God may have created you to be an apostate!
On one of my previous blog entries, Dan made the plea to the apostates in our midst:
Remember, you can still make the decision to follow Christ, either for the first time or again if you have turned away. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Dan, actually you are wrong. According to the Bible, God does want some to perish. In fact, in Romans 9 states he creates people for a variety of reasons including:
- to serve his chosen
- for him to hate
- so he can withhold compassion and mercy from them
- to use simply for the display of his power
- to harden them against him
- for common use
- for objects of his wrath
- for destruction.
Not only that, but Rebekah’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 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— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
So if you are among these unfortunate ones, who are you to talk back to God? Who are you to question why he caused you to have doubts, to question the ancient texts, or to decide to listen to logic, reason, and scientific evidence? Just give in to apostasy and know that it is your purpose in life.
– The de-Convert