Sometimes, it applies to me. For example, my inability to keep out of internet debates with atheists. When surfing the various forums I belong to, I really do try not to click on any thread with any remotely theological or political sounding title.
But like the moth, drawn to the proverbial flame, I cannot always keep away. Sometimes I am drawn in by the amusing haughtiness of twenty-something atheists, so smug and certain, with such a great faith in science and in their own intellects.
But no matter how I get ensnared in the debate, it never ends well. Most often, I let the atheist(s) have the last word:
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.But, of course, that makes him think that his argument is unanswerable:
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.In the lastest case, my opponent was railing against God for one of the usual reasons: How could an all-loving God create a hell and send people there for eternity? If that God does exist, he is a sicko!!
Being a predestinarian, most of the usual Christian answers are off-limits to me. I won't go through them here, but please consult your nearest Chick tract to learn about them.
This exchange took place on a bodybuilding forum, where strength, violence, the use of force, and domination over others are praised as ultimate virtues. There is a large sub-forum for the various modern gladiatorial fighting "games" in which the goal is to physically destroy ones opponent in a brutal fashion. On some such boards there are "Pit" sub-forums, where the goal is to verbally eviscerate all other forum participants.
It suddenly struck me that the exact same things that are always praised in this forum as virtues for men to hold sacred, suddenly became vices when God took hold of them.
This was my eventual reply to him:
The more I think about this, given the current love of whatever is strong, forceful, and violent, modern people should view this as a feature, not a bug.
I would think that this "badass God", taking names and kicking asses into the Lake of Fire, would have a certain appeal to modern men. I would predict this picture of God would be more attractive to many than the fading "Jesus meek and mild" paradigm.
So, while you wouldn't wish hell upon anyone, God would. Why? Because He is much more of a badass than you.