Saturday, March 9, 2019

Did God Make the Wicked for the Day of Evil?

Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Prov. 16:4)

Does God Create Wicked People Just to Punish?

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11)

All things hath Jehovah wrought for Himself, And also the wicked [worketh] for a day of evil. (Proverbs 16:4; Young’s Literal Translation)

Commentary: “The meaning of the passage is simple enough. God hath appointed good for the righteous and evil for the wicked. Though hand join in hand the wicked shall not go unpunished. One version of the passage is, ‘Jehovah hath made all things to answer each other, even the day of calamities for the wicked’ (Davidson's Commentary). In Collins’ Critical Commentary it is explained thus: ‘For Himself or for its answer or purpose .... Sin and suffering answer to each other, are indissolubly united’ (ad loc). Thus interpreted, there is nothing in the passage to create difficulty.” – Robert Wallace, The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election, p. 96

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