Glorification of God

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Two young adults studying the Bible.

Raven: I thought we were going to get through the whole Bible in a year. At this rate, it’s going to take until after we graduate.

Samantha: It’s not my fault. It wouldn’t take a third of the time if you’d just read and stop picking at everything.

Raven: But I don’t want to just read it, I want to understand it. That’s important, too.

Samantha: I guess, but you’re picking at every little thing. Most of it’s just obvious, but you act like it’s a big mystery or like you’re trying to find faults in it.

Raven: I’m not trying to find faults; it’s just that I’m not getting everything. Like with this part — it says that Pharaoh was going to let the Israelites go, but God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he’d change his mind. That doesn’t seem right, does it? I thought God was all about letting people have free will?

Samantha: There are a few things that you have to keep in mind. First of all, Pharaoh had already chosen to disobey God a bunch of times, so he had used his free will and suffered the consequences. God is just making Pharaoh do the same thing he’s been doing, so that’s not really the same as making Pharaoh do something against his will.

Raven: It still doesn’t seem right not to let him change his mind.

Samantha: That’s the other thing you have to remember — all of those miracles God did in Egypt added to the glory of God. Letting an evil man continue to do evil things is not wrong at all when you compare it to the glorification of God that it made possible.

Raven: Does God do that all the time?

Samantha: You mean plagues?

Raven: No, I mean allowing evil to glorify himself.

Samantha: I doubt it. We’d see a lot of miracles if He did.

Raven: What about the whole world? All of creation is a great glory to God. Maybe God allows human evils and natural disasters because they are part of the universe, and the universe is such a testament to His power that it glorifies Him massively — so much so that murders and earthquakes are just tiny evils in comparison.

Samantha: For real? That is so random! Come on, quit fooling around or we’re never even going to get through the first book.

 


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Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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