Glenn Morton wrote:
>This has always been a bit of a puzzle to me about Dick's God. God says
>that he reaches out to mankind, that he doesn't want anyone to perish. Yet,
>here, in this view, God makes no covenant with any man until 4004 BC when he
>decides that maybe he should make contact with mankind and tell them the
>true theological path. It is kind of like an afterthought-- as if God said,
>"Oh, what are those funny creatures walking on two sticks and yabbering like
>crows? Maybe I should speak with them." Of course it matters not that
>nearly 10 billion people were left without any communication with God--not
>even a communication they could reject. God didn't care enough to
>communicate with them in any fashion--he left them to their own devices.
>What a loving God!
The amazing thing about the grace of God is that He extends it to us
at all. We have no earthly comprehension of His holiness or His
standards of righteousness. Isaiah thought he was a fairly righteous
fellow when he compared himself to his peers, but when he was given
of glimpse of the glory of God, he got a reality check: "Woe is me!
for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in
the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the
King, the Lord of hosts" (Isa. 6:5).
The very fact God has offered us a provision to come into His
presence is an overwhelming concession. We are lowly creatures after
all. We only have exalted status on this earth because we can see
ourselves in the company of lesser creatures. Surrounded by dogs and
cats and various unaccountable animal life we may look pretty good:
intelligent, bipedal, loving creatures. Yet we can kill members of
our own species, even our own family members, for reasons other than
food. How many of God's lesser creatures do that?
You may think that there were humans worthy of salvation earlier than
God thought so. But I trust in God's timing. And if you don't like
God's timing, you are stuck with it anyway. Probably the only reason
I find comfort in God's timing is because I have had a longer period
of time to think about it. Sure I have questions. Why did God
create Satan or the rest of the heavenly host that fell to earth in
Satan's rebellion against God? Why not snuff them all out Ananias
and Sapphira style? (Acts 5:1-5).
The fact is that His ways are higher, and His thought are higher, and
we aren't privy, except that He has made a book available to us, and
through the Holy Spirit, there are those who He may communicate with
as it pleasures Him. But there seems to be a few things He doesn't
bother to tell us outright. However, if we have submitted ourselves
to Jesus Christ and have questions, search His Word, are willing to
be taught, have a humble attitude, and do an honest search, we may be
Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution - www.orisol.com
"The answer we should have known about 150 years ago"
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