On the one hand:
July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm
God doesn’t love us because of our inherent worth; we have inherent worth because God loves us. I thought that was clear. But for us to have inherent worth, God must love all of us–not just some select group (“the elect”). And it won’t work to say God loves all people in some ways but only some people in all ways IF that means he has predestined some to hell. If that’s the case, then it would have been better for them never to have been born and they are robbed of any real dignity or worth. (As Wesley said, “That is such a love as makes the blood run cold.”)
Bev Mitchell says:
July 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm
Well said Roger! The great puzzle, for me and probably many, is how could anyone who reads the Bible miss what you say here in a few good words? Is there a good psychological analysis of this kind of blindness? Is it spiritual? Do we have a clue as to its source? It certainly is tenacious and has more lives than the proverbial cat.
On the other hand:
The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born (Mt 26:24).