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Welcome to week 3 of my asinine questions.
I brought the following question up during a Wednesday night men’s bible study that I have belonged to for about 3 years now. The question:
When we reach heaven, will we still have freewill to choose?
That question needs a little fleshing out to make more sense, so consider these points:
- This question is about the ability to choose to obey or not
- Heaven in our minds is purportedly perfect and free from sin
- Angels appear to have freewill as Lucifer and the third of the heavens that were cast out should attest
- What do our thoughts on this question say about our beliefs on the character of God?
So, do we lose freewill? Or is it more of the fact of having lived a life here on the fallen earth that by comparison there really is no choice as it would be like choosing between a plate of dog feces or brownies for dessert?
Feel free to weigh in on your thoughts. Don’t be afraid to tell me if you feel this is a silly question that needs no answer.
Here is today’s question:
Is one’s relationship with the Father based purely on Love, Performance, or both?
This question was prompted after a sermon that my pastor gave on this topic. My comments here are not a reflection on his sermon or the content of the sermon (just for the record, he did a great job).
So here are some of my thoughts on the subject. I believe that God the Father loves us more abundantly than we could ever understand as displayed by the sacrifice of Christ the Son (John 3:16). I don’t believe His love for us is diminished in any capacity by our performance (the things that we do or don’t do) but how does He ‘respond’ to our actions and what does that reaction have to say about the state of relationship?
Some things that come to my mind on this subject are:
- Moses not being allowed to enter Canaan
- David not being allowed to build the temple
- Ananias and Sapphira being struck dead
- John falling as if dead in his Revelation before Christ in Glory (I know this is a weird but I see that as a response of fear-why?)
- Passages in Matthew about the sheep and goats
- Christ’s messages to the church from Revelation
Feel free to discuss openly. I am not looking for the one ‘right’ answer but a dialog concerning our relationship to the Father and how that is reflected in scripture.
Today’s question is this:
What do you think goes through God’s mind as He looks down on a singular man or woman that He has created and watches them progress through life from birth to death?
I would give two proof texts from scripture to consider while pondering an answer to this question. Both texts come from the book of Psalms.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Psalms 8:3-4
You have searched me and known me.You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. Psalms 139:1-8
David was a thinker. In the first quote he seems to contemplate the absurdity of an immense, perfect God taking notice of what could seem insignificant in comparison. But then when we read his thoughts from the second quote, we see that he has reasoned that God has taken very close attention to the details of his life.
And so I reason 3ooo years removed from David’s musings, that this question is significantly answered or sought by each individual who contemplates their position in a world not their choosing under the watchful gaze of a God not fully realized. The sufferings, the blessings, the acts of life that we must entertain as we move from birth to the eventuality of death – what do these mean to the God who created us for those moments?