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To: Terabitten
I agree with you that God is in control of all things. But He created us free. He also chooses to use us as his instruments. God waited for a virgin Mary to say yes before the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became incarnate in the womb of Mary! She could have said no like Adam and Eve did and everyone who sins. But God offers mercy to those who ask for it in humility. God waits for each of us to say our “yes” every day so as to use us as His instruments to bring forth His plan of salvation and to lead others to salvation. This is a great mystery in that God is God, and yet we are free. It is true what Jesus said: “And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Mt 3:9). But God then turns to others who will do His will just as the early Church offered the possibility of salvation to the Gentiles, and all of us.
3 posted on 03/30/2009 8:39:20 AM PDT by JosephJames (The Truth Shall Set You Free (Jn 8:32)!)
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To: JosephJames
But God offers mercy to those who ask for it in humility.

I'm sorry, my FRiend, but that's not correct. God Himself says in Exodus 33:19: "And he said,"And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." God grants His mercy and grace to those whom He chose before the beginning of time:

"God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began." (2 Tim 1:8)

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." (Eph 1:4)

We don't choose God, He chooses us:

"...because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation..." (II THESSALONIANS 2:13).

48And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.(Acts 13:48)

4 posted on 03/30/2009 9:14:07 AM PDT by Terabitten (To all RINOs: You're expendable. Sarah isn't.)
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