It is a mystery to those that truly know in their heart and mind that Jesus Christ arose from death, and He will return to change each believer as well as the whole universe into a glorious new body and world for those that want it…yet some like the world as it is. N.T. Wright has a straight forward quote that explains it in very simple language.
NTW: Well, nothing in what I’m saying implies that if we do our homework and get it all right, everybody in the world is going to keel over and say oh, I get it now, fine, okay, I’m going to become a Christian. It’s much more complicated than that. Paul addresses this question in 2 Corinthians 4, when he talks about the God of this world blinding the hearts of unbelievers. And there’s a deep mystery there. And I think part of the problem is that again, in our modern world, modern Western world, we have assumed a sort of 18th Century rationalism which says if I only explain this clearly, everyone will understand and believe it. And the trouble with that is that yes, I can explain it clearly, but if it requires a whole worldview shift, then people perhaps are never going to get it, because they like the worldview the way they’ve got it. And unless something happens to jolt them out of that, then they may well just not want to change at all.
Published on Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 4:29 AM CDT