“…the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matt 13:14-17)
Does that make you want to try harder to make Christ known, or does it cause you to shrink back?
There are many ‘good people’, but not all are chosen as children of God. Maybe that is unfair? Or would equality mean that there is nothing you can do to save yourself? Not even in choosing. You must be saved – entirely apart from your own input?
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)
I must finish this post by saying that this is still an unfinished thought topic for me. (Hence all the questions.)