Belief Isn’t For Everyone – a very brief look at faith and grace

Do you want to know why this is true?

Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. (John 12:37.)

It’s because of this.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.(Hebrews 11:6.)

Yet there’s a cure.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5.)

Your response to that grace?

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31.)

And life will never be the same.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. … The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:14, 16.)

You are a child of God.

Jesus Blessing the Children, Bernard Plockhorst (1825-1888) (Wikipedia)

Jesus Blessing the Children, Bernard Plockhorst (1825-1888)
(Wikipedia)

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9 Responses to Belief Isn’t For Everyone – a very brief look at faith and grace

  1. Pastor Bob says:

    We share faith. We share “the faith.”
    Once we are done speaking it up to the listener to respond. If the need is there i share this with the person I am talking with, and make it clear that my feelings for them have not changed based on what hey say in response. I may press some for a commitment to think about the information, but that is it.

    One needs to BELIEVE, but this is a decision made by the individual.

    Faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the Word of God……

    • Tim says:

      Great insights and great tips, PB.

    • Beth Caplin says:

      Belief isn’t the “choice” you think it is. Please take a look at this blog post a friend of mine wrote that explains why: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/excommunications/2014/12/choices-that-arent-actually-choices/

      • Pastor Bob says:

        The conclusion really does not fit the ideas put forth. We “make the decision” we listen and “decide” yet the premise is that we do not have a “choice.” Funny how the word choices do not come into agreement. Decision does indeed involve choice, or have we mad a mistake? There those who hear the Apostle Paul and thought him “mad form his learnings.” (Felix in the Book of Acts). Many decide they will not follow Him, some abandon the faith, but if the choice is not in the hands of man, it is not the Love that God has for us. He loved us enough to let us decide to follow him – CHOICE.

        The one who freely decides is more committed than the one who is compelled. He wants those who FREELY follow him. the opposite is force, and that is not love.

        When the conclusion is not supported by the premise, that is false argument.

  2. Beth Caplin says:

    This could have gone much further. Belief is not “choice” like choosing what to eat for lunch is a choice. People believe what makes sense to them based on reason and evidence, usually. Honestly, I can’t fault anyone for finding the Christian story a bit too fantastic to be real. It asks people to believe virgins can have babies, dead men can come back to life, and that there’s another life beyond this one, and there’s only one book (which has been translated from copies of copies thousands of times over 2000 years) to support all that. There’s no grace in repeating that “faith is a choice” to seeking agnostics. If anything, that will push them further away.

    • Pastor Bob says:

      Yes, but we start with the simple things and go deeper. Do you have the freedom from the listener to do so? One co-worker stated that he believed that we are free to decide for ourselves what we believe. So i asked him for permission to proceed. I presented the gospel in its simplicity. H e was “unsure.” I asked him to promise to think over it, and not decide based on what i said, but what the word of God had to say.

      He needed to hear, do NOT believe becasue I said something, believe becasue it IS true. He shared this with his wife, she believed before he did.

      Start with simple and thane move on.

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