Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Eleven)

Does God Withhold His Blessings?
            Jesus says: “For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened.” (Luke 11:10 NWT) Further, James adds: “So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5 NWT) Thus establishing in the mind of the skeptic: God is a gumball machine – all your whims will be granted!
            Gumball machines give to you regardless if you are righteous or wicked. However, God is not like that. Isaiah 1:15, Micah 3:4 and James 4:3 all readily acknowledge this fact. The solution to this contradiction is laid out in each of these verses. Isaiah 1:15 (NWT) says: “And when you spread out your palms, I hide my eyes from you. Although you offer many prayers, I am not listening; Your hands are filled with blood.” Micah 3:4 (NWT) reports: “At that time they will call to Jehovah for help, [b]ut he will not answer them. He will hide his face from them at that time, [b]ecause of their wicked deeds.” James 4:3 (NWT) reproves us, saying: “When you do ask, you do not receive because you are asking for a wrong purpose, so that you may spend it on your fleshly desires.” So does Jesus contradict these verses?
            Only if you ground down the specifics of both statements, producing two watered down, supposedly mutually exclusive statements. Keep in mind, though, that even gumball machines withhold their product if you turn the knob, but fail to put the quarter in!

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