Posing Questions

Lost Crow ponders:

I can always tell when someone truely has faith and believes its in their eyes, but the question I have for you today is, god says to obey his commandments, but I do not believe simply following the commandments is good enough, if in your heart you feel the desire to do the opposite. In order to be saved you must grasp the understanding of the commandments and in finding this truth, you will be able to relay the commandments without ever reading the words of god and will be able to live them without any temptation.

I reply:

You are correct, simply following God’s commandments is not good enough: however, becoming a Christian does not suddenly make one perfect and without sin or temptation. God created mankind with free will. He gave us the ability to choose our own paths, then he asked us to lay down our free will and follow him.

Obedience to God is a choice we have to make many times daily, over and over again — and those ten commandments are just the beginning. Jesus commanded us to “Love our neighbors as ourselves.” He also made it clear in the parable of the Good Samaratin that everyone is our neighbor. That means we are to treat all people the way we ourselves would like to be treated in the same situation. Do we, as Christians, always do that? No. No, because we are not perfect nor infaliable. (We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23)

What sets Christians apart from other sinners is not our perfection, but Christ’s perfection. When one accepts and truly believes that Jesus sacrificed his divine life to buy their salvation, then one gains from God the gift of Christ’s Holy Spirit, which provides the aid he needs to live as God would have us live. Notice I said it provides us aid — the Holy Spirit does not take over and replace our free will.

Think of the Holy Spirit like your conscience — you can disregard it, but doing so is seldom comfortable. Unlike your conscience, the Holy Spirit cannot be “talked around” to your way of thinking. It cannot be pacified, nor will it accept your justification. The Holy Spirit excepts nothing less than repetance — a full admission of one’s mistake and the vow to never make it again. That is how Christians slowly become sanctified. That is how they learn to walk in obedience to God’s will.

On the flip side — the Holy Spirit can be rejected (free will). That is what I think is often the case in people who truly believe they are saved, but do not live in accordance to God’s will. They accepted Jesus, then rejected his Holy Spirit — in essence rejecting Jesus and allowing themselves the delusion of acceptance.

I can tell you with absolutely certainty that for many years of my life this is how I lived. Luckily, God is forgiving and he offers second chances (and more). If you have not yet read my testamony you may find doing so enlightening (check the side bar near the top).

Obedience is a living and a learning process. It is not a magical gift we are given upon acceptance of Christ. Reading the Bible, emmersing ourselves in God’s word, helps us better understand the will of God, but more than that, it provides us comfort when we stumble.

Your questions are always welcome. They make me think and help me affirm my beliefs. I hope my answers are helpful to you.

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3 Responses to “Posing Questions”

  1. August 11th, 2006 at 11:10 am

    goldennib says:

    Very good explaination. Very understandable.

  2. August 17th, 2006 at 4:07 am

    Alisa says:

    Good post, except that if we truely had “free will” we would have the power to “will” ourselves to do right all the time and overcome temptations regularly. Only one has true “free will” and that is the Father. He created all that is by just “willing it” into existance. I can’t even “will it” to rain. I believe what we have and what we confuse as “free will” is really just volition. We have the freedom to choose from a set of choices He has provided us.

    Just my 2 cents. Good post though.

    Be blessed. Alisa

  3. August 26th, 2006 at 7:20 am

    Disciple Quilldancer says:


    You have shared a very handy little piece of misinformed theology which frees people to sin without guilt. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. You are not God’s robot. Your choices are your own. Your mistakes are your own.