Friday, August 1, 2008
The Blessing of Doubt
Imagine that a very handsome, powerful, rich and well-known king seeks to find a true love life-time romance.
Love is volitional and requires the will.
So how does the king determine whether the lucky lady that he might set his heart upon sincerely loves him for who he is or just accepts his love because of all that he has to offer? Or perhaps she would only love him out of fear that he might punish her if she resisted? Isn't he too powerful to resist?
How does he weed out the true love from the gold-diggers?
He could hide his identity, not making himself as clearly known.
If you were God, and wanted the true love of your creation, would you not hide yourself in such a way as to test whether or not your creation had the WILL to love you?
When it really comes down to it, isn't faith the outward expression of our deepest heart's desires? After all, who has faith that they will get cancer or will get run over by a Mac truck?
If love is volitional and God is all powerful, then isn't faith the only gift that can test whether or not we truly have the will to love him for who He is as?
Does He not hide so as to win our love by volition and not out of fear or bribery?