As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Answers?

I ran across these on the net. You guys have answers for them?
  1. If God will have all men to be saved, and if most men are lost, then how can God be supreme (1 Tim.2:3,4)?
  2. If Christ is the Propitiation for the sins of the whole world, did He die in vain for the lost (1 John 2:2)?
  3. If God is going to reconcile the universe through Christ, how can some be tormented forever (Col. 1:20)?
  4. How can God, in Christ, gather all things together as one while billions remain eternally estranged (Eph.1:10)?
  5. If all die in Adam, and a few are made alive in Christ, how can grace much more abound than sin (Rom. 5:20)?
  6. If all men are condemned by Adam's offense, why are not all justified by the one just award (Rom. 5:18)?
  7. If all die in Adam, why shall not all be made alive in Christ (1 Cor. 15:22)?
  8. How can every knee bow confessing Christ Lord, to God's glory, unless reconciled (Phil. 2:10,11)?
  9. If Christ only hath immortality, how can any of the dead be alive now (1 Tim. 6:14-16; 1 Cor. 15:53, 54)?
  10. If the wicked go to hell as soon as they die, why are they raised and judged later (Rev. 20:11-15)?
  11. Since the lake of fire is the second death, what happens to the wicked when death is destroyed (1 Cor.15:26)?
  12. If "forever" means "eternity" what does "forever and ever" mean?
  13. If God is Love and has all power, will He not find away to save all (1 Tim. 4:9-11)?
  14. If Christ is to reign for ever and ever, what does it mean that He will abdicate His throne (Rev. 11:15; 1 Cor. 15:24)?
  15. Will God ever actually become All in all (1 Cor.15:28)?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pauper Frater asked:
If God will have all men to be saved, and if most men are lost, then how can God be supreme (1 Tim.2:3,4)?

Edwin replies:
God allows his own will to be denied. It is the only way for there to be "free will."

Pauper Frater asked:
If Christ is the Propitiation for the sins of the whole world, did He die in vain for the lost (1 John 2:2)?

Edwin replies:
To die in vain would have meant that he gave them nothing. He gave them the gift of choice. Without the promise of salvation we could not choose between salvation and death.

Pauper Frater asked:
If God is going to reconcile the universe through Christ, how can some be tormented forever (Col. 1:20)?

Edwin replies:
The reconciliation was made by Christ. The sinner wilfully refuses it. God's justice demands that he provide a place for those who want nothing to do with God. Think of a place that has none of the attributes of God - and you will find yourself describing Gehenna.

Pauper Frater asked:
How can God, in Christ, gather all things together as one while billions remain eternally estranged (Eph.1:10)?

Edwin replies:
Although God calls to the gathering, all are free to choose to refuse it. Again this is free will and justice.

Pauper Frater asked:
If all die in Adam, and a few are made alive in Christ, how can grace much more abound than sin (Rom. 5:20)?

Edwin replies:
Paul's letter demonstrated how even where sin was at its worst, grace could bring the sinner into righteousness. There is always more grace than there is sin. To overcome sin is simply to accept grace. Even so, there will be those who chose to close that door to grace.

Pauper Frater asked:
If all men are condemned by Adam's offense, why are not all justified by the one just award (Rom. 5:18)?

Edwin replies:
In an unjust world, all fall into sinning. There was but one just award: made by the sacrifice of the sinless Jesus. All may be justified if they accept justification.

Pauper Frater asked:
If all die in Adam, why shall not all be made alive in Christ (1 Cor. 15:22)?

Edwin replies:
Again: free will. We all sin, yet grace abounds if one wishes to accept it.

Pauper Frater asked:
How can every knee bow confessing Christ Lord, to God's glory, unless reconciled (Phil. 2:10,11)?

Edwin replies:
My bible reads "Every knee SHOULD bend." Who could disagree. Even the demons recognized and confessed Jesus when he walked on the earth (Mark 5:1-20). Yet even Peter denied Jesus. We are as knowledgeable as Peter, and as weak.

Pauper Frater asked:
If Christ only hath immortality, how can any of the dead be alive now (1 Tim. 6:14-16; 1 Cor. 15:53, 54)?

Edwin replies:
"I Am The God of The Living!" Exodus 3:6. And: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." John 8:51
Jesus IS life. To have eternal life we must eat his body and drink his blood. (John 6:51-58)

Pauper Frater asked:
If the wicked go to hell as soon as they die, why are they raised and judged later (Rev. 20:11-15)?

Edwin replies:
Who said they go to hell as soon as they die?

Pauper Frater asked:
Since the lake of fire is the second death, what happens to the wicked when death is destroyed (1 Cor.15:26)?

Edwin replies:
The lake of fire is not the second death. Death has no power that we do not give it through sin. The only death is refusing God's call to life. Bodily death is not death of the spirit.

Pauper Frater asked:
If "forever" means "eternity" what does "forever and ever" mean?

Edwin replies:
That comes from the Latin: saeculum saeculi, "in the time of all times."

Pauper Frater asked:
If God is Love and has all power, will He not find away to save all (1 Tim. 4:9-11)?

Edwin replies:
Justice demands that if one refuses God's salvation, one may. To allow free will, God voluntarily gives up his power to "force us" into heaven.

Pauper Frater asked:
If Christ is to reign for ever and ever, what does it mean that He will abdicate His throne (Rev. 11:15; 1 Cor. 15:24)?

Edwin replies:
My bible doesn't say that. Rev 11:15 describes the final authority of Jesus. There is certainly no "abdication" or rejection of responsibility. 1 Cor 15:24 is quite clear that Jesus fulfils his responsibility. Also, since all power and authority are given by the Father to the Son, there can be no conflict between the Father and the Son.

Pauper Frater asked:
Will God ever actually become All in all (1 Cor.15:28)?

Edwin replies:
God is One. Jesus calls us to be one with him in the way he and his father are one. Once all division is conquered, this will be the case. This final judgement will unify that which is God's into the All in All.

Edwin

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Poor Blogger said...

Thanks, Edwin. By the way, that wasn't me writing. But the dude made a compelling case. I'm glad to have your answers for it.

7:59 PM  

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