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The Decider (02/21/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I’m so sick of hearing about aion this, and aion that, and aion blah blah. Is that all you got?

Adam: Since your eternal Hell theology depends on aion meaning “eternity”, maybe I should ask you the same question. Seems like every Bible verse about the duration of Hell has an aion underneath it.

Bob: Aha! I knew it, you don’t have anything else!

Adam: Aion is all I need, but no, it’s not all I got.

Bob: Yeah, like what?

Adam: Do you believe that God always accomplishes His will?

Bob: Yes, He always accomplishes His will. If God says “Let there be light”, then there’s going to be light.

Adam: Like it says in Ephesians 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

Bob: God works all things after the counsel of His own will. I agree, but agreeing with you makes me nervous.

Adam: Is that your final answer?

Bob: Yes. God gets what God wants, and you better stay out of His way. My inheritance depends on it.

Adam: Care to phone a friend?

Bob: No.

Adam: Poll the audience? Maybe go 50/50 from the computer?

Bob: No, just give me the million dollars.

Adam: Okay, but before I write that check, read for me First Timothy chapter 2, verses 3 and 4.

Bob: What were those numbers again?

Adam: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Bob: It says “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Adam: His will is to save everyone. And you said He always accomplishes His will.

Bob: That’s because the word “will” really means “wish”. The salvation of all mankind is just wishful thinking. He wishes they were saved, but they’re not. Jesus did his best to make it happen, but sometimes your best isn’t good enough.

Adam: Is God happy about that?

Bob: Of course not. It grieves Him deeply to see people burning in Hell eternally.

Adam: What about Ezekiel 18:23 where it says “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” ?

Bob: That’s exactly what I’m talking about, God has eternal displeasure from the reality of Hell.

Adam: What about Psalm 135:6 ?

Bob: Um... it reads “Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.”

Adam: If God does what He pleases, and His pleasure is for the wicked to turn from their wicked ways and live, how is it that Hell is eternal?

Bob: Obviously it’s His good pleasure to have the displeasure of Hell.

Adam: And it doesn’t bother you when your theology ends in a contradiction?

Bob: No. It’s a paradox. These are the deep mysteries of God, and we can’t understand them.

Adam: God accomplishing His will is easy to understand... if you have faith.

Bob: I have faith that sometimes God doesn’t get what He wants.

Adam: I don’t think faith built on the idea that “Sometimes God doesn’t get what He wants” is built on the right sort of foundational rock. It shifts around all the time, and in the end you really don’t know what to believe.

Bob: I’ll tell you what I believe... Bob gets what Bob wants. It’s my will that Jesus be my savior, but if I change my mind and say “Let me go to Hell”, then Bob is going to Hell. It’s my decision to make! Who’s going to get in my way?

Adam: God. There can only be one God, and He’s not Bob Almighty the Decider.



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