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This guy is nuts, but there is extremism in every religion. My heart goes out to those devout Muslims who will be wrongfully prosecuted and discriminated against because they are lumped into the same category as this guy. We are all brothers and sisters, lets act like it.
DJC49 wrote: Dear *Love* -- Please kindly notice that in my post of [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/survey_details.asp?currPage=2&VoteID=ww42303173933&sortby=newfirst#comments]]]12/15/08 2:05 PM[/URL] (to which you have responded here), that I use the word "forces" as a verb and NOT as a noun as in: "The force be with you!" [*John UK* attempted to associate that Star Wars verbiage with my post. I assume he did so in jest.] So ...... Kindly reread my post for clarification and perhaps for your edification.
DJC49 wrote: But God "forces" his own to love Him in a powerful, irresistable, "Kingdom of God" way; a way that ONLY God can do. . .the truth of our utterly sinful (and hopeless) condition; the truth of justice needing to be satisfied; the truth of the LOVE that God has for his own. And ALL this truth is wrapped up and converges at the Cross.
No, DJ, not a *force*.
God IS love, and when one meets the Saviour, His love is shed abroad in the heart of the redeemed one. Love emanates (flows) from God.
It is mercy and truth combined having paid the price of redemption on the Cross.
When one meets the Saviour, the result is reconciliation with a Holy God Who has cleansed the sinner.
Remember the woman at the well with whom Jesus interacted? She ran into the city and proclaimed that she had met a man who told her all that she had done. She was proclaiming Jesus the Messiah - not her sins.
Forget her sins. As far as the east is from the west, they have been cast into the sea.
And, so have they all been cast into the sea, for those who believe and receive His forgiveness.
1 John 2:2 ". .He Himself is the propititation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world." (not universalism)