It is the belief of all who rely on the truth of the Bible, that the Savior gave his life to redeem men from the curse of the law. I am talking about salvation, just taking it from another angle. Jesus meet the demands of the law with the sacrifice of his own blood, generally we expect that he will save all those that prayed a prayer. Now, ought we not to expect, as a matter of logic, that such as rely on him for salvation, that they should have some definite idea what the penalty of the law is? If someone is in unfathomable debts, and a friend steps forward and pays it, is it possible for that man to ascertain the amount of his friend’s kindness, unless he knows the amount of that debt? There is, in other words, no way that we can have salvation until we know what the price He paid really entails. The debt, which we owe, is beyond all human calculation.
The penalty of every law is to be determined by the interests which the law is designed to protect. In other words, the law is as clearly designed to protect our best interests as the interests of the Lawgiver. Here we may see how much depends on compliance to the law. To put it into agricultural language, the harvest grows when all requirements are meet, when the law is kept, in giving all the necessary nutrition’s needed for the grows. Its law set in stone, we comply with it or we break it. It’s a mechanism put in motion and as I said earlier is as clearly designed to protect our best interests, having a good harvest, as well as the interests of the Legislator, without any bias. This applies exactly the same in spiritual principles, were we have the option to choose to either act in accordance, or choose defiance.
I said many times in other writings that it is important to mind the discrepancies that make their way into our way of thinking. We might think it is ok to have certain personal opinions on matters of God, but how can that be. This option was never given.
There was never a time when correct views on this subject were needed more than at the present.
This we shall observe to be the fact, if we look at the variety of opinions which, in many places, seem to prevail and circulate, as well as the indifference that is seen in various others. The indifference of so many in relation to this whole subject “Christianity” is not only very inconsistent as it is shadowy. It is difficult, if not impossible I would say, to resolve it with that steady and deep concern which every man exhibits for his own interests. The truth, if it be examined with care, must clearly show to be of paramount importance. What reason, then, can be given for indifference, and why should we not examine and decide upon the whole subject, without delay? It will appear still more surprising, that men can remain doubtful and disbelieving, when apparently the present life, short and uncertain as it is, should valid as top priority to examine it, and do all we can to search truth within the context of divine law.
The reason for that is that the meaning of this life on earth is imperative to find out, because of the implications it will have. Ones the reality of the law shows the results, the same way our compliance to do the right things in nurturing the harvest will bear visual fruit.
When God is no longer apart from us but with us, our individual relationships with him becomes all the more vital.
“To believe God is Love means we believe encountering a pure personal relationship with God, and encountering the deepest, purest truth about the structure of reality.”
It is we, in this case, who hold the power to acknowledge and uncover God or to ignore him. Here comes into play the mistakenly enormous responsibility of our choices. It’s us choosing right from wrong.
The process of rediscovering God in our own lives starts with the reality we see and experience. “God is, by definition, the ultimate reality. And one cannot argue whether ultimate reality exists. One can only ask what ultimate reality is like.” God is here now, to be found within a deeper immersion in our own experience to discover God.
It is a fact to which multitudes can attest, from their own experience, that being undecided upon this subject of finding truth as is, leads to carelessness and neglect of our duties. Many give the clearest evidence themselves, by hearing plausible arguments in support of the doctrine of universal salvation, just to name a sample, with unverified imprints swallowed, sustaining a false hope, with such persistence, and even feel somehow vindicated in neglecting to examine the truth of it, and therefore disregarding to attend to the importance of truth in our life. If we are led by the Holy Spirit while we look at our personal condition, we would be most certainly induced to examine the law that we have so carelessly broken. We would see its equity and the extent of its claims, and in this way we are led to have some correct discovery.
Remaining stubbornly in doubt concerning the truth, may lead to the most painful consequences. On the other hand, by careful examination, we would be led to see that the doctrine we hold on so dearly was nothing better than a snare and trap for the soul.
So, that makes me think that if we dared to live beyond our self-concern, if we refused to shrink from being vulnerable, if we took nothing but a compassionate attitude toward the world, if we were a counterculture to this worlds lunatic lust for pride, power, and possessions, if we preferred to be faithful rather than successful, the walls of indifference to Jesus Christ would crumble.
There is a condition worth than blindness, and that is, I am afraid, seeing something that isn’t there.—Thomas Hardy
God does not become a religion, so that man participates in him by corresponding religious thoughts and feelings. God does not become a law, so that man participates in him through obedience to a law. God does not become an ideal, so that man achieves community with him through constant striving. He humbles himself and takes upon himself the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken, so that all the godless and the godforsaken can experience communion with him. — Jürgen Moltmann
The God of freedom, the true God, is… not recognized by his power and glory in the history of the world, but through his helplessness and his death on the scandal of the cross of Jesus. — Jürgen Moltmann