Yeah, I totally love that one. Can't remember who I've heard tell that one before. Likely one of the television preachers that makes a very deliberate and calculated point of saying at least one pretty funny thing with each message, like either Hagee, Duplantis, Van Impe, or Osteen. Doesn't click that I'd of heard that one in Church unless Bob Nichols [a really good revivalist pastor across town from me] told it a long time ago and I've simply forgotten.
That one's a classic on how it'll often be someone in the world that'll be quicker to believe than someone in the Church. Sad but true though. Sometimes I've wondered about Universalists that'll mouth off about the ET crowd, like "how can they be so stupid?" But we should all be less worried by the stupidity of others and more concerned about our own. What else is that Bible saying that's equally as clear or within digging reach that we're oblivious to and perhaps thinking the exact opposite from God's declared reality of the situation?
That's why St. Paul said that you stand by grace. Not with the sense that God would someday be less than gracious if you ticked Him off, but from the standpoint of it being the grace of God that you've got as much as you've got. There's always a new level of clarity, about even what you already know, to be had. It's never someone else's ignorance that we should be all of that shook up about, but regarding what could possibly be out there in the Holy Scriptures that we ourselves haven't seen yet. What has God unquestionably dealt with in your behalf that everybody but you can see that God did it 'cause you asked Him?
Where has lightning fallen around you, and you're like someone deeply annoying on television from a few years ago with the nasal voice going "did I do that??" What Samson has got raised up in your life to bring down the Philistines in your life, and you're thinking that that's just you, or just them, when it says in Judges that God was in it because He was looking to pick a fight with the Philistines? What bars in your town are being burned down and you're not yet aware that it's because of God's grace to you and on you? If any of us are going to spend the time praying, then we shouldn't be as stunned as we often are when God throws down the gauntlet over it like a knight in shining armor from a long time ago.
God's been dealing with me over that one for days and days 'cause I'd prayed the prayer of faith about something 17 years ago, and I've been choking for a little while about seeing the answer on the horizon in front of me. And I know enough about the situation to know that there's a sinner or two around with the knees knocking 'cause the lightning has fallen, and they're privately wondering about ways of appealing this decision. LOL! Well, the counsel of some seagulls from "Finding Nemo" comes to mind.
And I'm just rejoicing that God's saying that the lightning strike decision stands, inspite of the appeal. That bar stays toast, regardless of the owner of the bar wanting to mouth off because Someone sunk his battleship and now he's no longer to entertain the sailors that come into town in such a way. But instead, they'll all be reaching for their Bibles as a result. Few things matter as much as what we believe about answered prayer. Perhaps not much else does, because if it's as simple as the faith of a child, then all of the difficulties vanish at once for the one that'll go to the Father in the Name of Jesus on the authority of His Blood, Written Word, and the Holy Spirit upon them. That by itself would answer absolutely all of the questions about eschatology. That answers all of the questions about eschatology right there: the Father's heart: no Father wants to be without any of His children, and every little boy dreams of being Superman. Put those together and you've got a Postmillenial view of the future and an "each and every" form of Universalism to look forward to by the close of the reign of Christ; "for of such is the Kingdom of God..." as long as the Word of Faith foundation is there that Daddy listens to His little children that'll stay right in His face with "but Daddy, You promised!!!!!!!!"