This verse suddenly hit me differently today as I used it in a post and thought more about it.
1C 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
I only say this from my perspective and I could be totally wrong but I wanted to say it anyway.
The wording of that struck me as odd and I realized that it doesn't say to save those that do not believe.
Even though religion in general has taught us that we must tell those who do not believe so they might come to Christ.
But then I realized something. We cannot make anyone believe, we cannot even cause someone to believe.
John 6:44 says no man can come to the father unless God draws him to Christ. So, then, what does the foolishness of preaching do?
I personally was sent to universalism as I listened to pastors and seen all the ridiculous contradictions they all make in their sermons.
I also studied the bible as I wanted to learn how to have more faith so I could discover what was wrong with me that I could not pray enough to get what I thought I needed fixed inside of me.
It was that which drove me head on into universalism. Without that foolishness of preaching I am not sure I would see what I see in the bible today.
I do not want this post to be seen as just bagging on pastors as I have read many articles on UR that I consider to be written by ministers, even if they are not a part of an organized church.
But even them, it is foolishness not because I am ridiculing, but because this almighty powerful GOD uses humans to do something that he has the power to just put in our brain.
I'm just kinda laughing about it.
It may seem silly but even preachers of ET are used to preach salvation even if there are many aspects of that we might disagree with.
This passage in Philippians I really found interesting.
Phl 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Phl 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Phl 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Phl 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
Phl 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.