Friday, 6 March 2015

The extremely mixed news

I find many ideas in the Bible quite interesting and it makes some worthy points e.g 2 Peter 1v5-9 encourages the reader to behave in a way which displays qualities of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, brotherly kindness, love
However I think then that 1 Peter 2v18 should have said, "Masters, no longer keep slaves but consider them employees, giving them a fair days pay for a fair days work, treat them well so that they will want to stay and work for you but let them leave if they wish"
With reference to point 4, wouldn't it be fairer to say the news was decidedly mixed ?
2 Peter 2v7, "Now to you who believe, this stone is precious, But to those who do not believe. "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone"(quoting Psalm 118v22), and, "but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall" (quoting Isaiah 8v14) They stumble because they disobey the message- which is also what they were destined for."
I would have thought that the idea that Jesus was going to save a small percentage of the human race for heaven (but leave the majority to weep forever in suffering) was at best extremely mixed news. In a way it could be quite a relief if you found yourself to be one of the lucky few but would you be troubled at the thought of the fate of the majority ?
If Jesus had won the victory over Hades then wouldn't he have completely abolished it? The rejects could just have become tortoises & hares on the new Earth or ceased to exist ?
2 Peter 2v4 "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to Tartarus, putting them into gloomy dungeons ( chains of darkness)"
Google definition of Tartarus: a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans.
Charles Dickens', "A tale of two cities" 1859
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England; there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.

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