I realized this while reading a letter from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with the lines "that void in their hearts can only be filled by Jesus Christ. He
is missing in their lives." (see the emphasis I added here ... 'He,' not "that"; but 'what,' not "who" or "whom"!)
We talk about God with 'Person'-pronouns (He, Him, His) instead of 'Object'-pronouns (It, Its), because "salvation" entails 'higher functions than we even know-of' and we don't put faith in some "salvation-tool" (which can be operated just as well by an evil being as by a good) but we do put faith in 'a power that can choose to save us.'
But we try to eliminate the power of "choice" by calling Him "Our Father" (because 'What kind of father would let his children "burn forever"?')
But how do we know that 'that's what he saves us from'? We don't, but we know that He knows where we can best serve His Kingdom (another reason why it's important that He has 'the power of discernment'). Even Jesus had enough trust in God's power-of-discernment to submit to the punishment of The Passion---such punishment that Jesus was driven to believe that God LEFT HIM!
- Is God a Person or a Tool?4 votes
Person - Why we thank him for CHOOSING to bless us100.00%
Tool - He blesses us because we know how to use Him.  0.00%