So you love your god as you would love a person who wrote e-mails to you but not by name. Please tell me of your god’s intentions regarding Chinese people. I would like to know what he has in mind.
Also, how does your love of your god compare with your love of your wife or child?
God intends to save many Chinese people from themselves, and to treat all of them justly. He has grace in store for each and every one. My love for my wife doesn't compare to my love for God. Even though my wife is cool.
You actually skirted around my questions. For instance you could not supply the name of just one person, whom you have never seen or heard from, in this world you ‘love.’
I did not assert that all relationships are skin deep. I did ask you what sort of love you have for your god and you did not answer. You only related how some life begins when your god ‘seals’ the elect (how did they get to be elect anyway?) with something you call the holy spirit. That sounds like mumbo jumbo to me. If god promises always to be with a xtian how come xtians screw up just like everyone else?
I could go on and pick and pick at what you say but to what purpose? How can you, an intelligent person, believe in this nonsense, which is invisible to you?
If you think that the most meaningful question to ask me is if I've seen God then clearly you do think that relationships are skin deep. Right now you and I are communicating and I've never seen you. I think that a large proportion of the people I've ever interacted with I've never actually seen. Some of them you might be able to convince me were liars or not real, but that would get less likely as time went on and my relationship deepened. I think that most of the people I come to know and love without seeing them prefer to eventually exchange pictures of them in their normal surroundings, as I do also. So I can't think of anyone right now that I know and love but don't know what they look like.
It brings up a really good point though, which answers your other question. You asked me how I love God, well the love that I have for God causes me to want to see Him honored for who He is, and to be able to share everything I am with Him, and to know Him as He knows me. So in short, I want to see God's face. It is my pleasure that God has made His intentions clear regarding this matter, that now I have been reconciled and washed by His grace, so I will see His face.
God saves the elect by His own pleasure, and seems to not get very specific but His principles are clear. Everyone deserves to be repayed justly for their sins, but God chooses those who have been most humbled and oppressed in this life. In essence, if you are receiving pleasure in this life from your sins then you are not the one who is on the path of salvation. If you hate the world because of its sin and misery, and recognize that at its core it is wrong, then you are of the same mindset of the elect. God lifts up the poor, the oppressed, the broken. The scum of the world are being saved.
The Bible says that even though they are being saved that it is an ongoing process, and God delights in ongoing processes. It took him thousands of years to reveal His plan of salvation directly, and He loves turning subtle actions of grace and mercy into overwhelming floods of love. So that one man forgiving those who treat Him unjustly becomes the turning point in human history. God loves to do these things, to show that you can fight evil with good and you can make the world a better place just by loving people. So the reason, in short for why Christians still sin, is that they are in the process of conquering the patterns and habits that they and the rest of the world have collected for all this time. Instead of waving a magic wand over them and ending it, God is inviting them to be participants in redemption and to see experientially that He does all things well, reconciling all things.