Yesterday I was talking with a few others who are open to the ideas of UR.
Often times, it is when I’m interacting with others about my beliefs that I come to understand what exactly it is I believe. Interesting how that works, isn’t it
So, at one point I said, “I believe God acts no differently towards a non-believer than He does a believer; The difference is in the perspective we have of God’s actions.”
In context, I was talking about reprimanding my toddler who was about to touch the stove-top. I reprimand him because I love him and don’t want him to hurt himself (due to ignorance on his part).
However, all my toddler knows is that he just experienced my “wrath”. Until he learns the reason for my reprimand, he is unable to see my action as anything but wrath, when in reality, my reprimand is entirely motivated by love and care for his best interest.
As believers, we understand that God loves us and wants the best for us. Therefore, what is best is to wholly surrender ourselves to His good and perfect will. The not-yet-believer does not understand this and as a result has an emnity toward God in the same way that my toddler does in the moment I reprimand him.
So, now that I’ve discovered that I believe God doesn’t act any differently towards not-yet-believers than He does me, my mind is awash with thoughts in agreement and dis-agreement. So, I’d like to toss it around and discuss it with other like-minded folks (you guys ) and examine this belief in light of scripture… I figured I’d serve these thoughts up on here and see if we can get a good volley going.
Any thoughts come to mind? Any scriptures one way or the other?