Basically, if I’m reading this right (and I’d like to think I am), God only saved the elect/predestined.
Who the elect are, and how God selects them is his business, according to that doctrine.]]>
“9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless,
12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.”
I haven’t heard that take on predestination to social success before. Interesting.
I’ve always postulated that the Christianity we view today is a result of the “Protestant work ethic.”
The early Protestant movement had strong Calvinist leanings, following the TULIP acronym precepts. The “P” in TULIP is the idea was that only those who were “P”redestined to be saved would be.
Among the indicators that you were predestined was Social/Christian Success and wealth. So, in an effort to make sure they were one of the predestined, or at least had the outward appearance of being predestined, they worked to ensure they were successful at what they did, including pressure to be a “Christian Superstar”. I think that attitude carries over to today.
Not to say we should slack off in our given occupation, as there are many verses that state otherwise (Colossians 3:17, 2 Timothy 2:6, Ephesians 4:28, Ecclesiastes 2:24) But I wonder if we aren’t doing it for the wrong reasons, whether or not we are aware of its historical context?
Anywho, that’s just my $.02 ($.022 Canadian).]]>