Isn't God sovereign?


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Question:

I believe God is SOVEREIGN. This means God is all-powerful and holy, and He can do anything He wants to do!

Answer:

So do I. God is Sovereign Holy Love. And 1 Corinthians 13 tells us exactly what He wants to do, and does do-and will always do.

Sovereign Holy Love can only act in harmony with His nature. Thus He cannot perpetuate error, pain and evil. Nor can He "allow" them to exist forever. For Omnipotent, Omnipresent Love Himself always succeeds and never fails. Therefore, Calvary MUST succeed for all the world-for any exception would mean an eternal victory for satan.

And to be utterly honest, I'm convinced that most Christians, in their deepest hearts, believe the same thing. Otherwise, instead of opposing (easy and convenient) abortions, we would all be mounting a campaign for the immediate sterilization of the human race. That is, if we truly believed that most infants born in this world are destined as adults for endless torment. For no human parent with a heart would dream of conceiving a child-knowing-that hopeless damnation was its probable (or even possible) destiny.

Is God any less merciful than we are? Is He only as powerful as we are? Think about it.

"Love is very patient and kind,

never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud,

never haughty or selfish or rude.

Love does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable or touchy.

It does not hold grudges

and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about injustice,

but rejoices whenever truth wins out. . .

There are three things that remain

-faith, hope, and love-

and the greatest of these is love"

(1 Cor. 13:4-6,13, The Living Bible).

"Every tongue shall take an oath,

He shall say,

'Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength!'"

(Isa. 45:23b-24, NKJV).

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"Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,

that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him . . .

His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and all dominions shall serve and obey Him"

(Daniel 7:14,27b, NKJV).

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"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth

and under the earth and on the sea,

and all that is in them, singing:

'To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!'"

(Rev. 5:13, NIV).

Charles Slagle

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