Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Awake part 5: Unanswered Questions

I have one more quote that I'd like to interact with. The authors write under the section entitled, How Can You "Choose Life"?
We choose life by "loving Jehovah," by "listening to his voice," and by "sticking to him." Of course, we can only do these things when we know God as a person and understand his requirements for us.
It is true that we must repent and believe in Jesus Christ. But again, the assumption is keeping the law because we have the ability to do so. It assumes we have the ability to hear Christ's voice. It misunderstands that the proclamation of the Gospel may actually produce a miracle. The Gospel may create faith within men as they hear it.

So I would like to ask just a couple of questions of the Jehovah's Witness or even many Evangelicals today.

On what basis does God know all things? Does He take in knowledge from external sources or do all things happen because He has ordained them to happen, therefore His knowledge is based in His own decree?

Another question I have that has never been answered by anyone of the free-will side. Norman Geisler (to my knowledge) has not answered it. Hank Hanegraff avoided the question on his radio show. The Watch Tower seems totally unaware that Calvinists even pose such a question. It is this.

After the great day of Judgment, after the Resurrection of the righteous, after the creation of the permanent new heavens and new earth, will men still have a free-will? If so, will they have the possibility of sinning and falling away?

If the answer is no, because men would never give up their status in the new earth, only begs the question. Did not Adam give up the garden and peace with God? I'll give you a real hint. The answer is not in the free-will of man but in Christ.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."l]">[l] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,m]">[m] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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