Thursday, April 14, 2011

Romans

I'm bored because now I've been hanging out by myself for a couple hours so that I would be rested for our adventure to the grocery store and dinner. So I've decided to share my Bible revelation of earlier today. It's not much of a revelation, more of a question-creator. 


I read Romans 2 today and then had to go back to chapter 1, which I read yesterday, to make sure I had it all together. The bare minimum to read, if you want to understand what I'm talking about, is Romans 2:12-16 and 1:18-20. Here's what I journaled (I actually started a paper journal just for this trip!):


2:12-16 are particularly striking. It confirms and challenges what I've thought about non-Christians. Many hear the Word but don't get it, but they still live by a moral code. Are they saved? Maybe not, maybe so. Because God sees and judges men's secrets; is Jesus' grace covering them?


If they haven't heard the Word, but the moral law is in them, are they saved? If they disobey their law, is there grace?


Romans 1:18-20 says that creation is a testament to God's eternal power so men are without excuse. With science today, does that provide an excuse? Science doesn't prove or disprove God, but it creates doubt. Now that I'm thinking this over again, I wonder about my last statement. Science has actually proved a lot of the Bible, so does it really create doubt? Or does it allow some to take the leap of faith required to not believe in God? And yes, disbelieving God requires a leap of faith (we can discuss this anytime if you're curious). 


EDIT: I completely forgot about the Gospel and Jesus' statement  in John 14:6-7:


      Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."


So, just more confusion to add to this story. End EDIT


Salvation is so difficult to understand when it's not myself. I was on the plane, praying for God to use me in whatever way He wanted, and I realized I didn't need a safe trip because I would be with God if the trip went badly (I am using 'bad' with the worldly understanding because the result is actually quite wonderful in this case). 


Anyway, that's what's on my mind. Maybe I'll add to this post (or make a new one) if I actually come to a conclusion. If you can shed light on this, please comment! Or send me a message. 
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