Re: Why did God choose Israel as His chosen people?
Welcome to Bibleforums prodigal. You chose an interesting member name.
Originally Posted by prodigal
prodigal: wastefully or recklessly extravagant.
Just now I am thinking about how broadly that word could be applied in today's world. We aren't a society of crumbs but of baskets of waste. Lord help us who fare sumptuously in this world. Here is what the Apostle Paul taught regarding those who find themselves rich in this present world:
I Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
What are we to do then? Ask Paul "who then is rich in this world"? (Luke 10:29) OK, so up to here I have posted to myself and maybe others who by any reasonable use of the word prodigal are living prodigally in prodigal times. So maybe there is a point to your statement above about why you won't call yourself a Christian in this day, but I still want to take issue with it.
Assuming that you understand what Christianity is all about and more specifically the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how we are saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ, then what part of that do you not believe in when you state "I am a firm believer in God"? Do you mean God's existence or a believer in Jesus Christ?
In either case, I believe the statement of "Yes, I am a Christian" or "No, I am not a Christian" is a testimony of our belief and continued trust (faith) in Jesus Christ as the one who saved us. God isn't so interested in our high regard of the term "Christian" as He is in our high regard for His Son Jesus Christ. I suggest that when we say "No, I am not a Christian" then we are saying "No, I have not received Jesus Christ as my Saviour, I do not have a testimony of that event".
If Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour and we are ashamed to number ourself with our brothers and sisters in Christ then our life would probably not reflect a "Christian life" and potentially devoid of the power of God's grace. If we are ashamed to number ourself with our brothers and sisters in Christ because of their life then we might be having too high of an opinion of ourselves.
What is your testimony prodigal?
I Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.