I appreciate your comments brother. Far be it from me to debate you on your comments and I will not argue the points, but I would only point out a couple of things for all of us to consider from the Scriptures themselves and then allow those Scriptures to speak to our heart.REPLY TO ALL:
I am not ignoring you, I am merely waiting for the emotions to settle. It is very human to assume that whatever you already believe is a law of the universe. We often see people write things and cite a veerse of scripture to support their position, and the scripture says the exact opposite. I have met ministers who could not read the scriptures the way the were written because their denomination taught something different. I sometimes say things that come from a word study ("rod" for instance) and people have never been exposed to a word study.
Earlier in this thread I said "But God does not send political candidates. After all, God commanded His people to have no king, and no laws in the land outside walled cities. So you are going against God's will right from the start." Some people can't understand my point because they never understood that Satan is the god of this world and the God of rightness does not overstep Satan's dominion. Some people think God is all-powerful, and He is not. The bible mentions several things God can't do and there are lots of things He can't or won't do because it would not be right.
So when we reach this point of total lack of understanding there is little that I can do other than say something nice and leave you alone until you study some more and God gives you understanding. I am not a gifted teacher so I can't do it myself.
I am sorry for my failure, but there it is.
Jeremiah 32:17 seems to say very clearly that........
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you".
Genesis 17:1 says …...…….
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
That seems to be saying to me that God is all-powerful, and indicates that He can do anything He pleases. BUT that is just me!!!!
It has been said over the years by really wonderful and smart people that if there were some actions or things that God could not do then He would NOT BE the all powerful God that He said He is.
A true understanding of what God can and cannot do is logically expressed as follows:
God is all-powerful and can do anything.
God cannot do some things (lie, be tempted).
Therefore, an all-powerful God chooses to not allow Himself to do certain things that would cause Him to be less than all-powerful.
To express it another way, the only things God cannot do are those things that would cause Him to no longer be all-powerful or perfect.
God cannot lie according to Hebrews 6:18 because lying would mean He was no longer perfect and all-powerful.
God cannot be tempted by sin according to James 1:13 because He would then exhibit a sign of weakness and no longer be all-powerful.
Consider this Bible fact........God also cannot stop being God. He is eternal and by definition could not become finite as seen in Psalms 90:2 and 2nd Tim. 2:13 teaches that God cannot deny Himself.