Jesus and the rich young reprobate
I have a theory. It may sound ridiculous to some and elementary to others, but, hey, this is my blog and I am entitled to throw across whatever hair-brained idea that comes to my overactive mind -as long as I have readers who are gullible enough to believe that I have something intelligent to say.
So here goes.
My theory is that since the Bible says, “God is love”, then He must love everybody. (Perhaps I should have titled this post, “Deep thoughts with Aaron D. Taylor.” ) It’s a simple idea really, but let me elaborate. My theory further says that if God loves everybody, then He must want everybody to be saved. Not a bad extrapolation I might add,even if it wasn’t in the Bible. Let me take this thought one step further. If God wants everybody to be saved, that must mean that everybody includes people of all faiths and all walks of life. Notice that I did not say that everybody will be saved, just that God loves everybody and wants them to be saved. In other words, the only condition a living creature on planet earth must meet for God to love them and to want them to be in heaven with Him is to be an authentic human being (the technical term would be homo sapien).
Alas my simple mind has gotten the best of me-or so many of my evangelical Christian colleagues around the world would say. For don’t you know, oh simple one, that the fact that God is love doesn’t mean that He actually has to love everybody? Some would try to convince my simple mind that yes, God does love everybody, but only in a creaturely sense. In other words, God may love everone as His creation (a form of self-admiration I might add), but that doesn’t mean that He actually has a desire to pursue a relationship with everyone. In other words, oh simple-minded Aaron. God loves all people in a creaturely sense, but not in a relational sense. And don’t you know, oh simple one, that the fact that God wants everybody to be saved doesn’t mean that He actually intends to save as many people as possible. There are some that God has chosen to be reprobates-people that He loves as His creation but for whom He has no intention of pursuing a relationship with.
And then I open my Bible to the story of the rich, young ruler. A man who, if anyone would fit the description of a reprobate, it would be him. The man did not want to give up his bank account to follow Jesus. What a chump! And then I see that the Bible says that Jesus, “looking at him, loved him.”
You mean that Jesus loved the rich young reprobate?! Hmm….I wonder if that means that Jesus loved the fact that He created him, or that He actually loved him? Well, I guess we’ll never know.