If . . . Then . . .

If one does not choose to worship God while they are on Earth, how does one expect to be able to worship God when they reach Heaven?

Christianity is a choice. The choice to accept God’s gift. The evidence of that is a worship of God. If people purport to be Christian but choose not to worship God on Earth, then why do they think they would choose to worship God in Heaven? Worship will still be a choice . . . and the consequence of not worshiping will be no different.

4 thoughts on “If . . . Then . . .”

  1. I do agree with your last paragraph. I wonder, though, how our salvation is based on the sincerity of our heart? Isn't it based entirely on the work of Christ? The reason certain people will not be in Heaven is because God will not have changed their hearts from lying insincerity to truthful sincerity.

  2. Unfortunatly, I cannot agree with your comment. While we are told that God will give us over to the desires of our heart, we are also told that He is willing that none should perish but that all should have eternal life. The reality then is that God has already chosen. He has chosen all of us. It is then our choice to accept him.

    However, this choice is not a prayer or scripted "repeat after me" performance but instead a decision so profound and convicting that we make it with our heart. As a simili you can look at what C.S. Lewis wrote about prayer . . . when my heart is right, the words I say are the least important part of my prayer. When my heart is right, the words are the least important part of my salvation.

    To review, you are saying salvation is based on God's selection (God changing certain people's hearts) while I contend that God has already release control of someones heart (free will) and has chosen everyone to worship Him, but some will choose not to.

  3. ShatteredChina, how then do you respond to this: "By Grace are you saved, and not of yourself, so you cannot boast."

    Grace, in that context, is an outside force. And even more, it cannot be an internal force because of the next clause "not of yourself". It cannot be something inside us because we have not the ability.

    It is a divine mystery that God can choose and not affect our choice, but my best explanation is that it is like mice running the maze in search of cheese:

    The scientist knowing the mouse will run the maze searching for the cheese does not affect the choice of the mouse to seek that cheese. In other words, the knowledge of the scientist does not negate the choice of the mouse.

  4. If I might interject, I think the best way to respond is that Grace is the saving action but is not involved in the saving.

    If I might present a metaphor. If you are on a bridge that is burning on both ends, no matter which direction you choose to run, there will be no escape. This is a world without grace. No matter what we do, we cannot escape. Our actions and our choices have no effect on our outcome.

    However, if the bridge is burning at both ends and then one end miraculously stopped burning, we could still choose which direction to run, but it was not us that stopped the bridge burning. Although our choice will now effect our outcome, that choice would have been absolutely useless without the miraculous intervention (grace).

    As a final note, the belief that we are chosen (whether by grace of direct choice) negates the reason we were created. We were created to worship God of our own free will. Remember, God can force things to worship Him, but he prefers the worship to be free. That denotes a choose. While God offered the grace, with which we could never be saved, it takes our choice to accept (not create) grace and salvation. If our choice in not completely free on this earth, our worship will not be completely free in heaven.

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