Q. I hope this question is in line for what is considered acceptable. I have a 24 year old son who I love with all of my heart. He is not saved and when I try to speak to him about God being the only way he gets angry with me and starts referring to the Old Testament and how God ordered groups of people to be killed including woman and children; wanting to know how I can trust that kind of God? I don’t know how to answer this as I also have questions about things, but I trust that God had His reasons for what was commanded and one day I will understand, but for my son it’s not so easy.
I am a Christian and I believe that we are living in end times and need to be ready for God. How can I get my son to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior? I want him to be part of the rapture, but he’s part of the group that explains a good deal away with science. I pray to God and ask for this blessing to be given to my son, but how can I have peace knowing God will bring my son to Him? I just ache when I think of what’s coming and seeing my child in the middle of it and if he isn’t saved how can I ever be happy in Heaven knowing that he isn’t there?
A. There are a few things where we need faith in accepting the ways of God, but His judgment of the Amorites is not one of them. In Genesis 15 God told Abraham that He was giving him the land of Caanan but that he’d have to wait four hundred years for it because “the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure” That phrase means that God had given the Amorites 400 years to repent of their sins and return to Him, but knowing the end from the beginning God knew that they would refuse. At the end of the 400 years he would have to judge them, and He was choosing the Israelites as His agency of judgment. (Deut. 18:9-12)
As for Israel’s other wars, everyone of them have been wars of defense. Israel has fought only one war of conquest, the one for the Promised Land. God told them to completely destroy their enemies on that occasion because He knew that their enemies, who had already rejected God, would cause them to sin and be lost. (Deut. 20:17-18) Every time they had to go to war to defend themselves against attack after that, it was against people that God had told them to destroy and they had neglected to do.
And as for trusting God, it’s easy to trust someone who always does what he says he’ll do. He said that He’ll save everyone who accepts the exchange of His Son’s life for ours. And He said that He’ll judge all who don’t. What could be simpler?
In nearly every family there will be some who are saved and some who are not. God has promised us that after we’re raptured we’ll understand that everyone who is lost made a conscious informed decision to reject God. And He has promised us that in the Kingdom Age, the things of this world will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
If you’re praying that God will save your son, you’re doing the very best thing you can do, and are justified for having peace. God is still in the miracle business. If your son gives Him the slightest opening, He’ll bring all the power of the universe to bear in exploiting it to everyone’s advantage. Many readers will join you in praying that this happens.