***DISCLAIMER*** This article contains followup answers to questions/statements from part 3 of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here if you have not done so already). These questions/statements did come as they are shown in a big paragraph. Instead of organizing for the sake of clarity like I have done on previous articles, I instead let the paragraph be (but separating into smaller paragraphs as needed, and it was definitely needed). However, I still edited the statements for grammar.
I did not parse out the questions like responses past because it was apparent that the questioner (spoiler alert) welcomed an eternity in hell. As a result, it made no sense to try and respond to every aspect of his reply like I had done in responses past. Instead, I had no choice but to share the Gospel with him.
First you will see his response to my part 3 replies (any notes I make are in parenthesis). You will then see my response to him.
HIS RESPONSE TO MY PART 3 REPLIES
Thanks for replying, Firstly, I still find it inconceivable that this all-loving, all-good god (he used a little “g” in his response) would not save little Tommy Jones. When you say Tommy, like the rest of us, is born into sin because we inherited it, that is equivalent to saying we are born sick and commanded to be well (I’m not sure if that’s what he meant by that, and I’m not sure I edited his sentence right; it was a mess). If we don’t spend our lives devoted to a god who won’t reveal himself, we could go on to eternal punishment? And we have no say in the matter? If we choose to obey we’re rewarded, but if we reject we go to hell? But, as I said, we have absolutely no say in it. It definitely sounds like a dictatorship to me!
You’re right. I certainly didn’t know the people who existed thousands of years ago. But hey, talking snakes? Magic trees? Not one story from the Bible or the words in it have ever proven to be true. It is pure speculation. Do you think Islam has got it wrong? They believe that theirs is the final revelation and that Christianity is wrong, and I’m sorry but I no longer believe anything written in the Bible at all any more than I believe that the prophet Mohammed flew up to heaven on a winged horse!
If I am wrong and when I die I go to hell for not worshipping god. I will welcome it because I simply couldn’t be with a god that is clearly so unjust. It’s horrible that a god, with all his power, wouldn’t save that darling little boy in 1900.
MY RESPONSE TO HIM
Unlike my prior two responses, I will neither organize your reply in sections nor address each section. Instead, because you have made it clear that you would welcome eternity in hell, I am left with no other choice than to inform you that God does not wish for you to perish; He wishes for you to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). For whatever reason, you have a strong delusion (Romans 1:18-32; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2:16) that God is unjust. However, in reality, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Instead of addressing every aspect of your latest reply, I would like to share with you some very good news.
This free gift of eternal life known as heaven is not earned or deserved (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). As I have mentioned before, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Because we are sinners, we cannot save ourselves. No matter how much we try and live morally upright lives, the fact we have broken God’s law makes our good deeds as filthy rags before Him (Isaiah 64:6). Because God is just, He has to punish this sin (Exodus 34:7). Thankfully, because God is a God of love (1 John 4:8), He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and rise from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase a place in heaven for us (John 1:1, 14; Isaiah 53:6). We do not receive this free gift of eternal life via devout moral uprightness or head knowledge of Jesus (James 2:19; Ephesians 2:8-9). Instead, it is received via a trusting saving faith in Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; 4:12; Romans 10:8-17). This is good news! God sent His Son to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 Timothy 1:15)! Furthermore, this free gift can be received by a trusting saving faith in Christ alone!
While I am not sure if this makes sense to you, I do want you to know that God does not wish for you to perish; He wishes for you to come to repentance. I do not wish for you to perish either. I wish for you to repent and be forgiven and therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). I care for your soul and I pray that you would no longer have this delusion that you have. Please understand that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). You can receive this free gift and you can be born again today (John 3:3-21).
I will be praying for you. I have also asked others to pray for you. We care enough for you to do that, even if you think that God is unjust.
If you are reading this article, please pray for this individual. He clearly has a delusion. At this point, no answer I give will ever satisfy him. Because of that, I have no choice but to both share the Gospel with him and pray that he repents.