absence of God’s amazing presence. For those that have not only believed in God but also have transferred their life ownership to their Lord, hence Jesus (and served him lived a life being called by Him) earn their reward being in the presence of God (who is love) for eternity.
My point is that believing in the existence of God is not enough; even Satan believes in God’s existence. The Holy Spirit will attest that a believer’s repentance gives a “new creation” a life whereby the person dies and lives only through Christ (in our own body). This commitment of “salvation moment” comes with strings attached. First, our lives are no longer our lives but we commit to live belonging to Jesus our Lord and Savior (ownership transfer because we are indebted). Second, all God’s children are called to a purpose beyond jobs, to a life with purpose and assignment which require training, trials, and testing also known as the desert experience or pruning.
According to Romans 1:20-21, God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (although they knew God, they neither knew God, they neither glorified him nor gave thanks to him). God’s creation speaks for God’s existence. We are without excuse in not giving Him the praise and worship for His creation. People have a choice: to believe in the Creator and have a loving relationship with Him or not to believe in the creator.
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