Dichotomies…

I have been struggling with wrapping my head around apparent dichotomies in life… I had a Theology professor once tell me that if you can accept conflict that you will do well with Theology…

One of the dichotomies is the fact that the cost of salvation is free to us… but the cost of discipleship will cost you everything… This comes out of a conversation this weekend about how you view grace. When you realize that all you have to do is ask for Jesus to come in to your life… the process of acquiring salvation is fairly simple… more simple than most would imagine… But, if you look at what it costs to truly be a follower… “take up your cross” and leaving everything behind comes to mind…

It is what makes me think that being a Christian is the easiest and hardest thing to do.

The next is one that is even harder for me to wrap my head around… but I was watching a show on TV, it was one of the magazine format news shows… and they did a feature on a preacher who had come to the realization that the Gospel was totally inclusive and that there was no such thing as Hell… I heard him out, and respected that he really believed this, but I can’t from where I sit and read… believe that this is true… He was harping on about trying to wrap his head around God coming to save the whole world, and God being such a loving God… and on and on… While it is one of the hardest things to accept, the idea of serving such a loving God also being what is referred to as a just God, is really hard for me to accept… the fact that there is a place called Hell and that it is real and that people who don’t know God will go there is hard to accept, but… It is what I believe…

This world is finite… this world is not eternal… this world is not spiritual… and so it is hard to even have the language to intelligently discuss these things that truly are infinite, eternal and spiritual…

I had a professor who used to quote the scripture about “knowing in part”… and would say… the other part is what we don’t know…

I look forward to a day when I know in the fullness of being in His presence… I am ready to go home and not have to deal with these worldly dichotomies…

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