Bjørn Østman has been questioning me about God's revelation and the morality of doing foreign mission work.
Specifically, in Rom 1 and 2 God communicates the following thru creation and thru the way He created people's hearts:
-He is eternal
-And has written His law in general on people's hearts
why does he not speak to them himself?
That is communication right there.
And there are other occurrences of God speaking to unblvrs in the Bible. I think what we're seeing here is that God didn't speak in the way YOU want Him to.
Why doesn't anyone who never heard about God from another man become a Christian?
1) I've heard many stories just like that, actually, where people had dreams and were prompted thereby to seek out a certain man at a certain place, went to that place, found the man (who happened to be a missionary) and was thereby converted.
2) If you check again those 2 psgs in Romans, the point of general revelation is that men might be w/o excuse. General revelation is not aimed at a positive conviction of sin and a need for a Savior, but rather that people would know that they are inadequate, and thus they will be condemned (if they don't repent).
God (supposedly) spoke to Moses and Abraham etc., so why not to other people today?
I'm not denying that God speaks to people today, though I do deny that He doesn't generally do so in the same way.
I am not of the belief that there is any moral absolutes.
OK, I'll remember that.
So, let's keep that in mind when you ask those questions about how God revealed Himself. You ask b/c He doesn't fulfill your expectations, but He hasn't done anything WRONG. Just different. I must ask how you feel that you have room to judge here.
It is my opinion that it is morally wrong to seek out people to convert them
And it's my opinion that it is morally right.
Is either of us correct? How can we know?
Otherwise it is extremely disrespectful of their beliefs, culture, and privacy.
And on what basis do you claim that it is morally preferable to respect people's beliefs, culture, and privacy?
Just for the record, I DO disrespect their beliefs and the religious part of their culture... b/c those beliefs are wrong. I respect the PEOPLE and their privacy and don't barge into houses to throw Bibles at people's heads, of course. Now, you think it's wrong to be disrespectful, maybe JoeBob says it's right to be disrespectful. Prove he's wrong and you're right, please.