"For many are invited, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14 (NIV)
Can we really be blamed? The Bible is full of passages that describe how God favors some people over others and decides in advance who will be allowed into the kingdom of Heaven. Since, the only alternative to spending eternity in Heaven in the Bible is spending eternity in Hell, it can be assumed that God also predestined people to burn in hell, by not selecting them for Heaven.
I hope my Christian friends and family's fun in Heaven won't be ruined by the knowledge that a loved one is being tortured, but I guess it's as they say, "Out of sight, out of mind." I've heard many Christians tell me that it is God's desire that everybody be saved and go to Heaven, but because of free will people choose to reject him and seal their own fate, as if anybody would deliberately choose eternal suffering.
Romans 9:18-23 (NIV):
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory.
I am not making this shit up. This verse just suggested that God prepares people to be destroyed as objects of his wrath, so that the people that he chose to save will see his glory. Does that mean that the punishment of Hell exists so that the reward of Heaven looks better?
If God predestined people to go to Hell, then is a person's free will really a factor? If he chose you, then the choice was never yours to believe. He created you to believe. If he predestined you to Hell, then the choice was never yours to believe. He created you to be skeptical. The Bible said, "God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden."
Mark 4:11-12 (NIV):
[Jesus] told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven'"
Well we can't have any of that now! I mean non-chosen people getting the keys to the VIP?
Sadly, if the Bible is true, it looks as though I've been hand picked by God to burn for eternity so that he can show his power to his chosen people. I hope my Christian friends and family's fun in Heaven won't be ruined by the knowledge that a loved one is being tortured, but I guess it's as they say, "Out of sight, out of mind."
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