You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” Romans 9:19-26
One of the arguments against God is if He is all powerful than why doesn’t He just make us behave? After all, He has the powers to make us do good so why not just make us so we can only do good? In fact God could have chosen to make us so we were incapable of doing wrong. But in doing so He would take away from us the ability to chose, we would no longer have free will. God did not want to create robots blindly following their programming, He wanted beings able to have a relationship with Him, beings that would freely choose to follow Him. But being able to freely follow God also means being able to choose to not follow Him.
In the first century Jesus came to the Jews. He did many miracles including raising the dead. Finally He died on a cross and then was Himself raised from the dead. Many choose to follow Jesus, some before the crucifixion and other after. Many more chose to ignore the evidence right before their eyes and did not believe. Jesus then sent Paul to the Gentiles to spread the Gospel. Again many believed but many chose not to believe. The Gentiles that chose to believe became God’s people and were adopted into His family.
Today 2,000 years later some chose to believe and many more choose not to believe, but to everyone who believes they become children of God. We are His children, we are His people.
Have a blessed day,