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Sudden Death: Terrorist (and the proper Christian response)

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“I find no reason to rejoice over the death of any man unless he be Christian and bound for glory.” – Paul Washer

“I find relief in the death of Osama Bin Laden, not joy. I would have found joy at the salvation of Bin Laden and then many more regenerations because of a godly transformation. That would have been something to celebrate. I cannot find joy in anyone suffering for eternity…no matter how evil they were on earth.” —Unknown

God says: “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! ” —Ezekiel 33:11

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  1. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. (Ezekiel 33:5-7 NIV)

  2. (Apologies for the misquote – I only gave you verse 6, because it was the one that counted – feel free to correct that)

  3. Frankly I don’t think it Ezekiel 33:11 matches up with the fact that God hardens Pharaohs heart so he can slaughter Egyptians for his own glory.

  4. Yeah, sort of clashes with an argument that I’ve heard Christians at work argue with me that God gave us all free will. Well obviously he didn’t if he can simply just change people’s minds whenever he felt like.

  5. If you guys go back and read that Scripture, you’ll notice that Pharaoh hardened his own heart 3 times before it starts saying that God hardened his heart.

    What’s the message here? That God, at some point, will remove your chances for repenting. In other words, there comes a point when God is fed up with you and He will keep you from believing. Jesus taught the same thing.

  6. Actually Glenn, at the very beginning of Exodus God says before any event happens that he will harden Pharoh’s heart, then he trades off between Pharoh hardening his own heart and God doing it for him. Why God chose to do this, who knows? Would have saved everyone a lot of misery and strife if God had done all these miracles to kill Pharoh, but this is Old Testament God here not New Testament, he had anger issues back then.

  7. vintango2k,

    Foretelling what He’s gonna do doesn’t change the interim facts. Why He did it is the same reason He does everything else: to glorify Himself and to unfold human history according to His plan.

    Old Testament God? You mean the same one in the New Testament, right? Have you read any of the prophetic New Testament literature? Jesus, whom everyone wants to think of as meek and harmless is the One who pulls the seals off the scroll in Revelation to unleash all the plagues on mankind. We need to get our theology in line with what Scripture actually teaches!

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