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Boot Camp

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I left a comment on another blogger’s post yesterday.  I was hoping someone would reply to it, but no one did.  I shared the same sentiment in Bible study once, to the dumbfounded looks of the others.  I thought I’d run it up this flag pole to see if anyone salutes or disagrees, or even knows what the heck I am talking about:

I think God allows all of the chaos and suffering in this world in order to prevent another rebellion in heaven.  By the time we arrive there, we will know, without a doubt, how messed up things get when we think we know better than Him.  We endure this bootcamp called earth so that every bit of pride will be rooted out of us before we enter glory.

Some scholars believe that this passage from Ezekiel 28, which is addressed to Tyre, describes Satan’s fall from heaven:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.

Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.

You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.

Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.

So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.

Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.

So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.

Satan was created beautiful and wise. So beautiful and wise that he became proud, thought he could challenge God and take Him. So God booted him and all those who backed him, threw them to earth.

And then, in a move of sheer genius, He created man on earth – where Satan was lurking. To use Satan as a tool.  As a filter. To filter out pride, the only unforgivable sin.

Remember when Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.”  (Luke 22:31).  I was taught that Satan was asking to sift Peter, but the Scripture says “all of you”.  Perhaps “all of you” extends beyond that small group of disciples to all of us.  Perhaps Satan did his asking before man was even created.  Perhaps that is why Genesis 6:5-6 says this:

 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.”

All I know is that none of us, after enduring the sufferings and chaos and filtering of this world will take a proud heart to heaven.

© The Reluctant Baptist, 2015

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20 thoughts on “Boot Camp

  1. I know a lot about Boot Camp, being an Army Veteran. and currently rehabilitating from both a stroke and a recent fall, It was is, and always will be a struggle against sin death, and the power of the devil, but daily I remind myself I have been baptized! No proud hearts only penitent sinners at heaven’s gate!

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    • Pity the heights from which he fell, and will continue to fall. From a jewel to the whole unholy, counterfeit trinity – the devil, the beast and the false prophet – being tossed forever into burning sulfur. Not the role model for me.

      “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10.

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  2. No doubt earth is boot camp. And it seems in God’s sovereignty, he’s given satan a long leash. It must be for our benefit that we battle. Without darkness what could we compare the light to? This question tiptoes so close to the big philosophical questions of creation. I’ve given up trying to answer them. Instead I’m trying to acquire childlike faith.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts here. Satan existence on earth does prove that God’s ways are so much different than our ways.

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  3. I know I had more pride in my family and my seven beautiful children before The Accident. I am humbled now. I know I must rely on God for everything. I have to. I cannot function without him. I would be crushed by grief if I did not turn to Him for comfort daily.

    Do I believe God caused that horrible crash? No, not really, I know it was filtered through His hands. Do I believe He uses everything in lives to bring us closer to Him and conform us to the image of His Son. YES! If we let Him.

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    • I agree. I think our entire existence on earth is one big filter – the successes, the failures, the joys and sorrows. Learning to handle it all with humility is what prepares us for heaven, where, no matter how beautiful and/or wise we become, we will only have to remember our time on earth to squash any desire to usurp the throne of God.

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  4. “get thee behind me Satan!”
    If someone is following your blog and commenting in the stream then they are in a position of “reaction” only. I applaud you for not simply deleting the comment as I might have, but keeping in mind that if the forces of satan are in pursuit of you, he has no hold whatsoever on you. Why would one pursue after what it already possesses? Only because it hates and is jealous of what we possess…such as a soul.
    a.g.

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  5. Coming in late. Trying to get caught up, and I’m slowly getting there 🙂

    Isn’t it interesting that God created a heavenly being, Satan, who then became prideful and hateful toward his Creator; as a result, he is doomed to eternity in hell.

    On the other hand, God created earthly beings and gave them the will to choose to obey Him and love Him, or not. We who believe in Him gain eternity in heaven. Those who choose, due to pride and unbelief, to reject Him? They have chosen their doom. I am profoundly sorry for them. I take no pride in knowing my eternity will be with God. I am only grateful.

    Satan, however, is terminally angry with God and will never stop doing everything he can to destroy what God loves; to take as many souls to hell with him as he can.

    And that should be a clarion call to all of us to share the love, mercy, and grace of God. All the time.

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