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Boot Camp

GPC, Creative Commons

GPC, Creative Commons

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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