The Bonfire–Daily Straw Man

I thought it might be interesting and informative to consider each day one of the many “straw man” arguments we encounter in various blogger’s comments. I suspect I will not soon run out of material since these comments are abundant. It seems that dealing with real issues is beyond the intelligence level of most of these folks. Or perhaps they are just too lazy actually to investigate what others truly believe. If is far easier to sling mud than to present a real argument. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “What a wonderful deed has been made by some men in burning figures of their own stuffing. How earnestly do they set themselves to confute what no one defends.”

Today, I read a comment in which the blogger affirmed that Calvinists believe that to think about murdering someone is equal to actually committing murder.

Calvinists don’t believe and teach that hating someone and wanting to kill them is as bad as actually killing them. What we do believe is that both are sin, and all sin is mortal sin. All sin is equally damning, but all sin is not equally damaging. This is a far cry from saying both the thought and the act are equally sinful.

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” Matt 5: 21-22).

Our interpretation of these verses means we cannot argue that since we have thought it, we may as well go ahead and do it, since the thought is equal to the deed. It does, however, deny the idea that since I have only thought it, I am not guilty since I have not actually committed the act. God considers the intention of the heart as well as my outward actions.


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