CHOICE…do we really have a choice? Well, both, in the literal and biblical sense… we do. First, we are made “in the Image of God.” This, alone, would give us “free-will.” Then in Genesis: 16-17 – And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
And, also in …. Genesis 4:5-7 – but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
So, then…..we have the “freedom” to do whatever we darn-well please (ourselves) to do…SIN and SHAME, or LOVE and OBEDIEDENCE…. The choice is ours. But, once we get past the part about being Obedient…well, then, we “really don’t have a CHOCE.”
If we CLAIM to believe in God, that His Son, Jesus Christ, died on the CROSS for “our sins,” and we care about “our salvation,” then, in MY OPINION, we don’t have a choice…or maybe, better put… we have a CLEAR-CHOICE. When we are told that LOVING God, and our neighbor as ourselves….then… “that’s it.” PERIOD… there is NO-WIGGLE-ROOM. Again… NO-CHOICE. We are “clearly to obey” Him.
The characters in the Bible, are clearly told, and warned, to do this…and not that…. As FAILING to OBEY, will bring severe consequences. God doesn’t tell us WHEN, but only WHY. He is “always specific,” as to His instructions… but “seldom-clear” as to what repercussions will transpire.
There is “a price,” for failing to OBEY. God, alone, knows when and what “the price” is, and when it will be EXACTED. Very often… God gives us a “long-leash.” That is… he “gives us plenty of room,” …to maneuver, even… to WANDER. But, when we our acts are WRONG, then, there is a PRICE.
By His Grace, He is the “God of Second Chances.” We have, only, to ACCEPT Him, SEEK His Forgiveness, and Repent of our sins… against him, and our fellow-man. The SIN, then, is forgotten as far as “east is from west,” but…. The consequence of “that sin,” is still awaiting us.
It’s interesting, when some people suggest that God “doesn’t have time for this, or that,” or “this is not important, to God,” when in fact; EVERYTHING is IMPORTANT to God…. Even, the “smallest-of-details.” Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” We needn’t bother asking God to judge our enemies, because He has already promised in Romans 12:19, that He will judge each every human for their good and bad. There will be different judgments, one for the saved (2nd Corinthians 5:10-11) and another for the unsaved (Revelation 20:11-15).
God will judge men even for the wasted words they have spoken. How much more shall God judge those who utter hurtful words, or hateful words, or words that inflict injury to our neighbor? Words are very powerful. Both wars and friendships have been started and ended by miss-placed words.
Let us be CAUTIOUS of the “acts of love,” that we do… as, if it is not done in the Name and Honor of God… then it is worth-less. Much of what we “think of as charity,” is misguided, and without God…. Rather it is for man….and, worldly. Be PRUDENT in your CHOCE, therefore, as we are warned in Proverbs 22:2-3 – The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it. The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.… Blessings…. Cjlb…..3/23/15.