Monday, May 2, 2011

Geisler's Book Review

One of the most interesting parts I read in this book was found in chapter four. Geisler starts off with an excellent question; “If an all-knowing God knows exactly what we are going to do before we ever do it-and if He cannot be wrong- then is not this the way it’s going to happen regardless of what we do?” (Geissler,31). This question can be so hard to understand. Some people say that since He knows everything, then it takes away our responsibility of sinning because He is the one who technically makes us like that. Then on the other hand, some people say that the devil made them do it but since God is in control of everything (including the devil), this would mean that ultimately, God made me sin. I do not agree with this belief and I believe more of what Geisler says. He talks about the betrayal of Judas and I think this is a perfect example of what is being discussed. Judas betrayed Jesus and God did not make him do so. Also, the devil did not make him do it either. In John 13:2 the Bible says, The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.” This verse says that the devil had prompted Judas to betray Jesus but Judas had to make the decision on his own. Nobody made him betray Jesus, it was done on his own free will. Also, think about the devil himself and even Adam. They were created without an evil nature but yet they still fell.
I believe that we need to stop putting the blame on God and taking responsibility of own actions. I believe we have a free will to do what we want and I do not think that we are God’s robots just walking around on earth doing exactly what he tells us to do. If that were the case, we would live in a perfect world because God would not tell us to sin and do wrong. God loves us and wants us to always do right but He knows that we are not perfect and that we are going to fall short sometimes. We have a merciful, forgiving Savior who dies for our wicked sins and we need to be grateful that He has done for us. Also, if we did not have a free will then we would all be followers of Chirst and everyone would be on their way to heaven. But instead, we have people who love God with all their heart, people who are backslidden, people who don’t care about religion and even people who hate God. How can somebody say that they do not have a free will, after seeing the different levels of faith that there are? If we were all God’s ‘robots’ then we would all be on fire for God but that is unfortunately not the case.

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