PART FIVE: John 3:16 and the Death Penalty
Calvin/Servetus, Jesus/Osama Bin Laden Controversy
For centuries Arminians have used the Calvin/Servetus controversy
against Calvinists, quoting John 3:16 as a primary text proof.
Recently I used the same argument against an Arminian who brought
up the aforementioned execution. I asked him, Would you put your
belief to action by picketing in front of your local churches
because Jesus loves Osama Bin Laden, therefore, we,
too, should love Osama? He never took up the challenge. Had
he done so I am sure his fellow Arminians would have lovingly
Christians rightly understanding the mind, heart, and purpose
of God for mankind. If God is love, and His love is for every
human ever born, then obviously, one could reason, it is not an
act of love to kill another human being.
we are to love our enemies, are we not also to love our neighbor
we are to love our enemies, are not also to love our brothers
and sisters in Christ?
this is the case, are we to love our enemies MORE than we love
our neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ?
we to love our enemies at the EXPENSE of our neighbors and fellow
of what does love consist? Faith, hope and charity?
it charity to allow a known priestly child molester to be transferred
to diocese after diocese where he continues to ply his wicked
trade? In the eyes of the molester it may be considered charity,
but it is no act of charity to the children and community.
it charitable to turn a blind eye to evil in the hopes that that
evil will not touch you personally or your loved ones?
it not easier to let sleeping dogs lie than to deal with the unpleasant
task of judgment and punishment?
we not reap what we sow?
not death be what we reap?
we not have laws in place for our protection and safety?
not the violators of these laws know full well that there are
consequences for their actions; penalties to be paid?
you not think Bin Laden or Servetus knew their actions would result
in serious consequences? And did they not willingly spit on the
just laws which they broke?
it not God Almighty who purposefully drowned the entire human
race consisting of the elderly, lame, infants, even those still
in the womb, leaving 8 humans to re-populate the earth?
it not the Lord who killed a man and his wife for lying to the
their crime greater than that of Servetus who blasphemed the Triune
God, challenging the authority of the Genevan leadership in the
very land in which God's people had consecrated for the express
worship of the true God?
their crime greater than the killing of 6,000 defenseless, unarmed
people in NY?
not God have the ultimate power over life and death?
not God kill all Egypt's firstborn?
not God promise to avenge the blood of His martyrs?
God kill those whom He loves?
it not Jesus who called Judas a devil, yet added him to the 12?
it not at the Last Supper that Jesus bade Judas leave quickly
to do his dirty deed?
not Jesus know that the next day Judas would hang himself?
it love to encourage another to quickly go hang himself?
not Jesus remain silent when Pilate asked, What is truth?
it love not to give Pilate the Gospel?
not Jesus cast many professing Christians in fiery flames on the
Last Day, though they plead for mercy, begging to enter the Kingdom
not Jesus command the ill-dressed wedding guest be bound hand
in foot and cast in outer darkness?
these acts of love?
God torture and punish for eternity those whom He loves?
does God change? One day He loves you. The next day He washes
His hands of you, consigning you to the Lake of Fire?
and sisters in Christ, these are no small questions which demand
truthful biblical answers.
not God say He will show mercy and compassion on whom He wills
to show mercy and compassion? Is not this said in the context
of salvation - meaning saving grace?
not saving grace that which is not owed to man nor deserved by
not saving grace that which is freely given by God to whom He
wills, when He wills, and why He wills?
not God have the freedom to withhold as well as to give?
not God love those to whom He gives the gift of saving grace?
God love those to whom He withholds the gift of saving grace?
it not God's right to reward man with justice and not saving grace?
it unjust of God to judge some by His righteous standards, while
allowing others to escape punishment?
not Christ Jesus take the just punishment of God, bearing the
sins of many, upon the cross?
Christ Jesus was punished in the stead of many, satisfying the
Father, rising from the grave, is it loving and just to punish
again those for whom Christ died?
it not repudiate the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ?
it not dishonor the finished work of Christ?
is the reason there are those who are punished eternally for their
sins is because they are those whom God did not love, EVER, and
for whose sins Christ's blood did not atone, EVER, because He
did not die for them in the first place?
it true love to fail to save those whom you claim to love&&&especially
if you also claim omniscience and omnipotence, the power to save
to the uttermost?
anything or anyone separate the Elect from the love of God?
not Hell separation from God, proving the absence of God's love?
God's love is absent, could it have ever have existed for them?