Logical vs Theological Necessity
I wrote this post in comment to Earl over at Rose's blog. I thought it would be beneficial here as well.
Matthew doesn't see how my logical versus theological discussion makes things clear. I am at a loss for words here. It seems very simple to me and makes me amaze how people are scratching their heads about it.
Logical necessity is a valid distinction from theological necessity.
Not everyone has logical necessities to faith in Christ. And again, not everyone would necessarily have the same logical necessities.
A ticket to a baseball game is all that is necessary FROM THE VIEW OF THE STADIUM for entrance into the baseball game.
A man living a block away may walk to the game and not incur any additional monetary necessities in order to actually step foot into the game.
A man living a 4 miles away may have to take a trolley and incur some more monetery debt to step foot into the game or he may put on his jogging shoes and run there.
A man living in another city may have to drive there (incurring gas cost) and park there (incurring parking cost) as a logical necessity to going to the baseball game or he could carpool with a ride from a friend, and incur no additional monetary necessity to enter the game.
A man living in another state may have to fly in by airplane, take a taxi from the airport, shack up in a hotel, and bus in from the hotel in order to step foot into the stadium, which by the way, only requires a ticket for entrance. Or this man could leave a week in advance, hitchhike to the city, sleep in a sleeping bag on the side of the street by the stadium, and eat at rescue missions, and thus incur no extra monetery necessity OTHER than the purchase price of the ticket.
Each person in the world is at a different subjective state in relation and relativity to the exercise of faith in Christ.
But the one and only requirement by God is that one exercise simple faith in the promise of Christ for eternal life.
How one gets to that point, well, there may be various logical necessities (and they don't even have to be an absolute program for the same person -- just think of how many routes you can take from your office to your home).
Repentance may indeed be a logical necessity to faith in Christ for some people. Yet it is not a necessary requirement for eternal life.
The man at the stadium does not require anything but the ticket for entrance. God does not require anything but one receive eternal life by the passive instrumentality of simple faith alone into Christ. How the man actually gets to the point where he can purchase the ticket and get his body to the stadium, how the man prepares himself and/or is prepared by external circumstances for faith in Christ IS AN ABSOLUTELY SUBJECTIVE CONSIDERATION WITH MANY DIFFERENT SCENARIOS.
And He said to them,"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able."
Man is to use any means by which to find the entrance and actually enter into the narrow gate.
We know that Jesus is the narrow gate and that entrance into the narrow gate is through faith alone.
I hope this helps.