This question arose during a discussion with my grandson, who basically said that it is a relief to think that salvation is all God’s responsibility and none of our own. Who could argue with that? Why would I want to be responsible to God? But doesn’t He hold me/us responsible?
Man builds Robots every day in these times. But did God build Robots?
Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “ Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” Genesis 22:1-2
We all know this story well, but can we really trust the Word here? Was this truly a test? Or was it a programmed event, such as a play performed for the writers glory? Was it just for God’s glory? This would only have merit in 5 point Calvinism.
Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. Exodus 15:25
A true test, or another staged play for the Glory of God?
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. Exodus 16:4
If I believed in 5 point Calvinism would it not be reasonable to now ask why Lord and how Lord is it glorifying to you to continually test a people that have no choice in the matter? Or is my questioning that just a rebellion against Gods sovereignty that I am preprogrammed to perform in order to do what? How does making me act in a robotic way bring Glory to God? Calvinism must say that “yes it does”. But:
You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2
I must state again because of my programing: “what a farce to test a man who has no choice.” A man would certainly have to test his Robot, but certainly not God; He knows the end from the beginning. God wants there to be no question in every man’s mind that man alone is responsible for the decision to yield or not his own heart to the heavenly plowman.
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
We know that without the yielding of our heart to God for the breaking up of the fallow ground that these requirements of God would be impossible. Even with this yielding we can still fall into sin. That being the case we need to raise the question: if God chooses us and places us in Christ and bears only good fruit in us, How then is it that we still are capable of sin? From whence comes this sin? The answer is always it’s all for Gods glory. Would God be glorified by the very sin that He despises.
I am accountable to You oh God; I praise You for calling me and allowing me to come to know You through Jesus. I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but I do believe when you say to me: “come let us reason together” that that invitation is sincere and totally transparent and that it is meant to bring me to an understanding of truth that will impact my ability to make decisions in life. And if I am to make decisions for which I am accountable; then has he programmed me for this failure over which I have no choice. Even if the only choice that God gave we’re to be the choice to call upon Him or not. Even then this choice would need to be free will.
Then it shall come about, when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify before them as a witness (for it shall not be forgotten from the lips of their descendants); for I know their intent which they are developing today, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.”
in order to test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk in it as their fathers did, or not.”
Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them ( that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan; only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly). They were for testing Israel, to find out if they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers through Moses. Judges 3:1-2,4
“ As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 2 Samuel 22:31
Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, 1 Kings 2:3
Yet He sent prophets to them to bring them back to the Lord; though they testified against them, they would not listen. 2 Chronicles 24:19
They would not listen, or God would not let them listen. Which does it say? And which do you believe? If I am programmed to believe only what I believe on this subject, how does the fact that I work bring more Glory to God; than the working Robot of man’s creation brings to man? And why would a Robot need forgiveness. But then maybe the men who believe that the gun is the responsible party in the murder, are right. Hum! Or was it the manufacturer of the Gun?