(October 11, 2021) Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, shares in-depth on what can be a distracting issue…
Here is a topic that has often distracted Christians and divided home Bible study groups – Did God select in advance those who would be saved or is the exercise of our free will to accept Jesus as our Saviour the deciding factor? How many fruitless hours have been wasted in argument that has often been dogmatic, hostile and divisive!
The ‘Big Question’ which often stirs people is this: Is our salvation determined by God’s decision or by ours? The problem is finding an unambiguous and unequivocal answer because there is an apparent conflict between the biblical concepts of God’s sovereignty and human free will. Does God decide in advance who will be saved and who will be lost?
This is a massive theological issue that has been addressed in multiple books by many profound theologians so I admit that my comments here are most inadequate. However I hope that they may be of some help.
As children way back in WW2 days we were so pleased to receive our gasmasks. It was comforting to carry your mask with you, but to wear it was a different matter.
Yes, you felt more secure and it was comfortably shaped when you put it on, but immediately you put the mask on the visor steamed up, which meant you couldn’t see much and although you could shout through it your voice was muffled, so it was hard for anyone to understand what you were trying to say!
There are times when life imposes restrictions on us. Today we find ourselves in another time of masks needing to be wore – different masks admittedly, but with restrictions. (more…)