God tries and tries to draw people to Him, giving them MANY opportunities to respond. He will only do that but so long though. When those who continue to adamantly deny His existence, or refuse to accept Him, their hearts will be "hardened". After He has tried so many times, He will just stop trying. Since by then their hearts are "hardened" - in other words, they're unable/unwilling to believe because they've set their minds. God will no longer attempt to draw them, He'll let them go their own way, and they're lost (unless of course a major turnaround, but usually that doesn't happen once a person has hardened his heart).
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That is an excellent question. I have no idea why... I guess I can look into it.
It is possible that it is saying that, while Satan fights to convince you that what God has given you and shown you was not really divine, God continues to sent in his Spirit to show you that, even with Satan's "logic", what God gave you and has shown you is true. I may be wrong, but I think that may be what it means. I wish I knew a better way to explain it. If I come up with a way, I'll edit my answer or add a comment.
It is possible that this verse was mistranslated during the Great Apostasy.
God allows us to CHOOSE to believe what we wish to believe. That pesky free choice. You dont HAVE to believe satans lies or 'illusions'. Its a choice. Many of us see satan and its lues for what they are. If you choose to believe the lies it is your choice. God is not a puppet master and does not want to be. If you think you are deluded ask God to reveal the Truth to you but he wont force you to accept the Truth if you choose not to do so. Satans delusions are not insurmountable. We choose to believe them or see thru them.
This is talking about the people who say" they will just wait"( til the last minute ) to trust in God...... They want to live a life as wicked as possible and then decide to "accept God" during the tribulation period..(. Those who are still here after the Rapture!). God knows the heart. And He will make it near impossible to do this! (Remember how hardened Pharoah's heart was? God allowed it, to show people WHO HE really is! )
At the Rapture, the Holy Spirit(that is in every believer) will be taken out of the earth! Satan will have full range to do his wicked work on this earth for 7 yrs!
GOD WILL GIVE HIS CHILDREN A SPIRIT OF LOVE, POWER AND A SOUND MIND. GOD DOES NOT FORCE US TO DO ANYTHING, HE GIVES US FREE WILL TO CHOOSE. WE DON'T HAVE TO BE DECEIVED, THE TRUTH IS ALL AROUND US.WE ARE ALL HIS 'CREATION'. WE SRE NOT ALL HIS 'CHILDREN'. Only those who choose to believe , trust and obey in Christ Jesus. Some say they believe, but don't trust, don't obey . They will easily be deceived. For they have never had a true relationship, they don't really know God.
There's a simple answer to this. God does not exist. Logically, an intelligent creator would not give their creation freewill, then condemn it for making an unfavorable decision. Or maybe the creator is less than intelligent...or an evil tyrant. Take your pick: Not real, Stupid, Evil