Originally Posted by HotinAZ
That would stiill be based upon the free will of those doing the bowing and confessing. In othe rwords, they will do it out of Love, and not because they are told to. God desires everyone, but not everyone desires God. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants God to be there when they get there. Why? They will realize too late, that the crap they believed in, was wrong.
I could add many, many more...but I sincerely would like to know your views on these scriptures if you believe you have freewill and are free to choose whether or not you follow God.
John 6:44 No one can come
to Me unless the Father
who sent Me draws him
; and I will raise him up on the last day.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born
, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man
, but of God.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again
he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond
to the things spoken by Paul.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose
For those whom He foreknew
, He also predestined
to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30
and these whom He predestined, He also called
; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
For this is the word of promise: "AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON."
And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac;
for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls
it was said to her, "THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER."
Just as it is written, "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED."
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!
For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION."
So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." 18So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
How blessed is the one whom You choose
and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts.