Why is it that we are told that so few will enter into the gates of heaven? You may answer that question with the obvious answer which is that there are just so many in the world who are atheist and pagan worshipers and that would reduce the number. That answer wouldn’t necessarily be wrong but it doesn’t really address the entire scope of why so many will fail God’s judgment, does it?
I believe the real reason can be explained simply with one cause only. That cause could be summed up in the fact that there are very few who really know God. There are few who really know God for what he really is and what he really wants from us. Very few people know God’s personality or understand his personality.
Far too many people, at their peril, focus on his love and ignore other aspects of his personality. His love is a very large part of his personality but it isn’t all of his personality. His love also does have its limitations. Those limitations aren’t so much his limitations as it is our limitations. He is willing to love and forgive us of our transgressions provided that we are willing to obey and love him back.
Atheists are notorious for using his love as an argument against his existence. They love to say “If God did exist, if he so loves and is so all powerful, then why does he allow so many innocent people in the world to go through so much anguish and suffering?” This is a perfect example of how people have no comprehension of the true nature of God. God doesn’t control everyone’s movements and actions, even though he could. God gave man something called “free will” which allows man to decide his own fate and the fate of others. If God controlled every aspect of our lives then we would be nothing more than his robots or rather his toys to be played with. That wouldn’t be love but indifference to man, to man’s desires and to man’s free will. God doesn’t want robots or toys but what he does want is sincere obedient followers to love him like he loves us. His love is limited when we limit ourselves and thus his loving actions are limited when we limit our love for him and others.
He also uses suffering as a teaching tool. If we didn’t suffer we wouldn’t grow stronger and smarter. All of mankind learns from their mistakes, trials and tribulations. He is our father and he wouldn’t be much of a father if he didn’t allow his children to live their own lives and didn’t allow them to learn from their own mistakes. There is no better learning tool than failure.
His love requires more from us than just a love for him, it also requires us to love each other. When we love others we are taking on the most important part of his love. That is the capacity to spread love, even where there is no love. He wants us to love everyone and to hate no one. He does require a hatred for evil but not hatred for our fellow man. He doesn’t wish for anyone to perish but he is willing to allow it for anyone who is unwilling to become more like him. If we can’t love him and others, then on judgment day he won’t be willing to use his love for us to save us.
God has many different aspects to his personality, other than just love. He has also been described as jealous, vengeful and just. You may say that those aren’t all honorable traits but they are if you put them into the prospective in which they were made. Jealousy for example is often called the “Green-Eyed Monster” because it can bring out a blind rage in people. But jealousy isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it is an honest emotion, when someone we love has wronged us. There is nothing wrong with the fact that you might be jealous of another person who has stolen you spouse’s attentions from you. You would be justifiably jealous of them. We were God’s creation and thus part of his family. God is jealous when we abandon him for other “gods” or other interests and that is an honorable emotion in that text.
Those “other interests” that he can be jealous about do not have to necessarily have to be other deities. Those “other interest” can be money, sex, pride, power or any other interest that we allow to become more important than God. What we spend the most time on is the thing we worship the most. If our job is more important than attending worship service then our job is being worshiped more than God. He doesn’t like it when we put other interest above him and he is justifiably jealous just like the jilted lover.
Just like his jealousy, the vengeful part of his personality is justifiable. His vengeance is no different than the vengeance of a court of law. He distributes vengeance according to the law, his law. His vengeance is retribution for wrongs that have been committed against him and others. That is where the “just” part of his personally comes in. He judges all and dispenses justice to all with his ultimate pure justice. His vengeance is his justice and his justice is his vengeance. His justice is done with vengeance but it is ultimately just and warranted. His is not a hateful God, except where the evil itself is concerned. He does not dispense his justice with vengeance but with love. He as any parent knows, you have to punish and rebellious or unruly child. Don’t be mistaken, we are his children not his equal and as such have to be punished according to our failures or sins.
He is just in all aspects of his personality. His love is just. His vengeance is just. His hatred is just. His actions are just. His justice is just. Even his inaction is just because he justifiably allows us to decide our own destiny. He doesn’t unjustifiably force us to live our lives according to his will. That is why there is so much suffering in the world. None of it is his fault, it is entirely our fault. We make our own choices and those choices affect us and everyone around us. Many intentionally choose evil and do evil to others but that isn’t his fault because each of us gets to choose between evil and good. The more evil we choose to do, the more suffering we and others have to endure. If there was no evil in the world there would be no suffering in the world. Therefore all the suffering in the world is our fault not his.
If we actually took the time to fully understand God and his personality we would be able to understand more fully what he expects from us. That would make it so much easier to actually live within his will and good graces. It would also make life a whole easier on all of us. If you want to blame anyone for the pain and suffering in the world then look in the mirror, look all around you. There is no need to be searching to find those at fault because we are all to blame but never try to blame God. We come short of his expectation but he only comes short of our expectations because we don’t fully understand his expectations or we don’t have the desire to fulfill his expectations. Next time you question his inaction look in the mirror and ask yourself why you have allowed the pain and suffering.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
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