biblestudy: Abraham (Part Nine)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 27-Mar-90; Sermon #BS-AB09; 77 minutes
Abraham's example teaches that in our attempt at living by faith, we do not have a smooth path to maturity, but the problems we deal with are gradually removed or conquered by faith and our relationship with God. God removes us from our problems in an unraveling process, sometimes taking us backwards through the consequences of the bad habits we have accumulated, educating us to examine and analyze the process that produced the sin in the first place. Character cannot be created by fiat, but must be created in a climate of free moral agency, learning the consequences of our mistakes (as had Abraham, Sarah, and Lot) as well as the consequences of our right behavior. From Lot's example, we learn not to blend or syncretize God's ways with the world's ways.
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