Thou shalt not commit adultery (Nathan confron...
Thou shalt not commit adultery (Nathan confronts David); bronze bas-relief on the door of the Madeleine Place de La Madeleine, Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it not true that with all the information available to the aspiring Christian and even with the  study of Scripture, various books, tapes and even if you had listened to the all the preaching in the world, in the end it still comes down to your own personal belief and that is a very private thing? For example, wouldn’t  you say that the definition of love is based mostly upon your own personal expectation of what love is to you and what you feel love should be and not what others say it ought to be? This I think is an issue with much of the Bible and it’s readers. There are many instructions and promises made to the believer often preceded with two little words that are actually very large and telling and those words are: If You. If you what? For starters we can say if you believe in your heart. So are there conditions placed before us in achieving  manifestation of the thing desired? Though there are influences in our lives that may have a part in constructing our beliefs, when the noise becomes quiet, there remains a final decision to be made and that is the private you.

When we acknowledge that all things are possible with God this is true but are they a probability for you?

What’s the difference between probable and possible? Strictly speaking, they’re unrelated, but in popular usage, their distinction is merely one of degree.

Possible — the noun form is possibility means “having the (potential).” (Potential, along with the latter word’s root, potent, shares an etymological origin with the former word.) Possible stems from the Latin term possibilis, which derives in turn from posse, which means “power” or “to be able.”

Probable, which means “likely,” comes from the Latin term probabilis, which itself stems from probare, meaning “to approve, prove, or test.” Related words referring to the first sense include approbation and probity; prove itself is akin to probable, as is probeProbable refers to what is likely to be done, to occur, or to be true; possible refers to what can be done, to occur, or to be true. If you say something is probable, you are expressing more confidence about it than if you state that it is possible. But the distinction is significant: It is possible, for example, for anyone to become fabulously wealthy, but the probability is infinitely variable.

Consider The Rich Young Man:

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Jesus did indeed place a precursor before the disciples related to the realization of the Kingdom of God indicating that adherence to his words makes this realization more probable (likely) than possible which is a more abstract (could be true). And our Father says: And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?  Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Our God is a God of Covenant he is ready and willing to put forth an agreement with all those who will. A Covenant is Contractual in form bearing, If you will do this I will do that. It is a joint agreement stipulating conditions and terms for it’s successful completion. A good contract is one of mutual benefit to both parties and successful completion has reward to both parties. To God he has a new member added to his family and to you blessing and a perpetual home. And this my friends is not possibility or probability but fact, fact that indeed all things are possible with God and can be probable with our complied action and factual on the Day of the Lord.


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