The following arrived from an inquiring mind, and I am interested in what you would say to the person if you had the opportunity.
“A friend of mine uses the expression ‘by the grace of God’ so much that I wonder if he would say that nothing happens other than by God’s grace.
“It appears to me that if everything happens by God’s grace, then semantically the expression “by the grace of God” becomes meaningless. If no contrast nor comparison can be made, nothing is being said.
“If everything is green, then nothing is green until there is something that is not green!! If everything is 100 degrees, it is meaningless to refer to something as hot or cold. Everything is the same temperature and nothing is other than that temperature, and thus nothing has a temperature.
“Thus, is hell an expression of God’s grace? Is the brutal violation of someone by a raging sadist an expression of God’s grace? Is a vicious lie that destroys a person’s reputation an expression of God’s grace? You get the point, I think – if these examples are expressions of God’s grace, then does “by the grace of God” even mean anything at all???
“At this juncture in my thinking, I am unable to escape the following – if nothing happens other than by God’s grace, then nothing happens by God’s grace in any meaningful way of talking about God’s grace.”
SO, your interaction with this dilemma will be of help to the “inquiring mind” mentioned in the first paragraph. Use the comment box to express your thoughts.