Archive for March, 2015

what is free will? Is it “could have done otherwise” ( libertarian free will), or is it a kind of ” soft determinism ” ( compatiblism) based on our nature?  What I mean is do we make decisions based on careful reasoning, choosing the course that is either in our self interest or that fits our moral paradigm, or do we make decisions based on our inner character, and if the latter is it really a free will decision?  

Obviously some decisions fit the libertarian profile, but I think most decisions upon careful reflection don’t. We think we are being rational and thoughtful but the outcome was a forgone conclusion. We go with our group. 

How does this fit in with the Christian perspective of God?  If we really are ” born again”, new creatures, is our new character slowly transforming us into a new determined man?  And if so when we act like this new man at first and go against our old nature is this free will, but as we become more like Christ does it become determinism ( we really could not have done otherwise)?  Once you see the ” image of God ” in other people, once you start loving those people and when you start giving Grace because you’ve been given so much, you can’t go back. At that point God has worked all things for good for those called according to His sovereign purpose. 

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Brokenness and repentance 

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Is brokenness just Acknowledging our guilt and inability to not sin before a righteous God, or is it an emotional response to an overwhelming sense of despair at our state before the judgement of that righteous and holy God. 

Is repentance knowing you are guilty and knowing you should change, or is it a royal battle against your sin nature that is fought tooth and claw In every situation that you are aware of?

And the big question is, does it matter which definition applies to an individual as far as salvation is concerned?  Do we need to just “trust” in what was done for us on the cross, or must we do something. I’m not asking what we should do but what is necessary.

I think that everyone (maybe excluding sociopaths) believes we should try to be a better person and do what’s right. All people regret their transgressions. There may be a debate about what it takes to be a better person, what is right and what is a transgression (sin), but those debates go on in the church as well as the mosque the temple and the synagogue.  So it seems ALL believe in brokenness and repentance. Some wear sackcloth and ashes, some join monisteries, they used to sacrifice their children, and some say a prayer thanking God for grace and move on. 

To be a Christian we have to put out Trust in  Jesus.  But what do we trust him with and why do we need to. We trust that he has dealt with our sin (guilt/brokenness) and that it was necessary ( repentance).  Grace should free us to take joy in the knowledge that our guilt is dealt with.  And love should cause us to please our savior. Joy not brokenness and love not repentance. 

Because of what He could and did do it is not necessary for us to do what we can’t and won’t do.