ON A DARKER NOTE [252]

Christianity could be accused of being an exclusive religion because it appears that less than 1% of all people may be saved. It would definitely not be as popular as a religion that accepts everybody and promises them an ongoing happy existence, whether that be in “heaven” or somewhere else.

Paul said some words to the effect “what if God in his forbearance has suffered a long time from the effects of those who will reap what they have sown?” [the exact wording below] .  Jesus of course said that narrow was the way that led to life and few would be who found it.

But getting back to Paul, it appears that he is defending God in producing a creation that will only result in a small number of people remaining after the “selection process” is done. This tends to confirm the notion of “pre-selection”. The exact wording would have to be reproduced, but the inference is that the whole world has been a stage for those who will “survive” it.

This is perhaps good news for those who are included, but obviously bad for those excluded. But if you do not believe it, what does it matter? And if you want to believe then you are free to do so. The gospel is what it is, and people will believe or disbelieve as they feel so inclined. It is their choice. Unless it is not. Many will say that not everybody has had the same opportunities to hear and accept the gospel.

So let’s look at the scripture mentioned where Paul spoke of these matters. Romans 9-21. “Does not the potter have the right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special occasions and another for common use? 22. What if God, intending to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the vessels of his wrath, prepared for destruction?  23. What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the vessels of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory – .

Prov. 16-4. “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.”

John 6-44.   “No man can come to me unless the Father draw him”.

[..”All those you have given me”..]

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