Monday, October 25, 2004

They Know Not What They Do

I like this one by Barry Farber: Forgiving the Bush-Haters

I've never understood more just how completely deceived people can be, how it is impossible for them to undeceive themselves and how God allows this in order that He may show them mercy when He is ready. I've recently completed a Bible study on this subject that really opened some new doors to me.

the one formerly being a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent person, but I was shown mercy, because failing to understand, I did [it] in unbelief, 1 Timothy 1:13

But also if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those being lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (who is the image of God) should not dawn on them. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all. Romans 11:32

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which God has hidden, predetermining it before the world for our glory; which none of the rulers of this world knew (for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory). 1 Corinthians 2:7-8

Yes, they really do not know what they are doing. They are deceived. And that's OK. It brings new meaning and deeper understanding to love your enemy.

Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you! For so their fathers did to the false prophets. But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you. Luke 6:26-28

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