Passive receipt
This is a question regarding the meaning(s) of the verb "receive" and its effect on christian doctrine.

If one actively receives he may say he initiated his own salvation; however, if he passively receives, then he is the subject of salvation.

Jhn 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Lewis Joplin II
Well, according to my religious beliefs, God gave humans freewill. So we actively receive salvation. (Or not.) We are not passive receptacles. There's an old illustration - Jesus knocking at the door. A person has to open that door. Does that address your question?
What is the question? Certainly "receive" is intelligible in both a passive and active sense, though the active sense can be made more explicit with a word like "take." Without treading to heavily on the theological under-pinnings, perhaps there's a sense here that can be better captured in such words as "accept" (or "appeciate," "submit," or "realize," etc.)...., but, again, what is the question?
Frank Pierce
Jim, I'm having trouble with your second paragraph. It's a simple statement. Where's the question? And like AdSumADS, I'm puzzled. How about re-stating the proposition in a non-theological way?
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