By Richard Sison | 2016
This is a question that some ignore and some are afraid to ask. Could a Just G-D harden someone´s heart and then punish him? Would not be that unfair? Then, the belief about "predestination" comes up. Are we predestined by G-D to life or to death?
The Scripture says that there is no unrighteousness with G-D. In Romans 9:14-15 we read: “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with G-d? G-d forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But in the next verses of the same chapter of Romans it seems like the L-RD prepares some to receive mercy and some to be hardened and predestines some to eternal life and some to destruction. So it looks like G-D shows favouritism, isn’t it? And then, He cannot be questioned. Is that what it really means?
Isn’t it that G-D Himself invited His people to reason with Him? “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the L-RD in Isa 1:18. Isn´t Abraham also reasoning with Elohim when He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah: "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”, in Gen 18:23-25.
The passage in Rom 9:18 should be translated literally from Greek in this manner to give justice to the word of G-D: “Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, but some He determined to be indurate (or stubborn)”, and as for Rom 9:22, “What if G-d, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:”, meaning, G-D waited for a person to repent. After all He said “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the L-rd G-D: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).
Heb 3:8 says: “Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:” G-D does not harden people’s heart. It is the people who harden their heart to G-D.
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