Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
I’ve written before about breakage. It really would be nice to be able to say some sort of spell, and undo damage caused to freight. However, that would be magic. Does magic exist? Perhaps, but using it would be bad idea. Why? Because it can also be misused.
Does the Bible warn about misuse? Yes. In Exodus 20:7, it is written “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
In the Small Catechism, it is explained as such:
The Second Commandment.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.
What does this mean?–Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
One of the interesting things here is that we may call upon the name of the Lord in times of trouble, or to give thanks. However, it is not to be used to get what we want. To that end, we would be sorely mistaken to think that we can somehow call upon God to save us from our sins, as if it were our calling upon God to save us that affected our salvation. As I have previously written, that would be a magic spell.
We humans are quite sinful beings. Of ourselves, we are thoroughly unrighteous, and unholy. Due to this depravity, it is of little wonder that we’d reject what God has already done for us, and want it to be about something that we do for God. I would love to provide all the scripture that supports the idea that you can choose salvation, and ask Christ Jesus into your heart. However, there is no such reference. There is nothing that you can do to affect your salvation, Christ has already done it all.
Let’s look at it another way. In the second chapter of the Book of Acts, the disciples are gathered together on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descends upon them, and they begin to speak in various tongues (or languages, as in real human languages, not some undefined angelic tongue that the Bible doesn’t actually speak of). When the people heard this, many questioned what this meant, and Peter explained it. Those who were convicted of their sins asked what they must to do be saved. Peter’s response? Quite simple. Repent and be baptized.
That’s it? Yes. That is it. He didn’t tell them to ask Christ into their hearts. He didn’t have them pray some specially prepared prayer. He simply told them to repent, and be baptized. Moreover, he went on to state, rather plainly, that the promise was for them, and for their children.
Was salvation a matter of decision to Peter, or the other disciples? Nope. In fact, it was Christ who called them, not them calling upon Christ.
Salvation is not something you do. It is a free gift of God. You can’t choose it. You can reject it, but you can’t choose it.
We can not make God do something that we want, especially when it is contrary to his revealed will. God doesn’t owe us anything, regardless of what Joel Osteen says. Because of what God did through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus upon the cross, it is we who are indebted to God.
You can not ask Christ into your heart. There is no salvation prayer. This is simply not scriptural. All you and I can do is to ask God to forgive us our sins, and believe what Christ has done. The “sinner’s prayer” is little more than a magic spell, and violation of the Second Commandment, as we are attempting to bend God to our will, when it is we who should abide in his will.
Salvation is not magic. It is a free gift. It doesn’t render us whole. It merely means we are forgiven. We will still sin, for as long life endures. However, because of this free gift of salvation, we won’t suffer an eternity in Hell.
Damage will occur. There is no spell that can change that. Nor should there be. Damaged freight is temporary, it can be replaced (or possibly repaired). You are not replaceable. You can’t magic your way to salvation. Only through what Christ has already done can we be saved, nothing that we can do will save us, including prayers.