Fighting back tears while I try to understand how certain theological doctrines become such divisive issues between people who’ve been friends…
How is it that the “iron that sharpens iron” often does not sharpen, but cuts to the quick?
How I wish I’d never responded to an invitation to comment on a friend’s blog! I thought I formulated my comments with care and with love. The discussion began regarding the doctrine of election … that some are chosen to spend eternity with God and others have no hope.
Frankly, when I read John 3:16 in my Bible, it plainly says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
WHOSOEVER … not “those over there, but not these over here” … it is a scripture FULL of hope for all who believe in Him. For this same reason, I do not believe that one denomination has a corner market on eternity. I believe that there are Christ-followers in every denomination – people who have been convicted of their need for a savior and have trusted God with their confession and desire to follow Him.
I know that there are scriptures that seem to contradict each other. I know that there are scriptures that refer to God’s chosen. I can’t help but interpret that to mean those who come to God are chosen by Him because they are obedient in their repentance.
Maybe I am wrong and someday God will tell me that I didn’t quite understand that the way He meant it. But I don’t think it’s a “deal breaker” for my salvation. I said as much in my comments, that it would be wonderful to some day sit together at the foot of His throne and learn the intricacies of the Word with a renewed mind that can grasp Truth without the mind fog that we’re saddled with here on this earth.
Sadly, my friend sternly rebuked me with such harshness that I do not feel the freedom to offer my thoughts any longer. I mourn the loss of a friendship without ties that bind the exchange of honest, heartfelt though.
My heart aches.