Does God play favorites?

Jews are God’s chosen people.

Someone made that all too familiar statement during an interesting, early morning discussion yesterday at work. I always cringe a little when I hear it, even though I know it’s easy to point to scores of biblical references stating that exact sentiment.

This line is used often during our conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the end-of-time prophecies in Revelation. Many evangelicals believe that our nation is blessed only because we usually stand with Israel on matters of foreign policy. Some use this “chosen” designation as a get-out-of-jail-free card for everything Israel does – whether right or wrong. It never seems to matter to the Christian community that Judaism refuses to see the divine nature of Christ and is still awaiting the Messiah. How is it that His supposedly chosen people don’t even believe in the one that He sent to save them?

When I asked a coworker about the fate of the Gentiles who died before Christ offered salvation for all, he replied that they all went to hell. Again, something that doesn’t make sense to me. Why did they deserve eternal damnation simply because chance placed them in a certain lineage? Does this also mean that those of Jewish heritage automatically go to heaven?

There are some things in Christianity that I have a hard time wrapping my mind around and this is a big one. How am I to accept that God made everyone, yet God loves some more than others? Is this loving God that we speak of partial to some and completely unfair to others?

I don’t believe that God loves the most devout Christian any more than He loves the lowliest sinner, and I refuse to believe that God loves or chooses anyone more than He loves or chooses me.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 11 years and three fabulous felines.

10 thoughts on “Does God play favorites?”

  1. I agree with you. I don’t believe God plays favorites either. I believe that God determines who is chosen by their thoughts and actions. Not their lineage or genetics. I believe that if you are evil, you will be evil no matter whether you are a Jew or gentile.

    The same is true of the righteous. A persons lineage neither saves nor condemns them. The Pharisees of the book or Mark and Matthew were members of one of the oldest orthodox Jewish sects in existence. And yet Jesus denounced them and their teachings. So regardless of what anyone says, I do not believe that being a Jew automatically makes one righteous on Gods eyes.

    I believe that the Bible was intended to teach a very basic set of principles. love God, love thy neighbor. But even before the Jesus existed, the ideas of right and wrong existed, and anyone who took the time to think about it should have been able to see the difference.

    I think that God would judge a BC Gentile the same as He would judge us. He already knows what is in our hearts and what we know to be right and wrong. And I believe it is our actions, not our lineage, not even our Faith, that would determine our benevolence or malevolence in Gods eyes.

  2. I agree as well and no they didn’t go to hell.. after Jesus died the bible says he went into the heart of the earth for three days. At the cross we see metaphor if you will for choice for those who live after His death, Two theives one says I believe you are the son the other says to Him save your self. Would God allow any to die without hearing the good news? The bible says (paul) that those who live following the natural law unknowingly follow Gods law. Jesus told the theif I tell you the truth – you’ll be with me in paradise today as Jew believe a waiting place – Jesus went into ‘the center of the earth to save the lost not to damn them – there are two judgements the bema seat and white thrown the last is for those without salvation which will lead to hell -if the judgement is set for a time in the end then there are those in waiting, not yet judged.

  3. 1.) Christians who show favoritism toward the Jews and/or the state of Israel by ignoring the injustices perpetrated by that state are not acting consistently with the revelation of God in both the Torah and the person of Jesus. It’s sad.

    2.) In one sense it doesn’t matter that Israelis/Jews do not see Jesus as Messiah. The fact that they reject Jesus Messiah is not a reason withhold the love of Jesus from them.

    3.) The Bible is clear: a restored relationship (which we humans severed) with God is only possible through Jesus. There are some in Christianity who argue that the atoning sacrifice of Christ has a “ripple effect” through out time which cleanses whomever God chooses to save both BC and AD. You are already familiar with some in Christianity who are quick to consign BC folks to hell. Personally, I think this calls for humility while affirming that salvation (whatever you think that means) is in Jesus alone.

    4) God is not unfair. He is just. He is also merciful. While saying it this way may seem pat or glib, I don’t intend it that way. The Bible is replete with stories of both God’s justice (fairness) and his mercy. It is the perfect union of these qualities in Jesus that draws me to Him, even though I myself am mostly unfair and lacking in mercy.

  4. Think of it this way. Would God, the Creator of the entire universe, of everything we know, in his omnipotence and omniscienice, be sitting on some white throne with angels singing “glory glory glory glory” and boosting his ego, while he watched everybody in the entire world like Santa to make sure you’re not doing something stupid and you’re worthy of entering the kingdom of heaven where you could worship and boost his ego for the rest of eternity. Now that doesn’t sound like God to me either, but that’s what the Bible says. :)

  5. If there is god, he should not be unfair. :)

    But i strongly believe that nature created us and we created god. God is but symbolic manifestation of nature and its superpower!

    Is there anyone to disagree with me? Drop by my site, you will get to read more about gods and demigods.
    take care
    :)

  6. I’ve often wondered about the “chosen people” aspect, and I agree that it rankles somewhat. Instead of thinking that God was/is partial to them, what I’ve often wondered if they were “chosen” to serve and to suffer the trials and tribulations that would be expected of them.

    As just a couple of examples, consider Abraham when he was called to “get thee out of thy country” and how he did it without question…just packed up and left without a backwards glance. Fast forward, and there are Moses, Aaron, and Miriam wondering around in the wilderness for 40 years with a group of frustrated slaves (my interpretation) who get tired of eating manna everyday. Wouldn’t you? Going back a little further, I can’t forget Jochabed, Moses’ mother, and her sacrifice that she was “chosen” to give.

  7. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NIV)

    Momma always said, “God loves everybody…heaven is for those who love him back.”

    JimT

  8. The Jewish race of people have a biblical history of being chosen by God and, at times, not choosing God back. But then this is a history, biblical or not, that is shared by all mankind. Where does this modern day belief that the Jews are the chosen people stem from? Is this importance to Christians of being the chosen people because God chose Jesus, a Jew, to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind? Would Moses and Abraham have the same significance if not for this last choice God made of the Jews? And was it not a sect of Judaism that, at its core, made up the beginnings of Christianity? If the bible is indeed the unassailable word of God then are we not all related regardless of our religious or cultural lineage? The bible is full of conflicting ideologies when one considers its translation by man from language to language, the exclusion by the some men of different pieces of God’s word (The Book of Judas for one) and the tendency of humans to rationalize the bible to meet the needs of their current circumstance and construct a set of beliefs around that need. Regardless, non Jews have not been kind and adoring fans of Jews throughout history as one would expect people who believe in God and the bible to be. In fact, at times they have persecuted Jews relentlessly. (I do think persecution is the bane of humanity and not the fate of the Jews for many other groups have suffered persecution).

    On the face of it, this change of heart by Christians in their attitudes toward Jews and Isreal is quite suspicious to me. Could it be part of a new set of beliefs being built around the needs of our current circumstances?

    There is a lot to consider when anyone makes such a blanket statement that one group of people are chose to live and another are damed to hell for eternity. It’s really not that simple.

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