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Man is basically selfish. Though there are numerous philanthropists around the world, they are only an insignificant minority when one takes the total population into account. Thus one can safely say in general that mankind is selfish.

Look at the way selfish people cut you off in traffic. Look at the way people try to jump queues, get unmerited favor, and get privileges that they do not deserve. Go to countries where public facilities do not match between the demand-supply chain and you will see selfishness on its peak. Look at the world. You will see hundreds of wars ethnic strifes and warlords who have only one aim -- plunder the innocent and helpless.

Christianity is just the opposite. Instead of exploiting the helpless, the all-powerful God allowed Lord Jesus to die on their behalf so that they could be made rich. But the world has so much possessed the mind of Christians that now many so-called Christians have started defining God not as the "generous-giver" but as the selfish tyrant who is trying to selfishly create a kingdom of privileged unto Himself.

My reference is specifically to an aberrant teaching that is gradually rising its head among Christians that there is no need to preach the gospel and that there is no need to invite sinners to the free gift of salvation.

According to this new teaching, Christ did not die for the whole world. They claim that Christ died only for a select elite and that the non-elite cannot come to salvation because Christ did not die for them. Thus, according to them, telling common people that Christ died for them is wrong because the common people are not part of this selected elite.

It needs a lot of selfishness and depravity to reduce God's love for the "entire mankind" to a love for the "select elite", yet some have risen to say "Let us make God in our image, who is as selfish as we are".

Johnson C. Philip
http://www.BrethrenAssembly.com

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