Choice –Part 2: Can You Force Someone to Love You?
According to selective salvation, God has chosen certain people to go to Heaven. At the "appointed time" God puts an irresistible desire in their hearts to seek God. As a result, they will turn to God and become Christians.
While it is true God can force someone to go to Heaven, it isn’t true He can force someone to love Him. I realize there are some people who will protest and say God can do anything. This is not true; God can’t do "anything." He can’t do contradictory commands. The following questions are examples of contradictory commands:
As you can see, the limitations are not with God but with our question. If you incorrectly phrase a question, the question becomes void and worthless. It is just like in math. There are basic mathematical procedures that need to be followed when performing calculations. If you violate these procedures, your equation becomes invalid. For example, you can’t divide a number by zero. If you try it on a calculator, the display will read "ERROR."
When I was in college, my professor mathematically proved "8 = 3." He started out with a very long equation and had "A = 8." After about 30 complicated calculations, "A = 3." After we sat dumbstruck, he revealed his secret. Half way through the calculations, he divided one of the numbers with zero. This, of course, invalidated the whole equation.
"Forcing someone to love you" is also a contradictory statement. Love is an emotion that is developed and earned. Love is an emotional response that develops in a free heart. You can create a robot that will hold your hand, bring you flowers, and say things like "I love you," but there would be no love. The robot is only doing what it is forced to do. It is only mimicking actions typically associated with love. Love can only develop when there is a truly free will.
God could create a race of robots for selective salvation. He could force some of these robots to go to Heaven and the remainder to Hell. He could force one group to say things like, "I love you" and the remainder to say things like, "There is no God." He could force one group to sing songs of praise and the other group to curse him.
Yet all of this would mean nothing to God. He would know their praises are nothing but hollow words. He would know there is no love. He would know they did not choose him. He would know they have no feelings for him. Their praises would be as worthless as counterfeit money. Look at chapter Choice –Part 9: What is the Purpose of Choice? for more information.
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