Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What I've Been Pondering

 At our Wednesday night meeting last week, Mr. F was talking about the infallibility of the scriptures, and he had several good points that I was glad to hear, because it helps me to better defend my position, but as I've never doubted the infallibility of the Bible, I didn't need to be convinced on that point. I was struck in a different way by one point he made though, and I'll try to rephrase what he said here. 

He used Yahtzee as an example of God's omniscience. If you had infinite knowledge about physics, gravity, the exact weight of the dice, inertia and the exact force and direction you were putting into the throw, the friction of the surface and any other things affecting the dice, you would KNOW exactly what numbers you were going to throw. There would be no way for you to throw the dice and NOT know what numbers were going to come up. And he related it back to the infallibility of the scriptures, but it brought clarity to a different thought for me.

I've always gotten a little stuck in the very beginning of the Bible, with the Genesis account of Adam and Eve, the serpent and the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. I always read it thinking, "oh, WHY couldn't they just obey?!?" And I still don't really understand all the "why's" exactly, although it's become clearer. The thought that struck me, was with God's omniscience, just like the Yahtzee example and rolling the dice, he KNEW every single event that would happen BEFORE he created Adam and Eve. He wasn't sitting up in heaven after He created them, watching anxiously to see if they would obey or not, and then when they disobeyed, put Plan B into action. No, He knew from the very beginning that these creatures He was creating would disobey. He gave us free will, but He knew what Adam and Eve would choose. He saw the whole thing, and before He created us, He knew He would have to die to redeem us. And yet we were worth it to Him. 

I don't know why He couldn't have created Adam and Eve with a free will and yet somehow made them wise enough to obey His command. I don't know what made Him want to create humans, although I only know the fallen kind and I'm sure the originals were much superior. But I do know that He, in His infinite knowledge, with full knowledge of everything that would happen, chose to go through all of this for eternity with us. Everything that has happened so far in earthly history, and everything that will happen until the return of Jesus is what had to be for Him to have His Bride, and He chose it, willingly.

That makes His love seem even greater than it has to me before. He didn't just "fall in love" with us, and then die a horrible death to save us because of a sudden "involuntary" love; He created us and loved us, even while knowing He would have to die for us. 

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be
the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. - I John 4:7-11

That leads me to John 13:34: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." And John 15:12: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

I know this probably seems like nothing new, but it's just that these thoughts had been vague and fuzzy to me, no matter how much I pondered them, until now, when suddenly it all became so startlingly clear to me. It's easy to love others when they are "lovable" and kind, and show you love in return. But if we're to love as He has loved us, that means loving the "unlovable," sinners and enemies just as much as the kind people in our lives. And thank goodness that love isn't to come from our own strength! Because we live through Him, we have His love to draw on; that selfless, unfathomable, amazing, wonderful love is ours! And we are commanded to lavish it on others.

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