Warrior for Christ
- Inverness Florida
- Nov 23, 2012
And where was Mary the Queen of Heaven during all this?I knew that was what you meant.
Can we go by personal experience? All the testimony I've heard seems to be the same...as it was with me.
Like this: All my life I knew about God...I was raised Catholic. So God did reveal Himself to me in this way.
(by going to church and hearing about Him).
But I didn't really reach out to Him till I was about 28.
At that time I felt as though He spoke to me and what He told me worked for years and years.
So God became real to me....and I thought of God as being Jesus....
The steps to me were:
God revealed Himself
I sought Him
He embraced me
I think God would be the chicken and we're His children.
And as to the knotty question....I think a person is obedient to the gospel because he has been enlightened by the Holy Spirit.
I don't imagine that a person could be obedient to God without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, our conscience, and to convict the world of sin (including us).
IOW....persons could be obeying the gospel without even knowing it....but the bible teaches that it is faith that saves us...works without faith are dead...and faith without works is a dead faith.
I believe it was your free will decision...
but Calvin woudn't agree of course.
He thought God predestined everything,,,including sinful acts by mankind.
But Jesus did go around and He did heal some.
This would be God revealing Himself to man.
And men did search for Jesus in the N.T.
The Roman Centurion comes to mind....
The woman that had lost blood for years reached for his tunic....
Zacharias waiting in the tree so he could see Jesus.
I think God's nature would make it so that He would want us to know how to become saved.
As to Calvin...I agree. A great thinker is recognizable...even if we don't agree with some basic beliefs of his.
And yes, I agree that the spirit world is beyond what we could comprehend right now.
We only know what God wants us to know...even Jesus told Nicodemus we're not ready to hear it all....