Posted by: the warrioress | December 16, 2011

God Hardened Their Hearts

I’ve been sharing my thoughts on another blog with a gentleman I respect and basically think a lot of, here.  Most recently, I find myself writing a lot of responses that become discussion and even debate on a host of topics that I would love to share with the crowd, especially those individuals who feel as he does.

In my last response to some of his thoughts, I brought up the issue of the hardening of one’s heart. He had written about this topic in the past a little, but I think this topic is so important, that it needs to be expounded upon at length.

The “hardening of one’s heart” can occur through a choice we make on our own, or God can apparently cause this to happen. The question is, why does this occur by God’s hand?

 I can understand why it occurs when we simply reject Jesus Christ and God, choosing to go our own way, but why on earth would God choose to reject us and actually “harden the heart” of someone?  This seems rather cold and in some ways, even brutal.

There are many times that God has hardened hearts within the bible.  Let’s begin to look at this matter and attempt to understand why.

Question: “Why is God going to send a strong delusion in the end times?”

Answer: The Bible makes it clear why God is sending a strong delusion in the end times: “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Simply put, God sends a strong delusion to those who chose not to believe the gospel of Christ. Those who take delight in mocking and rejecting Him, He will condemn.

It is man’s choice whether to accept and believe the truth of Jesus Christ as presented in the Scriptures. To receive the truth and the love God offers is in keeping with its teachings, “This is love for God: to obey His commands” (1 John 5:3). Conversely, to know the truth and not obey it is to face the wrath of God: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18). Frankly speaking, there is no more dangerous condition for man than to know the truth and refuse to obey it. To do so is to harden the heart and make God’s condemnation sure.

When one knows the truth and refuses to obey it, he is subject to any lie, any deception, any untruth that man can conjure up. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). Paul goes on in next few verses to describe the mindset and behaviors of those who disbelieve (see Romans 1:29-31). As a result of man’s foolishness and his arrogant disdain of the things of God, “God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28). And correspondingly, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).

Isaiah puts it succinctly: “They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I [God] also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in My sight and chose what displeases Me” (Isaiah 66:3-4).

When men know the truth and refuse to receive it, when they refuse to obey it and hold it in unrighteousness, “they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:12 NLT).

“God is love” (1 John 4:16). He is not some cruel monster who deliberately and inwardly delights in preparing people for everlasting condemnation. But He earnestly and lovingly proclaims the gospel of Christ, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Throughout the Scriptures, God urges people to accept the truth. But when people reject Him and spurn His message, then—and not until then—God hardens them and turns them over to a deluded mind to wallow in their wickedness to their eternal damnation. This is what the Lord says about those who choose to reject the truth: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins” (Jeremiah 14:10).

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  1. I read his post about ” a hardened heart.” In reading many athiest/agnostic blogs their entire life is centered around refuting Christianity which tells me they must believe it is true. Yet, they have been blinded as your article proposes by their own disregard for the truth. I am convinced it is the truth people don’t want to see because they think they would have to change in ways they are not ready to give up and yet giving up those things are not really giving up. It is freedom.

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  3. I’m not sure why the drive is so strong to refute belief in Jesus Christ but it’s occurring all around us more and more frequently by many. I think it’s pure spiritual warfare, at this point. Praying and sharing what I’ve found in Jesus Christ is the only thing I can think of to offer a remedy or combat it. I believe that God is drawing those to Himself, whose hearts desire Him, even if they don’t know it yet. 😉

    Thanks so much for your comment, Naphtali.


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