It’s NOT a Fair Game!

Keeper says with regard to salvation:

It all boils down to what country you were born in, what age your were born in, what and how much your parents taught you of Religion and at what age, your ability to understand science, how much you went to church when young, what kind of friends you ended up with, your circumstances, environment and “supernatural experiences”, and at what age you die. It’s NOT a Fair Game!

http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/278907-It-s-NOT-a-Fair-Game!

Then he gives five arguments why he thinks God is unfair in His ‘salvation game’. I would reply to those 5 arguments:

1. Not all people live the same lengths!

Keeper suggests that the longer a person lives, then the more that person is likely to be saved. He says by a person dying early (between 19-25 years), then this reduces their chances of ever being saved. Mathematically this may sound sensible, until you realize that there are hundred millions of people who still reject God even at their deathbeds, and as a result die without ever being reconciled with Him. The bible clearly refutes Keeper’s argument by saying “a man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). The bible makes it clear that a man’s heart becomes hardened as time goes by, and every rebuke that is not heeded works against them and not for them. The bible advices people to “remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say I find no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). The best Christians we read about have most of them came to faith in Jesus in their teenage years, while there are very few who came to God in their adulthood.

The problem with Keeper’s argument is the fact that he failed to take into account sin’s stronghold on people. The bible teaches that sin easily entangles (trap, capture, etc) (see Hebrews 12:1). It’s unreasonable to suggest that a University freshman who drinks and do drugs from Thursday night till Sunday night every week will suddenly become sober and quit alcohol and drugs as time goes on. On the contrary, there’s more evidence to show that alcohol and drugs are addictive, and the addiction gets worse with age and wealth. The end result of such a person in a few years’ time is usually death, not salvation, even though there are exceptions. You can’t reasonably expect a University student engaging in sex outside marriage during her University years to suddenly stop fornication and obey the 7th commandment.

As we have seen, ageing makes salvation even more difficult because of the addictive nature of sin. Catholics usually say “give us a child for the first seven years, and we’ll make him a Catholic forever”.

2. Not all people are born into the same lifestyles.

Keeper says “your level of faith is basically started from your parents. I’m pretty certain a person would have more faith in God from the get-go in a loving family who reads him the bible every night, than a person living in a broken home with a broken family, no money, no bible stories and no church”.

Firstly, this argument works both ways. People like John Wesley, Origen, Joe Piper, etc had godly parents, and they imparted Godly values into them, as a result they became Christians, even better Christians than they would have been. However there are exceptions and you only have to look at some of the pastors’ kids to note that it doesn’t always work the same way. Personally, I was raised the same way my siblings were raised, and our parents read to us the bible and taught us about God, yet my siblings want nothing to do with God. The bible says “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Even though there are exceptions to the rule, a child should definitely be a Christian if parents were not hypocrites. Even though training a child in Christianity will result in a Christian, we have to note that believer’s children have to repent from their sins on their own and their parents can’t help them. King David was a godly man, yet his son Absalom was a wicked man, even though he was raised the same biblical way as King Solomon.

Secondly, salvation is not only limited to those who were raised in Christian homes, but everybody is invited and can be saved. The revival of a Christian church in China and India is proof that the kind of childhood a person had is inconsequential when it comes to salvation. While on the other hand, the decline of pure Christianity in Europe, and to a lesser extent America, is an indication that Christian homes doesn’t necessarily make Christians.

3. Not all people are taught the same faiths

Keeper says “For arguments sake lets say the Christian God is the true God – so what if you are born in India? I’m guessing that makes it a hell of a lot tougher for THAT GUY to believe in Jesus/God when he grew up with other beliefs? Let’s say Allah was the true God, is it your fault for growing up with the notion that your Christian God is the right one?”

Firstly, anybody who uses the argument that people who live in the Middle East are disadvantaged from a salvation point of view ussually ignores history. History tells us that in 33AD a few Christians from Jerusalem evangelized the whole world, and they conquered the Middle East, the East of China, India, etc, the West of Rome, the Africa of Egypt, Ethiopia, etc. All the nations they conquered were not Christian, but were Buddhist, Judaist, Hindu, Eastern religions, etc. Yet 400 years later the whole Roman world was nearly fully Christian. So history proves to us that being of different faith doesn’t withhold a person from being a Christian, but rather everybody can be a Christian without being denied the opportunity by the faith they were raised in. All that is needed is repentance. Are Jews willing to repent? Then they will be saved! Are Muslims willing to repent? Then they will be saved! Are Buddhists willing to repent? Then they will be saved! Are Hindus willing to repent? Then they will be saved!

Secondly, Keeper is ignoring the fact that hundreds of millions of people in Europe were raised in the Christian faith, yet Europe is the leading secular continent on the world. So it’s clear that having Christianity as your inherited religion doesn’t necessarily mean people will be Christians.

4. Evolution

Keeper suggests that exposure to the Theory of Evolution will mean people will reject the Christian faith, as such God is unfair to scientists. Firstly, not all scientists believe in evolution, in fact the tide is turning as more and more scientists are coming out against Evolution (see http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org/). Secondly, if the above scientists can see the folly of evolution, then what excuse does an evolutionary scientist have? The bible says “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20). The bible makes it clear that all we need to know about creation has been made known plainly, so an evolutionary scientist can’t accuse God of making the understanding of creation difficult enough to reject Him. Thirdly, the problem evolutionary scientists have with God is not evolutionary, but it’s of a sinful nature.

5. Supernatural Experiences

Keeper says “Some people claim they “just know” because they experienced something, or heard God speak to them/etc – so why does god only give some these “bonuses”?”

Supernatural experiences are rare, and there should not be an expectation from any of us to experience them. Yes there are people who have had supernatural experiences, and some in Jesus’ days were convinced to repent from their sins because of them, while others just went on with their lives as if nothing had happened. So there’s no guarantee that a person will repent because they had supernatural experiences, in fact supernatural experiences are likely to cause people to search for natural explanations for every miracle they see. Aren’t evolutionary scientists looking for a natural explanation for the miracle that is the universe, instead of believing in God? If we can’t believe in God through creation, then what bigger miracle is there to see? Can we ever have a bigger supernatural experience that is more awesome than the universe? It’s impossible, yet we reject this supernatural experience as natural and find ways to explain it without God. So nobody is being unfairly treated by God because we are all experiencing a supernatural universe, yet it doesn’t bring us to repentance.

Conclusion:

  1. Your country of birth has nothing to do with repenting from one’s sins, as God has a witness in every heart called conscience. Anybody who listens to his conscience will find God, regardless of where he finds himself in. And everybody who sears his conscience as with a hot iron (see 1 Timothy 4:2) will perish, regardless of the number of Christians in his country.
  2. Your age doesn’t have anything to do with your salvation. The bible “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Everybody is commanded to repent now, not after their 26th birthday, or in their deathbed. Those who fail to listen have themselves to blame.
  3. God is not anybody’s grandfather, He’s the Father to those who obey Him and keep His commandments. So any child who thinks he can come to God through his parents is fooling himself. And those who foolishly believe everything their parents taught them have only themselves to blame. Every person will give account of himself to God, including all parents and children.
  4. The bible warns against worshipping creation instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25). So any scientist or science student who thinks studying creation is more important than being at peace with God shall justifiably be condemned.
  5. The responsibility to repent is in the hands of every person, even though the Holy Spirit has to convict everyone of sin. There won’t be even a single excuse a person can bring against God on Judgment Day. People have always said “The way of the Lord is not just” (Ezekiel 33:20), but God “will judge each of you according to his own ways.”
  6. There’s a misconception that people go to hell because they didn’t hear the Gospel, yet the bible teaches that people go to hell for being sinners. (see https://burden4souls.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/who-is-destined-for-hell/ )
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