Re: [Wesleyan Theology] Re: Core Christian ideas
- --- hamgears <lmitchell@...> wrote:
> I do see your point. What if black people had beenI do not disagree with this at all. Nor do I think
> happy with their "place" in
> the world and Rosa Parks had been thankful that the
> requirement blacks sit at
> the back of the bus had befallen her.
that this contradict Christian resignation.
The point is simple: If we are resigned, then we are
resigned to the will of God and not the will of the
world, or any person, ideology, etc.
In the case of sister Parks, she and the so-called
civil rights movement which followed were just that.
They were resigned to the will of God, the God who
freed the slaves from Egypt and brought them to a land
flowing with milk and honey, who made them a mighty
nation among many.
Resignation is not only accepting "thy will be
done", as I said. It is also accepting, "thy will be
done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN".
God oders the detiny of all things (a la Job), but
he also calls us to follow him in his mighty acts and
bare the fruit of His love (a la Jesus Christ's
- --- John Earp <j_earp@...> wrote:
> I should hasten to add that I obviously haveJohn puts well the distinction I was trying to make.
> absolutely no problem whatsoever with us having
> complete resignation to **the will of God**. What I
> have a problem with is the philosophy/theology that
> assumes *everything that happens is God's will*,
The church has not always done all that it can to
clarify this distinction. The Bible does not teach
determinism. Even most Calvinists do not teach it.
Many things happen which are not the direct cause of
God, but the result of sin, choice, etc.