10.28.2014

3 Reasons Why I Didn’t Accept Jesus



“All you have to do is accept Him.”

“He loves you just the way you are, so you need to accept Him and His love.”

“Accept Him and what He did for you.”

This post is about the three reasons why I didn’t do any of these suggestions...


1)  Because it’s not Biblical.
If someone could point out a verse in the Bible that backs up any of the above “accept Jesus” statements, that’d be great.  Cuz honestly, I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover multiple times and have never found a singular one.  
And don’t give me a verse from The Message “Bible”.  Sorry, but that “version” doesn’t cut it for me.

2)  Because I couldn’t.
Ephesians 2 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world...”  How could someone who is dead miraculously decide to accept something?  Anything!  Instead, continuing on in Ephesians, it says, “BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, even when we were DEAD in our transgressions, made us ALIVE together with Christ - by GRACE you have been saved.”

3)  Because I’m the one who needs acceptance.
Who is the greater one here?  Me or Jesus?  Do I need to accept Him?  “Oh sure, yeah, You can come into my life.”  That’s like giving Him permission.  And excuse me, but the God of the universe doesn’t need a finite human being - who HE created - to give Him permission to do anything.  Instead, it’s the completely opposite way around.  I am the dust of the earth, a sinner who has rebelled against His commands, and yet in knowledge that I am desperately in need of salvation.  And He accepted me.  12 years ago, a seven year old little girl asked God to forgive her of her sins - past, present and future.

Spectacular reality about that?

He had accepted me long before I asked Him to. 


“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
- Ephesians 1:4-6

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I totally agree :) btw, love your blog!!
    ~Halle

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  2. Hey Raquel! Great post! I totally see your points, and it's great that you're speaking up against these wishy-washy-'Christian' ideas.
    Just thought I'd mention a few things:
    1) This depends on your definition of 'accept.' As I said, I see your points, but if you take 'accept' to mean "to take or receive something offered" or "to regard as true and sound; believe" then there's no problem with 'accepting' Jesus. Because we are saying 'yes' to something He offers, and we are choosing to believe that what He has said is true.
    2) You said "The God of the universe doesn't need a finite being to give Him permission to do anything." May I just say that, while this is certainly true - God is all-powerful! - He often deliberately limits Himself to when we give Him permission to do something. That's why He doesn't force Himself on us, demanding, making us accept Him (which He could do!). Instead, He waits for us to say 'Yes' to Him. He waits until we utilise our freedom of choice, because that is then us acting in real love, not as robots. So yes, while WE'RE the ones who need to ask for acceptance (which He freely gives, even before we ask), in a sense He waits for us to 'give Him permission' before He comes into our lives as King.

    Again, fabulous post!
    Cassie xoxoxo

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    1. Hi Cassie,
      Thank you for your very kind and gracious comment. I love to know when readers have things to add, or even if they disagree with me. But doing so in grace is the key to avoiding conflict.

      I see your point in the first part of your comment, but I beg to differ. There is a great difference between 'accepting' and 'receiving'. I could send you an invitation to a blog event, and you will receive it. By you opening the email, or opening the card, you ARE receiving it. Should you choose to ACCEPT the invitation is entirely up to you though. That is the difference. And that is what I am addressing in this post. While yes, we are 'choosing to believe that what He has said is true', we can't do that in our own ability and through our own decision. Before we are saved, we are spiritually DEAD. We can't CHOOSE anything. Therefore, it is by GRACE that we are saved, through FAITH, after HE opens our eyes and brings us to life.
      I don't think God ever forces us to do anything. And He never needs our permission to do anything. He acts and chooses according to His own will and for His own glory. He chose us before time began. He elected us before we even KNEW Him. When we receive Him as our Savior, it's only because He had predestined us to be His child. We are merely acting upon His preordaining calling.

      Thanks again for your comment!

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  3. This shows that we cannot choose God, but He chooses us before time. Meaning we're His elect. Loved this, shows one of the points of Calvinism. Predestination.

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  4. I think your forgetting some verses.."choose this day whom you will serve" "believe in Jesus Christ and though shalt be saved" all of those are individual actions (accepting Christ). And those are just 2 of the many verses in the Bible. But to each their own theology.

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    1. Please see my reply above (to Cassie). It may clarify some things for you.

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