Sent to WBC 12/3/21:
I have picked some Biblical areas of relevance and want to investigate them deeply and consider how larger extracts of the Bible are built using these particular passages of Scripture:
- In the one hand, you can be right or wrong and still be damned (e.g., God’s verdict towards Jacob & Esau’s ); in the other hand, you can be “the chief of sinners” and be offered by God salvation like Saul’s deadly terror attacks against Christians and Moses’ murder of the Egyptian Taskmaster). Can you please critically comment on the “rightness” or “wrongness” of this interpretation? And since most of the congregants of Westboro Baptist Church are practising lawyers who would be interested in case law and legislation, how does this fit with the idea of violent retribution in political discourse if God has already damned a sinner to Hell in the afterlife without the chance to appeal?
- In the narrative story of the Garden of Eden, God the Father permitted the serpent to inhabit the Garden of Eden, without guarding the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and scolded Adam, Eve and the serpent for following rebelling. However, the punishment was absolute even with an appeal and various punishments were given (incl. banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden). Could God the Father not have reversed time and prevented Adam and Eve eating the fruit – Right? Sure, God the Father reversed time in 2 Kings 20:8-11: “So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz”?
Fleshly analysis will not help. God is just and righteous and he will do right. Above all, God will do what he wills with his own. Man’s job is to quietly submit himself to God and humble himself under the mighty hand of God in the fear of God and obedience to God. This passage might help and also, the sermons that you find at: www.godhatesfags.com
“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
Thank you for writing.
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