Monday, November 3, 2008

Where Have all the People Gone?

Two weeks ago - lotsa comments, me so happy.

Last week - not very many comments, me a little bit sad...but trying not to over-analyze, or internalize, or whatever.

Where are you all? I miss you!

Okay, pity party over.


Here is a thought for today, inspired by my deep-thinking (and handsome) husband.

Why does God give us a nature to rebel against Him if He wants to have a relationship with us?

Now that oughtta get some comments....


  1. That seems to happen with me too, many comments sometimes then nothing. But I tend to do that too, I think depending on where I'm at. Sometimes I'll comment on everything I read and sometimes not a thing.

    As far as your question goes and without gathering scripture to back me I fully believe that God wants more than a simple relationship with us. He wants us to come to him willingly yes, but also with great passion and desire to walk with him. To have a hunger for him, to seek him with all our being. And in order for that to happen he also gave us free will, because he wanted it to be a choice. And in giving us passion and choice there is also the chance we will turn away, but when we do embrace Jesus and develop a relationship with our heavenly father it is miraculous. I think if it weren't a choice, and we couldn't walk away from him then the relationship couldn't be as intense, as special, as life changing.

    Does that make sense? Sometimes I'm just not good at putting thoughts into words. Thank you for this question, it's really made me think and I feel excited that I am able to experience a relationship with God.

  2. Okay, I'll bite.

    Romans 7 says: 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

    These verses suggest that the 'nature to rebel' is not God given - but is in fact from Satan. From the very beginning, God created us to be in relationship with Him. Sin separated us from Him through Adam and Eve and without Jesus, we would still be separated.

    What God did was give us a free will. God does not want a bunch of robots. What quality of relationship would it be if it was forced, commanded, or expected? Rather God invites us into fellowship with us. In fact, like a lover, He ardently pursues us. He values, cherishes and loves us. But He wants us to choose. In so choosing though, we have to renounce sin and the rebellious nature that sin has placed in us. When we choose Jesus over our rebellious nature He frees us not only from the bondage of sin, but he frees us to glory in the fullness of relationship with Him – our own little taste of Heaven here on Earth!


  3. I think God allows us choices because he doesn't want us to be His robots. I think it glorifies God much more when we make the right choices and decisions. Of course, most of the time we just mess things up.


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