Reflections: The Justice, Power and Love of God

According to

Pie Chart of Religious Adherents

On the same page, there is another chart that says that Christianity is “32% (dropping)” (emphasis mine).

Do you think all of them are real, live, true Christians?  I honestly doubt it.  In the introduction to the page, “a person is considered to be of a particular religion if they say that they are of that faith. Thus, about 75% of the adults in both the U.S. and Canada are Christians. Many individuals and religious groups have much more strict definitions for membership. Many conservative Christians believe that one has to be "born again" in order to be counted as a Christian. Using this definition, only about 35% of Americans would be counted as Christians. This difference in definitions between conservative Christians and the rest of the population causes much confusion” (emphasis theirs).

OK, so let’s be generous about it.  Let’s assume that a full 30% of the world’s population is Christian.  Anyone think that figure is too low?

Think about that!  Do you understand what that means?

It means at least 70% of the world is not saved.

I keep asking the questions: What type of God do you worship?  Is God powerless to save these people?  Is your “god” too small?  Because if you accept the usual Protestant or Catholic theology that God is saving people today, then your god either does not care or is too powerless to do anything.  Worse, that type of god is an evil monster that sends people to an ever burning Hell for all eternity for simply not believing in him!

“J” of Shadows of WCG Next Generation wrote:

To explain this away, the COG’s will revert to the teaching that the blood of Christ will have meaning for all – just LATER.

That is correct, although there is nothing to explain “away”.  That is what the Bible teaches.  Otherwise, your version of “god” is a very small and evil being who is unable and unwilling to save humanity!

 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9, King James Version)

Does this sound like a being who does not care?  Does this sound like a being who would even create an ever burning Hell where souls are tortured for an eternity?  Does this sound like a being who would send 70% of all human beings to such a place?

 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10, King James Version)

 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16, King James Version)

Does this sound like a malevolent, evil and uncaring being who would send 70% of the population to Hell?

Most of us with any sense at all call Hitler “evil”.  After all, he tortured and killed over 6,000,000 human beings.  However, once they were dead, he couldn’t torture them any longer.  How much worse to do so for all eternity?  Could I plead here for some common sense, please?

No, that picture is not The One True God!  God, Who is all powerful, all knowing and all loving has a plan for everyone.  Either everyone gets a chance, a fair shake, or by definition, God is unfair.

Why do some people have trouble believing in a future resurrection of the dead – all of the dead?  What did Jesus say about the resurrection of the dead?  The Sadducees didn’t believe in any resurrection.  However, Jesus told them:

 29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29, King James Version)

There, in a nutshell, is the cause of their unbelief.  They, the Sadducees, the ones who should have known the OT inside and out, did not know the Scriptures!  Think how shocking that must’ve been to both them and those who overhead this exchange.  Furthermore, the Sadducees, the ones who ran the everyday dealings of the Temple, did not know the power of God!  Again, how shocking that must’ve been as well!

And yet, what do we have today?  We have people today who claim to know the Scriptures and claim to know God, but view “god” as small, powerless and incapable of keeping his promises.  That is a “god”, not The God!

They overlook the fact that souls die.  They overlook the fact that there is a future resurrection of the unsaved.  They overlook the fact that today is not the only day of salvation!  They mock the idea that God can make promises thousands of years ago that are still being fulfilled today.  They further mock the idea that God should be obeyed.

Why?  They do not believe God.  They do not believe in the power of God.  They do not believe God can do what He says He will do.

Ironically, they would rather believe in a “god” that is not worthy of worship or praise.  They would rather believe in one that breaks his promises and cannot fulfill others.  They would rather have one that makes promises one day and then throws away the entier agreement the next just because he has changed his mind.

They want a god like themselves.  A god in their own image.  A nice, comfortable god that sits on a shelf until he is needed.  A god they can change rather than requiring them to change.

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