Proverbs 16:4 The Predestination Of The Wicked.

Proverbs 16:4 The Predestination Of The Wicked.

Predestination is a doctrine which has been the centre of attention and trouble for centuries. Indeed, the trouble goes back to the first entrance of evil in Genesis. This question of evil continues to vex many, simply because its very existence raises problems. However, we must ask ourselves why this is so. Since the prevailing worldview of secular humanism, which is either athieistic or agnostic at best cannot, or rather chooses not to acknowledge the knowledge we all have of God, they can really have no objection to evil based upon their own presuppositions, nor even conceive of categories such as truth and error, or evil and good. The very problem itself presupposes a God who created everything and is all-powerful, and who could, if he so wished it, simply not have allowed the entrance of evil or its existence. However, only if they also presuppose that this God is also good, would they then even be able to conceive of God perhaps not wanting to prevent it, and then not so good after all.

From the biblical perspective, the fact remains, that among other things, God “the LORD has made all for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom” (Pr. 16:4 Gen. 1-2). All human beings are created with one ultimate purpose – to glorify their creator (Cf. Is. 43:7; Rom. 11:36). However, not all will enjoy him, as the Westminster catechisms put it. Some will glorify him by being objects of his wrath. It is as if the wise man knew that the number one question which humanity asks, when asked to acknowledge the true creator God of the bible is, how can this good God, who declared all that he had made was good and very good, being thus the very standard of good himself and no other, also create “the wicked for the day of doom.” However, in this verse he provides the answer. Nowhere in the Genesis account do we find that God created evil. He did declare that he alone knew what was right and what was wrong, the truth of which we, in and through our first parents failed to acknowledge (Gen. 3).

In fact, our God cannot sin, nor is he the author of it, including for anything which he has made (Cf. I Jn. 1:5). “For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (Js. 1-13-14). Two groups of words are significant here-God as not the author of sin (“He Himself”), and man, who is at fault for evil, “by his own desires is enticed.” There are two authors, and two only of evil in the world, man by his own evil desires, and the evil one, that serpent from the garden, who continues to entice many to lead them astray with their own evil desires. We know from the example of Job that “the wicked are reserved for the day of doom” (21:29). However, we also know that Satan was the author of the evil that occurred with respect to Job. Paul in fact stated that God makes his wrath and power known in the death of the wicked (Rom. 9:22).

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