Hey to all!
I’ve been thinking through reasons why God would have built a world system that doesn’t overwhelm everyone by the evidence of His glory. Scripture tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus as Lord, so there will be a day it will be made evident to everyone, but that time isn’t now.
In thinking through faith being counted as righteousness for us and the fact that faith isn’t needed when He is fully revealed, it makes sense that He wouldn’t fully reveal Himself during the time of mercy. But, that then means that other proofs that He is real and that what He says is true are needed during that time.
This led me to consider personal differences and denominational differences in regard to scriptural interpretation. I have heard some RZIM Q&As when the question of varying interpretations and the fact of various denominations are a proof that God isn’t real - we can’t even come to agreement on many things within Christendom. And, denominational splits has led to infighting within the faith, which seems no different than the denominations of Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism - all faiths are the same in this manner, it’s asserted.
But, I wonder, if the system setup God has actually creates the environment that we can prove to the world how true love actually works - what it looks like to actually get along and value and respect each other even when we differ. What are your thoughts?
A couple of reference scriptures as jumping off points:
John13:35 - “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
1 John 4:20 - “If someone says, I love God, but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?”
2 Peter 1:20 - “…knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation…”