Resisting the Truth
There is a part of me that desires for God to treat us as nothing more than infants. To feed us. To care for our every need. To unconditionally welcome and embrace us regardless of the level of temper tantrum and rejection we show.
I particularly want this when a friend, neighbor or family member rejects the calling of the Holy Spirit and declines to accept the gift of the saving blood of Jesus Christ. Especially when that person has died. I want the delusion that God will treat that person like the helpless infant that doesn’t know what they are doing and to just go ahead and save them anyway.
But this is not the God that Peter speaks of and it is not the God shown throughout any part of the bible. God expects us to grow up and make choices. We are not helpless infants. We have been given facts, words, laws, science and all of nature and the entire cosmos to confirm that God is God. God is a teacher. God does love us, and He loves us so much that He gives us the ability to either accept or reject Him. And, He then loves us so much that He is willing to honor and accept that choice.
The God that Peter speaks of is one who is patiently waiting. Who allows His adult child to go off and squander the health and wealth He has given them, to treat Him as if He were dead, but still wait by the door longing for that child to return (see parable of the prodigal son).
As much as I may want all my loved ones to be saved, I recognize that God does, too. And, unlike me at times, He loves them enough to honor their decisions and choices while holding the door open for as long as is possible.
God is not slow, but He is exceptionally patient.
to live holy and godly lives
scoffing and following their own evil desires, mockery
Things have not “always” been as they are now – there was a creation event
God is not slow, He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish but to come to repentance. There are still people who can and will be saved.
I like to think that all of my family and friends will be judged to be believers despite the evidence I have seen in their words and ways.
To repent – to rend my heart not my clothing – in other words, not repentance for show, but repentance at the soul level