“for though the twins were not yet born
and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according
to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” Just as
it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”
Paul said God has predestined who he will have mercy on. That raised a troubling point that relates to similar questions many Christians and non-Christians have.
• What about those people in other countries that never had the gospel preached to them.
• What happens to the baby that died before it had a chance to hear the gospel?
• Those with same sex orientation say they are born that way. How can God judge them?
• Is gays follow God’s commandment, then is unfair they will never enjoy sex.
To humans, all these questions are very unfair. Paul then states the same complaint that many people have If it is God’s will some will be sinners, then:
Romans 9:19 “You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?””
This is Paul’s answer:
“On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”
Before reading the answer, we hoped for some brilliant deep philosophical reply that will clear all our doubts. We hope perhaps there would be some very cleaver explanation on how everything will be fair in the end. We want to tell our non-Christian friends how God is fair after all. However, to many readers, the explanation Paul gave is not what Christians hoped for when posing the question to God. For non-Christians, the lack of expected answer probably results in more grievance towards God.
The Bible does not address our difficult questions, but it actually goes deeper than that to what really matters. The very premise of the question was actually wrong. We want to question God to determine whether we should believe him. If God does not satisfy our questioning, then we will not believe him. We are putting ourselves as judge of God. Reality is our logic cannot understand God.
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
God’s thoughts and logic are above our logic, so how can created understand the creator? When we demand that God make himself understandable, or we would not believe him, it becomes our arrogance talking.
This is our logic:
Are Christians Rational?
Yes, Christians have to be very rational on things pertaining to our actions on earth. However, Christians have no ability to be rational with thing pertaining to God’s realm up in heaven where his thoughts are above our thoughts. We do not use our reasoning to determine if God deserve to exist or not. Christians are not to entertain arguments on whether God is right or wrong, or whether he exists or not. The Bible simply said is too obvious when you see the glory in the stars and the universe. That is enough if you want to believe. If not, no evidence will be enough. Faith or not is not because of evidence. If you examine the origins of these questions, you will see there is wicked influence that causes lack of faith.
Those who want to challenge God will find faith to be foolish as written in 1 Corinthians 1:18. Human logic will never understand God. When God seems illogical to us, it is not because our logic is so superior to his. We like to think we have God cornered. If you just sit and think for a second, it should be self-evident that our intellect is quite pathetic.
The Impossible Faith
To non-believer, faith is comically silly. Attributes of God does not make sense, and the believer just use faith. How can someone just believe in something that have no grounds for prove. Faith itself is an impossible task. No man on earth has faith to believe in God's word. Faith is a spiritual attribute given by God to man. God has to give you faith to believe. Christians do not have the ability to just believe. Nobody does. How do you get that faith? Humble yourself and ask God for faith to believe his words. Seek and ye shall find, ask and ye shall receive. As you are asking for faith, do not rationalize the character of God. These questions lead you further from where you need to be to be humble enough to ask for faith.
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