Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pillows or Bricks?

For one to be chose by God is one of the most comforting doctrines in Christianity. The fact that the child of God has been chosen and adopted. The difficulty arises when this doctrine is supplemented by trying to fill in the blanks left by God. This blank refers to those who reject the gift of eternal life.

1 Peter 1:1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. ESV

In this section St Peter states those chosen by God are chosen in the being made holy by the Spirit, by which we obey Jesus and are sprinkled with his blood. This verse says nothing about one who does not believe being chosen by God to die eternally separated from His goodness.

To fill in this blank with submitting scripture to Reason takes the pillow of comfort out of the pillow case and fill it with bricks. Then will proceed to bash another person in the head with it by casting doubt at the other person's faith. If God set about choosing some for heaven and others for hell He would have given a way for one to tell which group he or she was in. John 3:18 states that one is condemned for not believing in Jesus. If double predestination were true no one can ever know in this life his or her standing with God.

No it is better to leave the blanks left by God blank and therefore have grace and peace be multiplied to us.

In the Name of Jesus. Amen †

1 comment:

steve martin said...

St. David,

Lettting God be God, just seems like such a boring thing to do.

Much more exciting if we can fill in those blanks with the knowledge gained from our great intellect, reason, and perspective. (that of an ant at the bottom of Mount Rushmore)