Saturday, January 31, 2015

Made to be Taken and Destroyed

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.
2 Peter 2:12

I checked another, modern translation to see if it moderated this powerful statement. No luck. The blessed words of Peter are so plain that there is no escaping them.

As for the destruction of these Godless people, most would not have a problem. But mainline churches would substitute for "destroyed" and "perish" (not harsh enough), the idea that God keeps them alive so he can torture them throughout eternity. I'll stay with the original wording.

So some form of destruction is okay with most Christians. It is the concept that those perishing were "made" for such a fate that they cannot except. As long as man's free will is involved, no problem.

According to this fanciful interpretation, the people who died in the flood chose to, including young children and unborn babies. What an odd way to use their free will.

Could an only-loving God create people to be destroyed as cattle are slaughtered? Yes, emphatically. Paul spells it out very plainly in Romans 9:21. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Can anything be more passive than clay, or more powerful than the potter who shapes it? Clay has no free will, but the potter does.

Yes, Godless people were made to be destroyed. I am certain my words will offend many. I no longer care.

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