WHAT I SAID TO THE FREEWILL CHICK REGARDING CHRIST’S FAILURE AT THE CROSS VS CHRIST’S SUCCESS AT THE CROSS:
LET’S SAY THAT SOMETHING IS TRUE…
YES, ABSOLUTELY TRUE…. BUT CHARLIE DOESN’T BELIEVE IT.
Why, I would go up to Charlie and say to him, “Charlie, you MUST believe it for it IS true.”
LET’S SAY SOMETHING IS NOT TRUE … NO WAY, IT’S JUST NOT TRUE… AND CHARLIE DOESN’T BELIEVE, OR CARE ABOUT THE TOPIC AT ALL.
Well then, THE FREEWILLER would go up to Charlie and say to him, “Charlie, you MUST believe it and it WILL BE TRUE.”
Subjective “truth” is bullshit really.
Something must be objectively true, before faith and belief have meaning.
And if you come along and tell Charlie, Christ did not save you on the cross, but if you BELIEVE He saved you, then He did save you.
Charlie will suspect your mental powers. Unless he’s also prone to superstitious incantations.
When Paul went to Athens… there was a change… a big shift in things. No longer was the emphasis on “what must I do to be saved???” — that’s essential in the evangel of the kingdom for Israel.
The big shift was noticeable in Athens.
There, Paul leads with a UNIVERSALLY TRUE MESSAGE… two things that are true whether you believe it or not…
- GOD GIVES LIFE, AND BREATH, AND ALL TO ALL,
- AND GOD RAISED HIS BOY FROM THE DEAD.
Both of these are true and have universal efficacious effects.
The boys in Athens didn’t mind the part of “God gives life and breath and all to all.”
But they got upset at the other part of the message, the part that is equally true and equally effects all… that God raises someone, anyone, all perhaps? from the dead… for that, they dismissed Paul rather quickly.
But both things are equally true, and quicken all and apply to all, and no one can escape their glorious truth… God gives life and breath and all to all… and God raises all just like he raised His son. Immortal, unable to die again, with no sin.
You MUST believe, for it is true.
You MUST believe to make it true.
REFERENCE: ACTS 17:
16 Now, while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was incited in him at beholding the city being idol-ridden.
17 Indeed, then, he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and with the reverent, and in the market on every day with those happening along.
18 Now some of the Epicurean as well as Stoic philosophers parleyed with him, and some said, “Whatever may this rook be wanting to say?” Yet others, “He seems to be an announcer of strange demons,” seeing that he brought them the evangel of Jesus and the resurrection.
19 Besides, getting hold of him, they led him to the Areopagus, saying, “Can we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken of by you?
20 For strange is what you are bringing to our hearing. We are resolved, then, to know what this is wanting to be.”
21 Now all the Athenians, and the repatriated guests, had opportunity for nothing different than to be saying something or hearing something newer.
22 Now Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus averred, “Men! Athenians! On all sides am I beholding how unusually religious you are.
23 For, passing through and contemplating the objects of your veneration, I found a pedestal also, on which had been inscribed, ‘To an Unknowable God.’ To Whom then, you are ignorantly devout, This One am I announcing to you.
24 The God Who makes the world and all that is in it, He, the Lord inherent of heaven and earth, is not dwelling in temples made by hands,
25 neither is He attended by human hands, as if requiring anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all.
26 Besides, He makes out of one every nation of mankind, to be dwelling on all the surface of the earth, specifying the setting of the seasons and the bounds of their dwelling, for them to be seeking God, if, consequently,
27 they may surely grope for Him and may be finding Him, though to be sure, not far from each one of us is He inherent,
28 for in Him we are living and moving and are, as some poets of yours also have declared, ‘For of that race also are we.’
29 The race, then, is inherently of God; we ought not to be inferring that the Divine is like gold, or silver, or stone, a sculpture of art and human sentiment.
30 “Indeed, then, condoning the times of ignorance, God is now charging mankind that all everywhere are to repent,
31 forasmuch as He assigns a day in which He is about to be judging the inhabited earth in righteousness by the Man Whom He specifies, tendering faith to all, raising Him from among the dead — “
32 Now, on hearing of the resurrection of the dead, these, indeed, jeered, yet those say, “We will hear you concerning this again also.”
33 Thus Paul came out of their midst.
34 Yet some men, being joined to him, believe, among whom were Dionysius, the Areopagite, also, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.