If God is all powerful, why doesn’t He stop sin now?

2 Nov

If God is All Powerful, why doesn’t He just stop sin now?

Here’s an illustration:

Volunteer 1:

__________ is a student at _________ . He feels like he’s pretty much a good person, even though he knows he’s not perfect. He believe’s he’s a Christian because his parents are. He tries not to do too many “bad” things. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t steal. He never tells BIG lies…just the little ones that don’t hurt much.

Is ________ saved?

No.

Volunteer 2:

__________ is a student at _________ . She knows she is not a good person and she doesn’t care. Last week she punted a kitten just to see how far it would fly. She has no concept of personal property, except that all property is personally hers. Small toddlers are actually afraid of her. She has no desire to set foot in a church because “church people” are mean to her.

Is ________ saved?

No.

Volunteer 1 has a horrible relationship with Volunteer 2. Volunteer two poked him in the eye just this morning. Volunteer one can barely see as we speak.

How does Volunteer 1 feel about Volunteer 2?

Probably not too happy.

Volunteer 1 goes with a friend to Winterville FBC on Wednesday and hears about Jesus and what the Bible really says about whether or not he’s a good person. He believes what he hears and becomes a Christian.

What should volunteer 1 do to Volunteer 2 now?

Forgive her.

Volunteer 1 approaches Volunteer 2.

Volunteer 1: “I have been angry at you because you poked me in the eye and I could not see. But since Jesus loved me and forgave me, I will forgive you and love you!”

Volunteer 2 can react one of two ways:

1. Volunteer 2 can say: “Wow! No one has ever loved me like that! I want this Jesus you have!” and become a Christian herself.

2. She can continue to live and be cruel to those around her.

What is most likely?

Probably number 2.

What does that mean about the way volunteer 1 should treat her?

He shouldn’t be vengeful. He should continue to forgive as Christ forgave.

This say may continue for a long time. How would God stop this? When should God stop this?

All that to say:

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you have judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 2:1-4

God is patient so that those who don’t know Him will have a chance to repent. He gave those of us who are saved time, and He wants to give everyone that chance. Even the ones who hurt us, because He loves them too.

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