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Dying to Religion and Empire

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What does “Many are called, but few are chosen” mean in Matthew 22:14?

wedding banquet Matthew 22 14

In Matthew 22:14 Jesus says, For many are called, but few are chosen. While this verse seems to support the Calvinistic idea of Unconditional Election, when we study this statement in its context, we see that it teaches something else.

In this post I examine the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:1-14 to see what Jesus means by his concluding statement in Matthew 22:14.

What are your thoughts about what Jesus means in this parable?

Would Jesus waterboard His enemies?

waterboard

The answer to this question is obviously No.

Jesus would not waterboard his enemies.

Instead, it seems to me that Jesus would untie his enemy, hand him the bucket, and then get down on the waterboard himself, saying, Go ahead. I forgive you.

But this is a much different question than whether or not governments should waterboard enemies…

Either way, what are your thoughts?

What does “For many are called, but few are chosen” mean? (Matthew 20:16)

many are called few are chosen

Are you called by God? Are you chosen by God?

What does it mean when Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 that Many are called, but few are chosen? What is the difference between the two, and what is the connection between this saying and the parable of the workers in the vineyard which Jesus just finished telling?

In Matthew 20:16, Jesus is saying that it is we who are upside down and backwards, and if we let Him, He will turn our world right way around for us so that we can see the truth and beauty that is God’s Kingdom.

Does Jesus Drown Babies?

Jesus with baby

Every once in a while, we hear on the news about a woman who kills her children because God told her to.

We rightfully condemn such actions as having nothing to do with God and looking nothing like Jesus.

But then we turn around and attributes the worst sort of violence and baby-drowning behavior to God. Why do we do this? Does Jesus really drown babies and slaughter his foes?

Was Jeremiah saved before He was born? (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

Jeremiah

Have you ever wondered what it means for God to have chosen or set aside Jeremiah while he was still in his mother’s womb? What does this mean? Why did God do this?

Does Jeremiah 1:4-5 teach that God unconditionally elects some people to receive eternal life before they are ever even born?