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  1. Not. Seeing the goodness of God and hearing his Word is what leads an unrighteous man to chose Christ.
  2. When did the Gentiles begin to choose Christ? Paul asks us how can a man choose Christ if he has not heard of him (Romans 10:14) - he can’t. So faith comes by hearing - that’s the point of Paul’s work. To spread the Gospel to the Gentiles for them to hear. So an unrighteous man can choose Christ when he hears the Gospel which tells him he is evil and that his outcome will be death but there is an alternative - Salvation. An unrighteous man is still an intelligent man who can think and make decisions and who makes decisions based on the information they have knowledge of. I could ask you Why does “that man” choose to not kill or steal (and passes laws as such)? Aren’t they evil and have not good in them? Yes but I’d say they make that choice despise that because they do not want to be killed or be stolen from. Even an unrighteous man can see the goodness of God and want that goodness. That same man when given the word of the Gospel and the promise of life instead of death and seeing the goodness of God can repent and can choose life (Christ) (Romans 2:4). The gift of Salvation given to us only by the grace of God and through faith in Jesus Christ.
  3. I love it - too bad I dont have the time to do it 😞
  4. Your atonement occurs when you accept Christ as your Saviour. When you believe/put your faith in Him. The same as when God considered Abraham righteous. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:3, 5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ In 2 Peter 3, Peter is talking about the people of the world. Yes he is talking about all mankind. God does not want anyone to follow Satan. He wants everyone to choose Christ. God sent his son to die for our sins because of his love towards us. To give salvation to those who accept Christ.
  5. Salvation being only possible meaning Salvation only exists because of God. It was the Father’s intent to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to give salvation to everyone and anyone that believed in Jesus. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6:40‬ ‭KJV‬‬ Jesus certainly did many things to convince people who he was. The many miracles were for that purpose. His resurrection he foretold would convince people. “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” ‭‭John‬ ‭4:39, 41-42‬ ‭KJV‬‬ Sending Jesus to not only be the sacrifice but also to be the light of the world and God sending Paul to the Gentiles were certainly actions taken by God to ensure that His death would be effective. The final statement and Great Commission was certainly to be sure His death would be effective. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭KJV‬
  6. That would be a mistake to terminate my account. I believe salvation is only possible because God sent his son Jesus to die for our sins “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬ For me to take any credit for my salvation because I accepted what only by the grace of God he gave to me would be silly
  7. I was hoping you’d answer the question I posed to you first William said: That isn't what is being stated. However, if you gave me a free gift in grace and then stated a condition or I'd lose the gift then that'd becomes performance based. Erik said: The condition being that you accept the gift? If you don’t accept it you lose it. You’d consider you accepting the gift as the work that merited the gift and that it was a performance based gift because it required you to accept it?
  8. You received the $1000 only because of the grace I showed you by giving it to you. For you to take any credit for getting the $1000 because you accepted it from me would be silly
  9. The condition being that you accept the gift? If you don’t accept it you lose it. You’d consider you accepting the gift as the work that merited the gift and that it was a performance based gift because it required you to accept it?
  10. Don’t you think there is some flaw to labeling accepting a gift as being performance based? If I said here’s $1000 id like to donate to this board and I handed it to you - you’d consider you taking it from me as the work that merited you that $1000?
  11. Nothing disrespectful intended...I think its a legitimate question and one I've definitely been thinking about. I know this board (especially William and the Moderators) would provide well thought of responses which I appreciate.
  12. You said YHWH like 13 times in your post. When you say YHWH - do you mean God?
  13. Perhaps The doctrine of Circumcision would be an example. It was a commandment and doctrine derived from the Scriptures but was set aside so as to not divide the church or turn others from accepting Christ. Should a doctrine that the Sabbath day is on Saturday and not Sunday be a doctrine that causes division or turn others from accepting Christ?
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