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8 June, 2017 20:10

June 8, 2017

WHAT KIND OF FATHER WOULD DO SUCH A THING?

Several days ago virtually every media organization in the country covered the story of a 27-year-old father in Oklahoma who went to the home of his estranged wife and held her at knifepoint while he tried to drown their three-month-old twins in a bathtub. Fortunately, a twelve-year-old girl who was in the home at the time ran to a neighbor’s house for help. That neighbor grabbed his revolver, entered the house, and shot the father twice in the back. He died later in the hospital of his injuries.

The two children, a boy and a girl, were airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and were released the following day. According to the police the babies are doing great.

There is little doubt in my mind that this father was seriously mentally deranged or demon possessed. What loving, intelligent, compassionate father would ever dream of harming his own children, let alone taking their lives in such a heinous and cruel way?

Stories like this make your blood boil. Jesus defended the little children by stating that ‘whoever offends one of these little ones that believes in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.’

While I have difficulty trying to comprehend such evil I can rationalize to some degree that this resulted from man’s fallen, sinful, selfish state. What I really fail to understand is the belief that God the Father would indiscriminately plunge his own creation to eternal destruction, not because of their sin, but simply because He so chooses.

Look at this statement from a nationally known speaker and author.

“But I am not ignorant that God may not have chosen my sons for His sons. And though I think I would give my life for their salvation, if they should be lost to me, I would not rail against the Almighty. He is God. I am just a man. The potter has absolute right over the clay. Mine is to bow before His unimpeachable character and believe that the judge of all the earth has ever and always will do right.”

What the writer is reasoning here is not in favor of a loving God who so loved the world but rather a God who only selected a limited number of souls to be saved. The doctrine of a limited atonement is no different than the Oklahoma man who simply choose to kill his two children for no other reason than his own perverted pleasure. What I find repulsive about this author’s statement is that he basically says that he would willingly offer his own life for the life of his sons thereby declaring his earthly love is superior to God’s.

Didn’t Jesus say ‘If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more shall you heavenly Father give…’ According to the Bible I read and the God I love, He takes ‘no delight in the death of the wicked.’

Prayer: God forgive us for teaching such a distorted picture of your incredible nature and character. As our heavenly Father you are not willing that any should perish but you ever ‘seek for ways to bring back your banished ones.’

Thank you for not sparing your own Son but freely offering Him up for us all.

You truly are a good, good Father!

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