“Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; but if you refuse and rebel…” (Isaiah 1:18,19,20).

Reason is often left to catch up with emotion in matters of faith. Sadly, for some, it never does. For these, any intelligent approach to the faith discussion is an anathema. Emotion wants to claim the promises of God without condition. Reason, however, recognizes the necessity of an accompanying premise to any promise. Rebellious living is incompatible with loving God and the life of faith. No matter how strongly we desire to wish it away there is a biblical divide between sheep and goats, saints and sinners, believers and unbelievers. Even the prodigal had the intellectual capacity to come to his senses.

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