More assumptions I would like to talk about.
- It is crazy that you worship a God you are supposed to be afraid of.
We are not scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. When the Bible says to “fear God” it is not saying to be scared of Him. Fear, in that sense, is to hold in high reverence. To show the utmost respect. To see Him as holy. God does not want His children to be scared of Him. He doesnt scare us into obedience. We are obedient because we respect Him and know His ways are right. Just as you dont want your kids to obey the rules of your house because they are scared of you or your punishment. Wouldnt you rather they obey the rules because they trust you and respect you?
- It is abusive to tell your kids/people that they are sinners that need to beg for forgiveness.
Have you ever had a perfect day without sinning a single time? If you say yes, then whose moral code are you using to define what is right and wrong? For us, the Bible gives us our moral code. It never changes. And it tells us in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned. I dont think anyone can disagree with that. Just take a look at the 10 commandments. I dont think it is unreasonable to say those commandments define what is right and wrong pretty well. It is unreasonable to suggest that anyone besides Jesus has never fallen short on those. That is why Jesus provided a way for forgiveness that we do not have to beg for. Forgiveness is freely given in abundance when we turn our hearts to Christ as our Savior. Another amazing thing happens once we realize we are sinners and accept Christ’s work at the cross as our salvation….we dont want that sin anymore and our behavior starts changing. We receive not only freedom from the punishment of sin but we receive freedom from sin as we walk with Him!
- I believe there is a God but I am going to let my kids believe what they want. Who am I to tell them what to believe in?
You play a very important role in what your kids believe. If you arent guiding them as Christ being their Lord and Savior then you are showing them that you dont really believe that He is. Because if you really believed about the truth of salvation and how to obtain it then you wouldnt leave that an open sentence for them. Why would you? It would be like having a cure for something that is making them very sick but expecting them to find it on their own before they die. And by the way, even the demons believe there is a God. They also know who Jesus is and what He did. So evaluate what it is you really believe about salvation against what the Bible says about salvation.
- If I have to pay for my sins later, so be it. But I am not worshipping God just so God wont punish me for simply existing.
God doesnt punish us like that. He does correct His children because every good parent does. But if you are picturing a God that has some weird pleasure of watching people suffer for being sinful then you are picturing the wrong one in that role. Satan plays that role and God provided a way of escape from the deceiver. Jesus paid for your sins. In full. Why would you ever turn down such a free gift and choose to pay for your own sins? Do you really understand what you are choosing here? It isnt you burning in hell with God in heaven laughing at your demise and sending down lightening bolts to further your agony. Nope. You are asking for an eternity without God in it. Void. No goodness or light. Just darkness and evil and regret and hate and torture. Nothing to hold back evil. For eternity. Do you realize how long that is? Jesus already paid for you! Why is that such a horrible thing? You are God’s masterpiece and He wishes noone to perish. He would never punish you for simply existing. God’s wrath is Him turning from you as if He never knew you. Not worshipping Him will not stop that wrath. Worshipping Him will not stop it either. Admitting you are a sinner, believing Christ died for your sins, and confessing Him Lord of your life keeps you in the loving gaze of the Father that created you and wants so badly for you to choose Him. Why else would He make you exist if not for you to have the chance to choose Him and spend eternity with Him? It is that loving relationship between the Creator and us that makes us more than willing to worship and praise Him! He is such a good, good Father! And, by the way, there is no ruler in hell. The satan that you are buddying up with now will be just another demon in hell when this is all over. With no power at all and suffering just like you.