I really enjoy some foundational elements of faith, exploring the tulips, so to speak. These things are wonderful tools, lots of wisdom and experience lurking behind them, but they are not our salvation. Our salvation is not dependent on our understanding of something like limited atonement or…..prevenient grace.
Over and over again I say this, nothing but the blood. It’s that simple.
We people can be such liner thinkers, so the idea that there can be some paradoxes within faith doesn’t always sit well. It makes us uncomfortable. We want everything to be either/or, and not both being true at the same time. Or the ultimate discomfort, God may deal with you differently than He deals with me. That can be a galling one, hard on the pride. All in good humor here, God makes me put shopping carts back, but He lets other people just leave them in the parking lot. Makes me crazy, but that’s not their issue. That’s not what He’s working on them with. They can do something I can’t. Terribly unfair.
I really believe we need to be respectful and honor one another as we walk through faith together. God speaks to each of us in our own language. He meets us right where we’re at. Scripture is revealed to us precept by precept, a little here, a little there.
I love Philippians 2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Work it out! Work out your OWN salvation. People can share lots of ideas with you, but it all boils down to your own relationship with God and that can be a lonely path sometimes.
The Body is made up of many different parts and we need to accept that and honor one another. You wouldn’t yell at an arm for not being a leg or complain because the toes don’t seem to have opposable thumbs. It’s not the toes who have the issue there.
Something I really notice in these discussions and debates, we aren’t even arguing over doctrine or theology, that’s just the cover. What we really arguing about is how we are going to treat one another, relationship.