It’s common to hear people say, “We’re all God’s children.” But, are we? Do you and I have the privilege to decide who “belongs” and who doesn’t? Does God have any say-so in this matter?
Clearly, humans like to decide for themselves what they believe God to be. Most believe that God will be merciful to them because they are pretty good people in their own eyes and particularly so when they compare themselves to others.
What does God think about this? Are we all God’s children?
On What Authority?
Isn’t it reasonable, that if there is a creator, that he/she/it should make his/her/itself known? And, if so, how might he/she/it do that? It would have to be in a manner that people can learn and study and even teach. Written text, truly, is the only way possible, apart from wiring it directly into our DNA. While there are many “books” about God, there is only one that stands up under careful, intense scrutiny: the bible.
All God’s Children?
What does the bible say? Are all humans, by default, God’s children? The bible is clear. The answer is, “No!” We are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), which means we have an awareness of who he is (Psalm 19:1), a sense of right and wrong (Micah 6:8), and knowledge of eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). However, each and every single human being willfully and purposefully refuses to obey him (Romans 3:10-18).
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Jesus, as quoted in John 8:43-44
It was the Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, who asked, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18)
There Is Hope
The bible is clear. None of us, based upon our actions, will escape the wrath to come apart from saving grace granted by God himself. And, yes, God refers to himself in the male pronoun. This grace is evident by faith in Jesus and repentance from the life one once lived. It’s a radical, radical change that only God can make in a person. That’s why Jesus called it being born again (John 3:1-22).
Does any of this tug at your heart? I should hope so. If it does, then examine yourself carefully. You’ll find plenty of evidence to convict yourself. Then, fall on your face and beg God for mercy. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Here’s my story.
Be prepared. Doing so may cost you your life. No joke.