I will never understand how someone can force another person to accept their faith by following their religion or be killed.
Finding faith is all about free will. God gave us free will to chose how we live. He even gave us free will to decide if we believe in Him or not. So how can someone forcefully with the threat of death expect someone to convert?
In the beginning the Bible tells us that God created the world and the first people – Adam and Eve. He walked and talked with them and cared for them. He was intimately involved in their lives. It was a two way loving relationship.
After the fall, when sin entered the world, mankind became separated from God. Since this time God has been trying to win people back to Himself. He has sent Prophets, His son Jesus into the world and the Holy Spirit to draw people to Himself. He even calls Christians to be missionaries to reach out with Christ’s love. But He never forced anyone to believe.
Real love and real relationship happens best when people have a choice and freedom to choose to love. When people find God through coming to faith in Jesus Christ, that is how it is meant to be. God draws us and reaches out to us, but we need to make a free will choice to respond.
God did not make us robots who automatically believed. He gave us choice. He is also a gentleman who does not force His way in. He knocks on the door of our lives, but the door handle in on the inside and we must open it ourselves and let Him in.
The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 that, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent”.
God wants us to all find faith and relationship with Him. He wants all of us to walk with Him. He wants no-one to perish, but He is not going to override the free will He has given us. It must be our choice.
Finding faith starts and finishes in the free will God has given us. It is about us responding to God and His attempts to reach us as a personal choice. Only then is the faith and relationship real. This is the type of love that God wants.
Forcing people to convert with threats is not in God’s character or in God’s plan.